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New downtown lunch spot Mabel’s Kitchen

Mabels kitchen 014In the mood for a panini? Maybe a bierock, or a luscious brownie that’s almost a meal itself? Mabel’s Kitchen recently opened in a funky corner of downtown carrying all those things.

The restaurant, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, is at 1445 Tuolumne St., which is west of the train tracks (map here). It’s actually inside Tuolumne Hall, a little building inside a chain link fence that’s rented out for quinceaneras and other events on the weekends.

But Tuesday through Thursday, you can get lunch to go or eat at one of its four tables. The paninis are the star of the show here, like the Cuban — roasted pork, Black Forest ham and Swiss cheese with a mayo & mustard spread — along with a turkey panini with roasted tomato and a few other options. Owner Susan Valiant makes her own bread, including a pickled sweet pepper bread that really adds flavor to the sandwich. Bierocks are for sale only on Tuesdays.

You may have had Susan’s cooking before. She’s sold her brownies and bierocks at the Vineyard Farmers Market, the Clovis farmers market and block sales around town in the past. For a while she was supplying those big fat brownies to a Dean & DeLuca gourmet food store in St. Helena.

Mabel, by the way, is her 92-year-old grandmother, Mabel DeMorales. It’s her bierock recipe that Susan uses. And Mabel herself stops by the restaurant about once a week.

Below is the panini I bought, with two kinds of cheese, roasted tomatoes and dijon mustard.

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This is the pickled sweet pepper bread the owner makes for her paninis.

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Responses to "New downtown lunch spot Mabel’s Kitchen"

Donald Munro says:


Jennifer Hunter says:

I’ll add it to the list!

Michael says:

A little off the beaten path, but well worth the trek! Some of the most simply delicious offerings in today’s world of inspired and infused.

Nice job Susan!

George B. Feist says:

Handmade Bierocks…as opposed to robot made (machine)….?….I have yet to find the perfect bierock in the valley. I used to get some from the Russian Deli on 1st and Gettysburg?…the closest to one I liked recently was the Mexican bakery in the Tower–their jalapeno is great.

But that said I am going to make the trip downtown sometime and check MABELS out.

[...] trailer, we had coffee at Fresno Brewing Company, and then finished the morning off with lunch at Mabel’s Kitchen, a new eatery that is only open Tuesday-Thursday and tucked into a very industrial looking building [...]

Delaine Zody says:

Excellent food. Hope more people discover Mabel’s Kitchen. It is a good place to have lunch. You do have to look for it, though, as it’s tucked into the northwest corner at Tuolumne & F streets in what was probably once a banquet hall.

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