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Fresno/Clovis Dining

mrsmegawatt Aug 12, 2010 11:41 AM

My husband and I just celebrated our 26th with a lovely dinner at the Cracked Pepper Bistro. It seems to have become our go to restaurant. We adore the food, the atmosphere and the staff . The dinner was quite lovely as was the dining experience. We know that when we dine there, we won't be disappointed.

We discussed, on the way home, the fact that while this was indeed our favorite place, perhaps we should venture out of our comfort zone and try other places. We've been faithful to the CPB since it's opening. I know that there must be other places that could provide us with a lovely experience. While I wouldn't consider dining at the Cracked Pepper Bistro to be stuck in a rut...I was thinking we should be supportive of other fine dining establishments. We live in Clovis and pass by Trelio all the time. I'm embarassed to say we haven't dined there in years. I think the last place we dined at on a consistent basis was Echo...back in the old days of the Tower.

I'm curious to find out how other Fresno Foodies dine. Do you stick with one place or patronize several? Just curious!

Cracked Pepper Bistro
389 E Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710

438 Clovis Ave Ste 4, Clovis, CA 93612

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  1. PolarBear RE: mrsmegawatt Aug 12, 2010 06:05 PM

    mmg, thank you so much for the reminder of CPD, Chef Vatche is truly amazing, def going to the top of our revisit list. Mike Shakleford at Trelio should be at the top of your list, his brother Mike does a stellar job with the wines.

    Unfortunately, the economic situation has pretty much put the skids on the fine dining (and other) progress in our severely impacted community. If you haven't tried Chef Liu's sichuan cuisine at Hunan (SE Cedar & Herndon) you're missing out on a world class experience.

    Other than that, just trying to support our little great holes-in-wall, Zamora's, B&K Kitchen, Don Pepe's, etc, etc

    438 Clovis Ave Ste 4, Clovis, CA 93612

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      PolarBear RE: PolarBear Aug 13, 2010 06:39 AM

      Oops, Mike's brother Chris is the wine guy at Trelio.

      438 Clovis Ave Ste 4, Clovis, CA 93612

      1. re: PolarBear
        mrsmegawatt RE: PolarBear Aug 15, 2010 10:22 PM

        Thank you for your reply! You are right about the economic situation. I do support hole in the wall places as I'm sure they feel the pain on their level. I wonder about fine dining. It seems like if one was to cut back on going out to eat...the thinking may be to go cheaper. I can totally understand that. I think it's the whole..."yes...you've been here...we remember you" type of atmosphere along with the stellar food that draws up back to the CPB. I will definitely put Trelio on my must try list.

        I love food!

        438 Clovis Ave Ste 4, Clovis, CA 93612

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          syrahgirl RE: mrsmegawatt Aug 18, 2010 03:35 PM

          Hunan's is very good! We have celebrated several birthdays there with large groups. If you go, don't miss the Buttercream Prawns! Trelios is very good, we also really love Campagnia. The food is very good and the have a nice atrium room there. You can make your reservations on opentable for Campagnia. If you like steak, there is now a Ruth's Chris in Fresno at RiverPark. We have been here several times since they opened, it's a great choice for a fine dining meal. It it's too pricey, Yosemite Ranch is excellent. We dine there very frequently, the Bacon Wrapped Fillets are delicious at Yosemite Ranch. :)

          1185 East Champlain, Fresno, CA 93720

          438 Clovis Ave Ste 4, Clovis, CA 93612

          1. re: syrahgirl
            Lin Faeth RE: syrahgirl Aug 12, 2012 09:51 PM

            Campagnia is too noisy, Ruth's Chris is a chain as is Yosemite Ranch and both are way too high fat.

      2. re: PolarBear
        fresnohotspot RE: PolarBear Aug 20, 2012 02:05 PM

        Hear, hear. Thank goodness for our holes-in-the wall. My wallet thanks them and I definitely derive more pleasure patronizing these survivors of the economic sludge that has wiped out dozens of our establishments in the last few years... literally dozens - PolarBear started a list as they went down, but it was heartbreaking to keep the list going. So get out and help these survivors when you can Fresno.

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          Jeff Avis RE: fresnohotspot Sep 3, 2012 05:01 PM

          Thanks for the reminder FHS! .......There are so many holes in walls that need to be revealed!

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            tavmark RE: Jeff Avis Sep 3, 2012 08:59 PM

            And I'll add one more - it'sa small mexican place called Rancheros at the corner of Perrin and Sommerville (near the Starbucks). Its close to home and although I wasn't impressed the first time or two I went,it definitely grows on you. Offerings are standard mexican fare but the mini mixed fajita plate is pretty darn good. Just a small local place that tends to get overlooked.

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        Lin Faeth RE: mrsmegawatt Aug 12, 2012 09:48 PM

        Trelio, Slates, Max's are all super.

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