Peoples Choice

2019 People’s Choice: Food and Drink

Owner Beverly Gable holds a fancy cake creation at her Frosted Cakery business, a People’s Choice winner in the Cupcake Shop category.
Owner Beverly Gable holds a fancy cake creation at her Frosted Cakery business, a People’s Choice winner in the Cupcake Shop category. Gary Kazanjian

Bagels or Bread

1. Uncle Harry’s New York Bagelry and Coffeehouse

Multiple locations

Since opening in 1995, Uncle Harry’s New York Bagelry and Coffeehouse has been a mainstay in the Fresno area.

Operating as a mom-and-pop shop, the bagelry focuses on using fresh, high-quality ingredients.

The bagelry has built a reputation on serving cream cheese schmears and bagels of various flavors, as well as a variety of coffee and espresso drinks, caramel apple cider, hot chocolate and Italian soda. The Beggelwich — a popular item on the menu — has scrambled eggs, American cheese and your choice of meat (sausage, bacon, ham or Canadian bacon) stuffed within two halves of a bagel of your choice.

The Ultimate is a favorite option of the Beggelwich. It has scrambled eggs, American cheese, hash browns, bacon and sausage.

The Traditional Lox Sandwich has slices of Nova lox, cream cheese, red onions and tomatoes on a bagel.

The selection of bagels includes cinnamon raisin, sun-dried tomato, banana nut, chocolate-chocolate chip, cranberry orange and gingerbread. Cream cheese schmears like Lite Supreme Spinach and Lite Sundried Tomato Basil are packed with flavor. The possibilities of satisfying your appetite are endless.

2. La Boulangerie French Bakery & Cafe

730 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 222-0555

3. Panera Bread Co.

multiple locations

Bakery

1. Eddie’s Bakery Cafe

7089 N. Cedar Ave.

(559) 323-0900

Located at Herndon and Cedar avenues, Eddie’s Bakery Café has been a local icon for eight decades. Owned by Marc and Rachelle Wickliffe, the bakery creates products with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

From biscotti, cheesecake, cinnamon rolls and cupcakes to Nicoise tortes, scones, sugar cookies and 9-inch pies, the variety of products are expansive.

The key to success for the bakery is customization. Specialty items include wheat and flourless, as well as low-sugar products. Baguettes, rolls, croissants and loaves of bread are made daily.

The bakery also serves breakfast and lunch items from omelets and French toast to Belgian waffles and biscuits topped with gravy. After 11 a.m., indulge in lunchtime grub like the California Club, the Bacon Bleu Burger or the Southwest Chicken Salad.

2. La Boulangerie French Bakery & Cafe

730 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 222-0555

3. Nothing Bundt Cakes

635 W. Herndon Ave., Suite 100, Clovis

(559) 298-7698

Barbecue Restaurant

1. Dog House Grill

289 E. Shaw Ave.

(559) 294-9920

Located on Shaw and Chestnut avenues near Fresno State, Dog House Grill is a landmark in the Fresno-Clovis area. Since 2004, the restaurant has provided the Central Valley with mouth-watering plates that create a jam-packed parking lot.

The owners, David and Vickie Billingsley, perfected the menu for Dog House Grill to include barbecue and American food staples like the tri-tip steak sandwich — slices of tri-tip tossed in barbecue sauce on a French roll — and The Pig Sandwich — shredded pork, coleslaw and barbecue sauce on a French roll.

For burgers, try the one-third-pound cheeseburger, the ABC Burger or the Monster Burger. Complete your meal with a basket of fries or onion rings.

You can also find a wide selection of beer like 805, Union Jack, DBA, Luponic Distortion, Modelo, Blue Moon and Guinness.

2. Westwoods BBQ & Spice Co.

8042 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 449-9227

3. The Meat Market — The Grill

454 W. Alluvial Ave.

(559) 436-6688

1990 N. Fowler Ave, Suite 120, Clovis

(559) 256-1390

Breakfast Place

1. Batter Up Pancakes

8029 N. Cedar Ave.

(559) 440-1221

Batter Up Pancakes has been a hot spot in northeast Fresno — serving an array of made-to-order breakfast and lunch items to tantalize your taste buds — for a decade.

With a gift for pairing pancakes with mouth-watering flavors, Jeff and Becci Colla named the restaurant after their love for America’s pastime. The menu features breakfast and lunch items made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

Becci says the most popular item on the menu is the Tessa Cate Cinnamon Roll — a pancake topped with a generous swirl of brown sugar, butter and cinnamon before being flipped to add a layer of cream cheese frosting.

If you have a sweet tooth, the Ice Cream Sundae is a pancake topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with your choice of boysenberry, strawberry or chocolate syrup, and finished with whipped cream, pecans and sprinkles. As far as omelets are concerned, Becci says the chili verde omelet is a top choice among customers. Omelets come with a pancake or toast, and hash browns, country potatoes, fruit or cottage cheese.

You can also order gluten-free pancakes and vegan-friendly dishes like the Vegan Meal. New to the menu: Kaily’s Avocado Toast, Hook’s Scramble, Caveman Paleo and Nikki’s Eggless Cookie Dough Pancake, which was designed by the Collas’ 8-year-old granddaughter.

“It’s our earnest desire to provide consistency on a daily basis,” Becci says. “We never skimp on portions or the quality of ingredients in attempt to save a buck.”

2. Red Apple Cafe

488 W. Herndon Ave.

(559) 261-1505

3. Fresno Breakfast House

2085 W. Bullard Ave.

(559) 431-1385

Buffet

1. California Market Buffet at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold

(866) 794-6946

A buffet by nature is designed to delight the taste buds with a diverse spread that’ll leave you more than sated. Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino’s California Market Buffet, however, likes to do one better — bring on the themes!

Since 2003, the California Market Buffet has created a menu of regional specialties that reflect California’s cultural heritage. The lunch buffet includes a bounty of traditional American and home-style foods, and rotates four times a year to ensure the freshest seasonal ingredients are used. Its chefs prepare daily specials to surprise regulars with something new each visit, as well as holiday menus throughout the year.

Patrons can choose from California-inspired items such as Fisherman’s Wharf clam chowder, China Town fried rice and Coarsegold BBQ ribs, with director of marketing, Deann Kamalani, pointing to the buffet’s smoked tri-tip, roasted prime rib and fried chicken as fan-favorites.

Come dinnertime, things get a little more festive. The California Market Buffet celebrates themed nights for each day of the week, ranging from Italian and international barbecue to seafood specialties and Mexican cuisine. Many lunch items are also available for the evening buffet, along with baked goods and homemade sweets to round out the varied offerings.

