Newly hired executive chef Chuck Nelson and his team at Café 1055 transform ingredients into lunch and dinner collections populated by upscale sandwiches and sophisticated innovations on old favorites. Fried green tomatoes ($5) kick off a noontime meal, before a sandwich—such as the combination of sliced turkey, melted brie, and pepper layered atop a toasted baguette ($6)—takes over tables with its entourage of fries, coleslaw, or a house salad. Both menus host a school of fish tacos— teeming with tilapia, corn-and-red-pepper salsa, and avocado cream ($9)—as well as flatbread pizzas ($5–$7 at lunch; $10 at dinner) dressed in a variety of toppings and festive hats. Soy sauce-glazed, pan-seared salmon ($16) flies in fresh from the Atlantic on lightly floured wings to join the choice of sides, including red potatoes and mushroom risotto, that accompany many of the dinnertime entrees.
An indoor courtyard festooned with skylights, lush greenery, and a burbling stone fountain greets diners as they stream into Fresno Breakfast House. Once they cross the threshold of the central dining room, yellow and blue walls flow almost seamlessly into large landscape murals and a ceiling painted to look like a summer sky. Guests can also rent out the eatery's jungle room, which is decorated with wildlife statues, murals of gorillas and elephants, and a thatched hut. To pair with these decorative flourishes, the restaurant whips up an impressive American menu that earned a nod from Fresno Magazine as the city?s Best Breakfast.
Under the shadow of billowing palm branches and the world's tallest waiter, tables populate with three-egg omelets, traditional eggs benedict, and plates of french toast and belgian waffles. During lunch, fresh bread cushions certified Angus beef burgers and deli classics of pastrami, turkey, and smoked ham.
With baskets full of hand-plucked, wild blueberries, Vincent Colombet and his cousins happily crammed into their Alsatian grandmother's tiny kitchen. In that quaint room, equipped with only a wood-burning cast-iron stove, Vincent learned over the years how to tuck berries into pies, prepare meats sourced from neighboring farms, and eventually produce elaborate meals for his entire family.
Driven by his passion for French family-style cuisine, he traveled to Paris before a longing for experiences abroad tugged him across the pond and into the arms of the Windy City in 2004. The following year he opened Cook Au Vin, where he leads three-hour BYOB cooking classes centered around classic techniques and organic ingredients. Patrons may also enlist the Cook Au Vin team to cater special events, or swing by Colombet's Logan Square bakery, La Boulangerie, for butter-infused inhalations, freshly made crepes, and crusty baguettes.
Owner Rosalinda Tovar has been delighting Fresno-area eaters with authentic, award-winning Mexican cuisine since opening the first Rosa Linda's in Selma in 1997. Whipping up each delectable dish from scratch, Rosa Linda prides itself on fresh-to-order flavor. On weekends, patrons can partake of the accolade-earning menudo, or hominy and tripe soup ($6.25 for small bowl). Many a blushing taste bud has fallen prey to the tamales, a seductive selection of pork, chicken, or beef wrapped within a tailored waistcoat of fresh corn masa and an elegant corn-husk dinner jacket ($10.95 for plate of two). The popular Selma special features two crispy tacos stuffed with generous portions of grilled steak, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and guacamole ($10.95), and the fajitas deluxe showcases a sizzling triumvirate of beef, chicken, and shrimp with mixed veggies, guacamole, and sour cream ($14.95). For chronic coin-flippers, the list of combination plates stumps the stodgiest statisticians with its overwhelming set of flavor coefficients (up to $10.95). All entrees come with rice and beans.
There are a few quick giveaways that designate Sandy's Country Junction as a true down-home restaurant. One is the western decor, complete with antiquated ads for iced tea and a statue of a cowboy atop a bucking bronco. Another is the service, which is replete with easy smiles. The menu is what truly cements the rustic vibe, though. Here, you can find beverages in two sizes: regular or boot. And if you opt for a boot of milk, you'll have to choose from standard milk, chocolate milk, or buttermilk, which is produced by cows who exclusively eat movie theatre popcorn.
The venue has been serving up breakfast and lunch in Clovis for nearly 20 years, enough time to develop a knack for country specialties. These include chicken-fried steak, biscuits with gravy, and more than 10 types of omelettes, which can arrive stuffed with fixings such as chili beans and chorizo. A large selection of afternoon dishes features sandwiches named after famous westerners. The Calamity Jane, for example, piles roast beef and jack cheese onto grilled sourdough. For kids, the kitchen preps junior quesadillas and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets.
Anthony Roche pulls freshly baked croissants from the ovens at Le Parisien Cafe. He fills these daily baked goods with lunch fixings, pairs them with omelets, or lets customers enjoy their buttery goodness on their own. Anthony's croissants embody just some of the authentic French tastes one can find at Le Parisien Cafe. Delicate crepes, rich eclairs, and light macarons as well as salads, sandwiches, and a host of coffee favorites complete the menu.