Food & Drink in Salida

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Chicken at The Chicken Barn ($20 Value). Three Locations Available.

The Chicken Barn

Multiple Locations

$10 $6

Army of sides such as coleslaw and mac 'n' cheese can accompany fried chicken, sandwiches, and nuggets

$12 for $25 Worth of Steaks and Seafood at George's Steakhouse Bar & Grill

George's Steakhouse Bar & Grill

Modesto

$25 $12

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Premium steaks, fresh seafood, and barbecue chicken and ribs

$10 for $20 Worth of Italian Food at Johnny Carino’s 

Johnny Carino's

Modesto

$20 $10

Menu features signature dishes such as spaghetti skillets, house-made 16-layer lasagna, 21 varieties of pizza, and balsamic barbecue ribs

Lunch for Two, Four, or More at Shooters Pub and Grill (45% Off)

Shooters Pub and Grill

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$20 $11

For lunch, the kitchen staff can prepare burgers, wings, and sandwiches

$22 for $40 Worth of Global Cuisine for Two at Tresetti’s World Caffé

Tresetti’s World Caffé

Modesto

$40 $22

Chef Ramiro transforms locally sourced ingredients into stunning interpretations of global cuisine

Pizza and Drinks at Papa John's Pizza - Modesto & Turlock (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Papa John's Pizza - Modesto & Turlock

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Hand-tossed pizzas slathered with sauce made from vine-ripened, California-grown tomatoes

Sushi and Japanese Teppanyaki Cuisine at Torii Japanese Restaurant (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Torii Japanese Restaurant

Modesto

$20 $11

Full sushi bar along with a kitchen that prepares hot steak, chicken, and seafood dishes; karaoke every night at 7 p.m.

Traditional Bar Food at Shooters Wings & Things - Manteca (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Shooters Wings & Things - Manteca

Manteca

$20 $12

Wings pair with 10 different sauces or 10 different sides; juicy burgers, fries, and tri-tip sandwiches round out the menu

$16 for $32 Worth of Sicilian-Style Pizza, Pasta, and Sandwiches at Happy Pizza

Happy Pizza

Manteca

$16 $8

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Sicilian-style pizzas blanketed in house-made marinara or pesto sizzle beside hearty sandwiches & pasta dishes

Two or Four Groupons, Each Good for One XL, One-Topping Pizza from Bob's Take-N-Bake Pizza (52% Off)

Bob's Take-N-Bake Pizza

Ceres

$12.50 $6

Customers pick up custom pizzas made with traditional or whole wheat crust, then take them home to bake in their own ovens

$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Contemporary Fare at CK Grill & Bar ($30 Total Value)

CK Grill & Bar

Lathrop

$15 $7.50

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Dig into a variety of dishes such as shrimp in sweet chili sauce, steak fajitas, fish and chips, and salmon in a teriyaki sauce

Mexican Cuisine for Two or Four at El Jardin (Up to 42% Off)

El Jardin

Sonora

$30 $18

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Feast on Mexican classics inside a cozy dining room or outside on the tree-lined patio

$8 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $7 Worth of Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies, and Food at Yogurt Station ($14 Value)

Yogurt Station

Oakdale

$7 $4

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Stuff stockings with Groupons for fro-yo; shop has self-serve, drive-thru service, an game room, and serves pizza, stuffed pretzels & nachos

Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at Val Du Vino Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Val Du Vino Winery

Murphys

$35 $20

Wine tastings include up to six flights of wine and a take-home bottle

Tasting with Take-Home Bottles for Two or Four at Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery (Up to Half Off)

Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery

Tracy

$32 $16

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Visitors sample a number of vintages, including a chilled rosé, an aromatic majenas, and a fruity malvasia bianca

Wine Tasting and Take-Home Bottle for Two or Four at Windmill Ridge Winery (Up to 51% Off)

Windmill Ridge Winery

Tracy

$46 $25

Husband and wife team pour samples of their favorites wines at their beautiful 3.8-acre vineyard

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Pizza at Dean's Pizza ($24 Total Value)

Dean's Pizza

Turlock

$12 $6

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Take-and-bake or cooked pizzas with hand-tossed crusts made from scratch

$55 for a Barbecue Takeout Package from Bottley's BBQ ($100.14 Value)

