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Where does a foodie eat in Fresno?

I took my kids down to Fresno (we live in Oakhurst) to go to the Met and experience a little culture. I wanted to take my kids out for tapas. I make it at home all the time, but they've never had it in a restaurant. We tried La Paella... closed, so we tried Flamenco... closed. Senses, Pangea... the story was the same everywhere we went: out of business. After giving up on tapas I decided to try an Indian bistro, Masala. It was closed too!!! We ended up having to eat at Panda Express because we had already spent almost 2 hours trying to find a good place to eat. Sad, huh? Is there anywhere left in Fresno to get small plate? If not, does anyone have any other recommendations for European fusion? Please help me find some good food in Fresno. Thank you.

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  1. I would be glad to help, but I'm confused..."European fusion"?

    1. "Where does a foodie eat in Fresno?"

      San Francisco.

      1. I'm not sure about where to get tapas, but if you like Mexican food, I would have tried the downtown Toledo's since it's near the Met.

        1. Regarding changes and closings next time check here, scroll down to the Feb 19 post for the latest update.


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          1. re: PolarBear

            Here's a list of Fresno's Top 100 dishes

            A thread on Fresno Fine Dining

            Be sure and cross reference the latter with the Closures & Changes list, Upstairs/Downtown, Lantana, and La Paella no longer exist.

            Contrary to the comment above, people from SF are actually coming to Fresno to dine, Chef Liu's Hunan and the new Limon Peruvian restaurant are just two reasons.

            Excellent dim sum at Imperial Garden.

            Go to the CA board and enter "Fresno" into the Search this Board box, it will only return the hits from the past year the first time, you can then tell it to search back 3, 5, or even eight years if you so desire. Add the type of cuisine in the search title to narrow things down. Here's the result of a three year search on just Fresno:


          2. Lemóns Peruvian Restaurant is “eyes rolling in the back of the head” ambrosia. It is located at 7735 N. Blackstone Avenue, a couple of doors down from Hooters.

            They don’t serve tapas however their appetizer menu is quite awesome. If your family likes fish, the Ceviche de Pescado is a good choice to start off with followed by Anticuchos de Carne, grilled marinated beef skewers that will knock your sock off. A side of Peruvian Mac and Cheese and you should be set for an afternoon in Fresno.

            Inka Cola and Chicha Morada are two cool drinks the kids will be talking about all the way back to Oakhurst. Hope this helps on your next trip.

            1. Its been a few months since I've been there, but didn't Slates add a Tapas menu?

              A foodie from Oakhurst (if you haven't already done so) should visit Trelio in Old Town Clovis. Owner Chris Shackelford used to be sommelier at Elderberry House. His brother Mike is in the kitchen.

              Personally my wife and I still like to go to Chefs Table. Malachi is still doing a good job in the kitchen.

              But I admit we snuck into a chain a few months ago, we tried Ruth's. LOL ;


              quote: "Where does a foodie eat in Fresno?" San Francisco. unquote

              Why would I go to SF? All the chefs seem to be moving to Fresno. Chef Malachi at Chefs Table came from SF's dining scene; Limon opened here; Chef Liu at Hunan left the Bay Area for Fresno. I might as well save the travel cost and wait for them to come to me. ;)

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              1. re: FresnoFacts

                Fresno Facts did you post on Ruth's Chris steak house? I'm curious. Thanks.........

                1. re: Jeff Avis

                  No I didn't.

                  It was an anniversary dinner so I was more focused on my beautiful wife across the table than on the food. So it would not have been smart to post about it when I was only partially paying attention to the food.

                  I remember the food was good as was the service, and we are picky about service.

                  I've eaten in Ruth's on business trips around the country and sometimes have been disappointed with the quality of the food at other locations.

              2. geonova, a wise chowhound once said to me, "Fresno will surprise you, Dimsumgirl". Never have truer words been spoken! I have had many, many fine meals in Fresno. The only problem is deciding where to eat and what to have. My favorites include Thai Royal Orchid, Cracked Pepper Bistro, Don Pepe's and afther a wonderful dinner tonight, Limon is added to my list of must eats when I get the opportunity to come to Fresno. Sorry to hear that La paella is closed. I enjoyed my meal there a couple of years ago. The Fresno hounds have been friendly and willing to share the gems in this city. I only wish that I could find eats of this quality and at such reasonable prices in Sacramento.