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Old 09-06-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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FresnoFacts ~

Do you know if the Basque Hotel Restaurant is still good? It was g-r-e-a-t when I lived there a few decades ago.
I have not eaten at Basque Hotel in ages, too many other places on my dining rotation.

Central Fish Company not far from it is still good for things like sushi and other items and nearby Full Circle Brewing is a nice weekend microbrewery/winery with live music. They make an agave wine for the tequila lovers. The Cosmo Bar a couple of blocks away expanded a few years ago because their lunch business was doing well.

That Chinatown area can still look sketchy if you are not familiar with it but there are a few spots worth a stop once in a while.

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That Fruit Trail is looking good. I'm going to visit next time I'm up there.
Its what we did yesterday. We took a drive out toward the foothills, up into Wonder Valley then went by a couple of wineries.

After that we picked up some fruit at Centerville Fruit Station right on Highway 180. Got some nice August peaches, Fuji apples, and sweet corn to enjoy this week.

Next time we will probably stop at a different stand on the trail and see what they have.
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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Its what we did yesterday. We took a drive out toward the foothills, up into Wonder Valley then went by a couple of wineries.

After that we picked up some fruit at Centerville Fruit Station right on Highway 180. Got some nice August peaches, Fuji apples, and sweet corn to enjoy this week.

Next time we will probably stop at a different stand on the trail and see what they have.
When we go to Central Valley (as we're about to do this coming Friday), I like to pull over and pluck a pomegranate off a tree.

When my bother raised cotton I would pluck a few stalks and take home and have people show their kids what their clothes are made from. But, like many others, it's corn now instead. I sure miss the cotton.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:50 AM
 
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Its what we did yesterday. We took a drive out toward the foothills, up into Wonder Valley then went by a couple of wineries.
After that we picked up some fruit at Centerville Fruit Station right on Highway 180. Got some nice August peaches, Fuji apples, and sweet corn to enjoy this week.
Next time we will probably stop at a different stand on the trail and see what they have.
You guys are lucky. On my last visit to the Bay Area, some friends and I stopped at a couple of fruit stores off The 5 in the Central Valley and I bought like $65 worth of fruit. The whole backseat was full of fruit but it was worth it.

I've heard Apple Annies, off the 99, is a good place but I don't know if it's just a restaurant now.

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Old 09-07-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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I've heard Apple Annies, off the 99, is a good place but I don't know if it's just a restaurant now.
Apple Annies in Tulare is just a restaurant.

There are several easy stops off 99 to get some farm fresh products. Here are a couple:

Simonian Farms is about 4 miles east of 99, take the Jensen exit. They carry a nice selection of fresh and dried fruits and other products.
Simonian Farms, Gourmet Dried Fruit, Nuts, Raisins, and Almonds Since 1901

Gourmet cheese can be picked up at Bravo Farms right off 99 in Traver (between Goshen (the Visalia/198 exit) and Kingsburg). Their store looks a little "cheesy" done up in an old west exterior but worth the stop. Bravo's Silver Mountain Aged Cheesecloth Cheddar just won again at the American Cheese Association competition and their Bravo Bl'u won in the veined blue cheese category.
Bravo Farms Cheese Factory
California holds its own in cheese competition
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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Gourmet cheese can be picked up at Bravo Farms right off 99 in Traver (between Goshen (the Visalia/198 exit) and Kingsburg). Their store looks a little "cheesy" done up in an old west exterior but worth the stop. Bravo's Silver Mountain Aged Cheesecloth Cheddar just won again at the American Cheese Association competition and their Bravo Bl'u won in the veined blue cheese category.
Bravo Farms Cheese Factory
California holds its own in cheese competition
You know, I've always driven/zoomed by this place and wondered what the hell it was. I need to go, I love cheese, though it's kinda pricey. :\

Since we're in the SJV area, you guys know of any good Mexican food or sushi in Visalia? I'm dying for sushi! Another thing I miss about SoCal is this place http://sushiboy.net/
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:21 AM
 
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The Chicken Pie Shop and Irene's in the Tower District are both pretty tasty. I think almost everything in Tower is, actually.
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:48 AM
 
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When I lived there and worked downtown I ate at George's Shish Kebab about twice a month. I love their shish kebab sandwiches and rice pilaf. Armenian food rocks - prefer it to Greek. Another of my regular haunts was the Chicken Pie Shop that another poster mentioned. Nice comfort food in a kitchsy old retro restaurant with waitresses that have been there for decades. One more of my favorite lunch spots was El Taco Rapido on Tulare St. Awesome (and cheap) authentic tacos.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:57 AM
 
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If you like teppanyaki, nothing beats Tokyo Steak House and their fried rice is to die for! If your looking for some lao/thai food, The Million Elephant in tower district is also really good.
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:16 AM
 
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So I'm gonna relocate to Fresno (much, much better job: take that you Central Valley Haters) and I am interested in the local haunts to eat.

If possible places within the city, AND places commutable for a special dinner or lunch... including Madera, Hanford, Visalia, up in the Hills.

"Hole in the walls", upscale, Mexican, BBQ, Indian, (I've heard there is a really good one in Clovis), Chinese...

Suggestions?
In Fresno? Applebees
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:23 PM
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In Fresno? Applebees
Wrong. Fresno has tons of reasonably priced good independent restaurants - especially ethnic.
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