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28 Valley restaurants win awards: Is your favorite on the list?

Longtime Pardini's Cafe is reborn as The Annex Kitchen

Brothers Jimmy and Jeff Pardini are opening an Italian-inspired restaurant and bar with almost everything made in house in the former Pardini’s Cafe, which has been in the family for more than 40 years.
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Brothers Jimmy and Jeff Pardini are opening an Italian-inspired restaurant and bar with almost everything made in house in the former Pardini’s Cafe, which has been in the family for more than 40 years.

The Fresno chapter of the California Restaurant Association honored 28 restaurants and other food companies during its Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards on March 7.

The winners were chosen by 2,500 of their local restaurant “industry peers.”

John Harris of Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Area restaurants were honored in these categories:

Best Breakfast: Patio Cafe

Best Fast Food/Drive Thru: Chick-fil-A

Best Fast Casual Restaurant: Colorado Grill

Best Asian Restaurant: Sakura Chaya

Best Mexican Restaurant: Sal’s Mexican Restaurant

Best Family Dining: Mimi’s Cafe

Best Fine Dining: Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant

Best Pizza: Mike’s Pizzeria

Best Sushi: Edo-Ya Tokyo Cuisine

Best Winery: CRU Wine Company

Best Sports Bar: The Mad Duck Craft Brewery

Best Hotel/Casino Dining: Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino

Best Italian Restaurant: Parma Restaurant

Best Newcomer: The Annex Kitchen

Best Kept Secret: School House Restaurant

Friendliest Service: BJ’s Kountry Kitchen

Best Watering Hole: FIVE Restaurant

Most Romantic Restaurant: Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant

Best Steak: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Best Banquet: Pardini’s Catering & Banquets

Best Catering: The Painted Table

Best Hamburger: Colorado Grill

Best Sandwich: Deli Delicious

Best Craft Brewery: The Mad Duck Craft Brewery

Best Country Club Dining: Fort Washington Golf & Country Club

Best Indian Restaurant: Brahma Bull Indian Cuisine

Best Bakery: Eddie’s Bakery Cafe

Best Seafood: Central Fish Co.

Best Mediterranean Restaurant: Diana’s Restaurant

Best Barbeque Restaurant: Westwoods BBQ & Spice Co.

Beverage Purveyor/Supplier of the Year: Stefanelli Distributing Inc.

Purveyor/Supplier of the Year: Yosemite Linen Supply

Restaurateur of the Year: Mohammad Hobab, Deli Delicious

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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