This may not be a list of a million things, but instead one big thing, that I think everyone should know.
Being in a new town I would think most people would want to try something different, go to a place you’ve never been that you can’t find in the town you are originally from. Did that make sense at all? Let me clear that up. I’m a person who if I have the chance would rather try something new then go to a big chain restaurant that you could find almost anywhere in the world, or at least in the United States.
Turlock is no exception, yes there is In and Out, Chipotle, and even an Olive garden, but these are all places I could go to anytime and I’m also the kind of person who would rather help out the little companies or small businesses then those big corporations. I try and use yelp for convenient suggestions of places to try and go.
A few weeks ago I was looking for some new food to try and a different place to go with my boyfriend. I was looking for either a good Mexican restaurant or a Chinese place, because I realized we tend to eat a lot of burgers or pizza, yes time for a little change. The one slight problem was that we were meeting up around 9 o’clock, and most places closed at 9pm.
You now see my dilemma. The only choice for Chinese food was Panda Express, no thank you. There were a couple more choices for Mexican food, Hallelujah! We went and tried out Memo’s Cocina on W. Main Street, which only opened a few months ago. It was pretty quiet, and I’m pretty sure we were the last customers to come it, but it was worth it to try something new.
Now comes this past week where we were going out to celebrate my birthday. I’m going to blame my Tuesday night class for this one, even though I got out relatively early, but usually it runs until 8:40pm. This time I wasn’t so picky about where we ate because I knew that many places were going to be closed by the time we got there. We had been to 10 East and Dustbowl before and both of their yelp pages said they were open till 10 so we believed we had some luck. Of course we weren’t as lucky as we believed, they were both on the same street, so we stopped by one checked in, and their kitchen closed at nine and we had the same problem at the second one, their kitchen also closed at 9 (sorry to those of you who are under 21…get there early). I mean it was nice these places were open so that you could watch the Giants game (they won by the way!) but since I hadn’t eaten since around 1pm, I was a little hungry. Even Memo’s was closed! Ugh
Based on minimal knowledge and the time frame, we were very limited on what we could do and where we could go for food. At the time the only places I knew of were Olive Garden and Red Robin that were at least sit down places to eat. Obviously not my first choices (or second or third) but at least we were able to sit down, enjoy a nice dinner, and watch the Giants celebrate their victory.
Moral of my little story, check online or make sure if you want to eat somewhere after 9pm in Turlock that they are open. You really don’t want to be standing outside somewhere looking for a place to eat on a week night.