Fresno road trip on the Chowhound Trail
Good little overnight road trip from Santa Barbara to Fresno and back to see the famed Forestiere Underground Gardens. Lunch snack at Casa De Tamale for fresh and tasty choices, though this is a no lard -no gluten sort of place but with terrifically friendly and helpful staff. Good pick for a good pick me up. And some splendid fresh juices as well.
Dinner at Trelio in Clovis - charming little town, nice restaurant, friendly staff and a real find in this part of California. Worth the visit - low key elegance in an old store front building on the main street, excellent homemade bread to start and appetizers - beet salad and crab cakes both excellent, flavorful and balanced. We were off to a very good start. Wild Boar main was eagerly appreciated by DH, my pork chop was a nice piece of tender but not overly flavorful meat and accompanied by undistinguished sides that added little to the overall enjoyment of the bare meat main. Okay, but nothing spectacular. No lamb that night on the menu. Two very good desserts and a bottle of the cremant sparkling all for decidedly less than big city prices. Enjoyed this place overall a lot. Kudos for them making it work in tiny Clovis.
Breakfast came with our stay at the Garden Inn off Shaw Ave along with added fresh extras from the very engaging owners who showed us their private gardens and plied us with fresh golgi berries and kumquats along with a standard buffet breakfast, and fruit from their gardens. Wonderful choice to stay there.
Tried to find the old Klein's truck stop up the way in Herndon for old times sake but it is now closed and replaced with a mini-market and chain food land.
Then a hour or so tour of the Underground gardens and down to George's Shish-kabob in the very lovely and surprising Civic Center garden plaza. Fine diner food and we left full and happy.
Could not have done this trip without Polar Bear holding our hand and we had a lot of fun seeking out the various sites and finding the Tower District as well. Home via Route 33 is always spectacular.