We hit Tahoe Joe’s Monday night and it was a hit
Monday evenings are not the best night of the week to go out and eat. The staff, including servers, line chefs, and others, are wiped out from the weekend rush. Some of the food leftover from the weekend gets used up on Monday evenings even though it shouldn't be; it just happens.Read full story
My review of the grand opening of Ramen Hayashi in Fresno
I've been to a few grand openings for restaurants when I lived back east. I also hosted a few for our family when we opened a new place, but Wednesday, October 5th's grand opening of the new Ramen Hayashi Restaurant in Fresno, (Riverside Drive, Herndon and 99), blew us away.Read full story
My review of Straw Hat Pizza in Fresno.
When I think of pizza, I usually want to go to a place with great dough and sauce. For me, the most important element of a pizza is the dough. The sauce is essential, but you can overlook the sauce if the dough is good; if you have tough dough or dough that hasn't been cooked all the way, it will ruin the best sauce and toppings. That's my opinion, and Patti feels the same way.Read full story
What goes into writing a restaurant review?
What's the job of a food critic? That question is tough for me since I worked in restaurants most of my life in some way, and food critics were the scourge of the business. Think about this, in one night, think opening night, a food critic can come in and ruin your future with their opinion. The odds of that food critic returning is rare; if they do, it takes years and a gazillion comments about the food to bring them back.Read full story
My review of Habit Burger in River Park, Fresno. It didn’t make the grade.
It only takes one lousy meal to ruin what was almost a perfect record at the River Park Habit Burger. Last night Patti and I stopped at Habit Burger for dinner at a decent time. We arrived a little after eight, so there should have been no issues! We usually get to Habit after nine pm, but not last night.Read full story
My review of Sakura Chaya Japanese Steak House in Clovis
Patti and I went to Sakura the other night after an afternoon of smelling the aromas from another local Japanese steak house. We were out in front but too late for lunch, so we figured we would go for dinner at Sakura.Read full story
My review of Pieology. A place open at the right time.
We've been here before. I've reviewed Pieology in the past and have good and bad to say about it. This time it's all about timing. While I don't consider Pieology the best pizza in Fresno or Clovis, I believe it to be the best pizza around at the best time.Read full story
My review of Giuseppe’s Italian restaurant at Pismo Beach.
Patti and I have been going to Pismo Beach quite often this year, compliments of a friend who has a home there and has been sharing it with us. It beats staying in a hotel or motel and constantly eating out.Read full story
My second review of Lazy Dog and they didn’t disappoint!
It took a few visits, but Lazy Dog came through twice in the past two weeks for our dining experience. My last review wasn't that optimistic about the food, but I had high hopes for the staff after our son had some great dining experiences. Lazy Dog has our son Andrew to thank for getting us to go back and try one more time which ended up being two visits with excellent outcomes.Read full story
My review of Kenji’s Teriyaki Grill in Fresno, California.
Patti and I dined at Kenji's Teriyaki Grill the other night after a long hiatus. We had stopped going after I found out they were using peanut oil for some of their fried foods, and being allergic to peanuts, I couldn't risk an incident. So that ended our dining at Kinji's until our daughter gave us some great news.Read full story
My review of the Fresno/Clovis food scene from the taste buds of an east coast person.
Being from the east coast, I'm sure most readers will not agree with this review, but maybe some will since there are so many Californians who aren't from here originally!. This review is about the food scene as I see it after living here for 15 years. While 15 years isn't a long time, I believe I can give a somewhat honest review at this point. It may not be what you're looking for or something you agree with, but it's my honest opinion.Read full story
My review of Pizmo Cafe & Wooly’s in Pismo Beach
We were able to spend another weekend in Pismo Beach courtesy of a friend who owns a beach house there. Before I review the food we had at Pizmo Cafe and Wooly's, I just wanted to tell you how relaxing it was this past weekend.Read full story
My review of wings, wings, and more wings in Fresno, and Clovis
Wings are the thing. Wings of any kind are the thing. But where do you get good to great wings in Fresno and Clovis?. There are a ton of places to get wings. Almost every restaurant serves wings as an appetizer or the main entre. It's just that not every business has eatable wings.Read full story
My review of the chicken club at The Habit Burger in River Park, Fresno, CA.
When you think of a club sandwich, do you have the same thoughts as me? A ham, turkey, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo between slices of either toasted or non-toasted white, wheat, or sourdough bread.Read full story
My updated review on the Fresno hidden food scene.
In May, I wrote a piece about the Fresno hidden food scene covering the Mom and Pop taco stands that open late at night or early in the morning. These Mom and Pop pop-up stands cover the back streets of Fresno and Clovis are where you can get some of the best authentic Mexican food you will get in the vicinity.Read full story
My review of on the hunt for pizza in Fresno or Clovis.
Finding great pizza almost seems impossible lately. I've been going back and forth with a couple of local pizza shops here in Fresno and Clovis, and I am still not finding anything as good as the pizza we had at Pismo Beach at the Pizmo Cafe.Read full story
My review of the hunt for a good deli in Fresno and Clovis
When it comes to having a good deli sandwich, I'm fussy. I have had some excellent deli sandwiches from the east coast, specifically New York, Boston, and New Haven, Connecticut.Read full story
My review of a couple of new menu items at Friday’s in Fresno.
What do you think of where you hear or read about a sauce that's a glaze and blaze?. Now take that thought about the sauce above and have it over ribs, chicken, or sirloin. Now, what do you think about that?Read full story
My review of Habit Burger’s customer service, food quality, and cleanliness at 3 locations.
Patti enjoys Habit Burger more than I do, but I will admit that there are some of their dishes I do like. This entire review is about customer service at three different Habit burgers. They each have their way of dealing with an issue, and only one has stood out after all are visits to these three locations.Read full story
Hey Fresnan’s! The Fresno pizzapocalypse is real, but you can change that.
It's time to make this thing happen. The thing I'm talking about is the pizzapocalypse here in Fresno. I've written about this before, and there are some supporters out there, but we need more.Read full story