Bottley's BBQ

Pacific

$100.14 $55

Enjoy slow-cooked barbecue and sides such as mac 'n' cheese, baked beans, and cornbread within the comfort of your own home

1- or 2-Dozen Gluten-Free Macarons or 4 Snow Fluffs with 2 Toppings Each at Macaronage Macarons (Up to 50% Off)

Macaronage Macarons

Stockton

$15.99 $10

Gluten-free shop bakes up macarons in flavors such as pink champagne; snow fluff blends sweet condensed milk with no-calorie shaved ice

$11 for $20 Worth of Lunch for Two at Wine Wizards Restaurant & Wine Bar

Wine Wizards Restaurant & Wine Bar

March Lane

$20 $11

Restaurant serves sandwiches such as smoked turkey, Italian sausage, and ham as well as quiches and cheese boards

Two or Four Dinner Plates with Appetizers at Red Orchids Restaurant (49% Off)

Red Orchids Restaurant

Stockton

$21.49 $11

Eatery dishes out Filipino cuisine such as lumpia spring rolls, pancit noodles and barbecue pork, and paella

$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Cuisine and Drinks at Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant

Miguel's Mexican Restaurant

Lakeview

$30 $15

Chefs plate Mexican classics such as shrimp fajitas or chimichangas for daily lunches and dinners or huevos rancheros for Sunday breakfasts

Burgers or Catering at Port City Burger (50% Off)

Port City Burger

Pacific

$6 $3

This food truck serves classic American eats like burgers, hot dogs, and Italian sausage, as well as breakfast fare like biscuits and gravy

Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six with Take-Home Bottles of Wine at E2 Family Winery (Up to 54% Off)

E2 Family Winery

Thornton

$38 $19

Sample wine from six generations of winemakers and take home several bottles to sip later

Wine-Tasting Experience with Take-Home Bottles for Two or Four at Weibel Family Vineyards and Winery (50% Off)

Weibel Family Vineyards and Winery

Lodi

$32 $16

Three generations of the Weibel family have overseen the vineyard, where they practice Old World winemaking techniques

Mexican Food for Two or Four, or $12 for $20 Worth of Take-Out at Alebrijes Mexican Bistro

Alebrijes Mexican Bistro

Lodi

$60 $32

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Gourmet burritos and regional Mexican specialties served in a restaurant decorated with colorful alebrijes

Wine Tasting for Four or Eight with Take-Home Wine at Abundance Vineyard (44% Off)

Abundance Vineyard

Lodi

$36 $20

Taste up to five wines at this 50-year-old winery before taking home a bottle

$10 for $20 Worth of Eclectic Diner Food for Breakfast or Lunch at Hollywood Cafe & Catering 

Hollywood Cafe & Catering

Lodi

$20 $10

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The ’50s come alive in this café where hot rods are just as revered as a modern meal of chicken and waffles or huevos rancheros

$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at El Rosal Restaurant Lodi

El Rosal

Lodi

$20 $11

Cooks turn to more than 40 family recipes for direction to craft specialties such as tacos, enchiladas, carne asada, seafood, and guacamole

WIne Tasting for Two, Four, or Ten with Take-Home Bottles at Watts Winery (Up to 58% Off)

Watts Winery

Tasting Room

$40 $20

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Wine tasting gives guests the chance to try out some new pours before they head home with bottles of delicious Upstream wine

Tapas and Wine for Two or Four at Vinedos Aurora at Pamplona Tapas (Up to 52% Off)

Vinedos Aurora at Pamplona Tapas

Lodi

$47 $23

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Hot and cold tapas such as crab-stuffed peppers and lamb chops with mango-mint glaze pair with local wines

Italian Cuisine for Two or Four, or Italian Take-Out at Strings Italian Cafe (Up to 43% Off)

Strings Italian Cafe

Lodi

$20 $12

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Steamed mussels, garlic-covered shrimp scampi, and chicken and asparagus in a sun-dried-tomato sauce

Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Fields Family Wines (Up to 61% Off)

Fields Family Wines

Multiple Locations

$38 $16

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Wine tastings give customers a chance to try vintages such as the Old Vine zinfandel, tempranillo, and organically grown syrah

Wedding-Cake Packages Serving 60, 100, 200, or 80 from Let 'em Eat Cake (Up to 56% Off)

