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.
At Tommy’s, candlelight casts dark wood wainscoting, burnt-orange walls, and stone floors in a warm glow. The elegant eatery—which has been hailed by Frommer’s as “the most creative restaurant in Visalia"—complements its environs with equally haute cuisine. Chefs serve succulent steaks on cedar planks and drizzle them with southwestern flourishes such as tequila-roasted green chilis, poblano cream sauce, and a single cactus tear. Additionally, Tommy’s stocks its wine cellar with an ample wine selection.
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.
For true American comfort food, head to Fibber Mcgee's for a sandwich or side of fries. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. The drink list at Fibber Mcgee's has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). There's no need to winnow the guest list for a night out at Fibber Mcgee's — the restaurant has tons of space for big parties.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays. No need to put on airs for a trip to Fibber Mcgee's — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back. Catering is also available if you'd like serve Fibber Mcgee's' tasty dishes at your next party. If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
An average meal at Fibber Mcgee's will set you back about $30. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
Indulge in a juicy steak from Fresno's Manhattan Restaurant, home of the freshest meats in town. Manhattan Restaurant is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. Don't go thirsty during dinner! Manhattan Restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more. Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Manhattan Restaurant just as much as their parents do. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. With plenty of room to go around, Manhattan Restaurant also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Free parking is available right next door.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
At the Break Room, players grab a cue and maneuver past a foosball table and boxing machine to face off at one of 16 9-foot pool tables. Tunes pump from jukeboxes and LCD televisions readily show the sporting event du jour in a space permeated by free WiFi.