Biz Beat

June 28, 2014

Business Beat: A plethora of good places to eat

Last week, I wrote about a list of the top 15 restaurants in Modesto and asked for readers’ thoughts. The response was overwhelming — in the best way.

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Last week, I wrote about a list of the top 15 restaurants in Modesto and asked for readers’ thoughts. The response was overwhelming – in the best way.

By email, by phone and by Facebook post, you conveyed where you like to eat in and around Modesto. I thought I would list everyone’s choices here, but if I did, I could pretty much fill up this column for the next three weeks.

Let me just say that there are clearly many wonderful places to eat in our area. And despite having worked at The Modesto Bee for nearly 15 years, there were some with which I was not familiar. So I will be checking those out soon.

Because I promised to include some of the choices, here are the restaurants that seemed to get the most love, in a purely unscientific scan of responses: La Mo, 10 East and Dust Bowl in Turlock; Ferrarese’s in Oakdale; Canal Street in Ripon; and Verona’s, Bauer’s, Tresetti’s, Modesto Sukiyaki and Chefs of New York in Modesto.

One thing that surprised me: We didn’t get much in the way of responses from Ceres. Surely, Stanislaus County’s third-largest city has some wonderful restaurants. What say you, Ceres residents – any suggestions?

Thanks again to everyone who responded. I will be trying new restaurants long into the future.

I leave you with this rather wistful endorsement from Ray Monge, who posted on The Bee’s Facebook page:

“Left Modesto in ’94. What I would give for a Knock Out at Scenic Drive-In.”

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT – I had a couple of people ask me about Beans, the coffee kiosk on Kansas Avenue, saying it appears closed.

Perry Keyes, who runs Beans with his former wife, Camaron Keyes, confirmed the closure of the Kansas Avenue location.

He said business was doing fairly well, but the rent was increasing, and so they decided to pull back.

“Not a setback,” he said. “I had to try.”

Fans of Beans’ coffee, teas, smoothies and cafe items can still get them at the Waterford location on Yosemite Boulevard.

I got another question, and this one I couldn’t answer. A reader wanted to know what happened to the MacDaddy store on McHenry Avenue. These folks helped customers with all things Apple for many years. My dad was a big fan.

They apparently closed up shop, and as far as I can tell, they haven’t relocated anywhere; the number listed for MacDaddy is out of service and I didn’t find any other listing. If anyone knows if the MacDaddy folks are in business somewhere else, please drop me a line.

And finally, if you make your way up to Groveland anytime soon, there’s a new bakery. The name alone, Tangled Hearts Bakery, makes it worth a look.

According to a news release, Tangled Hearts is run by two longtime locals, Amelia Nickell and Steven Manly.

“Just a taste of their offerings include fresh baked breakfast pastries, meal-worthy muffins, gourmet cookies, decadent brownies, and Amy’s extraordinary cheesecakes,” the release said. The bakery also offers breakfast and lunch menu items, as well as coffee and tea.

You can find Tangled Hearts Bakery at 24000 Casa Loma Road, at Highway 120 and the east end of Ferretti Road. Call (209) 962-0907 or  go to www.tangledhearts

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