Let 'em Eat Cake

Livermore

$450 $199

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Custom cakes iced with buttercream with two accent colors, piped designs, flowers, and delivery; options include tasting and consult

One or Two Hookahs with Fruit Bowls at Wicked Mirage Hookah Lounge (Up to 42% Off)

Wicked Mirage Hookah Lounge

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

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Hookah bowls come in fruit flavors such as raspberry, melon, and mango

Two or Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Hot Dogs at Brentwood Dog House (Up to Half Off)

Brentwood Dog House

Brentwood

$10 $5.50

All-beef hot dogs covered in chili, served Chicago style, or custom-made to suit appetites with toppings such as jalapeños and sauerkraut

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10.50 Worth of Mission-Style Tacos at Taco Del Mar ($21 Value)

Taco Del Mar

Brentwood

$10.50 $5.50

Baja-California inspired tacos and burritos made with fresh ingredients

$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Sweets at Jantz Cafe & Bakery ($18 Total Value)

Jantz Cafe & Bakery

Merced

$6 $3.33

Fresh bread, homemade pies, and other treats made with a family's multigenerational recipes

Lunch with Sandwiches, Pastries, and Drinks for Two or Four at Bon Dia Cafe (52% Off)

Bon Dia Cafe'

Pleasanton

$42 $20

Enjoy a lunch of cafe sandwiches and delicate pastries while sipping on your choice of beer, wine, or coffee

Mexican Meal for Two or Four at Baja Fresh (Up to 42% Off)

Baja Fresh

Pleasanton

$23.94 $15

Flame-grilled flavors of never-frozen chicken and steak fill tacos and burritos made to order with farm-fresh ingredients

Wedding Cakes from Sweetart Creative Baking (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Sweetart Creative Baking

Multiple Locations

$100 $50

Artistic bakers build custom wedding cakes in unique flavors and can decorate them with everything from sculpted fondant to silk butterflies

Mexican Food for Two or Four at Little Manuel's (Half Off)

Little Manuel's

Antioch

$20 $10

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Chefs cook up Mexican, Italian, and American dishes such as from-scratch tamales, housemade menudo soup, and pasta

Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 43% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

$12 for $20 Worth of Vegetarian Indian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Chaat Bhavan

Chaat Bhavan

Dublin

$20 $12

Enjoy vegetarian menu of Indian snacks—or chaats—such as veggie fritters served with chutney or stuffed potato patties with a chickpea curry

Three-Course Indian Dinner for Two or Four at Citrus Indian Fusion (Up to 43% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Citrus Indian Fusion

Dublin

$39.94 $24

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Beyond yellow brick façade & twinkling string lights, skilled chefs whip up tandoor-cooked fish & lamb, zesty masala & oven-baked bread

$7 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $7 Worth of Burgers and American Food at Rally's ($14 Total Value)

Rally's

Multiple Locations

$7 $3.50

Drive-thru joint grills up burgers and chicken sandwiches, complemented by fries and shakes

$15 for $25 Worth of Pan-Asian Vegan Food at Loving Hut

Loving Hut

Milpitas

$25 $15

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All-vegan dine-in restaurant uses only natural non-GMO ingredients for signature dishes such as Spicy Cha-Cha, Kung Pao & Tom Ka Thai soup

$8 for One Sizzler Entree at Mirch Masala (Up to $14.95 Value)

Mirch Masala

Milpitas

$14.95 $8

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Simple preparation characterize Indian dishes such as paneer tikka kebabs, vegetarian bhangan bharta with roasted eggplant, and lamb curry

Indian Dinner Cuisine at Aasna, Melange of India (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Aasna, Melange of India

Milpitas

$36 $22

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Shyam Khanal's eatery serves Indian cuisine divided into meat- and vegetable-based dishes

$13 for $20 Worth of Quick-Serve Teriyaki at Happi House

Happi House

Multiple Locations

$20 $13

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Chicken, pork, and beef in a signature teriyaki sauce, served alongside tempura plates, noodle bowls, and the popular Asian chicken salad

$13 for $20 Worth of Pastries at Beard Papa’s in Milpitas

Beard Papas - Milpitas

Milpitas

$20 $13

International bakery fills crunchy pie-crust exterior with one of eight types of filling made from natural custard & whipped cream

