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Nov 11, 2008 08:31 AM

driving from Fresno to Yosemite need good place to eat

I'm looking for a great place to eat while driving from Fresno to Yosimete. I like every type of food being from NYC and love diners as well.

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  1. I'm a big red meat fan. These are my two favorites in that category.
    One is Yosemite Ranch. It's not at all pretentious, they serve huge amounts of food, and it's very good. They have wonderful steaks, my husband usually gets seafood and he's always happy with it. The green beans are fabulous, and if you go, try the bread pudding. I can never eat it there, too full, but I take it home for later. It's good for breakfast too.
    Another great steakhouse is Tahoe Joe's. Similar atmosphere...lots of wood, lively, and there you can't miss the Railroad Camp Shrimp appetizer.
    You didn't say in what part of Fresno you will be staying. If you're staying by the airport, then Clovis would have some very good choices for you as well. Luna in Clovis for Italian. Family owned, busy, good food, good prices. We go there a lot.
    One more....Thai Fusion. I'm new to Thai, but absolutely loved the Red Curry Chicken.
    I keep thinking of more and editing this reply....
    If you like Armenian shish kebab, Mediterrenean Restaurant is a nice choice. The lamb is wonderful and the rice pilaf it divine. The portions are generous and I think priced very good. They do not have a website, but here is the address and phone #. 4631 N Fresno St Fresno, CA 93726 (559) 226-7856.

    On your way there,

    I hope you have a wonderful time in Yosemite.

    Thai Fusion
    785 W Herndon Ave, Clovis, CA 93612

    Yosemite Ranch Steak & Seafood
    9455 Fort Washington Rd, Fresno, CA

    Tahoe Joe's Famous Steak House
    7006 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93720

    Luna Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
    349 Pollasky Ave, Clovis, CA 93612

    1. If I read your request correctly you're looking for someplace in between. You don't say whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner. Yosemite is less than 2 hours from Fresno, the only town of any size is Oakhurst, an hour north of Fresno. Here's a recent thread:

      Once past Oakhurst, there's not much unless you detour off to the east to Ducey's at Bass Lake or even further to North Fork and La Cabana (call to make sure they're open).

      About half way between Oakhurst and Yosemite is the Wawona Hotel, it's scenic but the food is nothing spectacular, in the summer months they have a Sunday BBQ on the lawn. After that nothing until you're in the valley. Brunch at the Ahwahnee is nice and also pricey.

      Do a search on this board for Oakhurst, then change the number for how many years back to 3 or 4 and you'll find some older threads that mention additional places, iirc.

      Have a great visit and please report back.

      1. PolarBear is correct. It looks like I misunderstood. Not much between here and there. And if you're going in the morning, you'd probably be eating breakfast before you go or you'll be looking for a breakfast place along the way. I'm not a breakfast eater, so Mimi's is good for me. We have stopped in Oakhurst a few times for breakfast so I know there are places to eat there. If you come back this way after Yosemite, perhaps some of my suggestions would work for you. Sorry... I wasn't much help..

        1. I was going to recommend the Mining Company in Coarsegold but I checked and it closed a few weeks ago. Used to do some nice breakfast and dinner.

          Nativos at Chukchansi casino is doing some good Italian. We were there for dinner a few weeks ago but haven't tried it for lunch yet.

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          1. re: FresnoFacts

            I love stopping at Chukchansi. It's the leaving that I have problems with. This is a perfect stop on the way to Yosemite, or even on the way back. My family loves to meet for buffets at the California Market to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. They have done a good job expanding the whole resort.