Will 2011 be the year that you discovered your favorite. thing. ever? Perhaps.
As you know, we started our 2011 Rewind series with talk of local events then our favorite release of the year. Now we’re onto our favorite local discovery. What new (or new to you) Fresno thing rocked your world in 2011? It could be a restaurant you love an event you don’t miss or a favorite place to visit. Or, heck, anything else.
Check out our picks and leave your own in the comments.
KATHY: I discovered Eureka!Burger and fell in food love. I especially love the Turkey Cobb Burger with its gooey mix of blue cheese, avocado, bacon and spicy mustard. Delicious. I’m looking forward to trying some other creations on the menu in 2012.
DONALD: I’m going to slip in two “Discoveries” — one from the arts beat, the other from the food beat. For arts, 2011 was the year I discovered how much I love play readings. (A reading is just that: cast members read their own roles, usually with script in hand, and there are no sets, costumes, blocking, etc.) The precipitating factor here was The New Ensemble’s Hot Off the Stages! play-reading series, which brought us wonderful readings of such plays as “Red” and “August: Osage County.” There’s something invigorating about listening and watching skilled actors read a play rather than perform a fully staged version. The experience tickles your imagination.
And on the food scene: I discovered a charming little Mediterranean restaurant called Noah’s Cafe on Barstow Avenue right across from the Fresno State football stadium. (It used to be at Herndon and Cedar avenues.) The chicken shawarma is great, and the hummus is first-rate. Yum.
MIKE OZ: I’m going to keep with the food theme and choose Dusty Buns Bistro Bus. Now, I didn’t *discover* Dusty Buns in 2011. I knew about it last year. But I didn’t try it until 2011 — and with Dusty Buns, that’s really when you get to experience the magic. I think much of Fresno discovered Dusty Buns in 2011 too. Of course, who can forget its much-publicized dust-up with the city? But Dusty Buns is still truckin’ (well, expect for its current hiatus while its owners have a baby) and still a very, very popular mobile food option. As it should be.