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BEST BREAKFAST & BEST LUNCH:
1202 J ST, MODESTO
Here’s a recipe for how to start the day right: do not pass go, do not pick up a coffee at that chain shop, do not opt for that doughnut. Instead, go directly to Café Deva on J Street in Modesto. From freshly made waffles topped with fresh berries to egg or tofu scrambles customizable with a wide selection of add-ins, owners Lorena and Jamie offer a huge breakfast menu that is primed to please. Of course, you can also grab a cup of some of the best coffee in town to help wash down your delectable meal. Plus, if you happen to stop by on Sunday morning, you can enjoy great live music from local singers or bands while you eat. It’s a win-win.
BAUER’S 66 1/2
(209) 409-4258 | bauerscnc.com
There’s nothing better than hosting a party featuring fresh, scratch-made dishes that your guests adore—unless it’s one where you don’t need to do the cooking! Fortunately, that’s what Bauer’s 66 1/2 does best. Chef owners Tye Bauer and Liz Bauer have more than 20 years of restaurant, winemaking and fine dining experience between them and provide the ultimate in buffet and family style catering, craft services, and personal chef services from the Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. With a variety of menu options that include barbecue favorites, build-your-own burritos, Mediterranean pitas, Italian and Spanish dishes, California cuisine, and vegan and gluten-free items, Bauer’s has something to please every palate, event, occasion and budget. Need we say more?
1205 J ST, MODESTO
The Spanish tradition of tapas, in which diners make a meal of a wide selection of dishes served on small plates, has taken the world by storm. Here in Stanislaus County, your options for tapas may be limited, but we’re lucky to be home to a true jewel: Modesto’s Concetta. Where the cozy J Street eatery once specialized in gourmet pizzas, it now draws crowds with an ever-shifting menu of exquisitely crafted foods served in small portions. From light vegetarian fare like freshly baked bread and selections of olives to customer favorites including an incredible baked egg and brussels sprouts that will make you a convert for life, Concetta turns local food into an art form. Gather some friends and call ahead. You’re guaranteed a dinner you’ll never forget.
222 MCHENRY AVE, MODESTO
If you love burgers, you owe it to yourself to get to Rockin B’s Burger Company in Modesto immediately. Since opening the McHenry Ave. burger shop’s doors in 2013, owners Shana and Barry have quickly secured a reputation for serving up the juiciest, most delicious burgers anywhere in the county. The rustic storefront is all charm and the menu offers everything from classic and dressed up burgers to wedge salads, on occasion small batch BBQ and garlic fries that are sure to please. In the mood for a taste sensation? Belly up to the bar and order the Shay Shay burger, garlic fries and one of their selection of on-tap beers. Go ahead. You can thank us later.