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Jun 22, 2011 06:49 PM

Fresno on a Saturday night

I will be attending a wine tasting event at Westbrook Wine Farm (O'Neals, CA off Hwy 41, towards Bass Lake) and then heading south to LA. I would like to have dinner in Fresno. Aside from eating at one Basque restaurant a year or two ago, (Sheppard's Inn in downtown Fresno), I am totally unfamilar with the city's restaurants.

Where might we have a good meal, maybe a glass of wine and keep the bill between $70 to $100 for two?

Our tastes are varied so any categroy of food is worth considering.

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  1. Chinese: Imperial Gardens (great food, bring your own wine) or Hunan Restaurant
    Mexican: Toledo's on Blackstone (Fajitas and Margaritas)
    Steak: Manhattan
    Bistro: Max's or Cracked Pepper (check the menus. You can stay within your budget with care ful ordering.
    Old time basic: Limelite or Elbow Room
    Thai: Thai Royal Orchid
    Italian: Parma (just excellent, but plan on spending a bit more)
    Post back if I missed something special you are looking for.

    Imperial Garden Restaurant
    6640 N Blackstone Ave Ste 108, Fresno, CA 93710

    Thai Royal Orchid
    6735 N 1st St Ste 110, Fresno, CA 93710

    Elbow Room
    731 W San Jose Ave, Fresno, CA 93704

    1. +1 on Gail's list, being from the LA area you might want to skip Mexican but if not I would substitute Sal's on the NE corner of Fresno & Alluvial but ONLY for the braised short ribs or the Karl's Fancy Burrito (made with the rib meat and enough for two) and margaritas.

      Parma is doable for under $100.
      I would also throw Trelio in Clovis into the mix.

      438 Clovis Ave Ste 4, Clovis, CA 93612

      1. You could also try Armenian food-very popular in Fresno. On Blackstone, just south of Herndon Ave. is George's and, a bit less expensive, is AJ's on Maroa, just North of Shaw. AJ's has a very modest "corkage", you you might bring your own bottle or you can use their wine list.

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        1. re: FAT Traveler

          Westbrook - excellent!

          Trelio - (I see Polar Bear beat me to it.) The wine selection is as good as the food.

          438 Clovis Ave Ste 4, Clovis, CA 93612

          1. re: tavmark

            Campagnia on Champlain & Perrin is open again, they have excellent food there. Last weekend we found Yalla Yalla, a Mediterranean restaurant on Fort Washington, they are a sister restaurant to Cracked Pepper Bistro where we had an outstanding meal in May. If you like Chinese food, don't miss Hunan on Cedar and Herndon. :)

            1185 East Champlain, Fresno, CA 93720

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

        2. Thank you Fresno Chowhounds for the recommendations. After considering the many interesting suggestions, it came down to a decision between Parma and Trelio. Finally, intrigued by the seasonal and local menu at Trelio, I made a reservation there for dinner and am pleased to say it was a great experience. I cannot think of many regions in the US with such an abundance of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts as the Central Valley (plus its many ranches). Trelio made great use of the local bounty and we had a wonderful meal in a pleasant setting.

          Upon hearing we were going to Trelio, Ray Krause, of Westbrook Wine Farm, gave us a bottle of 2006 Petit Syrah to take along. Trelio has a fairly comprehensive wine selection but does not charge a corkage fee which was a pleasant surprise.

          438 Clovis Ave Ste 4, Clovis, CA 93612

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          1. re: Ringo Gato

            So glad you liked Trelio. Is really one of the best places and represents well.

            438 Clovis Ave Ste 4, Clovis, CA 93612