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Restaurant news: dim sum, Pizookies and Mediterranean food

FOOD ASIAN COOKING DINING CHINESE NOODLE BRUNCH LUNCH DAYTIME MEAL ORIENTALDim sum, anyone? The Golden Horse Chinese restaurant at 4313 N. Blackstone Avenue, near Ashlan started offering dim sum this week. The menu features everything from chicken feet with abalone sauce to mango pudding. Customers check off what they want on a menu with the little dumplings organized into columns by price.

People always seem to excitedly say “oh dim sum!” whenever it’s mentioned. In fact, it may be time to do a story just on dim sum. Any die-hard dim sum fans care to share why they like it much?

In other news, today is free Pizookie day at BJ’s restaurant. The dessert whose name stems from pizza and cookie (though who are we kidding, this is all cookie) and is served with ice cream is free, but there’s a catch. You need to download the restaurant’s app and use the dine-in order ahead feature to get the free chocolate chunk Pizookie.

photo (93)Fresno and Clovis will also soon be home to three new Mediterranean restaurants. None are open yet, but expect Doy Grill to open in mid July. This restaurant is at Herndon and Fowler avenues, between Starbucks and Cold Stone Creamery. The owner says it’s like the Chipotle version of Mediterranean food, meaning diners get to customize their meal at every step. Each order is served with baklava for dessert.

Tofas Mediterranean Grill also plans to open a restaurant in mid July in Clovis at the new Clovis Crossing Regional Shopping Center at Clovis and Herndon avenues. The restaurant — named after the owner’s wife — is also fast-casual Mediterranean food. It will open a second location in Campus Pointe, the under-construction development with a movie theater next to Fresno State.

Responses to "Restaurant news: dim sum, Pizookies and Mediterranean food"

Tim says:

Dim sum is a wonderful variety of small tasty morsels. Most of them are wrapped in thin dough like pot stickers. There are meat and vegetable items. Lots of choice, interesting flavors, and usually freshly made. Pork buns, chicken buns, taro balls, custard tarts. Yum!

marcel says:

I grew up eating at “dim sum palaces”… grand banquet halls with cheong sum clad girls rolling around carts topped with all sorts of goodies to pick from. It was always an event… perfect for group eat-outs among giant pillars with colorful dragon sculptures wrapped around them. Also, for me, a big part of the fun was the variety of nibbles to sample. That whole “variety is the spice of life” thing comes into play. The last time in America I experienced similar grandeur was in Little Saigon in Southern California… and the meal lasted 4 hours.

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