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Feb 25, 2014 09:01 PM

Fresno and around

Beloved Spouse and I are going to Fresno for 2 long weekends of the Rogue Fringe Festival with three days in Yosemite between. About 9 days total in the general area. We'll probably mainly stay around the Tower area on busy performance days, but we would appreciate tips for all around Fresno for the slow days, the route to and from Yosemite.
We enjoy just about all good food - hole in the wall barbecue, family Asian with tripe, handmade tortillas with lengua, various spins on local.
On a previous trip about 8 months ago we failed to find boreekas (?). We did find Diana's, a good Persian-Armenian spot, and a Cambodian place with very good soup. We meant to but didn't go to Schoolhouse in Sanger, though would consider that again this time around.
But a lot can change in 8 months, especially the food biz. As I said: any and all tips from hounds who know the area.
Many, many thanks.

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  1. Clovis - Trelio is a worthy jaunt if you are looking for places nearby.

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    1. re: glbtrtr

      Thanks. I'd forgotten about Trelio.

      1. re: Kayde

        Tower District of Fresno looked interesting for smaller, local restaurants, but did not try any during our own visit to Fresno to see the Underground Forestiere Gardens.

        There was also Greek deli cafe known for its lamb sandwiches, downtown near the county buildings. Very local place and worth seeking out. It was in a pretty little pedestrian mall area near the Fresno Opera office.

        1. re: glbtrtr

          On the latter, I think you mean George's. We wandered by there for the second time, always after having eaten well somewhere else. It caters to downtown workers, looks very good and we plan to come by next week.

    2. Cafe Corazon.
      Pho Paradise (cash only)

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      1. re: Agrippa

        Thanks. We've been to Cafe Corazon several times, as it's in the middle of many Rogue venues. This place is a gem - they roast their own beans, always have a variety of styles they brew for individual cups. Mainly a coffee-and-pastry spot that invites lingering, but they offer breakfast on weekends. Their Mardi Gras breakfast was very good: quinoa with beans, sausage and an egg. Aside from being so darned good, it's definitely one of the places to be.

      2. If you are in town on a Friday, try the food trucks downtown the historic Water Tower. Dusty's Buns is great.

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        1. re: Bakersfield Hound

          We are in town both Fridays. And near the Tower. Is this around lunch?

          1. re: Bakersfield Hound

            In fact we bundled up against the drizzle and walked to the Water Tower. Dusty Buns was the only truck and he told us that lately that has been the case on Fridays, sometimes along with a vegie-local truck. I had the Dusty Bun - sauteed chicken in sauce with excellent coarse slaw; spouse had the special grass-fed beef burger with avocado and cheese, and we shared an order of split fingerling fries, well browned, served with creamy garlic sauce and home-made kethup. Very, very good. They said to thank you for sending us, and thanks from us as well.

            1. re: Kayde

              Sorry about the lack of truck. I was there last towards the end of summer (baseball season) and there were 6 trucks there. Maybe winter months are slower for them because of the weather or now because of the rain.
              Glad you enjoyed.

          2. Thanks again for all the discussion. We wound up mainly grabbing sandwiches between shows. Also between shows we had some good tamales and pozole - a fundraiser for a Mexican dance school down on Fulton.
            I want to note Panaderia Natalie at 935 E. Olive. Locals tell me it was a German bakery, now Mexican, but they kept the beerocks. I'm no expert on this topic, but the classic meat-and-cabbage ones were very good. A cheese/jalpeno version was also tasty. And they make a wonderful crispy browned apple cinnamon pastry they call Apple Jacks.
            A few blocks down on E. Olive toward Neighborhood Thrift was a very good Mediterranean spot. Some of the best tabouli I've ever had.

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            1. re: Kayde

              Kayde, was the apple jack like a deep-fried handpie? They're a Southern specialty. Here's my post on the lard-fried one I brought back from North Carolina.

              Very cool that you found beerocks in a panaderia.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I had never heard of apple jacks before, but these didn't look like that. Next time I'll take a picture. More folded twist, I think both sides toward the center. Very rich flakey dough, very brown, and on return I'd ask just which fat it was. Loaded with cinnamon and some finely chopped apples, though it was the cinnamon and crispiness that brought me back for more.
                A guy who lives in the neighborhood told us to go there for beerocks, and now I'm wondering whether the apple jacks might be another carryover from the previous German Bakery...

                1. re: Kayde

                  Thanks, sound delicious nevertheless! This post from 2009 says that Panaderia Natalie was formerly Laucks.

                  And here's rec from 2006 for Laucks bierocks. It's good to know that they live on.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Thanks so much for those older threads, Melanie. I thought I'd done a thorough search of this board for everything in and around Fresno, but missed these. Now I know that next time in Fresno I'll have to check out Cal State ice cream too.