Its Sunday champagne brunch is also an event, and includes an impressive helping of breakfast darlings like country sausage, custom omelets, southern biscuits and grits and fresh California fruits.

2. Sweet Tomatoes

7114 N. Fresno St.

(559) 435-5797

3. Sizzler

3121 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 227-1218

Caterer

1. Pardini’s Catering & Banquets

2257 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 224-3188

Pardini’s Catering & Banquets plays a big role on celebration days many clients will long remember. Weddings, reunions and awards banquets are only a few of the events that Pardini’s Catering makes special. The business offers expertise in custom menu planning, venue selection, beverage and bar service, plus floor planning and logistics.

“There is nothing more gratifying than to help our clients’ vision come to life from a catering standpoint, but also to use our expertise to assist in any way possible to ensure their entire event is successful,” says Jeff Pardini, the general manager.

The Pardini tradition of excellence was well-established by Jeff Pardini’s late grandfather, Al, and his father, Jim.

At Pardini’s Catering on West Shaw Avenue, clients can choose from several banquet options. The Tuscan Room features Italian-inspired décor, a sweeping bar and a dance floor. A separate banquet room offers two salons that can be reserved separately or combined for a larger crowd.

Pardini’s Catering also works with a number of outside venues. Some of them are the Fresno Convention Center, D&D Ranch, Clovis Memorial Hall, Toca Madera Winery, Fresno Chaffee Zoo and the Smittcamp Alumni House at Fresno State.

Pardini’s Catering offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, hors d’oeuvres and themed menus.

“We have our menus available to serve as a jumping off point for each client’s unique vision,” Pardini says. “Whether it’s a rustic-style meal served family style or an elegant-plated entrée, we pride ourselves on only using the finest ingredients and cooking on-site to ensure the proper execution of each and every meal.”

2. Bobby Salazar’s Mexican Foods

Multiple locations

(559) 497-9920 (Tower District), (559) 298-7898 (Clovis), (559) 324-0484 (Herndon/Fowler), (559) 271-0836 (Shaw/Valentine)

3. The Painted Table

1211 N. Wishon Ave.

(559) 443-7199

Chinese Restaurant

1. Shanghai Chinese Cuisine

4011 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 221-0227

Shanghai Chinese Cuisine has been providing authentic Chinese cuisine to the Central Valley for nearly four decades. Located at Blackstone Avenue and Griffith Way, the restaurant provides a family-friendly ambience to accompany the modern Chinese décor.

The menu boasts an array of exotic flavors and savory sauces, using fresh, high-quality ingredients to create authentic dishes. Appetizers include fried wontons and calamari, pot stickers and spring egg rolls. You can order from a wide selection of pan-fried or European-style chow mien, chop suey and vegetarian-friendly meals.

The menu is divided by several sections to showcase the array of dishes like fried and steamed rice, Chinese chicken salad, Kung Pao beef, chicken or shrimp, Cantonese-style shrimp, fried oysters, braised-bean cakes and hot-braised shrimp.

The restaurant offers combination plates, platters and several selections of Sichuan cuisine. It also hosts private parties in a large banquet room.

2. P.F. Chang’s

7894 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 438-0814

3. Hunan Chinese Restaurant

6716 N. Cedar Ave., Suite 104

(559) 297-0336

Coffee House

1. Dutch Bros. Coffee

Multiple locations

Give your morning a jolt of energy from Dutch Bros. Coffee. The drive-thru coffeehouse was founded by Dane and Travis Boersma in 1992. The brothers of Dutch descent bought a double-head espresso machine and started experimenting with 100 pounds of beans.

With the mission of “spreading the Dutch Luv,” the coffeehouse serves cups of coffee, hot, iced and blended espresso drinks, tea, smoothies, fruit-infused sodas, hot cocoa and iced or blended drinks made with Blue Rebel — the energy drink made by Dutch Bros. Coffee.

Today, there are hundreds of locations throughout the United States. There are six local locations: Ashlan and Willow avenues, Bullard and West avenues, Shaw and West avenues, McKinley and Blackstone avenues, Maple and Behymer avenues, and Palm and Herndon avenues.

The coffeehouse is known for employing baristas — or bro-istas — who connect with customers known as the Dutch Mafia.

“Our employees are so great,” says Jacob Cantu, the marketing and events manager for Dutch Bros. Coffee. “They have a passion to serve customers and the community with a smile and a killer cup of coffee.”

Cantu says the most popular beverage on the menu is iced or blended drinks made with Blue Rebel. There are dozens of flavors like Dutch Mojito, Unicorn Blood, Dinosaur Egg, Shark Attack, Bubblegum and Orangesicle. As for espresso drinks, Cantu says the Annihilator — a chocolate macadamia nut breve — and the Caramelizer — a caramel mocha — are top beverages among the Dutch Mafia.

With the help of the community, Dutch Bros. Coffee raises money for local nonprofit organizations like Poverello House, Marjaree Mason Center and Valley Children’s Healthcare, as well as national nonprofit organizations like the American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS Association.

2. Kuppa Joy Coffee House

Multiple locations

3. Starbucks

Multiple locations

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CUPCAKE SHOP: Delightful cupcakes are a staple at the Frosted Cakery, a People’s Choice winner. Gary Kazanjian Gary Kazanjian

Cupcake Shop

1. Frosted Cakery

1292 N. Wishon Ave.

(559) 917-8880

When Beverly Gable and her daughter Megan Mooney were drawing up the business model for Frosted Cakery a decade ago, they planned to focus on providing custom cakes for weddings and other special occasions. Customers, however, had other ideas.

“People kept coming in the door saying, ‘So, when are you going to start (offering) cupcakes?’” Gable says. “There weren’t a lot of cupcake places, so we just started doing it. And we love it, because you can be so creative in such a small little package.”

These days customers can choose from among 12 popular cupcake flavors available daily (Tuesdays through Saturdays) at the Tower District shop, which also sells cannoli, French macaron cookies, cake pops and cake slices. Salted caramel continues to be the top cupcake seller, Gable says, while vanilla bean raspberry, snickerdoodle, cookies and cream and pink champagne typically top picks. The cupcakes are topped with buttercream frosting and anything from tiny waffles to luscious blackberries — the sky is the limit.

Employees at Frosted Cakery are constantly on the lookout for new flavors to test out. Gable says the French toast with bacon cupcake was inspired when another Fresno bakery introduced a maple-glazed doughnut topped with bacon bits. Movies like “Beauty and the Beast” also can provide inspiration.

