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Our roving food critic Terrance Mc Arthur continues his search for great food in the communities along the Kings River. Click on article titles to read the full article.

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Tamales—friendly little bundles of cornmeal and good stuff, wrapped and steamed in corn husks. Yummy stuff, and that is the subject of this Great Food Search. I go out to restaurants and other food venues, reporting what is best and what’s the rest.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


If I had wings to fly…Better yet, if I had wings to eat. Hot wings, cold wings, buffalo wings…Who knew the arms of a chicken would become so popular?

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Baseball, fairs, barbecues…Homes of the Hot Dog.
One of the great American comfort foods, I loved those frankfurters and wieners nestled in their buns, squiggles of mustard and ketchup making racing stripes along the meat. Today, the Great Food Search seeks hot dogs in the wilds of…Fresno?

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Parts of the Castillo family have been feeding Fresnans for decades, and one section of the clan is dishing it up at Castillo’s Mexican Restaurant in the Tower District, 568 E. Olive Ave.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


It used to be that cupcakes were made by mom’s for class parties or mass-produced by the Hostess Company. Now, the cupcake has become a specialty niche, with shops specializing in the single-serving-size treats. This month, The Great Food Search has risked life and digestion to bring you samples of the Valley’s variety of micro-cakes.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


It’s summer. It’s the San Joaquin Valley. It’s hot…and you want something cold. There’s ice cream, shaved ice, frozen yogurt…and now there’s Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard in Clovis, across from the Sierra Vista Mall and in front of Party City. Rita’s has grown from its origins in Philadelphia to a chain that has over 600 locations, but this is their first in the Valley south of Modesto.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Fruit stands, veggie stands, produce stands, whatever you call them, the San Joaquin Valley has lots of them. There are so many, there’s a Fresno Fruit Trail, brother to the springtime Blossom Trail. Some of the businesses I’ve visited are on the official Fruit Trail list, others aren’t, but they all have good stuff. Follow me on a sort-of circle (with a detour) for a fresh-picked adventure.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


I’ve been going to Javier’s Mexican Restaurant (5680 E. Kings Canyon) in the Sunnyside area for years, probably decades, in its converted bank building east of Clovis Avenue. Imagine the surprise of parking by the east-side entrance and finding it sealed off! Javier’s is not gone; the front door has moved to the north side. There is now patio seating and an ADA-compliant ramp!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Sometimes the Great Food Search tries a variety of establishments along a theme. Sometimes, it’s trying a bunch of things at one place. Today, we study an odd little building with an odd little menu in odd little Fresno.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


There are couples who jet off for a romantic weekend in Paris. My wife and I aren’t one of those couples. Our getaways are simpler…and closer: Morro Bay, Sonora in Tuolumne County, and Mariposa. We spent a few days in Mariposa for the annual Storytelling Festival, and we had fun, were entertained, and…ate. I don’t have any pictures to show you, but I have memories.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Each month, The Great Food Search travels the Valley to find brave new restaurants and compare culinary categories. Come with me to the world of Fresno’s gourmet food trucks. You might find one near a night gathering spot, or see groups of them at CartHops on the Fulton mall, by the Central Library, or at Gazebo Gardens by Van Ness and Shields. The variety of styles and offerings is astounding. Here is a sampling of Fresno’s wilder street food.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


If you have the opportunity to go to Bullfrogs Bar & Grill at Riverland near Kingsburg…jump at the chance! Hop to it. Do it before you croak.
Hidden on the south bank of the Kings River, within leaping distance of Highway 99, this Mid-Century Modern restaurant/bar/entertainment center turns out some unbelievable food. Chef Julian puts his style into everything he serves.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Here we are at the end of 2015, a time for making resolutions and doing new things. This edition of The Great Food Search is dedicated to restaurants that have made changes in 2015. I’ve already featured the $25,000 makeover at Kikku Japanese Food in downtown Fresno, but I have some more transformed eateries to share with you.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


A block away from Fresno County’s Central Library is my go-to lunch place, Kikku Japanese Food, 2336 Tulare Street. I’ve been going there for a long time, but there have been some major changes that have brought it to the top of the Great Food Search list.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Some people live to eat. Others eat to live. I…eat. I eat to celebrate when I’m happy. I eat to feel better when I’m sad. I eat when I’m nervous. Sometimes, I eat because I can’t think of anything better to do. I guess that’s why I have been writing the Great Food Search articles for Kings River Life since January of 2012.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Last month, the Great Food Search went Taco Hunting, and I bagged some good ones, but I kept hearing about other places and other tacos, so, in our quest for news you can eat, Kings River Life brings you “Tacos, Part 2.”

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Food Expo 2015

IN THE August 8 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Despite the drought, California is still the king of American agriculture, and the San Joaquin Valley is still the center of California agriculture. To help the Valley stay on top of the food heap, the Fresno Food Expo helps food producers (farmers) meet food buyers (market chains, restaurants, school districts…and people who like to eat). The fifth annual Expo happened July 23, with 121 producers meeting 917 buyers from all over the Valley, state, nation, and world, and 1100 happy people showing up for the evening’s public session.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


I grew up on my mother’s Anglo tacos: greasy hamburger crumbles in a break-apart tortilla shell, with shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, and ketchup on top. I know, that’s as far from a true taco as anyone can get, but I want you to understand my starting point for this Great Food Search journey into the world of the taqueria. A taqueria can be a restaurant, or it can be little more than a kitchen, a food truck without wheels. I sampled tacos from several points along the spectrum, and I had a pretty good time of it.

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