Named Best Bakery 2010 by San Joaquin Magazine, M&W Dutch American Bakery uses tried-and-true European recipes to bake up a mixed bag of delectable cakes, cookies, and other treats. Take home a dozen of M&W’s wholesome cookies ($4–$5) in flavors such as Florentine, chocolate chip, and soft, chewy oatmeal. Loaves ($2–$3.50) of sourdough, wheat, french, and challah bread spring from the oven perfectly roasted and ready to be consumed by a hungry breadivarian. The bakery also offers danishes ($1.25), croissants ($1.50), and a plethora of other meticulously crafted pastries. M&W even whips up a variety of lunchtime bites, with specialties such as jagtwurst ($3.50) and sauerkraut-covered pastrami ($3.50) to feed the German national polka orchestra when it plays impromptu shows in your backyard.
Featured on The Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, The Squeeze Inn crowds flavor into a full menu headlined by the Squeeze with cheese burger ($6.35), named 2010’s Best Burger by Sacramento Magazine. Guests can step inside to sink into a third-pound of 100 percent fresh ground beef, dressed up in the eatery's signature "cheese skirt," a crunchy ring of cheese cooked on the grill and matched with a cheese sweater set, on top of a sesame-seed bun. A veggie burger ($4.50), grilled cheddar-cheese sandwich ($3.75), or chicken taco ($3.05) alongside fries ($2.95/small, $4.25/large) satisfies those uninterested in bovine bliss. Pricing may vary by location.
Behind Woodbridge Crossing's aged red-brick exterior, a fleet of wooden tables waits. Tucked beside walls lined with antiques and photographs, they stand ready to support hearty meals of American cuisine or provide a resting place for diners' elbows as they listen to live music on weekends. After filling stomachs with well-seasoned steaks or fresh seafood and filling wine stomachs with wine, guests can take a turn on a dance floor dappled with colored light from stained-glass windows.
Woodbridge Pizzeria’s dough artisans fill their culinary roster with one-of-a-kind pizzas, broasted chicken dishes, and creamy housemade cheesecakes. Visitors may dine in the pizzeria’s cozy environs or lounge at home in a My Little Pony tracksuit while waiting for a delivery person to drop off piping-hot morsels, such as creatively-named pies slathered in red pizza sauce or creamy garlic sauce. Woodbridge supplements its pizza with meaty specialties that include frog legs, beer-battered shrimp, hot wings, and pepperoni sculptures.
Woodbridge Winery's tastings and tours enroll ordinary laymen in a day course that unleashes the close-kept secrets of liquefied grapes. Tipplers start off in the Woodbridge tasting room, where they can sample a rotating quartet of wines typically not available in stores as smiling sommeliers guide untutored taste buds around every flavor note. After a boxed lunch of sandwiches and chips, curious quaffers follow experienced vine wranglers on a one-hour tour of the winery grounds. Like a peek behind the curtain of a magician’s workshop or a trip into the depths of a Wonkaian lollipop mine, the visit includes a look at the pressing operation and the red barrel-aging room.
Boasting a bevy of organic wines within its solar-powered vineyard, The Lucas Winery welcomes wine enthusiasts to train their palates with taste-toning sips of chardonnay, zinfandel, cabernet, and rosé. Over the course of the 45-minute tasting, guests will swirl glasses, waft wine, and elegantly tipple a minimum of five sippables (a $10 value per person).