Gable and her staff mine social media to identify trends, and she credits the Food Network, Facebook and Instagram with generating customers’ interest in new flavors. And mindful that some customers may have dietary restrictions, Frosted Cakery has gluten-free and vegan cupcake options.

Frosted Cakery is a family affair — Mooney handles social media, Gable’s son did the website, and on occasion Gable’s granddaughters can be found serving customers at the counter. They represent the fourth generation in a bakery family. Gable’s mother, Jimmie Carlton, had a knack for baking custom cakes, and that led to Jimmie and Owen Carlton opening Jimmie’s Bakery, which they operated in Fresno for a quarter century. That’s where Gable developed her cake-decorating skills.

The most unusual cupcake request so far? “Somebody wanted dill pickles on their cupcakes. It was for a kid,” Gable recalls. “We had half with pickles on them, and the other half, I made pickles out of fondant, and you couldn’t tell which one was the pickle and which one was the fondant.”

2. Eddie’s Bakery Cafe

7089 N. Cedar Ave.

(559) 323-0900

3. Cupcakes Bakery

7062 N. Cedar Ave.

(559) 325-0935

Delicatessen

1. Sam’s Italian Deli and Marketplace

2415 N. First St.

(559) 229-9346

When you visit Sam’s Italian Deli and Market, be prepared to be immersed in a taste of Italy. Located on the corner of First Street and Clinton Avenue, the delicatessen has been a staple in the Fresno-Clovis area for more than 30 years.

The delicatessen is owned Nick Marziliano and his mother, Angela. The Marziliano family continues to celebrate the traditions of Southern Italy in the aisles packed with imported Italian pasta, olive oil and specialty groceries. You’ll find fresh Italian cold cuts, imported cheeses, antipasto platters, Angela’s take-home pasta dinners and Sam’s homemade Italian sausage.

“We keep adding more and more grab-and-go meals,” Marziliano says.

Currently, Marziliano says the delicatessen sells 12 grab-and-go meals like spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and calzone.

You can also order a number of Italian-style subs like Sam’s Special Sandwich — ham, turkey breast, mortadella, dry salami and Jack cheese — and The Meat Lovers Trio with roast beef, pastrami, turkey breast and Jack cheese.

The delicatessen is also proud to offer a collection of more than 700 labels of wine. The selection includes boutique-style wines from California to Super Tuscan, Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino wines produced in Italy.

2. Deli Delicious

Multiple locations

3. Piemonte’s Italian Delicatessen

616 E. Olive Ave.

(559) 237-2038

Desserts

1. Ampersand Ice Cream

1940 N. Echo Ave.

(559) 264-8000

7010 N. Marks Ave., Suite 101

(559) 478-5858

Jeff and Amelia Bennett serve desserts with a spin at Ampersand Ice Cream. For starters, pick a flavor of ice cream. Flavors range from staples like Honeycomb and Bordeaux to seasonal specials and dairy-free sorbets.

Next, choose between a cup, cone or flight of four flavors. House-made toppings include whiskey caramel sauce, hot fudge or salted caramel sauce. You can skip a cup or cone and order a milkshake. Although you won’t find frozen yogurt or cupcakes at the ice cream parlor, your mouth will be drooling with a variety of options for dessert.

Amelia recommends ordering ice cream in between two house-made chocolate chip or snickerdoodle cookies. She also encourages ordering a cup of ice cream and then walking to Kuppa Joy Coffee House — located a few steps away from the original location near Fresno High School — for a shot of espresso to pour on top.

Having their roots planted in Fresno, Jeff and Amelia partner with local businesses like The Annex Kitchen, Cracker Pepper Bistro and Takumi. They’re also co-owners of The Revue in the Tower District.

The Revue serves affogato — an Italian coffee-based dessert — with a scoop of Madagascar Vanilla and a shot of espresso. You can also order the Whiskey Caramel Latte, the Nitro Float and the Cold Brew Milkshake.

2. La Boulangerie French Bakery and Cafe

630 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 222-0555

3. The Cheesecake Factory

639 E. Shaw Ave.

(559) 228-1400

Family Restaurant

1. Pismo’s Coastal Grill

7937 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 439-9463

Pismo’s Coastal Grill features a menu so varied and interesting it can satisfy children, teens and adults, and every generation can enjoy the interesting and energetic ambience at the restaurant.

Located in the Villaggio Shopping Center, Pismo’s features an exhibition kitchen, a fish market, a crafted wooden boat and a circular bar. The open-feel dining room is accented by Adirondack-style booths and Santa Barbara rock columns.

Younger guests (10 and under) can choose from a kids menu that features chicken fingers, popcorn shrimp, grilled cheese, grilled mahi mahi, buttered noodles, grilled salmon, a cheeseburger or fried snapper. Meals come with a choice of drinks, plus fries, cole slaw or steamed broccoli.

Teens (and anyone else, of course) can select from a variety of burgers and sandwiches. A few examples: The California Burger is loaded with guacamole, bacon, tomatoes, arugula, crispy onions, jack cheese and cilantro aioli. The Spice Crusted Tri-Tip Sandwich features watercress, crispy onions, pickled red onions and creamy horseradish sauce.

The choices keep on coming. Adults opting for dinner entrées can choose from two regular sides that range from roasted cauliflower to potatoes au gratin with bacon. Some (but not all) of the other sides are fries, cilantro rice and sweet potato hash. Primo sides also are available, and guests can choose from creamy polenta, pasta du jour, Caesar salad or a mixed green salad.

From there? More choices. Pismo’s is recognized for its clam chowder (white, red and Rhode Island clear), calamari steak, crab cocktails, salads and wood-grilled seafood (wild Chilean sea bass, wild shark and grilled prawns to name a few). Executive Chef Michael Vernon is always introducing delicious new specials for frequent customers.

A popular current special is the Macadamia Crusted Calamari with Mango Beurre Blanc, says Pismo’s owner Dave Fansler.

2. Dicicco’s Italian Restaurant

Multiple locations

3. Red Robin

Multiple locations

Fine Dining

1. The Annex Kitchen

2257 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 248-8512

The Annex Kitchen has risen quickly to must-go status among Fresno restaurants.

Opened in 2015, the restaurant features an exciting menu inspired by the renowned culinary tradition of Italy plus the rich bounty of California produce, says chef and owner Jimmy Pardini.

If the last name sounds familiar, it should. Pardini is a third-generation restaurateur — following his late grandfather, Al, and his father, Jim, to the Fresno dining scene.

