You know, my sandwich travels take me to a lot of remote places, spots I never would have expected to find sandwich nirvana.
Thankfully every so often, I end up in an unexpected place for some reason and have a growling stomach ready to receive sustenance.
Enter, Lodi California.
WHERE Did You Go?
I know you haven’t heard of the place, more than likely, and until an invitation to a friend’s wedding, I had no idea where it was either. But this small town outside of Stockton is a great little spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles or the closer Bay Area.
Wanting to get away from the hotel and see what this town was about, I had headed out to a local brewery/pub that I read about online. The Lodi Beer Company is a hotspot on the main drag of downtown Lodi.
Besides eating sandwiches, one of the best parts about writing this blog has been discovering new and different places, and Lodi is a perfect example of that. It is a small town for sure, and so incredibly different from Los Angeles, that it’s pretty refreshing. A great place to get away to when crazy big city life gets tiring.
Heading into the Lodi Beer Company, it was clear this place was a local favorite as all the seats were packed. One of the fun bits of knowledge dropped at this location came while waiting in line: We found out through the locals that there was a Zombie Walk happening through town that evening.
Future plans in mind, we settled in for food and local craft beer.
This Burger Ain’t No Swamp Thing
I started with their absolutely incredible Plowshear Porter, a dark and malty beer with notes of coffee and chocolate. This was followed by the much brighter and hoppier Helles IPA.
For dinner, I felt like a burger had to be paired with these two great craft beers, and the New Orleans Cajun Burger was going to be the easy choice to make.
This offering is made with a charbroiled patty flavored with Cajun seasoning, and topped with house made Chipotle dressing, sauteed red peppers, grilled onions, pepper jack cheese and lettuce on a brioche bun.
The spicy Chipotle and Cajun seasoning brought a flavor punch without being overpowering or providing too much heat for those that don’t enjoy a spicy kick. I could have used a bit more heat, but this level was totally enjoyable.
The sauteed red peppers and onions brought a bit of texture with mild flavors that still cut through the bright Cajun seasoning. The brioche bun brought delicious honey and butter flavors to the mix.
All in all, my visit to the Lodi Beer Company was a great experience, and one I’d love to repeat again.
And so ends another week…
Oh, wait. I forgot something?
ONLY THE LODI ZOMBIE WALK IS ALL.
The Dead Will Rise!….and Party
So, every year apparently the townspeople all dress up like zombies and walk up and down the main stretch of Lodi. It’s a lot of fun as the people who aren’t dressed up line the sidewalks and see everyone in their undead finest.
It was a great way to spend an evening close to Halloween with a lot of people enjoying the spirit of the holiday.
And some of these people went all out in order to get dressed up. Bravo, Lodi. bravo.
And now…UNTIL NEXT WEEK, READERS.
New Orleans Cajun Burger
Lodi Breer Company
105 S. School Street
Lodi, CA 95240