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Upstairs/Downtown changes and Fresno readers favorites

PolarBear | Jun 18, 2006 08:35 PM

Joan Obra reported in last Wednesday's food section that as of last night Sharon Alexander's U/D will no longer be serving dinner due to the unwillingness of local diners to make the trip downtown for the evening meal. She further reports that beginning June 27th they will be opened for lunch, and while the lavender-crusted kurabota pork rack w/calypso bean and applewood smoked bacon ragu will be missing from the menu, there will be duck confit quesadillas w/black-bean salad and nopales and jicama relish, house-made pasta with farmers market vegies, portobello mushroom sands w/herbed goat cheese, roasted roma tomatoes, aioli and marinated artichoke hearts. Daily menus will vary according to what is available at the farmers market. There was no mention of Chef Graham Pearson, so I don't know if he will still be in the kitchen. U/D discontinued serving lunch in Sep 02 due to lack of interest. Let's hope that situation has changed.

Friday's paper had the results of a readers' poll of favorite places, the more notable include:

Don Pepe's for the al pastor tacos (after reading Vinny Clams' post, linked below) on their shrimp dishes I'm going to give this place some serious chowtime)

Irene's (747 E. Olive) got props for her Veggie Burger, but unless you're off meat, go for the real thing.

El Bajio #2 (east side of Blackstone just south of Clinton) order off the menu (seafood was mentioned) or try the buffet, we've had a couple of staff meetings there in the recent past that were very good.

Hunan (6716 N. Cedar, SE at Herndon) which I've reported on in the past is called the most authentic outside of China by one reader. They added a second menu within the last year and have been getting rave reviews.

Monaco Bakery at Champlain & Perrin, have only had a few small tastes, but Lady PB and all her chocoholic and sugar-craving friends and family are in love with the place.

A great breakfast place, The Dam Diner, in the town of Friant near Millerton Lake, deserves a lot more attention than it gets.

We were served a great Mexican lunch at Riverside Golf Course (near Herndon & Hwy 99) a couple of months ago, now I learn it was cooked by the fellow running the food service there, Robert's Blue Star Cafe.

Finally, another that has escaped my radar is Geno's Sandwich Shope (1615 E. Ashlan at Blackstone). My BIL and SIL both swear by it.

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