Mexican Food for Two or Four at Royal Taco (Half Off)

Royal Taco

Milpitas

$20 $10

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Authentic taquitos with avocado; spicy chiles rellenos; breakfast, lunch, and dinner burritos

$59 for Two Gift Cards, Each Good for $50 of Mexican Cuisine at Maria Maria La Cantina ($100 Total Value)

Maria Maria La Cantina

Multiple Locations

$100 $59

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Creative tacos, seafood, and other cuisine from Mexico's Pacific Coast at a cantina with art from partner Carlos Santana and live music

$15 for Pizza with 2-Liter Soda at Papa John's (Up to $26.99 Value)

Papa John's - Danville

Danville

$26.99 $15

Hand-tossed extra-large pizzas showcase tangy sauce made from California-grown tomatoes and a choice of fresh veggies and meats

Improv Comedy for Two at Made Up Theatre (Up to 57% Off)

Made Up Theatre

Grimmer

$28 $12

Alternating teams perform long- and short-form improv fueled by audience suggestions

Pizza, Sandwiches, and Calzones at Mission Pizza & Pub (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Mission Pizza & Pub

Fremont

$30 $17

Creative pizzas, oven-baked sandwiches, and 32 microbrews and imported beers served amid live country and bluegrass music

$11 for $20 Worth of Thai Food at Chef Chai Thai Cuisine

Chef Chai Thai Cuisine

Fremont

$20 $11

Chicken satay appetizers pave the way for Thai entrees such as panang curry, drunken noodles, and deep-fried salmon topped with chili paste

$11 for $20 Worth of Lunch or an Indian Dinner for Two at Arka

Arka

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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Eatery infuses traditional Indian flavors into innovative dishes and regional specialties

One Dozen Bagels with Cream Cheese or $8 for $15 Worth of Bagels at PJ's Bagels

PJ's Bagels

Fremont

$15 $8

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Grab a simple plain or whole-wheat bagel with cream cheese, or turn it into a sandwich with turkey, lox, or pastrami and pair it with coffee

$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Pasta, and Sandwiches at Steve's Pizza

Steve's Pizza

Elk Grove

$20 $12

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Since 1978, Steve's Pizza has dished out high-quality pies, tasty sandwiches, and savory pastas

Pub Meal for Two or Four with Appetizers, Entrees, and Drinks at Elk Grove Sports Bar & Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Elk Grove Sports Bar & Grill

Elk Grove

$34 $18

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Classic American pub dishes such as patty melts, chili dogs, fish and chips, and burgers topped with cheddar and bacon

$15 for $25 Worth of Casual American Food at Logan's Roadhouse - Sacramento

Logan's Roadhouse

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

Wood-grilled steaks and fried cheese and bacon burgers, washed down by Roadhouse tea made with Ole Smoky Tennessee White Lightning Moonshine

$17 for Four 10-Inch Cheesesteak Sandwiches at Cheese Steak Restaurant ($35.96 Value)

Cheese Steak Restaurant

Elk Grove

$36 $17

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30+ varieties of cheesesteak, from classic to chicken philly cheesesteaks crowned with bacon or roasted chili pepper and salsa

Tea-Time Sampler with Sandwiches and Scones for Two or Four at Dori's Tea Cottage (Up to 42% Off)

Dori's Tea Cottage

Groveland

$32.95 $19

Hearty sampler platters provide plenty of snacks to share while enjoying a pot of tea, such as cucumber sandwiches, scones, and cookies

Chinese Food for Lunch or Dinner, Valid Monday–Thursday or Friday–Sunday at House of Chu (Up to 46% Off)

House of Chu

Kooser

$25 $13.50

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Local staple boasts a massive Chinese menu loaded with popular dishes such as peking spareribs, prawns in plum sauce, and mongolian lamb

Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies at Yogen Früz (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Yogen Früz

Westfield Oakridge

$10 $6

Creamy probiotic-rich frozen yogurt available in nonfat, no-sugar-added & lactose-free varieties & piled with fresh-fruit mix-ins & toppings

Take-Out Tamale Meal for 4, 8, or 10, with Rice, Beans, and Arroz Con Leche Lucy’s Tamale Factory (Up to 42% Off)

