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.
The black-and-white checkered floors, the silver lunch counter, and an impressive collection of movie paraphernalia give City Diner a decidedly 1950s vibe. The 66 varieties of milkshakes—a nod to Route 66—are just thick, creamy icing on the cake.
At Holder's Country Inn, pancakes for dinner is always an option?and the pancakes come in a variety of styles, too, from chocolate-infused to blueberry-topped. The restaurant serves its breakfast plates all day, a selection that also includes omelets, golden waffles, and corned-beef hash. For lunch and dinner, though, diners can choose from traditional options as well, including new york steak, pasta, and sandwiches such as the turkey avocado melt.
Located near San Jose State University, Peanuts is routinely crowded with college kids craving a hearty breakfast. Bring cash (they don’t take credit here) and order a breakfast omelet or a cheeseburger from the menu above the grill. Then find a seat and dig in.
All it takes is a single bite for a diner at Raul's Striper Cafe to be transported to the country. Flaky biscuits drenched in gravy, fluffy pancakes, and overstuffed breakfast burritos help start mornings with a bang, while chicken fried steak makes lunch-goers full enough to cancel dinner. Brunch is also offered for those who can't decide between breakfast or lunch.