Only 36, Jimmy Pardini was named Restaurateur of the Year in 2017 by the Fresno chapter of the California Restaurant Association.

Pardini is quick to share credit for the success of The Annex Kitchen. “We have a great team of people who work in a very demanding environment, and our reputation is a result of their dedication to consistency and quality,” he says.

His vision for the restaurant’s future? “Our food, wine and cocktails will continue to evolve each year as we make new discoveries.”

Three of The Annex Kitchen’s many tempting dishes are:

Wood oven-roasted bone marrow, with pickled shallot and parsley salad.

Squid ink linguine with seafood ragu, Fresno chilies and breadcrumbs.

Bistecca Fiorentina: a 40-ounce wood-grilled Brandt Farms porterhouse steak (serves two to three), served with aged balsamic vinegar.

2. Vintage Steakhouse at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold

(866) 794-6946

3. Yosemite Ranch

1520 E. Champlain Drive

(559) 434-4403

Food Truck

1. Casa de Tamales

(559) 541-4656

In 2009, after nearly two decades of working in the restaurant industry, Liz Sanchez opened Casa de Tamales as a storefront on Shaw and Brawley avenues. She offers a spread of dishes made from recipes passed on from her mother and grandmother. Tamales are made by hand with in-house, lard-free and gluten-free masa.

In 2015, Casa de Tamales moved to the heart of the Tower District. Sanchez also runs a food truck that travels to local events. It can be found at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Farmers Market and Market on Kern on Wednesday mornings, CArt- Hop along Fulton Mall on Thursday afternoons and Enzo’s Table (Willow and Shepherd avenues) on the weekends.

“We’re expanding in the Central Valley — adding stops in Visalia,” Sanchez says.

The most popular dishes are traditional tamales like the New Mexico Chile Pork and the Green Tomatillo Chicken, she says. The Creamy Chicken Poblano is also a favorite among customers.

Casa de Tamales is also known for serving vegan and vegetarian tamales like the Farmers Market, the Jalapeño & Cheese, the Portobello & Asparagus, the Spinach & Artichoke and the Savory Sweet Corn. If you have a sweet tooth, try the Triple Chocolate Cake and the Blueberry & Cream Cheese. Seasonal tamales include the Pineapple Coconut Tamale in the summer and the Pumpkin Pie Tamale in the autumn.

2. Le Elegante Taqueria

(559) 497-5844

3. Tako BBQ

(559) 515-4543

Hamburgers

1. In-N-Out Burger

Multiple locations

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Born alongside Southern California’s network of infamous interstates, In-N-Out Burger’s status as the state’s first drive-thru restaurant seems only apropos. See, it’s car country out here. A culture founders Harry and Esther Snyder tapped into early on — creating a passionate fan base that’s been willing to slow down just long enough to enjoy its simple, quality product for 70 years now.

In-N-Out’s Baldwin Park, California, burger stand was the flagship eatery in what has grown to include more than 330 restaurants in six states. Hardcore followers can visit a replica of the landmark stand four days of the week or travel to different parts of the country using its Road Trip Location Guide. One thing’s for sure: your taste buds won’t be able to tell the difference.

The burger spot takes a lot of pride in the few items that have made it onto its notably limited menu. In-N-Out only uses the freshest ingredients for its burgers and fries and real ice cream for its tasty milkshakes. In fact, all In-N-Out kitchens are microwave-, freezer- and heat lamp-free.

But where there are traditions, there’s also room for the new — even if it’s on the hush-hush. The restaurant’s not-so-secret-menu, as it’s commonly referred, features everything from the meat-lovers’ 3X3 and 4X4 to In-N-Out’s trademarked Animal Style burger and fries. And its grilled cheese sandwich and Wish Burger are great options for vegetarians who also want to get a dose of the In-N-Out experience.

2. House of JuJu

565 Pollasky Ave., Suite 101, Clovis

(559) 298-3090

3. The Habit Burger Grill

Multiple locations

Hot Dogs

1. Costco

Multiple locations

Costco is a strategic outing. It’s easy to get lost in its rows of electronics, furniture, toiletries, groceries and clothing — a new gadget or fragrant snack at every corner vying for your attention. The worst part (or best, if we’re being honest): Costco knows this.

We’re a visually driven society. And there’s no way we’re going to miss the food court.

A warehouse staple since 1984, the purposely placed Costco food court is bound to catch customers on their way in or out.

After all, who can resist the temptation of its signature hot dogs?

The $1.50 soda and hot dog combo hasn’t changed much since it was first introduced at a Costco cart 35 years ago. Well, at least where it matters most: the price.

The soda eventually grew from a 12-ounce can into a 20-ounce fountain drink (with free refills), while the original kosher dog supplied by Hebrew International transitioned into Kirkland Signature’s 1/4-Pound Plus all-beef hotdog in 2008 — 10 percent bigger and longer than before.

The popular, gluten-free dogs contain no by-products, corn syrup, phosphates, fillers, artificial color or artificial flavors. With impressive stats like those, it’s no wonder Costco sells more than 100 million hot dogs a year — and shows no signs of slowing down.

Add-your-own topping stations make the hot dog at Costco your perfect meal each time.

2. Rocket Dog Gourmet Brats & Brew

88 E. Shaw Ave.

1365 N. Willow Ave., Suite 160, Clovis

(559) 283-8096

3. Chuck Wagon

1203 Academy Ave., Sanger

(559) 875-3889

Ice Cream

1. Ampersand Ice Cream

1940 N. Echo Ave.

(559) 264-8000

7010 N. Marks Ave., Suite 101

(559) 478-5858

The possibilities are endless at Ampersand Ice Cream — the ice cream parlor “where great ice cream and community meet.” Owned by Jeff and Amelia Bennett, the ice cream parlor opened the original location on the corner of Echo and Weldon avenues — across the street from Fresno High School — on Memorial Day 2015. A few weeks ago, the second location opened at Herndon and Marks avenues.

The ice cream parlor is a small-batch creamery and state-licensed dairy plant, Amelia says. You can watch the four-hour process of making ice cream through a window.

Not only does the couple have love for Fresno, but also the Central Valley. They stay true to buying and using local and in-house ingredients. They buy dairy from Top O’ The Morn Farms, almonds from P-R Farms, honey from Bradshaw Honey Farms, olive oil from ENZO Olive Oil and coffee from Lanna Coffee Company.

Although seasonal specials change on the first Thursday of each month, you’ll find staples like Whiskey Caramel Swirl, Honeycomb, Chocolate Chip, Madagascar Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Bordeaux, Mint Chip and Rocky Road on a daily basis.

