When the owners of Crawdaddy's decided to put a little bit of New Orleans' distinctive flair right in the heart of Visalia, they knew it would take more than great cuisine. What makes New Orleans so unforgettable is that it caters to all the senses and makes the smallest outing a special event. To fill that tall order, they took residence in a spacious facility that could be an exciting venue for music, parties, libations, food, and sporting events, all in one electric, lively place.
The second-floor dining room welcomes guests with a menu of fresh seafood such as blackened catfish and bayou butter prawns. A fully stocked bar wets whistles, and balcony seating offers couples a romantic setting under the stars—all 50 of them. Meanwhile, more than a dozen flat-screen TVs light up the crowd in the first floor's sports bar, where a mixologist whips up creative cocktails and TVs whip up the big game. In the dining area of the first floor, Keith and the Crawdads treat diners to lively tunes during the evening, and on the second level the nightclub sends crowds into fits of dance spasms as late-night DJs spin everything from hip-hop to disco six days a week.
Raul and Maria Gutierrez were raised on fajitas in their native Mexico, where many families raise their own chickens and make tortillas by hand. After honing their culinary skills in several Houston restaurants, the couple chased their dreams to Fresno, where Fajita Fiesta was born. Instead of sprouting from a pinto bean, the eatery sprang from one of the Gutierrez’s favorite dishes: tacos al carbon, a union of handcrafted tortillas, fresh pico de gallo, and charbroiled steak, chicken, or pork. Made fresh every hour, the tortillas serve as a canvas for creativity by exhibiting savories such as grilled shrimp, onions, and poblano peppers. For deep-fried fare such as chimichangas and sopapillas, Raul and Maria use canola oil to minimize saturated fat. Margaritas add a heady kick to the evening's festivities, and horchatas end meals on a sweet cinnamon note, with textures smoother than a freshly shorn saxophone. The kitchen also caters feasts for a variety of events, filling bellies with hearty chicken moles and bite-size eats such as mini taquitos.
Revolucion is a restaurant and a tequila bar, and its menu has an entire page devoted to the flavorful liquor, just as Sylvester Stallone has an entire webpage devoted to explosions. Dozens of tequilas can be sipped individually or mixed into one of several flights, which orchestrate triplets of different drinks. The libation roster extends to colorful margaritas, cocktails, and draft beers. For pairing with these flavorful drinks, Revolucion delivers fresh corn tortillas filled with carnitas, chicken, and shrimp and gooey quesadillas oozing with blends of mexican cheese. Meanwhile, house specials include rib-eye steaks alongside delicate shrimp, chicken breast sautéed in a lime and tequila sauce, and beer-battered whitefish with aioli.
The cuisine at Lin's Fusion is not your typical Chinese buffet. Instead, diners handpick the ingredients for their dishes and watch as chefs cook them all up right before their eyes. First, guests assemble their favorite veggies and proteins. Then they drop their bowls off at the desired cooking station, where chefs stir the ingredients into udon soups or sear them on a hibachi grill. A variety of other stations, including sushi and dim-sim bars, supplement these customizable feasts. Meals can also be punctuated with specialty drinks that range from a hibiscus-tea mojito to the Tiger Milk cocktail, a chilled glass filled with sake, coconut rum, and a mix of tropical fruit juices.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: Call ahead to see if there are any dress up themes for the Classic Films each month.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Classic Film Series
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Though pizza and beer are a time-honored combination, BC's Pizza & Beer puts a new spin on the tradition with innovative pizzas and an abundance of uncommon beers. As its chefs load crusts with inspired arrangements of more than 40 fresh toppings—such as jamaican jerk spices with chicken and shrimp or mexican refried beans with ground beef and jalapeños—bartenders dole out pints of German and Belgian beers. At their fingertips are 33 tap handles and more than 80 import and craft bottles.
Out in the dining room, beer signs and playful knickknacks hang on the walls. Flat-screen televisions broadcast sports games in which football players zoom down fields and Lifetime movies in which football players learn valuable lessons about the wisdom of children.