Just a quick post to give some of my humble opinions on the best of Fresno….
Chef’s Table – Though it is attached to Elbow Room, the 2 have little in common besides ownership and location. First class service, menu and ambiance. This is a special occasion place, bring the $$$$. http://www.chefstablefresno.com/
Cracked Pepper - http://crackedpepperbistro.com/
literally, second in the "best meals in Fresno" in my humble opinion. The bread pudding, which I normally can’t stand, is amazing! Coincidentally, it is the only thing on the “take-out” menu. Absolutely try the eggplant napoleon….so wonderful!
Flemings - chain, but still really yummy - http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/loc...
Bistro Rustico - good nearing great "new" Italian. Plus, I like that they use mostly local ingredients. http://sanfrancisco.citysearch.com/pr...
Pangea - newish Fresno scene...good with occasional flashes of great small plates - http://www.pangearestaurant.net/
Twist - the new Fresno scene...goodish food - http://www.twistlounge.com/
Cafe Rousseau in the Tower – Sometimes the food is a hit or miss (I think it depends on who is cooking), but the bar is a wonderful spot! http://caferousseau.com/
Tacos Tijuana on Belmont – Not the classiest joint in Fresno, but the fish tacos are killer!
Long Island – Dependably good food with a “Cheers”ish vibe. If the special is ever chicken wellington, order it!
Thai House off Shaw – Yummy, yummy, yummy. Gold bags and basil fried rice are a must!
Max’s Café – I sometimes get cravings for the sweet potato fries. Some of the rest of the menu is hit and miss. The chicken salad is always good. Also a place that values local produce, etc.
Downtown Club – The update in management has really done some wonderful things to the menu. Unfortunately, I think you have to be a member to eat here and it is only open for lunch. http://www.thedowntownclub.com/
Trelio (clovis) – The food is normally goodish. I had the best pumpkin soup there. The brown bag dinners are super fun. http://www.treliorestaurant.com/
Sam’s deli – yes please! Such good sandwiches!
Ribs and Tips - They are downtown and I think only open for lunch. I hired them to cater an event and had people calling me after pleading for their name. Ribs and bbq chicken out of this world! Pilaf and ranch beans also wonderful! They are such nice people to deal with, they are a keeper in my book!
Shepards Inn (across from Amtrak) - Super yummy Basque food. Garlic fried chicken is wonderful. The shepard's meal will fill you up!