Honeycomb is the top seller — “followed by Whiskey Caramel Swirl,” Amelia says.

Amelia says the top choices for seasonal specials are Grizzly Jack, Bananas Foster, Central Perk and Spring Flowers & Zest. The dairy-free sorbet flavors include Strawberry Balsamic, Raspberry Sorbet and Lemon Sorbet.

2. Superior Dairy

325 N. Douty St., Hanford

(559) 582-0481

3. Cold Stone Creamery

Multiple locations

Indian Restaurant

1. Elephant Lounge/Haveli Indian Bistro & Banquet

80 W. Shaw Ave., Clovis

(559) 323-1300

The Elephant Lounge Indian Bistro started in 2019 with a major makeover, from its new name — Haveli — to new menu items and interior décor. Owner Ranjit Dosanjh said after operating the Clovis restaurant for five years, he felt it was time for a rebranding and some updating.

Dosanjh, a native of India whose family moved to California when he was a youngster, chose the name Haveli — a Hindi word that translates to “mansion” — because it’s well-known among natives of India and Indian Americans as a restaurant and banquet facility.

“With the name Elephant Lounge, a lot of people would say they didn’t know that it was an Indian restaurant. That’s why I wanted to use that name (Haveli), it takes out the guesswork for a lot of people,” he says. The new name also helps eliminate the confusion that was created among some Elephant Lounge customers when north Fresno’s Elephant Bar restaurant closed, Dosanjh says.

The restaurant’s new interior takes diners back to 1950s India, and its décor includes a red scooter from India and a refurbished 1950s Massey tractor. Gone from the menu are the Italian-American dishes and burgers. Haveli’s menu is now all-Indian and includes new items such as lamb chops and a combination plate called thali that will allow diners to try three to five items in smaller portions.

“Indian food is typically family-style, so that’s where a lot of people get confused, they don’t know what to order,” Dosanjh says. “This way, it’s made for one person, and they get to explore different styles of Indian food.”

Specialty items such as Indian fish and fusion dishes will be offered on selected days, such as Fridays, he says.

The menu will continue to showcase the original recipes that Dosanjh developed after he switched careers, quitting his Silicon Valley job to learn the restaurant business and start his own eateries. Dosanjh’s first restaurants were in the Bay Area, but he later decided to head to the Valley, where some of his relatives as well as a lot of families from northern India live.

He doesn’t regret leaving the Bay Area — especially its traffic congestion.

This year, Dosanjh wants to host more banquet events and is working with wedding planners and other event coordinators.

Haveli’s design allows for easy reconfiguration since the tables, chairs and booths can be rearranged to comfortably seat 250 people and include a dance floor. The restaurant still will be able to seat customers in the private dining area when the main restaurant is reserved for banquet events, he says.

2. Tandoori Night

6751 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 438-7200

3. Brahma Bull Indian Cuisine

3050 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 108

(559) 275-1100

Italian Restaurant

1. Nativo’s at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold

(866) 794-6946

Top-of-the-line gaming options and live entertainment are enough to draw many Central Valley residents to Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.

And then there’s Nativos.

The fine dining Italian restaurant reopened to the public in 2018 with the same goal as when it was established: to serve authentic Italian foods that can be found in its native country.

“[The] menu keeps up with modern culinary trends and delivers a cutting-edge dining experience while retaining the peerless flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean coast,” says director of marketing, Deann Kamalani.

“Only the best-quality food and ingredients are selected to make the dishes fully authentic and flavorful.”

The restaurant’s airy, simple elegance allows the food to shine on its own, with diners ordering some of Nativos’ most popular entrées such as prosecco clams, calamari misto, zuppa di pesce and veal parmigiano. Guests are welcome to dine on its limited patio seating to take in the region’s fresh air.

It also rivals California Market Buffet’s brunch every Sunday, and features light, fresh, artisanal fare to go with the eatery’s stunning scenic views overlooking the Sierra foothills.

Specialty food stations include a seafood raw bar, brioche French toast, omelet bar, carving table with various meats and farmers market-inspired salads.

Pastry Chef Louisito adds authentic flair to the desserts with pot du crème, fruit tortes, pistachio and strawberry panna cotta and flambéed creations.

Paired with libations crafted by the restaurant’s wine sommelier and mixologist, and your transportation to an Italian oasis is complete.

2. Dicicco’s Italian Restaurant

Multiple locations

3. Luna Pizzeria Italian Restaurant

349 Pollasky Ave., Clovis

(559) 299-4141

Japanese Restaurant

1. Sakura Chaya Tokyo Cuisine

690 E. Nees Ave.

(559) 438-9378

Diners looking for a variety of Japanese dining options under one roof will find them at Sakura Chaya Tokyo Cuisine near the corner of Nees Avenue and First Street in northeast Fresno. From sushi to teppanyaki grill to traditional Japanese meals, the 11-year-old restaurant offers it all.

General manager David Wong says Sakura Chaya excels at its consistent quality of service and food. The restaurant, which gets top marks for its sushi and seafood offerings, receives twice-weekly shipments of fresh fish. “Our head sushi chef, Koji, is very particular on the quality,” he says.

Customers’ favorites include the Koji-san roll with lobster and chirashi (assorted sashimi served on seasoned rice). The most popular teppanyaki is the Terrific Teppan Trio, a lunch special of chicken, beef and shrimp that comes with miso soup, salad, grilled vegetables and fried rice. Some newer menu offerings include ramen noodles and poke, the diced raw fish dish that Wong says is popular right now.

Not all dishes stay on the menu at Sakura Chaya. The restaurant used to offer ostrich, Wong says, “but we weren’t able to get that consistent quality we like to provide to customers.”

In addition to good food, customers also can expect to have fun interacting with teppanyaki chefs who may tell jokes, do tricks with shrimp or lemons, and sometimes juggle while grilling meat, seafood or tofu at the tables. “Our teppanyaki chefs are very entertaining and make it a fun environment,” he says.

And more fun is on the horizon. A second Sakura Chaya Tokyo Cuisine restaurant is scheduled to open sometime this spring in Clovis. The restaurant will be at Sierra Vista Mall and will be 8,200 square feet — about the same size as the Fresno restaurant — with teppanyaki tables, a sushi bar, a full cocktail bar and traditional dining. “The newest thing will be patios,” Wong says. “We’ll have a patio off the bar and a patio for traditional dining as well.”