Lucys Tamale Factory

Alum Rock

$33 $19

Bring home award-winning tamales, along with sides and dessert

$12 for $20 Worth of Breakfast Food and Drinks at Scrambl'z

scramblz

San Jose

$20 $12

Omelets, benedicts, crepes, and waffles are prepared from scratch and served amid eclectic decor including a VW van that doubles as seating

$59 for a Prix Fixe Dinner for Two at Scott's Seafood ($100 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Scott's Seafood

Downtown San Jose

$100 $59

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Sample from a seafood-centric menu of upscale American cuisine and sip California wines inside a sixth-floor restaurant overlooking the city

$12 for $20 Worth of Sports-Bar Food — La Barra Sports Bar

La Barra Sports Bar

San Jose

$20 $12

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Snow-Crab Dinner or Salad or Sandwich Lunch for Two or Four at Blue Water Seafood & Crab (Up to 50% Off)

Blue Water Seafood & Crab

San Jose

$60 $39

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Fresh, in-season snow crab with a choice of sauce; lunch with options such as shrimp Louie, seafood po' boys, and lobster bisque

One Medium or Large Pizza with Three Toppings and Cheese Breadsticks at Checkers Pizza & Ribs (Up to 47% Off)

Checkers Pizza & Ribs

Paynes

$19.54 $11

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Pizzas loaded with whole-milk mozzarella and topped with artichoke hearts, gyro meat, sun-dried tomatoes, or more

One Groupon Good for $25 Worth of Pizza, Valid Monday–Thursday or Friday–Sunday at New York Pizza (Up to 50% Off)

New York Pizza

Alum Rock

$25 $12.50

More than a dozen gourmet pizzas plus calzones, salads, and sandwiches

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Gloria's Taqueria

Gloria's Taqueria

San Jose

$20 $12

Burritos, enchiladas, and other Mexican classics served in a casual dining room bedecked with rock-and-roll memorabilia

$19 for a Five-Visit Punch Card for Desserts and Drinks at Hello Desserts ($35 Value)

Hello Desserts

Gordy

$35 $19

Desserts ranging from custard and pudding to crème brûlée and ice-cream sundaes pair with smoothies, coffee, and other beverages

Groceries at Arteagas Food Center (25% Off). Fourteen Options Available.

Arteagas Food Center

Multiple Locations

$20 $15

Latin-American food center stocked with fresh produce, meats, and other essential groceries

Comfort Food for Two or Four at Sonoma Chicken Coop (Up to 42% Off)

Sonoma Chicken Coop

North San Jose

$25 $15

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Join friends to feast on rotisserie chicken, oven-baked pizza, and angus steak

Grill-It-Yourself Steak Dinner for Two or Breakfast or Lunch at Grill 'Em Steakhouse and Bar (Up to 40% Off)

Grill 'Em Steakhouse and Bar

Campbell

$34 $25

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Cook your own tender new york strip steaks to perfection on a 6'x2.5' communal grill; breakfast options include omelets and steak and eggs

Dinner for Two or Paella and Sangria for Four at Picasso's Tapas & Restaurant (Up to 44% Off)

Picasso's Tapas & Restaurant

Downtown San Jose

$40 $25

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Savor traditional Spanish small plates or one of five hearty paellas paired with dessert and a pitcher of fresh sangria

Select Local Merchants

Having lived in Ripon for two decades, Jake Parks had a good idea of what his hometown lacked: a warm, welcoming café where friends could sit and converse and commuters could stop in for lunch on the go. He took it upon himself to fill this empty niche, founding his eponymous café and basing its menu around premium drinks and gourmet sandwiches. Today, the first thing one notices when entering Jake’s Coffee, Tea and Sandwiches is the aroma of coffee, which starts brewing at 6 a.m. Jake and his team pride themselves on crafting a wide range of caffeinated drinks, from mochas flavored with Monin syrups to red-eye blends that keep customers awake as they attempt to set the world record for most dictionaries read in one sitting. The shop’s many blends of tea, available hot or iced, pair nicely with freshly baked pastries and a selection of savory wraps and paninis that incorporate the shop’s signature cream-cheese pesto spread.

