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Jan 2, 2007 11:10 PM

Clovis...Anything a Hound Would Enjoy

Never having been in the Fresno/Clovis area, what could I expect to find? What recs might you have? Don't limit yourself by type of cuisine or price range. I am looking for a list from which to choose anything that might be recommended by Chowhounds, and thanks in advance !!!

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  1. Everyone has been raving about The Cracked Pepper Bistro. I haven't been there yet, but there's a lot of buzz about it.

      1. Wow, there are a lot of really good places in Fresno, I will attempt to start a list and hopefully others will chime in. Maybe you could help by narrowing down to a price range or cuisine type.

        Parisian Cafe/Breakfast/Pastries:
        Le Parisien Cafe
        1085 E Herndon
        Fresno, CA
        Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 am-6:00pm
        Sunday 7:00am-3pm
        Yummy croissants, amazing french fries, good crepes, and nice sandwiches/french bread.


        Don Pepe's
        4582 N Blackstone Ave
        Fresno, CA 93726
        (559) 224-1431
        Hole in the wall taqueria turning out excellent tacos,burritos, and to die for seafood.

        Taco Grande
        7357 N Blackstone Ave
        Pinedale, CA 93650
        (559) 438-9602
        Limited menu, but what they do have is very good. Hubby loves their carnitas and I love their chicken torta.

        There are two locations for Salsa's in Fresno:
        Salsa's Bar and Grill
        6729 N. Palm, Suite 102
        North Point Shopping Center
        (on Palm and Herndon

        Salsa's Mexican Grill
        453 Pollasky in the Dewitt Building
        Old Town Clovis
        More of a sit-down Mexican place with a more creative menu than just combination meals, the wood fired chicken is delicious.

        Chris's Meat Market
        1323 Kern Street
        Chinatown area
        A truly scary place to score melt in your mouth carnitas, asada, pollo and other taco delights. A Fresno tradition, but no ambiance.

        Mexican Breakfasts:
        Please peruse these links for an interesting disucssion on both breakfast burritos and other Mexican breakfast delights.
        Breakfast Burritos:
        Other Mexican breakfasts:

        Thai Royal Orchid
        6735 N. First St. Ste 110 (SW corner at Herndon
        The above link is to Polar Bear's report on Thai Royal Orchid
        This link is my report on Thai Royal Orchid--we both agree this is probably the best place in town for Thai. Complex sauces, terrific rice, and very flavorful.

        Since you are in Fresno, why not take advantage of our Basque food? There are a couple of excellent, very traditional Basque restaurants in town, two of which happen to be in the downtown area.

        First up is the Basque Hotel, or the Old Basque Hotel. You can get a great Basque meal at a very reasonable price. The decor is old-school, but the food is very good.
        Basque Hotel
        (559) 233-2286
        1102 F St
        Fresno, CA 93706

        Second is the Shepherd's Inn. Personally, I like the Old Basque Hotel slightly more, but it is more a personal preference and nostalgia more than anything. Shepherd's Inn is right next to the train station, which I guess is the most traditional place for a Basque restaurant (the Basque people would ride the trains and stay and eat in the Basque hotels while working). The food is great here as well.

        Shepherd's Inn in Historic Downtown Fresno
        (559) 266-2228
        935 Santa Fe Ave
        Fresno, CA 93721

        Eddie's Bakery and Cafe
        7089 N Cedar Ave
        Fresno, CA 93720
        (559) 323-0900
        I think their bear claw is easily the best is town, their other pastries are delightful as well.

        Beerocks/German food:
        The Beerock Shop
        2016 W Bullard Ave
        Fresno, CA 93711

        If it has been awhile since you've had a beerock, or maybe you've never had one, here is your chance! This family restaurant serves traditional style beerocks at the corner of West and Bullard (which is easily within 10 minutes of Herndon and Marks). Their signature beerock is filled with braised beef, cabbage, and onion with a peppery sauce. If beerocks really aren't your thing, they also do a pretty good hamburger and homemade chicken pot pie. Prices are pretty reasonable with a combo plate of cheeseburger and side order coming in at $7.95. Individual beerocks are about $3.50.

        Parma Restaurant
        (559) 432-3389
        7089 N Marks Ave # 101
        Fresno, CA 93711

        This is a great Italian experience. The restaurant is located in a strip mall, but inside the restaurant, the owners have gone out of their way to make it cozy and romantic. The food is outstanding, many different choices from the Parma region. Elena is the owner and she is from Parma and her love for the food really comes out. From the appetizer to the desert, the service is excellent.

        Sam's Italian Deli
        (559) 229-9346
        2415 N 1st St
        Fresno, CA 93703
        A fun store to shop in for Italian supplies and an amazing deli counter with great sandwiches, olives, cheeses, and more. The link above is to hubby's post.

        Wine Shops:

        1. I was in Fresno last week and tried the Basque Hotel. Very good food.....would do it again.

          1. Since the topic title is Clovis I'd strongly second porkchop's mention of Trelio, located in Old Town Clovis.

            The current owner was formerly sommelier at Erna's Elderberry House in Oakhurst.

            The menu changes regularly so the menu on the website is only a sample of what you might find.

            Also click the "events" button, they do wine tasting dinners every couple of weeks along with other special dinners.


            4 Replies
            1. re: FresnoFacts

              Although I wrote a good review of this before, we went again within the last month or so and the food and service were way off. Don't know if it was just that night, but it was 180 degree experience from the first time. We had reservations this time - there was only one wait staff working. They were out of our first three choices of wine, they ran out of bread, and the food was only adequate. All in all not a positive experience.

              1. re: tavmark

                We haven't been in about 2 or 3 months (too many places, too few meals to visit them).

                Hopefully you caught an off night due to the holidays or something else.

                But we'll keep it in mind the next time we go.

                1. re: FresnoFacts

                  I was wondering if anyone had been to Trielo's within the past month and what their experience was. I was wondering if it was still worth a try or if they had gone downhill. Hubby and I are looking for some nice dinner options and wondering if this place is still worth it. Thanks!

                  1. re: glazebrookgirl

                    Good question, we have not made it in January but are considering a stop next month.