2. Edo-ya Tokyo Cuisine

3050 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 112

(559) 275-7535

3. Japanese Kitchen

711 W. Shaw Ave., Clovis

(559) 297-1100

Mediterranean Restaurant

1. Mediterranean Grill & Cafe

1031 U St.

(559) 441-7050

Mediterranean Grill and Café has been an international delight in downtown Fresno for 25 years. The family-owned and -operated restaurant is known for serving a variety of hearty and flavorful traditional Mediterranean dishes made with high-quality ingredients.

Hisham Hemaidan owns and operates the restaurant with his sister, Heiam Elaawar, and their mother, known as “Mama.” His brother-in-law also helps with the behind-the-scene operations.

The menu includes appetizers like falafel balls, hummus, grape leaves and baba ghanoush. Hemaidan says the most popular dishes are the fattoush chicken salad — made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread — and the Lebanese chicken served with rice and garlic sauce.

“The Lebanese chicken is a savory, hearty dish,” he says.

Hemaidan also notes the beef or chicken shawarma as a top item. Entrées extend to include the Tabbouleh salad, the Greek chicken salad, lamb, beef or chicken kebabs and gyros. Finish your meal with homemade baklava — thin layers of phyllo stacked with honey, butter, cinnamon and nuts.

The restaurant is open for lunchtime on weekdays, but offers full-service catering for special events and private parties.

2. Phoenician Garden Mediterranean Bar and Grill

1025 E. Herndon Ave., Suite 106

(559) 261-2747

3. House of Kebab

7458 N. Fresno St.

(559) 449-1344

Mexican Restaurant

1. Sal’s Mexican Restaurant

Multiple locations

Sal’s Mexican Restaurant is synonymous with south-of-the-border cuisine in Fresno. It serves traditional Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and tamales.

The story of the Mexican restaurant started with Salvador Salazar in 1942. Now, there are three locations in Selma, Fresno and Madera. It was named the “Best Mexican Restaurant” by the California Restaurant Association in 2017. The menu features appetizers like quesadillas, nachos and Mexican pizza. Specialty plates include huevos rancheros, the Theisen Omelet, the Enchilada Suizas and the Ensalada Eleanor.

Burritos are stuffed with refried beans, your choice of meat and Jack cheese. Sal’s Fancy Burrito is loaded with refried beans, chili con carne and Jack cheese in a tortilla.

The Mexican restaurant also offers pre-ordered tamales, frozen dinners and a variety of party platters.

2. Casa Corona

7044 N. Cedar Ave.

(559) 323-7409

1724 W. Bullard Ave.

(559) 283-8605

3. Toledos Mexican Restaurant

Multiple locations

Microbrewery

1. The Mad Duck Craft Brewing Co.

765 W. Herndon Ave., Suite 200, Clovis

(559) 298-3825

3085 E. Campus Pointe Drive

(559) 325-3825

In 2010, Alex Costa and Mark Bagdasarian opened The Mad Duck Neighborhood Grill & Taphouse at Herndon and Willow avenues. Five years later, with the success of the first location, they opened The Mad Duck Craft Brewing Co. near Fresno State in The Square at Campus Pointe. The third location is set to open at Herndon and Marks avenues in June or July.

Costa defines the brewery as a “chef-driven pub that focuses on the whole plate — great cocktails, great craft beer and great food.”

The craft beers — made in small batches to complement the flavors of California — are for every occasion, he says.

“Like your ‘Why does it have to be Monday’ beer or the classic ‘Let’s meet for a quick Happy Hour pint on Thursday!’ beer or the much (and wrongfully!) maligned ‘Saturday noontime patio’ beer or my personal favorite, the ‘One more quick one before we have to go?’ beer,” Costa says.

The Honey Pot Blonde, the Classic California-style IPA and the Citra, referred to as “the baby IPA,” bring tropical flavors of citrus to your palate. The Hopical Paradise is an American-style Hefeweizen with lots of fruity flavors. The Pub Ale and the Almond Brown Ale are brewed with flavors of caramel, and the Opulence Oatmeal Stout is a creamy concoction of coffee and chocolate.

The brewery also serves tasty snacks and meals like onion rings, sweet potato fries, pulled-pork sliders, soups and salads, sandwiches and burgers including the California Mad Burger, the Triple Bypass and the Napa Valley Burger.

2. Tioga-Sequoia Craft Brewery

745 Fulton St.

(559) 486-2337

3. Sequoia Brewing Co.

777 E. Olive Ave.

(559) 264-5521

1188 E. Champlain Drive, Suite 107

(559) 434-2739

124 W. Main St., Visalia

(559) 627-2537

Patio/Outdoor Dining

1. Elbow Room Bar & Grill

731 W. San Jose Ave.

(559) 227-1234

Patio dining at the Elbow Room Bar & Grill is more than a culinary experience. Diners in the outdoor spaces can enjoy watching the flames in a large stone fireplace through cascading water from a waterfall that tops the fireplace, or gaze at a 29-foot mural that wraps around the top of the full-service bar, all while being kept comfortable year-round by overhead heaters and mister fans.

The aesthetics as well as outstanding menu choices and attentive staff are what sets Elbow Room’s patio dining apart, says owner Mike Shirinian.

The Elbow Room has come a long way from its birth 64 years ago as a 10-stool bar in a converted small home near the intersection of McKinley and Palm avenues. The bar’s trademark steak sandwich is still a top seller, but Elbow Room’s menu has been updated over the years as culinary tastes have changed.

Shirinian credits Chef Eric Rodriguez with introducing specialty dishes that top the menu and are rotated for seasonality. The Elbow Room also offers small dishes for the less-hearty appetite; “dinners for two,” an entrée with soup or salad that’s priced at $30; and a full-service brunch that’s available on weekends and other special days, such as Black Friday and Monday holidays.

“Those elements have evolved into what the Elbow Room is,” Shirinian says.

After the Elbow Room moved to its current site in Fig Garden Village at Palm and Shaw avenues in 1997, the first patio opened and seated about 25. With expansions over the years, Elbow Room’s patio space also has expanded and now can accommodate as many as 140 customers.

A year’s worth of thought and planning went into the design, including visiting restaurants in Carmel and other locales, Shirinian says. Fresno artist Conrad Jimenez, who painted the restaurant’s murals, is an “incredible designer” who assisted with the patio and other projects, he says.

Patio features include retractable awnings, side curtains that can lowered in inclement weather, 20 overhead heaters that can be individually adjusted to suit diners, and misters with fans to keep the space cool in the warmer months. “We want you to be ultra-comfortable,” Shirinian says.

