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Live like a local

Live like a local

Downtown’s Dust Bowl Brewing Company Tap Room (200 W. Main St.) serves world-renowned beer brewed right here in Turlock.


POSTED September 10, 2012 11:35 a.m.

On the surface, there may not be much to do in Turlock.

But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a slew of entertainment options.

If you’re sitting around your dorm room, bored, quit complaining. Get out and do something new!

 

Go to Breakfast

Yes, sadly, this involves waking up before noon. It’s hard for all of us.

But it’s worth it (on occasion, at least) for a fun morning with friends.

La Mo (310 E. Main St.) offers a scrumptious menu of Mexican-influenced breakfast delights, from eggs with nopales – cactus – to summer fig pancakes. For the 21 and over crowd, bottomless mimosas are a must.

In the mood for more traditional diner fare? You can’t go wrong with Latif’s (111 North Golden State Blvd.), an institution that once played host to George H. W. Bush and Chuck Norris. Be sure to save room for a slice of pie – it’s absolutely legendary.

 

Play some pool

Looking for some friendly competition?

There’s no bowling in Turlock – at least not yet – but the city is home to two pool halls.

Al’s Billiards (128 S. Center St.) is your typical 21-and-over pool-players bar. Think beer, loud (often-live) music, and pool tables.

Sharkey’s (700 W. Hawkeye Ave.) is a more family-friendly, all-ages locale, offering tons of pool tables and a pizza-centric menu. There’s beer, but underage folks are welcome.

 

Watch the game

Bet you didn’t know Turlock is home to a professional sporting team.

The Turlock Express plays in the Professional Arena Soccer League, with home games at Turlock Indoor Soccer (500 S. Center St.). Of course, California State University, Stanislaus is home to myriad collegiate teams as well, with nearly-constant games offering a source of entertainment.

If you want to grab a slice of pizza – or some buffalo wings – and watch a pro game on TV, there’s nowhere better than Jura’s Pizza (300 N. Center St.). Big screens and cold beer add up to a great hangout spot.

 

Go on a date

Yes, you’ll need to find someone else for this one.

A trip to the movies is the old standard (Regal Cinemas Turlock Stadium 14, 2323 W. Main St.).

But if you’re looking to really impress someone, why not try one of Turlock’s best restaurants in Bistro 234 (234 E. Main St.)? If you’re looking for a less pricy option, consider the romantic and intimate Villa Napoli (1102 Geer Rd.), where the owners treat you like members of their extended Italian family.

After dinner, grab some frozen yogurt at House of Yogurt (2920 Geer Rd.), Brain Freeze (3102 Geer Rd.), or Yogolicious (3204 Countryside Dr.) to cap off the night.

 

Visit the Farmers Market

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 26, Downtown Turlock plays host to the Turlock Certified Farmers Market (Broadway at W. Main St.).

There may not be much room to cook with all those delicious veggies in your dorm room, but if you’re from out of the area you owe it to yourself to pick up some fresh stone fruit to snack on – this region is renowned for its peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, and pluots.

The Turlock Market also offers a great selection of ready-to-eat food – don’t miss the Persian Peasant’s authentic cuisine and Turlock Coffee’s locally roasted beans – and hand-crafted items.

 

Hit the town

Turlock isn’t a po-dunk, one-bar town.

If you aren’t 21 yet, you have something to look forward to.

Downtown’s Dust Bowl Brewing Company Tap Room (200 W. Main St.) serves world-renowned beer brewed right here in Turlock. That’s right – this is some of the best beer on the planet. Just ask the Beverage Tasting Institute, who rated Dust Bowl’s Hops of Wrath India Pale Ale the third best IPA they’d ever tasted. You don’t have to be 21 to visit the Dust Bowl Tap Room – it’s a full-service restaurant, with delicious fried delights, burgers, sandwiches, and salads too.

 

Just in the mood to dance your Friday or Saturday away? Try the Red Brick Café (153 S. Broadway), with an expansive patio, or Wellington Station Pub & Restaurant (10 E. Main St.). Midweek, both bars become a bit more relaxed: Red Brick Café offers karaoke on Thursdays, and Wellington has trivia nights on Tuesdays and karaoke on Wednesdays.

If you’re a music lover, the Grizzly Rock Café (4905 Golden State Blvd.) might be the spot for you. Great, local bands play most every weekend night, and the bar offers a wide range of top-notch beers and liquor. They offer a full restaurant, too, meaning under-21s are welcome – don’t miss the moose burrito if you’re really, really hungry.

 

That’s certainly not all there is to do in Turlock, but it’s a good start.

So live like a local, and get out there. Turlock’s your new home – enjoy it.

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