5 Foodie Hotspots in Fresno CountyBy BARRY EITEL
From relaxed California seafood to refined homemade Italian pastas to Israeli-style kebabs, a world of foodie finds can be discovered in Fresno County. The residents of the Central Valley are just as much disciples of freshness and flavor as anyone in the big coastal cities. Whether you’re hungry for a giant steak, seafood straight from the Pacific or farm-fresh vegetables, here are some must-try eateries.
Yosemite Ranch Steak, Seafood & Roast House
The owners of the Yosemite Ranch Steak, Seafood & Roast House sliced out a sliver of Yosemite, one of the most beloved national parks in the country and brought it to a quaint corner of the city of Fresno. The decor recreates the rustic aesthetics of the lodges that once dotted the area around Yosemite. In fact, the ranch is located near the route used to haul timber from Yosemite to logging outfits farther south. Locals rave about Yosemite Ranch’s delectable appetizers, such as the firecracker shrimp and crab cakes, and the aged steaks adorned by the restaurant’s famed spicy butter after a day out in the fresh, Yosemite air.
Parma Ristorante brings the succulent, soul-satisfying flavors of Italy to the bountiful Central Valley, where they have easy access to some of the best produce in the world. All the pasta is made in-house, just like in the Old World, and the menu tours the different cuisine capitals of Italy, including Tuscany, Rome and Umbria. Start the meal off with the bruschetta topped with fresh-picked, locally grown tomatoes and paired with a selection of prosciutto and other charcuterie favorites.
Rev’s brings a laidback, sophisticated approach to its California cuisine with a focus on Instagram-worthy preparation and deliciously fresh ingredients. The Clovis hotspot is where locals go when they want to impress someone – clients or dates – with blackened salmon, day-boat scallops or handcrafted ravioli stuffed with a filling that varies with the season. Unpretentious lunch options like the salmon salad or club sandwich also make for a classy midday excursion.
Pismo’s Coastal Grill
This well-loved eatery may be farther from the Pacific Ocean than seafood-savvy spots in San Francisco or San Diego, but the fresh salmon and seafood ceviche delight the taste buds just as well. Pismo’s Coastal Grill also imbues a Central Valley aura into its dining room decor, which is a bit reminiscent of an antique hunting lodge. For dinner, locals love the Dungeness crab prepared in Pismo’s “crab-o-matic,” a whirling machine that tenderly marinates and cracks the crab. The happy hour seafood specials, including $2 oysters and beer served with shrimp, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., pull in locals from miles around.
The Lime Lite
With friendly, down-to-earth service in a cozy atmosphere, The Lime Lite offers farm-to-fork freshness with ingredients hand-picked by staff at local farms and markets. Since 1964, this Fresno County establishment has worked diligently to create the ultimate dining experience for both special occasions and happy hours. For an indulgent night out, enjoy the honey-dipped fried chicken or the Harris Ranch filet mignon served with a mouth-watering red bell pepper and blue cheese bread pudding.
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