I was in Modesto last weekend after a year away living in Sonoma County. Akkh my favorite restuarants Mama Jamaica's and Ma'Deas have closed. My Sister's Kitchen (on the west side) replaced by another Barbecue place. Oceana long vanished and current restuarant version closed.
Thankfully 1505 is still open. Friends told me that a new place Bachhus has decent food.
The most striking thing to me is how spoiled I have become living in Sonoma county. Far more choices even in Petaluma (1/4 the size of Modesto but it seems like 4 times the venues)
Any northern San JoachinValley types (Stockton, Oakdale, Ripon, Salida, Modesto and Turlock) with a local's tongues view of what is left and good to try?