Rumbling stomachs have been known to annoy roommates, disrupt recitals, and incite brawls with '50s-era greasers. Shun confrontation with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fine American fare and drinks at Tommy’s in downtown Visalia.
The victual artisans at Tommy’s decorate plates with mouth-watering spreads of fine American cuisine for dinner and lunch. Patrons can lure in stomachs with the tempura-fried sweet potatoes tumbled in a sweet-chili glaze ($9) or sample ahi-tuna salad with lime vinaigrette, cabbage slaw, avocado, and corn ($17). A Kobe burger with bacon and cheddar ($14) and 16-ounce boneless rib-eye steak served with garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable slaw, and Tabasco onions on a plank of cedar ($36) appeal to hearty eaters and whittling enthusiasts.
To wrap up the culinary adventure, diners can dig into s’mores for two ($14). Alongside an expansive bar, a full range of California wines complement the elegant eats and supply distracted hands with an excuse for artistic swirling. The eatery's modern artwork adorns the walls as a sea of white tablecloths bears armadas of appetite-conquering platters.
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.