When it came time for the team at Johnny Carino’s to come up with some new recipes, they began rifling through their personal cooking histories. Executive chef Chris Peitersen took his first kitchen job at a barbecue joint when he was 14, so he was primed to create italian baby back ribs. By infusing brown sugar barbecue sauce with balsamic vinegar imported from Modena, he’s given the marinade a more acidic bite than typical barbecue sauces. As the ribs slowly roast and char on an oak grill, he bastes on his creation before finishing the dish with a dusting of parmesan.
The ribs are one of Carino’s many menu items that follow the restaurants’ approach of classic Italian preparations modified by forward-thinking flavor combinations. Diners will find a Black Angus burger capped with mozzarella and fried pepperoni, or sautéed tilapia spiced with garlic and jalapeño. Other signature dishes include the 16-layer lasagna, Skilletinis that sizzle with spaghetti and a choice of meat, and tiramisu made from scratch.
Modesto's Mimi's Cafe has tasty eats and creative beverages.
Mimi's Cafe is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and healthy items on the menu.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Mimi's Cafe has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Parents appreciate Mimi's Cafe's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Mimi's Cafe is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
For comfortable outdoor service, Mimi's Cafe sets up a seasonal patio.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Mimi's Cafe.
Your bill at Mimi's Cafe will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
These days, you'll usually find Chef Ramiro crafting dishes in the kitchen at Tresetti's World Caff?. But before he arrived in downtown Modesto, Ramiro was paying his dues in the most glamorous way possible, working alongside famous chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and cooking for the likes of Bill Clinton, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis.
It seems that Ramiro learned a thing or two from catering to the stars. At Tresetti's, the chef transforms locally sourced ingredients into stunning interpretations of global cuisine. Ramiro and his team have a particular knack for pairings; their dinner menu alone features roasted garlic and brie with a crusty baguette and lollipop-style coconut shrimp with pineapple salsa. To help you navigate, Ramiro has even studded his menu with little flags that show each dish's favorite Olympic national team.
Fresh fare can be found at Farmer's Catfish House, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
If you're looking for low-fat food, look elsewhere. If you're looking for great-tasting food, come to Farmer's Catfish House.
Farmer's Catfish House is great for families with kids.
The large dining space at Farmer's Catfish House provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Farmer's Catfish House is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Or, take your grub to go.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Taste the greatness Farmer's Catfish House is serving up with meals around $30.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Farmer's Catfish House.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Diners will find Sizzler restaurants located all across the US, and even in Puerto Rico! The first one was opened by Del and Helen Johnson in 1958 in Culver City, California. They serve USDA choice steaks, soups, salads and desserts all made from scratch. Sizzler is widely known as a family casual place where diners wait in a cafeteria-like line to order (but worry not, the waits at Sizzler are never long). Their menu includes sirloin, rib-eye and New York strip steak, along with ribs, chicken, and seafood. They also serve burgers and sandwiches, and diners are sure to enjoy the endless salad bar. Sizzler offers a specially discounted menu for those over the age of 60. Though the hours vary by location, most Sizzlers offer lunch specials each day. The Modesto, CA restaurant is located at 3416 Dale Road.
Craving a burger and fries? Swing in Chili's and enjoy a tasty meal in a casual setting.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Chili's.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from Chili's' extensive drink list.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Chili's, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Chili's can seat both large and small groups.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Chili's — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Chili's prides itself in its delicious catering.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
An average meal at Chili's will set you back about $30.