Most chicken wings look like bite-size drumsticks. Kocky's chicken wings look like chicken wings. Chefs roll each full-size wing in homemade batter before dunking it into a deep fryer. They then smother them with one of 10 made-from-scratch sauces, such as lemon pepper, buffalo ranch, Kickin' Teriyaki, and Sweet Fire. The menu also features pub-style fare ranging from chicken-wing-topped salads to burgers made with USDA-certified, natural Black Angus beef from Harris Ranch. Striving to fill Kocky's Bar and Grill with the same camaraderie they developed as fraternity brothers, the three founders encourage their servers to get to know patrons on a first-name, favorite-scene-from-Animal House basis.
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.
At the Downtown Club, soft sunlight filters through canopy of rafters and skylights, warming diners as they feast on plates of charbroiled salmon and chicken, lamb shish kebab, and New York strip steak. It's a timeless kind of elegance, one that's reflected in the restaurant's history; as the former site of the Fresno Morning Republican, the building was home to some of the biggest headlines to ever hit the city. A 19th-century printing press calls those origins to mind from its display in the dining area, linking the restaurant's past with its contemporary menu that blends Mexican, Mediterranean, and American influences.
Teazer World Tea Market uses only fresh, all-natural ingredients to flavor its teas, ensuring that the beverage's health benefits don't get lost like a cabbage in a mound of Cool Whip. Connoisseurs can select from more than 200 tea varieties to satisfy their picky palates. Rooibos rookies are in luck, as Teazer's friendly, knowledgeable staff can play matchmaker for any open-bellied customer looking for love in a leaf. This Groupon is good for loose-leaf tea to bring home, or for any hot or iced tea beverages made in-house. Loose-leaf teas range from $1.95/ounce to $12/ounce, and in-store sippables range from $3.75 (medium, iced) to $6.95 (large, hot) depending on size and temperature.
Sheer Bliss's skilled technicians begin each facial with a skin analysis and then brew a blend of earth-originating products customized to your specific skin type, be it metamorphic or extra-crispy. A thorough cleansing will open shuttered pores so that the stimulating exfoliation can steam-roll through and clear them of dirt, oil, caked makeup, caked cake, and families of raccoons. Sheer Bliss uses only organic Éminence skincare products from Hungary to ensure that cells are mollycoddled with nature's sweetest cocktail of nutrients. Finally, you'll receive a lymphatic massage of the face, neck, décolleté, hands, and arms to improve circulation.
Valley Lahvosh Baking Company's artisan bakers, who've been crafting doughy delights since 1922, forge their signature crackerbreads using three generations of Armenian family recipes. Bags of 15" crackerbread rounds––which double as throwing discuses for teddy bears––come in original and cracked-wheat varieties that buyers can slather in condiments or use to make wrapped sandwiches. A great base for hors d'oeuvres served at parties and social gatherings, boxes of Heart and Star Lahvosh crackers cheerily accept dips and spreads on unique cutout shapes. Rather than impersonating a horse to receive sugar cubes, buyers can get their sugary kicks with a bag of heart-shaped Sweetheart Snacks lightly dusted with cinnamon. Each assorted holiday package bears a chip clip that keeps snacks inside their bags and helps preserve freshness.