I've been reading about the Fresno scene for a while and decided to put in my two cents worth. Mrs. Traveler and I eat out a lot and so we naturally have a few regular favorites. Al's cafe, on Olive Ave. just West of Freway 99 is great for breakfasts. Kinda Mexican, but with plenty of American food. The prices are cheap and there's almost always a line. It's open until early afternoon, so lunch is also a possibility.
For prime rib and martini's I think you just can't beat the Limelight. It's on Shaw Ave., just West of Palm and, IMHO, is much better than the Elbow Room. It's not cheap, but the family ownership and participation almost guarantees great food and teriffic service. Decor wise, it's kinda "time warp" from the 60's, you know, dark wood and leather--but sometimes that's OK.
I was really disappointed to read below that one "hound" has given up on East-West. We go there almost weekly for the Chinese side of the menu and consider it a favorite. I think it has the best BBQ pork, walnut chicken, and spicey eggplant around.
For Thai, we still think Sweet Ginger, at the NW corner of Marks and Shaw, is the best. Very nice decor, service and food.
For Sushi, we've lately been making the trip out to Sakanaya at Friant Road and Ft. Washington. A very nice place with all the usual sushi concoctions available.
George's at the SW corner of Marks and Bullard has teriffic lunches. This is an Armenian place with great salads along with Armenian specialties. I recommend it for lunch only--dinners are too expensive and the service is much slower at night.
Diane's, right next to Sweet Ginger (directions above) is another great Armenian restaurant for lunch and for dinner.
That's it for now--fire away.