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    1. Tommaso's (formally Lupo's) Neapolitan Restaurant <++++>

    2. 1042 Kearny Street
      San Francisco, CA USA
      415- 398-9696
      They have the best Pizza in The world. It is cooked in the original OAK Burning, Brick oven. the Aroma is part of the place, from the open hearth. Their Broccoli Salad is a delight. Tell Carmen Crotti Hello!
    3. Strings <++++>

      Oakdale Rd at Floyd
      Modesto, CA
      The best Cafe Salad. We just ate there last week and it is still great and that Salad is to kill for.
    4. *Alfredo's Italian Cuisine <++++>
      601 Tully Rd.
      Modesto, CA 209-522-1897
      Great food and a lot of it. 


  1. Fast Eddies, MOAB (Meal on a Bun) <++++>

  2. Tully Rd at Roseburg
    Modesto, CA
    1950's Hamburger Drive Inn, Great Patty Melt. The owner is a Skydiver.
  3. Minne's Chinese <++++>
  4. McHenry at 5 points (Needham)
    Modesto, CA
    Best ribs in town

  5. Mimi's, French
    Dale Rd at the mall next to The Elephant Bar, both are good and have Lamb Shanks.
  • Others:
    1. Happy Garden Chinese Cuisine. 1413 Main Street, Newman. We enjoyed their dinners and they were very good. I had a sweet and sour pork dinner and Carol had a shrimp dinner. The prices were normal. One of my customers told me about the new opening and they were right it was great. They have a great menu with a huge selection including a business lunch as well as a luncheon special. They are open 11 AM to 9 PM.
    2. The Old Mill 9th and Needham site is closed and has reopened at 9Th and F Street. Plenty of parking. Biggest portions in town with great breakfast and lunch and dinner specials. Open 5 AM to 3 PM. They are in the new building now where Smitty's used to be. Come on by and rub elbows with the elite of Modesto. The train does not go down 9th any more but you can still hear them a block away. The old building was over a 100 years old and has been the place to eat in Modesto for many years. Still the best place in town but in a new place at 9Th and F Street. 


    Sea Food

    1. Scotts
      Jack London's Square, Oakland, CA
      Sea food on the water <+++++> 
    2. Fish Factory
      Moss Landing Hard to find <++++>
  • <++++> personal rating based on type of eatery <+> good; <++++> excellent

    * This link is a great explanation on finding out of the way places. Let me know if it changes. How to find a great down to earth place to eat...

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    Places to visit:

    San Francisco

    The City of San Francisco is a special place. Golden Gate Park and the Marina Green are fun places. Don't miss Fort Point and the Golden Gate Bridge. The exploratorium and The Palace of Fine Arts are a must. The deYoung and the Aquarium closed). Fisherman's Wharf are also a must for lunch, Old San Francisco Sour Dough French bread found no where else. Our favorite lunch is French bread and cracked crab down at the water's edge on the Marina Green. Don't leave with out a visit to pier39 and the street shows along the way. A trip up to Coit Tower (Fireman's fire nozzle as a monument) and then across the way to steepest, crookedest street, that is Lombard off Hyde. A trip to San Francisco with out a ride on the Famous Cable Cars and the drive through China Town would be a waste. BART is the best way to see the city today with all the traffic. Park free at Pleasanton and get off at Embarcadero and take the N lite rail out to the beach and Golden Gate Park. It also goes past the Haight too. The K line goes to Fisherman's Wharf and the Castro. Good cheap eats across the street at #1 Market Building. The Zoo is on the L lite rail and the MUNI goes everywhere else. Over 65 it only costs $.35. Take the Ferry all over the Bay from the Ferry Building Across the Street. Bus 15 takes you to the Broadway area for good eats. The main thing we go to San Francisco for, is to dine at Tommaso's (Next). Places to Eat: 

    Jack London Square; Oakland, CA. 

    We went down to Jack London Square on a Saturday a while back on the Amtrak from Modesto. We left about 8:30 AM ad arrived in Oakland about 11:30 AM after a great ride through Stockton, Pittsburgh, Martinez, Richmond, and Emeryville. The water sights were wonderful and it is so relaxing as we sat there looking at all the wild life; with out traffic.

    Upon arrival we walked around and looked at all the shops and stores including all the eateries until we came to Scott's. The menu was what we came for and after being seated at the waters edge, I looked around and it seemed so familiar that I asked and was informed it used to be the old Sea Wolf. I had a mixed sea food sauté and Carol had calamari both were out of this world and the best we ever had. I like vegetables and they were superb and the special bread was unsurpassed. After lunch we took the bus up to 12th and Broadway and took the BART over to Embarcadero in San Francisco. We walked over to California and took the cable car up to Powel and changed to the cable car going to the wharf. We walked around, shopped and had a Starbuck coffee before getting back on the cable car. When we go to Market we went down and got on BART back to Oakland and took the bus back to the Square where we continued to shop. Carol looked good in the hat we got that matched her new coat. We were so tired by then we walked over to the station and waited a half hour for our train back home. Once on the train we had dinner in the dinning car and enjoyed the rest of the trip sipping an after dinner coffee and the cookies we got at Cost Plus. Next time we are going to take the BART from Pleasanton and spend more time on the wharf and see the cable car museum. 

    Some of my favorite Things:

    1. Food; Pizza, Lamb Shanks
    2. Towns; Carmel and Monterey
    3. State; California
    4. Areas; Mountains and Back Packing (Yosemite and Emigrant) too old now.
    5. Places; Old Sacramento and Fisherman's Wharf

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    Other Great Web Sites

    1. Mama's Italian Home Page
    2. National Geographic
    3. KPIX  San Francisco Views
    4. Yosemite
    5. Dave's Home Page
    6. San Francisco
    7. Fisher Man's Wharf Restaurants
    8. All of Dave's Web Pages
    9. Tommaso's Web Page

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