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FAVORITE CASUAL LESS EXPENSIVE DINING SPOTS [Fresno]

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fatboymusteat Jun 7, 2012 03:55 PM

Im curious to know where you all go for guilty pleasures.

#1 El Cochinito Contento (Palm/Olive)
---> Simply the most authentic wonderful mexican food available to the valley, IMHO. (Addicted to the Sopes)

#2 El Toro (Cedar/Shields)
----> NOT AUTHENTIC, B U T....Its like mexican comfort food. Y U M. (get ground beef...trust me)

#3 Hunan (Clovis/Herndon)
-----> Easily the best chinese food in the state, (at least the parts I have traveled) Order liberally, its a treat. If you havent been there yet, shame on you!

#4 Shanghai (Blackstone/Griffith)
----> Mainstream City Chinese Food. HUGE PORTIONS

#5 West Coast Fish and Chips (Shaw/Sunnyside)
----> Phenomenal Fish and Chips. (reminds me of Pismo's Splash, at Pismo Beach)

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    tavmark RE: fatboymusteat Jun 8, 2012 11:41 AM

    Check out:

    http://fresnobeehive.com/2012/06/what...

    Some of them are higher end restaurants but there is a really good cross section.

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      browndogs2 RE: fatboymusteat Jun 8, 2012 09:59 PM

      Well, we don't get out much these days, which is a bummer, but reading tavmark's link & the comments reminded me - Dusty Buns Bistro's Le Grilled Cheese with fries. Comfort food to die for. Love it. My husband has picked up to-go 3 times & wow, that grilled cheese is something else.

      I must confess that the appeal of Shanghai is lost on me. We haven't been to Hunan yet, but really hope to soon.

      We are not Indian food experts by any stretch, but we had a wonderful & inexpensive dinner at Mehek Punjab de on Shaw. Vegetarian & doesn't serve alcohol. We're neither veg nor teetotalers but the food was wonderful.

      Casa de Tamales. Farmer's Market or storefront. Yum.

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        Melanie Wong RE: browndogs2 Sep 14, 2013 12:00 PM

        A friend who's recently moved to the Central Valley recommended Dusty Buns. I searched here for more info and found your rec too. Sounds wonderful.

        Contact:
        Dusty Buns Bistro
        608 E Weldon Ave
        Fresno, CA 93704
        (559) 486-2867
        Open Tuesday-Saturday
        http://dustybuns.com/

        And twitter feed to keep up with Dusty Buns Bus,
        https://twitter.com/dustybunsbistro

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          browndogs2 RE: Melanie Wong Sep 15, 2013 09:51 AM

          I still love the grilled cheese & their chocolate-dipped seasonal fruit. Expensive/less expensive is relative, but it is not in the category of cheap eats, just for those who might be wondering.

          Right around the corner is P*DE*Q, which sells Brazilian tapioca bread (comes in round 1-2 bite pieces). The chocolate & jalapeno cheese are our favorites. (They advertise wheat & gluten free, as well.)

          P*DE*Q
          1940 Echo Ave, Fresno, 93704
          P 559 346 1722
          Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm
          Sat: 10am-4pm
          http://pdeq.net

          Mehek Punjab de is closed now.

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            Melanie Wong RE: browndogs2 Sep 15, 2013 10:12 PM

            Sorry to hear about the demise of Mehek Punjab de. And I just learned that North India in Clovis closed a couple months ago too. I'd meant to get over there, as it had been my favorite when the owner was located in San Francisco.

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