Saturday, May 8, 2010

My Favorite Places to Eat in Fresno

As I prepare to start a new site about places to eat and things to do in the Fresno area, I thought I would put together a list of some of my favorite places to eat in the Fresno/Clovis area. While this isn't necessarily a list of the best places to go, and more just what I enjoy, I did make a couple of rules:

Can't be a national franchise or chain

As much as I love eating at Red Robin, I just can't count it

It has to be somewhere I've been
Physically. So I can't count Charlotte's because I've only had delivery from there. And I can't count Iron Bird Cafe since I've haven't been yet.

So here is my list of my favorite places to eat, and roughly where they are. Hopefully I'll get that other site launched soon with more information about each place.

Thai Gem - Shaw/Willow - Clovis
A tiny little Thai restaurant hidden away behind the military recruitment center

Doghouse Grill - Shaw/168 - Fresno
Across from the Save Mart Center, you get big portions and a fun atmosphere

Yosemite Falls Cafe - Various - Fresno/Clovis
Two locations in Fresno and one in Clovis, Yosemite Falls has great lunch and dinner specials

Pho 2006 - Clovis Ave - Clovis
In the barnyard shopping center, pho is the specialty

Fernando's Taqueria - Herndon/Cedar - Fresno
Just down from Fibber's, this little Mexican restaurant has awesome salsas and a great staff

In the future, I'd like to write a little more about each of the places, and get out to try some more local eateries. In the meantime, what is your favorite place to eat?


Badcat said...

Paradise. May's Cafe. Pho 99. Central Fish. La Boulangerie. Le Parisienne. Sam's Deli.

Jaime said...

Badcat -
I'm going to get more into it when I write about these places individually, but I think Pho 99 or 90 is the one we go to where they make me feel like they hate me for being there. Not the best ambiance when I'm paying for food

Crystal said...

I am sooo looking forward to this! I enjoy New China Cafe, North India, Neighbors Tap & Cook, Broilers (its more of a local franchise than a big chain so not sure if you'll count this).

Jaime said...

The rules are flexible, so yeah, Broilers counts, although I'm not a big fan. Haven't been to North India, but I hear good stuff about them!

Hous said...

I believe I introduced you to Fernando's so you're welcome. My Fresno fav's SUshi Day, I like BJS but they're a chain, Uncle Harry's Bagels (also a chain?) Vitucci's,Great Harvest Bread company, and there's a place on Champlaign....Pane?

Jaime said...

Yeah, you get credit for Fernando's. We don't go there as often since we moved farther away from it, but we used to go a lot when we lived right nearby.
Are you thinking of Piazza del Pane? I think that's what it's called. There's one at Palm/Herndon and one at Cedar/Nees I think. That place is good too