2. Starving Artists Bistro

9447 N. Fort Washington Road

(559) 433-0133

3. Patio Cafe

5138 N. Palm Ave.

(559) 243-1074

Pizza

1. Me-n-Ed’s Pizzeria

Multiple locations

For more than 60 years, Me-n-Ed’s has provided fresh, high-quality food and service, establishing close relationships within local communities and endeavoring to build a satisfied customer base upon great family hospitality. Whatever the pizzeria is doing is working as Me-n-Ed’s has been voted Best Pizza in The Fresno Bee’s People’s Choice awards every year since its inception in 2005.

“It means a lot for Me-n-Ed’s to have been chosen ‘Best Pizza’ for The People’s Choice Award since the program began 13 years ago,” says John Ferdinandi, CEO of Me-n-Ed’s Pizzeria. “We’d like to thank our customers for being such devoted fans and sharing their enthusiasm by voting for us year after year.”

Me-n-Ed’s dough is made fresh daily using established recipes and practices, and baked in a specially designed brick oven. Then, the pizza is smothered with sauce from vine-ripened tomatoes and topped off with Me-n-Ed’s special blend of five cheeses and more than 20 choice toppings. Is your mouth watering yet?

Me-n-Ed’s also offers delicious, homemade deli sandwiches, crisp salads, calzones, strombolis, focaccia bread, garlic bread, garlic cheese bread and more, all inspired by family recipes and the flavors of Italy. Me-n-Ed’s recently introduced Pizza Bites — your favorite classic pizzas are now available in bite sizes.

Whether you’re organizing a graduation party, baby shower or anniversary celebration, Me-n-Ed’s is the perfect choice to cater your next event. With Me-n-Ed’s new catering menu, it’s easy to customize your menu, whether it’s for 5 people or 500.

And, in case you want to show off your love for Me-n-Ed’s, there’s an online merchandise store. T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats are available.

“Our customers’ loyalty only fuels our commitment to deliver the highest quality product and to always find ways to better serve our communities,” says Tom Ferdinandi, COO of Me-n-Ed’s Pizzeria. “It’s an honor to be the Valley’s leader in this category and we’re committed to living up to the reputation we’ve been building since 1958.”

2. More Than Pizza

2093 W. Bullard Ave.

(559) 840-1564

2195 Shaw Ave., Clovis

(559) 298-4865

3. Pieology

Multiple locations

Sandwich Shop

1. Sam’s Italian Deli and Market

2415 N. First St.

(559) 229-9346

Located at First Street and Clinton Avenue, Sam’s Italian Deli and Market is a landmark in the Fresno-Clovis area. Owned by Nick Marziliano and his mother, Angela, the delicatessen features culinary delights that embody the taste of Italy.

The menu of sandwiches is extensive. Sandwiches are made to order on 5-inch or 8-inch sesame rolls, with the exception of the New Yorker Hot Pastrami and the Sam’s Steak Sandwich, which are available on a large, 10-inch crusty baguette. Sam’s Focaccia Sandwich is an Italian-style sub on homemade tomato focaccia.

Sandwiches are piled high with the high-quality ingredients, including mayonnaise, mustard, peppers, pickles and cheese — and, depending on what you ordered, meat: turkey breast, roast beef, salami, pastrami, ham, tuna, capicollo, mortadella and prosciutto.

Marziliano says the most popular subs are the Sam’s Special Sandwich — ham, turkey breast, mortadella, dry salami and Jack cheese — and the New Yorker Hot Pastrami. New to the menu is the grilled sausage sandwich with peppers, onion and provolone cheese.

“Local Italian peppers are used from June through September,” Marziliano says.

Specialty sandwiches like meatball or eggplant Parmesan sandwiches are also top choices among customers. In addition to sandwiches, the delicatessen offers sides like pasta, potato, macaroni and Mediterranean Orzo salads to complete your lunch.

2. Deli Delicious

Multiple locations

3. Piemonte’s Italian Delicatessen

616 E. Olive Ave.

(559) 237-2038

piemontesdeli.com

Seafood

1. Pismo’s Coastal Grill

7937 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 439-9463

Pismo’s Coastal Grill offers Central Valley residents the bounty of the oceans in a lively setting complete with a crafted wooden boat and fish market. The menu is as varied as the California coastline, and entrées include wild shark, wild swordfish and wild Chilean sea bass.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Guests can begin their experience in the Villaggio Shopping Center with ice cold seafood appetizers. They include oysters on a half shell, the popular crab cocktail and the Pismo’s Platter featuring assorted seafood. Another option: crab cakes topped with lemon beurre blanc.

The seafood restaurant is known for three styles of clam chowder: classic white, spicy red and Rhode Island clear. Beef burgers and a grilled chicken sandwich are also on the menu, as well as seafood variations: a blackened salmon burger and a snapper sandwich. Entrées extend to grilled Alaskan halibut, grilled Atlantic salmon, grilled wild mahi mahi, pistachio-crusted calamari, pan-seared scallops.

“The fish market handles the butchery of the fish, which ensures a very high fresh factor,” says Dave Fansler, the owner of Pismo’s Coastal Grill. “Many customers drive from the coast to Pismo’s in Fresno for a fresh seafood meal.”

Meals can be topped off by tempting desserts: Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie, Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake or Warm Brownie a la Mode.

2. Butterfish Poke

8482 N. Friant Road

(559) 478-5471

3. Red Lobster

1460 E. Shaw Ave.

(559) 221-9495

Steakhouse

1. Yosemite Ranch

1520 E. Champlain Drive

(559) 434-4403

Yosemite Ranch Steak, Seafood & Roast House owns a bit of history because of its location in northeast Fresno. More on that later. In the here and now, Yo Ranch (as it’s also known) offers steak dinners of unmatched quality.

Some of the steak selections are bacon-wrapped filet mignon, slow-roasted sirloin, steak and lobster, and Midwest 28-day-aged ribeye or New York. Steaks are served on sizzling plates with herb butter. Baby back pork ribs and pork chops also are on the menu.

“The steak dinners are very popular with locals since they include all the sides and dinner salad,” says Dave Fansler, the owner of Yo Ranch. “This is a savings of at least 35 percent when compared to other steakhouses.”

Meats are cooked on fires burning with coastal red oak, a distinction Yosemite Ranch can claim over other restaurants.

The restaurant also offers a varied seafood menu: sea scallops, salmon, scampi, crab cakes, lobster tail, Alaskan king crab and calamari. Guests have many options, including “dinner enhancers” such as firecracker prawns, crab cakes and pan-roasted scampi. The wine list includes varietals from the Central Coast, Napa Valley, Sonoma and Monterey, plus Dom Perignon champagne from France.

