Dim Sum in Fresno ?
Bumping up this old thread since there is a new kid on the block.
From what I can piece together the chef is from Imperial Garden, and I've recognized a couple of the waitresses from there as well. They've rennovated the former China Garden space at the NW corner of Blackstone and Swift and serve dim sum daily with cart service on the weekend. There are approximately 30 items offered daily, my favorites being the salt and pepper squid (not to be missed), what I call shrimp corn fritters (#20 iirc), and the har gow. The one time I tried the shu mai they were just OK as were the pork ribs and the tripe was a little too funky for my taste. I'll try to branch out and try some things from the Chinese menu but it's hard to pass up my chance for a dim sum fix when it's so convenient.
Last visit I ran into one of my favorite waiters from Hunan and asked if he had any favorites from their Chinese menu and he recommended the fried pork intestine, which I will try next time I'm not having lunch solo.
4313 North Blackstone
Imperial Garden is a must-do for dim sum here in Fresno. They do cart service on the weekends, but have dim sum available for order any day of the week and at night. Ordering from the carts is a lot of fun, but you can get the dim sum if you really need it, any day of the week.
Hubby and I also enjoy dim sum from a place called China Chop Suey on the corner of Clinton and Blackstone. Don't be weirded out by the name, they do more than the Americanized stuff. They do cart service on the weekends and while we both agreed we enjoyed IG more, China Chop Suey does have some different stuff, including taro preparations and their chive and shrimp dumpling gives IG a run for its money! So if you get to IG too late and don't have time for the line, China Chop Suey would be a good backup. Or maybe you are just in the mood for something different. They also have a Chinese menu and an American menu for ordering other dishes, make sure you ask for the Chinese one!
Here is a past thread mentioning Imperial Garden...
I'm not sure if they serve dim sum at night, it is always best to me Sunday morning!! But regardless, the food is outstanding (make sure to ask for the "Chinese" menu - it does have translations, and a better selection of authentic dishes. Otherwise you will wnd up with the "Americanized" menu).
re: Jeff Avis
Yes, Imperial Garden dim sum is comparable to what you would find in Los Angeles or San Francisco Chinatown (but not the suburbs). Note that dim sum is typically served in the morning through mid-afternoon, so I don't know if there's any left at dinner time. (Dim sum is pretty much non-existent at night time in L.A. and S.F.)