Visalia, California


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

2 Votes - "Friendliest"
2 Votes - "Best For Food"
1 Votes - "Most Beautiful"


Known as both the Gateway to the Sequoias and the Jewel of the Valley, Visalia lies in the center of the San Joaquin Valley nearby both Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks. The location is perfect for every variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, golfing, camping, fishing, boating, or skiing.

Visalia boasts something for everyone from the Tulare County Symphony in the Fox Theatre to a Rawhide baseball game at Recreation Park. With 50 murals around town, Visalia embraces local art. The town hosts an annual spoof called Sofa Art, an Arts Market, a “Trash to Fashion” Earth Day fashion show, and exhibits throughout local businesses.

Visitors can take the free trolley down Main Street to some of the highly acclaimed restaurants including Alejandra’s, Figaro’s, Vintage Press, and Jack and Charlie’s. Locals also boast of great produce from farmer’s markets to fruit stands and cheese farms. Visalia’s known for world famous sweet oranges and offers varied agriculturally themed tours.

Visalia, has some amazing local restaurants but some that have not been mentioned on here. It seems everyone is emphasizing downtown but we have more to offer than just downtown & mooney. Visalia is full of delicious restaurants from all sides of town. A few examples would be the Thai places in the Oval and one of my personal favs. Pita Kabob (two locations) for great Mediterranean & Greek food. All the others listed, Vintage Press, Jack & Charlies, The Depot, Cafe 225 are all delicious as well. People sometimes fail to see that we have a city beyond just downtown.
Reviewed by BossOfVisalia
on September 17, 2012
Place is astonishing in regards to restaurants per capita... So many places to eat for the population... Jack and charlies, Tommys, vintage press, brew bakers, Mexican food galore! And much more.... The jewel of the valley is a factual statement... The cellar door also has GREAT music!
Reviewed by Citrus77
on September 17, 2012
Having lived in Visalia all my life I feel so honored to say that we have an incredible variety of authentic and amazing cuisine. I love nothing more than dining downtown, it has a magical ambiance and feels nostalgic. The most incredible part of the restaurant scene is these are all family owned and operated establishments, there are no chain restaurants, no corporate blah, just the fruits of labor from very, very talented chefs and hard working business owners. Some of my favorites are Canton Chinese, Colima's Mexican, Little Italy, The Lunch Box, Jack & Charlies, Taylor's, and the most incredible of all, Cafe 225. Downtown Visalia is proof of the real America Dream for many people and its wonderful to get to enjoy it :)
Reviewed by yuminthetum
on September 17, 2012
Visalia's dining and nightlife scene makes me content to settle in this small, agricultural city far from the likes of San Francisco and Los Angeles. We have wonderful restaurants that serve fresh, creative dishes and a great wine bar called the Cellar Door that snags well known bands on their way from LA to San Fran. My top restaurants are Cafe 225 (all around best restaurant), Fuggazzis (wonderful appetizers) and Jack and Charlie's (great bar). Tazzaria has great breakfasts, coffee and pastries. The Frosted Muffin has AMAZING cupcakes.
Reviewed by GoingToGymToEat
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is the type of town that has plenty of great restaurants but definitely none of the drawbacks of some of the more urban cities in California. We are home to the some of the best citrus, stone fruit, nuts and berries in the World. Fugazzi's, Vintage Press, Tommy's, Jack and Charlies and don't forget, Tokyo Garden, off the path of Main Street in the southern part of Visalia. Being a small city, you become a "regular" all around town. Love this City!
Reviewed by CherylArmas
on September 17, 2012
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