The trip from the Bay area to Fresno is one of the great unsolved problems of life. There is an almost physical necessity for a meal somewhere in the course of it, and no really compelling places to eat.
One of the options is the Wool Growers Basque Hotel in Los Banos. I needed to take a non-driver halfway to the city for a hand off last week, and we settled on the Wool Growers as the "meet for lunch" spot.
Basque food, for those who are not familiar, is served family style, and consists of certain expected, unvarying items. At dinner time, an additional choice is also added. The lunch was excellent. The soup, salad, fries and beans were top drawer. The lamb stew was only so-so, and the lamb chop rather lacking is flavour, but the pork chop was top drawer, and made up for it. The salad dressing excited particular comment.
Basque restaurants only serve at certain hours, and you need to be ready for a really big meal. When you meet these conditions and find yourself near Los Banos, Wool Growers is an excellent bet. You have to get off the main road, and go downtown to H Street to find it. Ask for directions.