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.

You can eat at a different restuarant everyday and not run out of options.
Reviewed by pointer1
on September 17, 2012
Visalia has numerous wonderful places to eat. It is great to have so many options, that sometimes it is hard to decide. For a fancier evening Tommy's or Tazzeria are great. If you want something a bit more casual and less expensive then head to Brewbakers Brewing Company. Great beers, great food, and live music at night. For a great piece of pie, try out The Picnic Shop.
Reviewed by Vtowngrl
on September 17, 2012
Small town feel and large enough to find what you need. Multiple restaurants can provide the type of food and the ambience you seek. There are many franchise establishments can be found for familiar food. Locally owned eateries with differing types of food and decor can be found throughout Visalia. Jack and Charlies uses local produce that can be found that morning from Farmers Market. Greg Vartanian prepares items not easily found anywhere, including fois gras, heirloom pork, and fresh sand dabs. Cafe 225 Bar and Grill on Main Street varies their 'bistro' menu to provide a something new to try. The area has many excellent Mexican restaurants, each with their own specialties. None are the same. From high-end fine dining to small and casual, Visalia does provide it all!
Reviewed by centcal
on September 17, 2012
i love the downtown food but the best by far is tommys on encina off main
Reviewed by coreynjr
on September 17, 2012
What is so great about Visalia's food? That fact that we are still small town even at 120,000. There is such a sense of history and family in our community. Especially as it relates to food. We know the families that own the land, that grow the crops, milk the cows, that make the cheese, that grow the oranges, pack the oranges, create the cakes for our special occasions and cook the meals in our restuarants. We often know the waiter or waitresses as well - perhaps they played on a soccer team or swim team together with your child. So, farm to fork - not just with the product but people as well. A lot of places cannot claim that on the scale of Visalia!
Reviewed by heatherly
on September 17, 2012
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