Chicken Parmesan, pozole, beef teriyaki, boba milk tea, fried chicken and waffles, hungry yet? Explore the many diverse cuisines in the city by supporting local restaurants during the Visit Stockton's 13th annual Stockton Restaurant Week.
The 10 day dining extravaganza will showcase these and many more dishes starting Jan.14-23.
“It's been a tough two years for the restaurant community and, you know, while everything is still a little bit challenging, it's important to remember that we still got to support our restaurants,” said Wes Rhea, chief executive officer of Visit Stockton.
After last year’s event with a focus on takeout due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year the focus is back on dine-in and helping servers make a little extra money. Takeout options are left up to each participating restaurant.
Rhea said restaurants have been facing challenges such as with staffing — reminding everyone participating during restaurant week to keep that in mind and be patient with servers and tip well.
“It's all about just supporting those locally family-owned businesses. You know, our chain restaurants are great. They support a lot of our local causes, but this is all about our locally owned businesses and these are people who donate to our little leagues … and donate to our organizations," Rhea said. "It's great to give back to those restaurants who you know, employ so many people in our community and give back to our communities.”
At least 26 restaurants are participating in this year's Stockton Restaurant Week. Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Thai, American and German are just some of the cuisines being offered with diverse menus for all to enjoy and explore.
“I know like Fat City BBQ is doing a pizza this year, and they're bringing back their very popular Dino rib, and I know Cast Iron is doing their vegan weekend and they're also doing a New Orleans themed weekend," Rhea said. "Our restaurants are super creative and again, a lot of them are offering things you can only get during Restaurant Week, which we love because it's a great opportunity for them to try out something that they may want to put on their menu.”
The 2022 Stockton Restaurant Week restaurants include:
American Waffle Diner
Angelina’s Spaghetti House
AVE on the mile
Bud's Seafood Grille
Cast Iron Trading Co.
Cocoro Bistro Sushi Bar
Fat City Brew & BBQ
Go Falafel Greek Food
Kings Card Club
The Kitchen at StoneBrier
La mesa Mexican Kitchen
Michael’s New York Style Pizza & Gina’s Café
Midgley’s Public House
Nash + Tender
Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar
Papa Urb’s Grill
Shomi Japanese Restaurant
Sugar Mediterranean Bistro
Tiger Milk Boba
Whirlows Tossed & Grilled
Visit Stockton is offering its mobile-friendly “Dine Pass,” for the second year in a row, giving foodies easy access to participating restaurants' exclusive menu items. The “Dine Pass” also gives you the opportunity to participate in the check-in challenge with a chance to win a $25 gift card from one of the participating restaurants.
The “Dine Pass” is not a mobile app, but a website that can be accessed on through your mobile device where you can download the pass, said Rhea. To download the “Dine Pass” visit Stockton Restaurant Week Mobile Pass Pre-Registration.
Restaurants Nash + Tender and Tiger Milk Boba are the new additions to this year’s Stockton Restaurant Week. Among the restaurants that continue to participate year after year are Fat City Brew & BBQ, Angelina’s Spaghetti House, Bud’s Seafood Grille, Mezzo, Go Falafel Greek Food, The Kitchen at StoneBrier, Midgley’s Public House, and Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar, said Rebecca Scharmann, events and community engagement manager of Visit Stockton.
“I think it's a great time also to go try something new and so I know a lot of people use Restaurant Week for an opportunity to try a new restaurant that they haven't tried before and so, I think it's a fun way to do that,” Rhea said.
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This article originally appeared on The Record: Stockton Restaurant Week 2022: Annual event supports local eateries