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The Beehive Asks: What spots should be on the ultimate Fresno foodie bike route?

Customers wait in line for corn outside of the Fresno State farm store on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

Customers wait in line for corn outside of the Fresno State farm store on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

As many of you know from past posts, I enjoy cycling around Fresno. The view from the bike gives me a new perspective on our cities, and it keeps me in shape. Sometimes I ride the Clovis Bike Trails, head to Woodward Park or go out into the country. I try to mix it up. And I’m always looking for somewhere new to ride.

On Saturday, I decided to join the Park to Park ride put on by the Fresno Bike Party and I Bike Fresno folks as part of Bike Month. We rode from Oso de Oro park to Roeding Park.  With a few extra miles thrown in to make a loop to my house, the ride was a fun and social, and one that took me through diverse neighborhoods and past a lot of notable food spots, including:

Fresno State farm storeKnown for its corn (see that line!), the store features produce grown by ag students, and student-made products like ice cream, sausage and wine. At the new market you can sample wine and grab a scoop.

La Reina de Michoacan: Known for its amazing flavors, these paletas are rated top notch. Just look at these review on Yelp. I’ve never been inside, but I’ve had colleagues bring them into the office to enjoy. Delicious.

La Tapatia: I buy this company’s tortillas at the supermaker. The product has been made in Fresno since 1946, and I’ve always thought it’s nice to buy local. But I never realized they had a little store as the plant, which I noticed as I rode down Belmont on Saturday. I’ll have to go back and check it out.

El Cochinito Contento: When I first moved to Fresno in 2000, this was one of the Mexican restaurants people raved about. I haven’t been there in years, but I want to go back and see if it still holds up.

The ride got thinking: What would be the ultimate Fresno foodie bike route? Wouldn’t it be fun to try to plot one out? So I ask you, what spots — restaurants, stores, bars, wineries, coffee shops, markets, etc. — would you put on the route?

Responses to "The Beehive Asks: What spots should be on the ultimate Fresno foodie bike route?"

Not Kevin Mahan says:

You have to include Mark’s Kitchen because the food, according to the waitress, is “bomb.com”. Any place that has a woman that calls the food bomb.com is a must stop. Just make sure it’s near the END of the route ;)

Susan Smith says:

La Parisien has been a fun way to end rides. Good food and outdoor atmosphere. We’ve ridden out to ApCal during the winter months. Red wine tasting, cooler weather and the bicycles make for an interesting ride back.

On my grocery commutes I like to go over to Whole Foods. It’s just so much fun to enjoy a slow trip down VanNess Blvd.

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