Dining in the Central Valley!
We had such a great time on our whirlwind tour of the Central Valley here in California. Here's my thoughts on the restaurants we visited!
1) Woolgrowers. Really enjoyed this. The "set up" for lunch included lots of appetizer-like foods that you could eat together or alone. I think this restaurant must really come alive at night with the fabulous meat dishes on the menu. The best thing about it though was the history, and the heritage of the Basque population that they really embrace.
2) Dewars. If you are in Bakersfield, you HAVE to stop at Dewars. And sit at the counter and have root beer float. That's what I had! It's just so fun to pretend that it's 1950. Especially when everything is so delicious.
3) The Elderwood at the Darling Hotel in Visalia. I'll show you pics of the Darling tomorrow, but our meal at the Elderwood was fabulous. Beautiful outdoor seating. And the food was gourmet with a casual vibe. We had the Quest Manchego Skillet as an appetizer, and I had the Chilean Sea Bass as a main. It was perfectly cooked, and so tasty with cheese ravioli on the side. The Creme Brûlée for dessert - to die for!
4) Sierra Subs in Three Rivers. THE BEST SUBS EVER. Their motto is "Honest Food." And I buy that. You can build your own sandwich ( I love their tuna) or you can order one of their speciality sandwiches. Robert likes the Hollywood Tremor which includes turkey, cheese and chipotle sauce. Plus, you cannot beat the view on the back patio. The Kaweah was roiling when we were there!
5) Vintage Press. The fanciest black tie service in Visalia. You can get really dressed up or very dressed down and either is appropriate for this Visalia institution. It's a red leather booth kind of place, and the service is excellent. But the food is better! I had bacon wrapped halibut, a wedge salad, and puff pastry stuffed with mushrooms -- all delicious. Definitely recommend! But need reservations - it was packed!
A gourmet weekend!