Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards

Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards

Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards

Anyone in the restaurant industry will tell you how tiresome and unrelenting their work can be.  It doesn’t matter if you are an owner, manager, chef, front-of-house, back-of-house, marketing, or even a manufacturing or distribution partner …there is no getting away from the long hours and often unrewarding nature of this industry.  That’s why The Best Of The Valley Awards event was started nearly thirty years ago by the Fresno Chapter of the California Restaurant Association.  It’s an evening set aside, once a year, to celebrate the hard work and excellence within our local restaurant industry.  This event is framed by an always-delicious multi-course dinner, and honors over a hundred nominees in dozens of categories. (full nominee link)  We also get to celebrate a lifetime achievement award, and this year they have even added a very exciting “People’s Choice Award” that can only be voted on by those that attend the event.  So join us on Monday, March 2nd, for this year’s celebration of our local restaurant industry.  It will be a night of great food, lots of fun, awards, live musical entertainment and even an after-party with drinks and dancing!

The thing that makes this event so special for those of us in the restaurant world is that these awards mean so much! To hear that your blood, sweat, and tears have earned you some much-deserved recognition makes it all worthwhile. Some recognition is all we’re really looking for anyway, right? (I mean, plus the Food Network contract and the millions of dollars…) 

Not to mention that these awards really pique curiosity in diners to go out and try a whole new list of restaurants that maybe they’ve never tried before. Anything that helps get people into the door is always welcome.

There are 33 awards given out based on different categories. See our full list below as well as last year’s incredible winners.

Supplier of the Year

JD Food 👏

Best Fast Food

In-N-Out Burger

Best Fast Casual


Best Family Dining

Westwoods BBQ & Spice Co.

Best Fine Dining

Cracked Pepper Bistro

Best Sports Bar

Dog House Grill

Best Food Truck

The Gastro Grill

Best Banquet Dining


Best Catering Services

Pardini’s Catering

Best Hotel Dining

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

Best Breakfast

Red Apple Cafe

Best Pizza

Me-n-Ed’s Pizzeria

Best Seafood / Sushi

Pismo’s Coastal Grill

Best Steak

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Burger

House of Juju

Best Sandwich

Sam’s Deli

Best BBQ

Dog House Grill

Best Desserts

Ampersand Ice Cream

Best Winery

Engelmann Cellars

Best Coffee

Kuppa Joy

Best Bar Drinks

The Mad Duck

Best Asian


Best Italian

The Annex Kitchen

Best Mediterranean

Mediterranean Grill

Best Mexican

Papi’s Mex Grill

Date Night

Cracked Pepper Bistro

Friendly Faces

Sam’s Deli

New To The Scene

13 Prime Steak

Best Kept Secret

School House Restaurant & Tavern

Beverage Supplier of the Year

Coca – Cola

Restaurateur of the Year

Pat LaRocca – FIVE Restaurant

Plus two new categories for this year:

Chef of the Year

People’s Choice Award

Be sure to attend this year to see who wins!

This event is sold out, but don’t worry. JD Food will be there and we will post a blog next week with all the details!

We can’t wait to see you all there!