The sweet fragrances of fresh-baked goods, artisan sandwiches, and imported Swedish coffee waltz about the interior of this charming European-style café, nestled in a Swedish timber-framed house with ample seating and loads of warmth. Early morning guests can add pep to their palates with traditional Swedish coffees brewed into lattes as smooth as a Santana and Rob Thomas collaboration. Lingonberry-loving lunchers are invited to nibble on traditional Nordic sandwiches served on Max's stone-baked bread, such as the Scandinavian sandwich, which is layered with smoked salmon, cucumbers, and onions ($8.50), or the smoked-sardine sandwich, which is smothered with Latvian sardine pate and topped with onion slices and cucumbers ($7.50). Stockholm Bakery's vegetarian victuals include creamy potato gratin ($5.50) and the Farmer's salad, sporting fresh seasonal berries, almonds, raisins, thinly sliced onion, and a delicious douse of house dressing ($7.50).
Slice into the menu with a cool, cold sandwich ($3.39–$13.79) such as the veggie sub, with your choice of three cheeses and avocado, the salami-turkey-provolone, or the ham-salami-capicolla-pepperoni-provolone. Load a gastronomic cargo carrier with a medium fountain drink ($1.39) or chips ($1), or turn on the mouth heat with a stomach-warming griller, such as the 12-inch New York steak ’n’ cheese on ciabatta ($4.99–$7.99) or the 8-inch barbecue pork ($4.99–$7.99). Any sandwich can also be made into a wrap ($4.99–$6.29).
The chefs at Los Pepe's blend spices and sway flames to sear the chicken, steak, and seafood showcased in their authentic Mexican cuisine. Extensive menu options tempt diners to test premeal might by ascending a mountain of nachos laden with cheese ravines, guacamole-capped peaks, and abominable snowmen masquerading as sour cream ($6.95). Warmed up mandibles can take on specialties such as the carne asada ($11.95) or the camarón a la diabla, a sizzling mound of sautéed shrimp, peppers, and mushrooms slathered in a fiery sauce ($13.95). Tortilla whisperers also wrap nine varieties of burritos and chimichangas ($4.95+), including a vegetarian burrito festooned with tomatoes and cilantro ($5.95). Imported beer ($3.75), wine by the glass ($4.25), and margaritas ($4.50), help temper heat by forming a fire line and dousing patrons with buckets of water.
Di Cicco's was honored with the Best Italian in Fresno title in 2009 by the Fresno Bee. Six Yelpers give Di Cicco's Blackstone location a 3.5-star average, 80% of Urbanspooners recommend the Shaw Avenue location, and 83% of Urbanspooners recommend the Blackstone location.
A chef's knife splits the avocado rind. He runs a spoon around the pit and dumps the velvety green slices into a bowl for guacamole. While shrimp and juicy steak sizzle on the grill for fajitas, traditional and chilies rellenos burritos pair with sides of tender rice, beans, and chile verde salsa. After polishing off dinner, guests can sip imported beers and scan Deli Casa's vibrant ocean murals for iconic tropical images, such as palm trees, seagulls, and fanny packs full of sunscreen.
The chefs at Fratello’s Bistro, who’ve been practicing for more than a decade, cook comforting Italian food from fresh ingredients that are grown locally in the Valley. Starters of mussels marinara or stuffed mushrooms jump out from a menu of pastas, pizzas, and meatier entrees. The chefs prepare chicken, calamari, veal, and shrimp as entrees characterized by different vivid sauces. Spicy red fra diablo sauce brings zest to bell peppers, red wine adds complex depth to marsala sauce with mushrooms, and white-wine lemon-butter sauce graces plates with a lighter, delicate touch akin to a flower petal falling onto a marshmallow. Glasses of local wine and imported Chianti accent each meal.