150 N Wilma Ave
Ripon,
CA
US

Mountain Mike’s Pizza keeps belly bearings well lubricated with its selection of topping-laden pizzas, oven-kissed sandwiches, and more. Like a fleet-footed yeti, Mountain Mike’s Pizza's menu deftly scales rocky heights with its selection of mountain-themed specialty pizzas, such as the 12-inch Everest and Snowy Alps pizzas, each stacked with a savory selection of Old World pepperoni, onion, olives, and more ($17.99). With two types of crust, four sauces, and 26 toppings, diners can craft their own perfect pies.

1201 W Main St
Ripon,
CA
US

The cooks at Velvet Grill & Creamery understand the timelessness of classic diner fare and a cold scoop of ice cream. All day long, they make breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes from scratch and churn out fresh batches of more than 20 ice-cream flavors. Breakfast seekers satisfy savory cravings with three-egg omelets stuffed with ingredients such as avocado, crab, linguiça, and feta cheese. Sweet teeth tear into Velvet's original pancakes, made with real oatmeal and buttermilk from a special house recipe. Later-day options include classic comfort fare such as chicken-fried steak and smoked pork chops doused with an apricot glaze. Among the sandwich selection, the house-special mega grilled cheese ($7.39) combines four kinds of melted, gooey cheese between three slices of bread to form a meal hefty enough to knock over Mechagodzilla should he return from his semester abroad in Prague. Diners can also lap up the eatery's rotating selection of homemade ice creams, which were spotlighted in the Lodi News-Sentinel for their incorporation of such unconventional ingredients as wine and butternut squash. Customers can also suggest new flavors and request special batches, which in the past have included licorice, bacon, and the sweet, sweet taste of victory over chinese finger traps.

2204 McHenry Ave
Modesto,
CA
US

When the trio of Jenna Harvey, Ryan Woods, and Steffen Haro graduated from UC Davis, they decided to create their own jobs. "It's not in our character to throw up our hands and say, 'Well, we tried,'" Harvey says as she remembers doggedly planning a 400-square-foot shaved-ice shack with Woods and Haro. Their dream quickly evolved into a shop nearly five times as large, complete with an espresso bar, a kettle-corn popper, and a drive-thru window. Named Pura Vida for the Costa Rican phrase that captivated Harvey during a charitable trip in 2007?"Though it translates as 'pure life,' locals said they use it as 'live pure,' and we liked what it stood for"?the affable staff douses fluffy curls of ice with sweet fruits, puckery sours, and an array of sugar-free flavors accented with marshmallow topping or ice cream in the middle. Hot and iced coffees, which Pura Vida hopes to someday source directly from Costa Rica, enliven palates in between bites of kettle corn, which pop from whole-grain kernels. As soft music floats through the red-walled storefront, free WiFi ricochets across the hand-built bamboo counter and onto patio tables perched beneath a shady pitched awning.

1407 Standiford Ave
Modesto,
CA
US

As the vibrant, swirling skirts of belly dancers entrance patrons' eyes, Skewers' chefs slice up lamb, filet mignon, chicken, and salmon for the restaurant’s namesake kebabs. To sate carnivorous cravings, their flavorful meats—which are marinated for 48 to 72 hours in tangy Mediterranean spices and oils—are roasted over the open flame of a stove or a snoring baby dragon. Bartenders craft potent martinis and pour international wines that complement both the punchy flavors of the kebabs and the plumes of sweet, aromatic smoke that dance through the hookah garden. On select nights, the kebab house brims with the catchy beats of live jazz bands, late-night DJs, and brave karaoke performers, and belly dancers take center stage with their sensuous dance moves on Saturday evenings.

906 J St
Modesto,
CA
US

The cooks at Sips Bistro and Wine Shop use locally acquired and organic ingredients where possible in their classic menu of small plates, varietals, and espresso drinks. The intimate bistro setting—rendered warm by colorful murals of pastoral settings and elegant wood wine racks—hosts guests as they try refined eats such as a chicken, brie, and caramelized onion quesadilla, or a brined and herb-crusted bone-in pork chop. During wine flights, vino sippers may choose their own drinks from a temperature-controlled wine bar or the frigid palms of a grape-eating sprite. The company also occasionally hosts events such as champagne Sundays and special tastings.

901N Carpenter, Ste 39
Modesto,
CA
US