Chilebrown at home

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


This weekend was spent in Fresno at the ‘Small Farm Conference’. This convention was not all squirting flowers & whoopee cushions. We heard all about small farms and relations with producers, consumers, etc. There were discussions about managing farmers markets. We toured several small farms and distribution centers. It was a great opportunity to meet and greet movers and shakers in the industry. This event was informative and fun. I did have a chance to have several great meals in the Fresno area.

 QN4U was a destination BBQ restaurant located in the suburb of Clovis. I have dined there several times. My last visit I got to talk and visit with the owner Brent Walton. Unfortunately Brent has passed and QN4U is no longer open. I drove by and it was in the process of becoming an Indian restaurant. I was a little sad until I came upon this stoplight in downtown Clovis. There was a cowboy at the intersection doing rope tricks. I fumbled with my camera and managed to grab this shot. The cowboy must of have heard the shutter because he said; “Did yawl jus take my picture?” I laughed and said; ‘No’. He laughed and did some more tricks.

The concierge at the convention hotel suggested the “Elbow Room” as one of the best steak houses in Fresno. They even had a free shuttle to this house of beef. Say no more. I put on my best squirting flower on and packed my whoopee cushion, it was time for beef.  A twenty two ounce corn fed USDA prime bone-in rib-eye to be exact. This was meat that I crave. The Elbow room did not disappoint.

Our friends at ‘Yelp’ suggested Oaxaca as a good breakfast destination. The description suggested the neighborhood was colorful and the food authentic. This was my kind of place. It was the best seven dollars including tip that I have ever spent on breakfast. Fresh home made tortillas, farm fresh eggs; all bathed in spicy chile sauce was comfort food that fueled my day. I wanted to return for lunch and try the chile verde but the conference called.

This was a fun, informative and tasty weekend. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Elbow Room
731 W San Jose Ave
 Fresno, CA 93704
(559) 227-1234

4773 E Belmont Ave
  Fresno, CA 93702
(559) 454-1614


Greg said...

I knew you would come back with some food finds. The bone in rib eye has me drooling. A seven dollar breakfast is like hen's teeth around my hood.

Chilebrown said...

Greg, That breakfast included coffee, chips and salsa and fresh tortillas. It hit the spot. I can only guess how good the chileverde is. It was a good find.

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