Now about Yosemite Ranch’s connection to history. It involves logging that occurred early in the last century near Yosemite National Park. Timber came by flume and rail from the mountains to the Sugar Pine Lumber Co. in Pinedale. From 1921 to 1933, the trains passed on what is now Shepherd Avenue — right in front of Yosemite Ranch’s location at Champlain Drive and Shepherd Avenue.

2. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

7844 N. Blackstone Ave.

(559) 490-0358

3. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

639 E. Shaw Ave.

(559) 222-5823

Sunday Brunch

1. Fresno Breakfast House

2085 W. Bullard Ave.

(559) 431-1385

Owned and operated by the Tellawi family, Fresno Breakfast House has spoiled customers with scrumptious dishes for breakfast and lunch for two decades. The original location was nestled at First Street and Ashlan Avenue, but closed when business was booming at the second location on Bullard and West avenues.

The menu is comprised of breakfast classics like French toast and pancakes to lunch specials like a bacon cheeseburger. You can’t go wrong with the crepes florentine with hollandaise sauce, eggs Benedict or the Southwest Breakfast Enchiladas — topped with homemade enchilada sauce.

FBH also serves cranberry and mango mimosas for brunch. As for lunch, there are also sandwiches, melts, soups and salads. If you’re indecisive on ordering breakfast or lunch, try the FBH Brunch Burger — complete with bacon, hash browns and a fried egg.

The restaurant offers Paradise Catering as well as a banquet facility for wedding receptions, bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, fundraisers and meetings.

2. Campagnia

1185 E. Champlain Drive

(559) 433-3300

3. Batter Up Pancakes

8029 N. Cedar Ave.

(559) 440-1221

Sushi

1. Wassabi

752 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 226-2233

2920 E. Nees Ave.

(559) 797-4361

wassabifresno.com

Without a doubt, Wassabi hooks customers with the eclectic atmosphere, enthusiastic employees and more than 40 different rolls. After the original location on Herndon Avenue closed, Wassabi moved to the northwest corner of Willow and Nees avenues. The name: Wassabi on Fire. The second location, Wassabi Off The Hook, is located in Fig Garden Village.

The most popular rolls on the menu include the OMG, the Booty Booty and 3M. The three rolls feature crab and spicy tuna. If you don’t have a palate for sushi, try the Nemo with salmon or the Yoda with deep-fried calamari and asparagus topped with avocado.

Wassabi also plays tribute to the Golden State by featuring the Super California: imitation crabmeat and avocado topped with shrimp tempura. The Fresno consists of salmon, yellowtail, shrimp and green onions wrapped with soy paper and spicy tuna.

The menu also features vegetarian-friendly rolls with avocado, asparagus, eggplant, mushrooms or cucumber. But if you want to skip sushi, Wassabi has you covered with teriyaki chicken, Chilean sea bass, deep-fried wontons, crab cakes, salted or garlic edamame, fried rice, deep-fried green beans.

2. I Love Sushi

465 W. Shaw Ave, Clovis

(559) 297-1117

ilovesushi559.com

Tea House

1. Teazer World Tea Market

Multiple locations

Teazer World Tea Market takes your taste buds on a tropical adventure — without leaving the Fresno-Clovis area. Currently, there are three locations: The Tower District, River Park Shopping Center and West Shaw Avenue.

The tea shop, which boasts more than 100 types of tea, is known for featuring seasonal blends like Cherry Blossom Green Tea, Lavender Cream Earl Grey, The Royal Blue, Peachy Lichee, Shanghai Lichee Jasmine and Nerola Orange Oolong in the spring. Tango Mango, Vanilla Sky, Green Lantern, Brazilian Coconut, Lavender Lemonade and Pomegranate Hibiscus are top picks in the summer.

You can order tea with fresh fruit, cream or soy milk. There are a number of caffeine-free herbal teas — infused with flavors like peppermint, ginger, spearmint, lavender, lemongrass and rose petals — with medicinal properties to relax and soothe your mind and body.

The tea shop also offers unfermented green tea, which contain powerful antioxidants. Rooibos, meaning “red bush,” is a caffeine-free herbal tea native to South Africa. It boasts beneficial properties like zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, fluoride and polyphenols.

The fourth location is set to open soon at Sierra Vista Mall.

2. Little Leaf Tea

6011 N. Palm Ave.

(559) 261-2699

littleleaftea.com

3. Starbucks

Multiple locations

Thai Restaurant

1. Pad Thai Restaurant

198 Shaw Ave., Clovis

(559) 324-1235

Since opening in 2014, Pad Thai Restaurant has made traditional Thai dishes crafted with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

The restaurant, named after the traditional Thai dish, serves appetizers, soups and salads, entrées and desserts. If you’re trying Thai cuisine for the first time, order pad thai — stir-fried rice noodles that are made with eggs, green onions, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts. It can be ordered with beef, chicken, pork, seafood or a combination of meat.

Pad kee mao (also known as drunken noodles), which includes spicy pan-fried flat rice noodles with chili, garlic, yellow onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and sweet basil leaves, is a mouth-watering dish that remains popular among customers.

Finish your meal with desserts like ice cream, custard or slices of mango with sticky rice.

2. The Thai House

1069 E. Shaw Ave.

(559) 221-7245

3. Thai Country Restaurant

151 W. Bullard Ave., Clovis

(559) 298-6697

Wedding Cake

1. Eddie’s Bakery Cafe

7089 N. Cedar Ave.

(559) 323-0900

Each year, Eddie’s Bakery Cafe makes hundreds of tiered creations of moist sweetness for couples. After scheduling an appointment with a consultant, you can choose from five flavors — wedding white, marble, dark chocolate, carrot and banana nut — and 18 fillings like champagne custard and raspberry preserves to customize your wedding cake.

The most popular flavors are wedding white and dark chocolate. You can add chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pieces of Snickers and chunks of Heath Bar.

Liqueur flavors include amaretto, rum, crème de menthe, kirsch, framboise (raspberry), Grand Marnier and Kahlua. The top combinations are champagne custard and raspberry preserve, chocolate mousse with pieces of Snickers, and chocolate mousse with chocolate chips and Kahlua.

You can design your wedding cake to include two, three, four or five tiers.

2. Frosted Cakery

1292 N. Wishon Ave.

(559) 917-8880

3. La Boulangerie French Bakery and Cafe

730 W. Shaw Ave.

(559) 222-0555

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