The newly opened Red Apple Cafe is something different for Fresno – and not just because you can get a boozy latte with your breakfast.
The breakfast and lunch place took over the former Viktoria’s Place restaurant at Ingram and Herndon avenues a few weeks ago.
Red Apple Cafe is an independently owned restaurant opened by a Fresno native and her husband who have run one in Watsonville for 25 years and opened one in Aptos in the 1980s before selling it.
Now Jeanette Yee is back in Fresno with husband Michael and son Aaron running the restaurant near Walmart.
The Red Apple Cafe serves a Southern Peach: Iced tea with sweet tea vodka and peach Schnapps.
The restaurant may be little, but the menu is huge.
It’s got all the basics – omelets, steak and eggs, and burgers.
But there’s a lot that you won’t find at your typical mainstream breakfast and lunch place too, like Hawaiian French toast.
That’s French toast served with grilled bananas and kiwi, coconut, raisins and other fruit.
“That’s our No. 1 seller in Watsonville and people are loving it here, too,” says Jeanette Yee.
There’s also an apple pie French toast (topped with apple pie filling) and a raisin bread French toast.
There are other atypical dishes, too: calamari steak and eggs, an eggs Benedict made with crab cakes instead of ham, and yogurt-buckwheat pancakes.
“We’re famous for our potato dishes,” Yee says.
Seven types of potato entrees are on the menu, ranging from “ultimate meat” to vegetarian, and topped with scrambled eggs and cheese. The restaurant uses red potatoes, and you can see a video of Michael Yee preparing them on the grill with a giant dollop of butter at Fresnobee.com.
And then, those drinks.
The Red Apple Cafe has a full liquor license, which means you can get a glass of Bud Light with lunch or a mimosa with breakfast, sure. But you can also get any number of creative daytime cocktails.
There’s the RumChata mocha latte made with RumChata liqueur – which has rum and cream flavors – and Captain Morgan rum, espresso, skim milk, Hershey’s syrup and topped with whipped cream.
And of course you can get coffee with Kahlua, Irish whiskey, Rumchata or brandy in it.
The Red Apple Cafe is at 488 W. Herndon Ave. and is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 559-261-1505.
Guri’s GrubHouse closed quietly a little over two weeks ago.
The farm-to-table gastropub on Shaw Avenue made a splash when it opened a little over a year ago for its innovative menu. It landed in this column several times for adding foie gras and Rocky Mountain oysters to the menu.
Several of the owners and the chef did not return messages seeking comment about why the restaurant closed. One of the owners, who also owned Swiggs restaurant and bar, pulled out of Guri’s earlier this year.
Guri’s posted a goodbye on its Facebook page last week.
The Habit Burger Grill opened its third location in the Fresno-Clovis area last week. This one is at the new building with a few other restaurants at Friant Road and Fresno Street near Sportman’s Warehouse.
It will eventually be joined by a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and Jersey Mike’s Subs.
The Habit has a patio seating 28 and employs 35 people.