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Patio Dining, Takeout or Delivery: Our Favorite Restaurants Find Ways to Keep Serving the Central Valley!

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Since California began shutdowns and restrictions this spring, small businesses have faced repeat closures and increased regulations. I have been watching as some restaurants in our area have risen to the challenge and navigated the closures, re-openings and regulations in stride. The ability to roll with the punches, often without notice, is something these restaurateurs should be proud of, and I encourage you to give yourself a break from cooking and treat your family to a dinner out! Like cream rising to the top, these restaurants are rising to the challenge to stay afloat.

Bud’s Seafood
314 Lincoln Center
(209) 956-0270
Bud’s Seafood continues their tradition of high-quality and fresh seafood. They have extended their patio dining and added a new cooling mist system to help during the hotter days and evenings. Whether you are dining on the patio, picking up at the door or choosing curbside delivery, Bud’s Seafood is an excellent option for every palate. From seafood to steak, they have you covered. And, don’t forget about the fresh Linden tomatoes! Salads, fried green tomatoes and the Ultimate BLT will be complete with these delicious beauties. Call for reservations or to place your to-go order. 

501 Lincoln Center
(209) 477-6133
If you haven’t been following the journey of the Pappas family of Papapavlo’s in Lincoln Center, please find them on Facebook and follow along. Jennifer Pappas has been posting videos and sharing with the public the ups and downs of the fluidity of this pandemic. She is open, honest and heartfelt. Papapavlo’s has been inventive in their delivery service and creating special family meals for to-go dining and delivery. They have also extended patio dining and continue to serve fresh Greek cuisine. I ordered a Chicken Pasta Family Meal for $50 and it was more than enough food to feed our family of five. We even had leftovers for lunch the following day. My kids loved it and it gave me a break from the kitchen. Follow them on Facebook or call for patio dining, takeout or delivery!

Midgley’s Public House
296 Lincoln Center
(209) 474-770
Chef Michael Midgley doesn’t disappoint with three-course weekend and weekday specials! Follow them on Facebook to see details for each week’s special. One of the craft cocktails gaining popularity in the heat of summer is the Miss Rose. A delicate balance of vodka, refreshing and fragrant rosemary, pomegranate juice and a finish of lemon, Miss Rose is the perfect start to a meal on the patio. Their patio stays cool in the shade along the Brickwalk, complete with misters to keep dining outside a comfortable experience. With 22 tables added to the extended patio, there’s plenty of space for you to enjoy any one of Chef Michael’s famous dishes. They also offer takeout. Call for reservations or to place an order to go.

Oak Farm Vineyards
23627 N. De Vries Rd., Lodi
(209) 365-6565
Are you looking for an outing? Look no further than Oak Farm Vineyards. Nestled in the Lodi Appellation, you will find the beautiful grounds of Oak Farm Vineyards. They continue to be open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Surrounded by beautiful hydrangeas and water features, their patio seating provides shade and comfort for guests. Wines are served by the glass or the bottle. Pre-packaged small bites of cheese, salami and prosciutto are available along with freshly baked bread from local Genova Bakery. Call ahead for a patio reservation.

Whether you choose to dine on a patio or have dinner delivered, you won’t be disappointed with any of these restaurants. We can all use the break from the kitchen and feel good about supporting a local small business.