Bethany Clough

These 8 new Fresno restaurants caught our eye in February. Have you tried them yet?

Heirloom is a new ‘farm driven’ restaurant bringing farm-to-table freshness to Fresno

Heirloom is a new 'farm driven' restaurant with a constantly changing menu open in Park Crossing in north Fresno.
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Heirloom is a new 'farm driven' restaurant with a constantly changing menu open in Park Crossing in north Fresno.

New restaurants are everywhere lately.

From places that specialize in sweets and treats to one of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings in town (Black Bear Diner), it’s been a busy month.

Follow along with Bethany Clough here, while she explores the newest restaurants and latest foodie experiences in Fresno.

Here are all the new restaurants we wrote about in February.

Heirloom, a new restaurant opened at Park Crossing, also offers cocktails. Seen on the left is a Tropic Thunder, to the right is the Rum P.M.C. Photographed Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in Fresno. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA

Heirloom is fast becoming a Fresno favorite. Created by the owners of Butterfish, this new restaurant near Friant Road and Fresno Street is a combination of a casual order-at-the counter restaurant and one that specializes in farm-to-table food.

Unlike many restaurants that pay lip service to the farm-to-table concept, the owners of Heirloom strive to buy most of their ingredients from Valley farms.

Details: 8398 N. Fresno St. (559) 228-9735.

Server Laurissa Martinez holds two entrees available at Bonchon, which has opened a location in Campus Pointe near Fresno State. Photographed Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 in Fresno. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA

BonChon is a global franchised chain known for its Korean fried chicken and spicy food. It opened recently at Campus Pointe, the shopping center next to Fresno State.

The chicken wings are what Bonchon is known for. They’re fried twice to be extra crispy and come in spicy sauce or soy garlic sauce.

Details: 3039 E. Campus Pointe Drive.

Hakata-style ramen is made with pork broth that is cooked for 12 hours and a variety of toppings at the new Tsuchiya Ramen, 736 W. Bullard Ave. JOHN WALKER

Tsuchiya Ramen is a tiny new ramen restaurant at Palm and Bullard avenues.

It’s a little different in that its bowls of noodle soup are customizable. They come with a pork broth and two slices of pork and customers pick what other toppings they want, from bean sprouts and to Spam.

Details: 736 W. Bullard Ave.

After years of opening restaurants around the Central San Joaquin Valley, Black Bear Diner finally opened a restaurant in the middle of Fresno a week ago. CRAIG KOHLRUSS

Black Bear Diner is a Valley favorite, but just opened its first Fresno location late last month.

The restaurant is in the former Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery near Marty Avenue.

It’s known for its down-home cooking and dishes like chicken-fried steak, pies, cobblers and giant biscuits.

Details: 3602 W. Shaw Ave. (559) 271-4704.

Chicken Tikka tacos, served with Indian beer or mango lassi, shown at Bollywood Indian Street Food on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 in Fresno. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA

Bollywood Indian Street Food is an order-at-the-counter style fast service restaurant serving the type of food you’d find at carts on the streets in India.

The most popular dish though, Indian tacos, is not authentic. The tacos feature Indian food served in naan bread shaped like a taco.

Details: 7059 N. Cedar Ave. Details: (559) 493-5975.

Ampersand ice cream shop owners Jeff and Amelia Bennett hold a fresh batch of their Whiskey Caramel Swirl ice cream at their new location at Herndon and Marks, Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2019. JOHN WALKER

Ampersand Ice Cream opened its second location in Fresno at Marks and Herndon avenues.

The new shop has glass windows so customers can watch the ice cream being made.

It has all the same ice cream flavors as its original, like whiskey caramel swirl and honeycomb, with a few extra features on the menu.

Details: 7010 N. Marks Ave. (559) 478-5858.

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Gabriel Acevedo, owner, Acevedo’s Postreria Gourmet in North Fresno, holds a chocolate chip cup drink. JOHN WALKER

Acevedo’s Postreria Gourmet is part bakery, part coffee shop at Champlain Drive and Perrin Avenue.

It’s got goodies like cakes, cupcakes, doughnuts and something called a cookie shot. It also carries milk from Hanford-based Rosa Brothers Milk Company in flavors like banana and strawberry that are used in its elaborate lattes.

Details: 1134 E. Champlain Dr. (559) 712-4500.

Customers form a line for Haus of Cupcakes during River Park’s farmer’s market Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in Fresno. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA

Haus of Cupcakes is actually a food truck that sells cupcakes. The truck sells its cupcakes all over the Valley, including at farmers markets in Fresno.

The strawberry shortcake cupcake is the most popular, though several other creative flavors are available.

Details: Follow the truck on Instagram.

Bethany Clough covers restaurants and retail for The Fresno Bee. A reporter for 20 years, she now works to answer readers’ questions about business openings, closings and other business news. She has a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and her last name is pronounced Cluff.