There's nothing like dining out in the laid-back, friendly environment of Tracy, Calif. This Bay Area city has a food scene that takes inspiration from sources worldwide, from the Mexican flavors at Los Potros Restaurant to the Asian fusion dishes at Midori Fine Asian Cuisine. At the same time, you can always find several places serving New American cuisine and comfort food.
Where to start? We’ve compiled the following list with an assist from Yelp — each restaurant described below scored at least 4.2 out of 5 on the consumer review platform. All 12 restaurants have been reviewed over 100 times to avoid describing a “flash in the pan.” Let’s get into it.
The Mediterranean joint Falafel Flame
serves up authentic falafel, kebabs, gyros, shawarma, and vegetarian and vegan dishes. Though working as part of a California chain, the attentive staff and spicy flavors give extra life to the otherwise humble restaurant. Reviewers consistently praise the combo platters; you can easily find menu items suitable for vegan or vegetarian diets.
Mazaa Kabob House
Mazaa Kabob House
is Tracy’s premier Afghan restaurant and one of the best bites in the whole city. It has garnered over 1,000 positive reviews thanks partly to the menu’s savory vegetarian and vegan options. Their spicy kabobs, wraps, and rice dishes go perfectly with a side of cool yogurt.
To continue our Mediterranean theme, look into Yafa Hummus
, a restaurant local to Tracy specializing in fresh hummus and falafel. Their variations on hummus include classic hummus, a roasted eggplant version, and hummus with roasted red peppers. You can also order more filling Mediterranean dishes like kabobs and shawarma.
is a New American family restaurant serving elevated comfort food made with seasonal ingredients. Like many Californian establishments these days, Chapter 2 also has various vegetarian and vegan options. Our shortlist of popular dishes includes the Chapter 2 burger, the fried chicken sandwich, and the grilled salmon.
Midori Fine Asian Cuisine
Known for its elegant and sophisticated atmosphere, Midori Fine Asian Cuisine
is the city’s premier Japanese-inspired restaurant. The menu features some usual suspects (sushi, sashimi, rolls, tempura, and hibachi) to go with the full bar’s selection of Japanese beers, wines, and cocktails. The shared dishes and exotic entrees (like squid and duck) at Midori make for a convivial group dining atmosphere.
is the place to go when feeling a pang for Chinese. The menu covers a lot of ground: soups, rice dishes, noodles, and seafood are all in play here. Still, Amazing Kitchen receives fantastic reviews, not least for its reasonable prices and ample serving sizes. You can order your dish of choice for takeout or delivery if within the restaurant’s designated boundaries.
Maroo Korean BBQ
Patrons get a uniquely interactive dining experience when they enter Maroo Korean BBQ
. You can choose from various meats and vegetables to be grilled at your table. Though the menu is heavy on beef and pork dishes, you can easily take the lighter route with grilled mackerel, kimchi pancakes, or fried rice options. For many, the various sides and sauces are the best part of a meal at Maroo.
Popo’s on 6th
For casual American fare washed down with your choice drink, try Popo’s on 6th
. Offering one of the most eclectic menus in Tracy, Popo’s has everything from burgers and sandwiches to salads and entrees. You can’t miss the restaurant’s streetside location in southern Tracy. The outdoor patio at Popo’s is an excellent way to appreciate the weather in Tracy, which enjoys 264 sunny days per year on average.
Los Potros Restaurant
The Tracy food scene features fare from worldwide sources, including the superb Mexican cuisine at Los Potros Restaurant
. Beyond conventional dishes, Los Potros has made a name for itself with house specialties based on grilled shrimp, bacon, and the freshest vegetables. Treat yourself to some lemonade or horchata to wash down your dish of choice.
is owned and operated by a local family, and the restaurant is best known for its friendly service. Its location near the intersection of two major roads belies the restaurant’s homey atmosphere. Sushi, sashimi, ramen, poke bowls, and more Japanese dishes are on order. Try the Lion King roll — you will be amazed!
The Upper Room Kitchen
One of Tracy’s best low-key restaurants is The Upper Room Kitchen
. Known for its American meals and craft beer, the Upper Room serves some of the best New York steak in the city, topped with the house sauce and served with your choice of side. The restaurant’s airy industrial digs are conducive to a power lunch or post-work dinner with associates.
is a charming family-owned and operated restaurant serving the community for over 15 years. It’s a versatile venue equally suited to a special occasion, romantic dinner, or casual meal with friends or family. Some popular dishes include the Bistro 135 burger, the pan-seared salmon, and the chocolate lava cake.
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