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The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Fresno 2020 edition

Caitlyn Peck

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Jan 16 7 minutes read

The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Fresno locals are loving right now.

Peoples Choice Awards 2020

Recently, we asked our readers: Where are the best places to eat in Fresno? After thousands of votes, here are your picks! The results are in! Your favorite restaurants in Fresno are . . .

1.Heirloom Eats

WHAT: Heirloom Eats

WHY: This new Fresno restaurant is trying to set itself apart by sourcing its ingredients from local farms.

WHERE: 8398 N. Fresno Suite 101 Fresno, California 93720

2.House of JuJu

WHAT: House of JuJu

WHY: Tasty and unique gourmet burgers, salads and wraps. 

WHERE: 565 Pollasky Ave Ste 101 Clovis, California 93612

3. Pismo's Coastal Grill

WHAT: Pismo's Coastal Grill

WHY: Celebrating California's Central Coast... Where the Wine Country Meets the Sea - right here in Fresno. Delicious menu selections and a fresh fish market to die for!

WHERE: 7937 N Blackstone Ave Fresno, California

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4. Prime 13

WHAT: Prime 13 

WHY: 13 Prime Steak is a locally owned and operated prime steakhouse featuring American Regional Cuisine. Our 4000-square foot restaurant features an eclectic dining room, a shiny new display kitchen, a 30-seat private dining room, and a 16-seat steampunk-inspired bar featuring signature craft cocktails.

Our restaurant is Chef driven. We focus on freshly prepared house-made recipes and fine quality ingredients. We serve Certified Angus Prime Beef, wet-aged for 28 days, corn-fed finished, from the Mid-West of these United States. We want our guests to have a memorable dining experience from the minute they walk into the restaurant, to the time they leave. Every aspect of your dining experience is carefully planned out and executed. We invite you to come in and spend the night with us.

WHERE: 1345 N Willow Ave. #190
Clovis, CA 93619

5.The Lime Lite

WHAT: The Lime Lite

WHY: Lime Lite Legacy over Half a Century Owner Brandon Smittcamp has continued the tradition into our 50th year of providing fine dining and enlightened hospitality that the Milutinovich Family preserved for decades. Brandon has added his own touches, too, to keep his prominent establishment in the “Lime Lite,” including offering new and exotic libations from the bar and farm-fresh menu treats.

Farm-to-Fork Freshness To experience Lime Lite cuisine is to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables carefully chosen from local farms and ranches. Starting with the Smittcamp family farming operations, Brandon selects from a variety of crops at their respective peaks of the season. For example, try cooling off some hot summer day with his refreshing home-made peach ice cream.

Brandon and his staff also hand-pick from Farmers Markets and local farms with whom they have cultivated relationships over the years. Likewise, meat, poultry and fish are of the highest quality and come from local sources whenever possible.

Party right at the Lime Lite No one enjoys supporting a special occasion better than the staff at the Lime Lite! Let us help you celebrate that cherished event. From reserving the right space for you, to helping you plan that perfect menu, we go all out to showcase your party in the Lime Lite! Whether you desire a large group (up to 70) on our spacious covered year around patio, a gathering (of up to 20) in our private meeting room or a smaller group in our main dining area, we are pleased to accommodate your needs in every way we can!

Lime Lite Night Life There’s a lot more happening than just intimate dinners and private parties for nightlife at the Lime Lite! Wind down this weekend with our free Chili Dog Special with the purchase of any alcoholic beverage on Saturdays from11:30pm to 2:30 pm. And don’t forget as of December 1, our Happy Hour, 3 to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

WHERE: 3085 E Campus Pointe Dr, Fresno, CA 93710

6.The Annex Kitchen

WHAT: The Annex Kitchen

WHY: The Annex Kitchen is an Italian-Inspired restaurant influenced by the seasonal offerings of farmers throughout Central California. 

WHERE: 2257 W Shaw Ave Fresno, California

7. Butterfish

WHAT: Butterfish

WHY: Butterfish is a product of want and need. We created Butterfish because we were tired of searching for healthy fast-food only to come up empty-handed. The options were limited. If it was fast, it usually wasn’t healthy. If it was healthy, it often didn’t taste great. And if it was convenient, it typically wasn’t fresh. With our backgrounds in fine dining and our families’ history in farming, we knew we could do better.

We scoured the valley for the best ingredients, never settling for what was convenient or cost-effective. Quality is everything and from that starting point, we began developing our menu. Our team spent countless hours developing the sauces, which we make in-house from scratch. Each morning we break down our fish, roast our vegetables and slow cook our chicken. We make multiple batches of our rice and wontons daily. Every day we hand make our taro chips and matcha popcorn to satisfy your sweet and salty cravings. We don’t believe in shortcuts, because everything that is great requires hard work.

WHERE: 7090 N. Palm Fresno, CA 93650

8.Five

WHAT: Five 

WHY: FIVE offers an exquisite blend of contemporary Californian and Italian cuisine and features a private dining room, a wine room, an outdoor dining patio and a full bar. The engaging atmosphere and energetic ambiance is perfect for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends. Fresno restaurant-goers agree that FIVE is one of their favorite places to eat (and drink), and in fact, the Fresno chapter of the California Restaurant Association called FIVE “Best Watering Hole” earlier this year.

WHERE: 1110 E Champlain Dr, Ste 101, Fresno, CA 93720

9.Dog House Grill

WHAT: Dog House Grill

WHY: A legendary restaurant and sports bar. Locals and visitors alike rave about the tri-tip, the lively atmosphere, and unbelievable portions.

WHERE: 2789 E Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710

10.Sakura Chaya

WHAT: Sakura Chaya Tokyo Cuisine

WHY: Sakura Chaya is not simply a delicious Japanese restaurant but an exciting dining experience. Sakura Chaya specializes in Teppanyaki, which means that the chefs cook your food at your table. The sushi at Sakura is good too – try the Volcano roll via Culture Trip.  From Yelp: "This is by far the best Teppan-Yaki restaurant in Fresno."

WHERE: 690 E Nees Ave, Fresno, CA 93720

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