There’s an old adage that says you eat first with your eyes. Nowadays, thanks to the social media-driven culture and the prevailing “if you didn’t take a photo, did it even happen” philosophy, the camera has also jumped ahead of your mouth and stomach in line. And since FOMO is a dish best served cold…and hot, here are a handful of Fresno foods and drinks ready for their close-up.
You won’t need to fish for compliments (or comments) when you post about ordering from this Japanese restaurant near Fresno State. The folks at Sushi N Pop get extra creative with their fusion tapas menu, which includes appetizers like crazy avocado bombs and poke nachos.
This popular roll is “shrimply” the best—probably because it features shrimp tempura, crab, and cucumber on the inside, and rice and salmon, tuna, and avocado on the outside.
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Happy #tlishtacotuesday! Our new taco especial is made with locally made pastrami by Pete Timken of Pete’s Meats, plus a mustard-manzano aioli, caraway-cabbage slaw and a @lapalmasf flour tortilla. #tacolicious #tlish #tacotuesday
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This Mexican snack is reimagined as crispy wonton skins slathered with salsa, spicy mayo, and a scoop of sashimi-grade spicy tuna.
When ordering from this dessert delicatessen, we recommend employing the “one for them, two for you” strategy usually reserved for holiday shopping.
The Internet loves rainbow anything so these vanilla bean cakes with rainbow sprinkles, a tall dollop of buttercream, and a colorful candy stripe will easily rack up likes.
When life gives you lemons, make a date with these bright and tart lemon cupcakes. They’re filled with lemon ice, lathered in lemon frosting, and topped with lemon candy.
Even during a global pandemic, followers demand puppy pictures. Give the people what they want and reward your pooch with these made-for-canines cupcakes topped with dog biscuits.
In the last five years, Hawaiian-style poke bowls have gone mainstream on the mainland. Butterfish doesn’t skimp on style or quality—and, like sushi, the ingredients pop with color and the well-composed bowls look great on the ‘Gram.
Yellowtail, rice, crispy wontons, scallions, cilantro, cucumber, shishitos, curried cauliflower, Thai coconut drizzle, and crispy onions make up this zippy chef’s special bowl.
A sunny-colored bowl with seared ahi, jalapeño, snap peas, scallions, cilantro, mandarins, a spicy mayo drizzle, mac nuts, and tempura crumbles.
The tapas are top notch at this hot hotel restaurant named after the Spanish word for owl. All the small-plate regulars make an appearance including meatballs, patatas bravas (fried and spiced potatoes with a parmesan sauce), and blistered shishito peppers, but the following takeout trio is a showstopper.
Mochuelo recently started selling bar beverages to go, and many of them, including the house sangria, arrive complete with garnishes and an adorable keepsake Mochuelo Owl mason jar.
Snap a few with-shell shots before you savor the savory, slow-cooked mix of mussels, clams, shrimp, chorizo, saffron, and rice.
People will go hog wild for these crispy goat cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and accented with toasted almond.
This chain of Central Valley cafes founded by former pro footballer Zack Follett celebrates the glory of good beans. Between the foam art, caramel tones, and cups featuring an intricate illustration, pictures of their drinks will have people praying for more culinary content.
Customize your white chocolate vanilla cinnamon espresso with crème brûlée-infused milk, oat milk, an extra shot, honey, or extra ice.
A chocolate espresso punched up with almond- and coconut-infused milk.
Make people green with envy with a post about this chartreuse option you will love so matcha.
This downtown eatery and food truck are all about comfort food like burgers and quesadillas, but its use of an already beloved snack brand is pure visual genius.
Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are rolled inside a red hot tortilla alongside pulled pork, fries and nacho cheese. For a few dollars more, you can make it a combo with a side of potato salad or fries and a soda.
Indulge in this colorful creation—a messy pile of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, fries, carne asada, and nacho cheese—for a cheat day post. See also the B’fast Fries that are topped with bacon, two fried eggs, and shredded jack and cheddar cheese.
Satisfy all your late a.m. cravings with scratch-made biscuits, stuffed French toast, chicken fried steak and eggs, catfish po-boys, and other Southern specialties.
Feeling cooped up? Let this sweet and savory (not to mention trendy) tower of powerful flavors transport you to your favorite fried chicken joints in LA, Harlem, or Nashville.
Eat the fried balls of powder sugar-dusted doughy goodness with just the vanilla cream filling or dip them in the included strawberry, huckleberry, and peach compotes.