Up at Friant and Fort Washington, the Cask & Cork Bistro & Pourhouse has recently taken over the space previously occupied by Yalla Yalla and Bentley’s Bistro before that.
It’s a swanky sort of place with a nice patio, some craft beer and interesting menu items. Oh, and bacon.
Here’s a bit of background from Bethany Clough’s recent story in The Bee about Cask & Cork:
Chef Daniel Renteria previously ran a food distribution business that sold gourmet cheeses, meats and other high-end food. Now his menu reflects some of those foods, such as a baked goat cheese appetizer made with black truffle oil, and a charcuterie plate with chorizo, salami and prosciutto.
And he’s big on bacon. The bacon is marinated overnight in Tabasco sauce, then sprinkled with brown sugar. It’s then baked until the bacon has a “crusty, caramelized sweetness” that’s added to burgers, pasta and beef medallions.
The restaurant also serves beer ice cream made with a dark wheat ale with coffee overtones. Renteria said he is trying to bring something new to Fresno “to get people excited about food.”
I’d been meaning to try out Cask & Cork for a few weeks and finally made it there before the Bush concert at Woodward Park on Tuesday. I was happy to try some beer from Riley’s Brewing Co. out of Madera and Cask & Cork’s short rib tacos. I enjoyed the place and what I ordered, as did my wife. The patio has promise and the place has an atmosphere that’s nice but still casual enough. I’ll go back.