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I'll be starting up travel to the Central Valley again soon. Does anyone have some new finds that I need to check out? I'll be in Fresno, Visalia, Mariposa, Stockton, Tracy, Lindsay, Sanger. Looking forward to returning to some old favorites and discovering new ones.

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  1. Hello there!! Glad to see that you will be heading our way.

    There are two restaurants that come to mind, that you might not have been to here in Fresno:

    Pismo's - the scallops on the half shells were wonderful, sadly I did not find the cioppino up to par, but others seem to rave about it. Mixed reviews from this board and Yelp, but worth a trip.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/666464

    mangOsteen - one word: YUM

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/652400
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/665217

    If I think of anything else I will let you know!!

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    Pismo's Coastal Grill
    7937 N. Blackstone, Fresno, CA 93720

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    1. re: cocktailqueen77

      Pismo's is very good we celebrated a birthday there not too long ago, the seafoo is very fresh and the menu offers a nice variety. This past Fri. night we went to Giovanni's Cafe in Old Town Clovis, what a gem! If you like Italian food, don't miss this place, you won't be disappointed. This past December we went to The Ripe Tomato for an anniversary dinner, it is in Fig Garden, the food was really good and the service was some of the best in the area. Also in Clovis, is Trelio, we haven't been there in awhile but in the past it's always been very good. ")

      1. re: cocktailqueen77

        cq77, did you happen to try the cooked oysters? I see they are listed on the menu as a speciality....and a favorite of ours in most places.

      2. I've mainly been hitting old favorites lately. Royal Thai Orchid was instrumental in helping myself and my mate alleviate flu symptoms. The Cracked Pepper Bistro provided a warm and intimate atmosphere for her birthday (although my New York had a mean tendon running through it). And the Laughing Buddha in Tower District was decently seasoned Thai, but not really as spicy as I was looking for. And of course, many many trips to Tower Dog for their deliciously painful habanero sausages.

        Althouh coming up this March is the annual Rogue arts festival. http://roguefestival.com/ It's a great excuse to wander around the Tower District and see the various shows and art installations along with samping the fare at the many restaurants there.

        And since I'm tooting horns, I might as well toot my own a bit an annouce the opening of my own self titled food blog.
        http://eatingoutfresno.blogspot.com/

        I'll be posting on my various culinary ventures, old and new along with a smattering of off-color stories and other bloggish things.

        1. Just had another great meal at mangOsteen last night. It's the old Kim's directly north of Cracked Pepper Bistro. Try to get Jennie as your server, great with the suggestions and most pleasant. Good to hear you're working down this way again, shoot an email if time allows and you'd like to get together.

          Cheers,

          Dave

          1. Check out the Bakersfield threads for some really solid places there. In Mariposa, try Castillo's for some of the best nachos on earth. Not really in the valley, though. Definitely worth the drive up.

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            1. re: heckonwheels

              I agree about Castillo's in Mariposa, great Mexican food here! :)