Chevys, Scott’s, Rio City Cafe…you’ve likely enjoyed the meals (and views) there already. Try these more rustic riverfront spots for a taste of something different.
Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill
It’s a hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint—tucked in next to a bait-and-tackle shop, no less—that lures locals in with its mouthwatering (read: cheesy, saucy, melty) dishes and spectacular service. Get the made-to-order guac to go with your chips and salsa. 8140 Freeport Blvd.; (916) 665-1110
This legendary restaurant and bar has been serving classic Delta dinners and stiff drinks since 1912. Grab some appetizers and head across the road for river views on the deck—and bring cash, as they don’t accept credit cards. 14743 Walnut Grove-Thornton Road, Walnut Grove; (916) 776-1808; giustis.com
Divey but delicious. Open every day at 6 a.m., this marina restaurant has a menu full of diner classics (patty melts, fish sandwiches, milkshakes) as well as a full bar, which makes a mean bloody mary. It’s a must stop when cruising down the Delta. 14001 W. Walnut Grove Road, Walnut Grove; (209) 794-2544; wimpysmarina.com
How does peanut butter on a steak taste? How did all those dollar bills get stuck on the ceiling? You’ll discover the answers to these questions—and enjoy a lot more funkiness—at this famous establishment, once (and better) known as Al the Wop’s.13943 Main St., Locke; (916) 776-1800
Two words: fish tacos. The ones here might be the best you’ve ever had. That’s because they taste amazing and come with sides of river views, live music and a casual island vibe. Check the website to see which bands are playing on the outdoor stage during the weekends (and if there’s a cover). 5871 Garden Hwy; (916) 920-8088; swabbies.com