Best food in Fresno, Clovis CA? 50 top restaurants on Yelp

Ampersand ice cream shop owners Jeff and Amelia Bennett hold a fresh batch of their whiskey caramel swirl ice cream at their new location at Herndon and Marks avenues in this file photo from 2019.

Ampersand ice cream shop owners Jeff and Amelia Bennett hold a fresh batch of their whiskey caramel swirl ice cream at their new location at Herndon and Marks avenues in this file photo from 2019.

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Where’s the best place to eat in town?

Depends who you ask, of course, but if you turn to review site Yelp.com, its thousands of users have plenty of opinions.

Yelp crunched its data on businesses in Fresno and Clovis in the restaurant and food category to determine the top 50 places to eat. It considered users’ star ratings and factored in the volume of reviews, all of it between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021 for locations that were open as of mid January.

You can read more about how and why Yelp did this at its blog post.

The result is a who’s who of local restaurants, almost all family owned and operated. It reflects Fresno’s diversity, with restaurants serving Mexican, Middle Eastern, Italian, Asian, even Peruvian cuisine.

The No. 1 winner was homegrown favorite, Ampersand Ice Cream, known for its top-selling honeycomb ice cream.

The locally-owned ice cream shop opened its first location on Echo Avenue the Tower District in 2015. It now has another location at Herndon and Marks avenues and a third is on the way for Clovis, with owners Jeff and Amelia Bennett shooting for a May opening.

To celebrate its No. 1 spot, Yelp is hosting an event at the Echo Avenue Ampersand, from 4 pm to 7 pm, Thursday, Feb. 17. They’ll give away 100 scoops of ice cream to people on the guest list who RSVP via its website.

Another interesting tidbit about the list of the top 50 best places to eat? How many newbies are on the list.

The Bee told you about Bab Al-Yemen Cafe, the Yemeni coffee shop that opened last fall. Mayd Modern Mediterranean won The Bee’s poll about the best new restaurant of 2021. The Magic Lamp, The Meat Up, Halaly Tacos and Chuck’s BBQ are also relative newcomers.

Of course, longtime Fresno favorites landed on the list, like Sam’s Italian Deli, The Lime Lite, The Annex Kitchen and Sabor Cocina Latina & Bar and Jus’ Jo’s Country Kitchen.

Top 50 places to eat in Fresno, Clovis

  1. Ampersand Ice Cream, 1940 N. Echo Ave. and 7010 N. Marks Ave.

  2. The Crafthouse, 760 Pollasky Ave. clovis

  3. heirloom, 8398 N. Fresno St.

  4. Mayd Modern Mediterranean, 7090 N. Palm Ave.

  5. Las Mananitas, 1329 S. Hazelwood Blvd.

  6. The Lime Lite, 1054 W. Shaw Ave.

  7. Robles Mexican Grill And Taqueria, 302 N. Fresno St.

  8. Ararat Market, 497 N. Clovis Ave., Clovis

  9. Tulare Street Bistro, 1342 Tulare St.

  10. Bab Al-Yemen Cafe, 3173 W. Shaw Ave.

  11. Sam’s Italian Deli & Market, 2415 N First St.

  12. Sabor Cocina Latina & Bar, 4045 W. Figarden Dr.

  13. Mélange eatery and juice bar, 9525 N. Sommerville

  14. Shobu Japanese Cuisine, 6640 N. Blackstone Ave.

  15. The Annex Kitchen, 2257 W. Shaw Ave.

  16. The Meat Up, 7010 N. Marks Ave.

  17. Phoenician Garden Mediterranean Bar and Grill, 1025 E Herndon Ave.

  18. Tiger Bite Bowls, 5183 E. Kings Canyon Road

  19. Curry-Out Clovis, 1600 Willow Ave.

  20. Simply Pita, 5358 W. Spruce Ave.

  21. Buffalo Ranch Wings & Things, 4315 E. Shields Ave.

  22. Ramen Hayashi, 1755 Herndon Ave.

  23. Pho 2006, 1468 Clovis Ave.

  24. Weekend Dreams Burgers and Grill, 4466 W. Ashlan Ave.

  25. The Curry Pizza Company 2, 2930 E. Nees Ave.

  26. the Mug, 1137 E. Champlain Drive

  27. Golden Grill, 7975 N. Cedar Ave.

  28. Magic Lamp, 8482 N. Friant Road

  29. Sake Japanese Cuisine, 4462 W. Ashlan Ave.

  30. Hi-Top Coffee, 1306 N. Wishon Ave.

  31. Spicy J’s, 165 E. Paseo Del Centro

  32. Rhapsody’s Restaurant, 3209 W. Shaw Ave.

  33. Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant, 4712 N. Blackstone Ave.

  34. mochuelo, 2305 W. Shaw Ave.

  35. Don Tacha Taqueria 295 N. Blackstone Ave.

  36. Manchester Philly Cheesesteak, 6792 N. Riverside Drive

  37. Rocket Dog Gourmet Brats & Brew, 88 E. Shaw Ave.

  38. Halaly Tacos, 6460 N. Blackstone Ave.

  39. Subbies Subs & More, 2150 Minnewawa Ave., Clovis

  40. Tower Blendz, 802 E. Olive Ave.

  41. Mediterranean Grill & Cafe, 1031 U St.

  42. Noah’s Ark Restaurant and Bakery, 783 E. Barstow Ave.

  43. MOTO Delicatessen & Bodega, 1916 N. Echo Ave.

  44. Chuck’s BBQ Restaurant, 3185 Willow Ave.

  45. Libelula, 1154 Broadway Plaza

  46. Senor Ají Peruvian Kitchen, 6701 N. Milburn Ave.

  47. Mr. Leaf Indian Kitchen, 4368 W. Shaw Ave.

  48. Jus’ Jo’s Country Kitchen, 701 W. Shaw Ave.

  49. Churrasco Grill, 1901 N. Gateway Blvd.

  50. Brothers Ramen and Japanese Eatery, 132 W. Nees Ave.

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The Joe burger, an 8-ounce patty topped with four-cheese mac and cheese, with IPA mustard, red onion and sriracha aoili, served at The Craft House, photographed Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Clovis. The restuarant made Yelp.com’s list of top 50 places to eat. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA ezamora@fresnobee.com

This story was originally published February 7, 2022 9:59 AM.

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Bethany Clough covers restaurants and retail for The Fresno Bee. A reporter for 20 years, she now works to answer readers’ questions about business openings, closings and other business news. She has a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and her last name is pronounced Cluff.

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