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 is the best for food. Downtown is a charming little downtown with dozens of restaurants. The options go from Chinese take out to four star restaurants. Jack n Charlies has the best bar in town. Their martinis are to die for. If you want entertainment Cellar Door is the place to be. last weekend was the annual Lions Club car show. A & W has a friday night car show during the summer. Every 1st Friday is Blues Brews & BBQ, a free music concert of local talent. Visalia has it all.
Reviewed by jamesg
on September 17, 2012
Visalia has some wonderful restaurants. Our favorite restaurant is Jack and Charlie's. We love the fresh seasonal menu and the treats from the chef. Personal favorites of mine: the wedge salad, the pasta dishes, the fresh bread, and the wine list. Personal favorites of my husband: the wedge salad, the New York steak, the roasted brussel sprouts, and the bread pudding. We also like to have lunch or dinner in the bar at the Vintage Press. This restaurant was popular (for good reason) when I was a kid and that was a LONG time ago. My favorites: the Hawaiian ahi sashimi salad (with avocado, baby greens and sesame vinaigrette) and the green chile relleno (mushroom duxelles, goat cheese, jalapeno buerre blanc, cilantro, and scallions). Other local favorites include: Cafe 225 (roasted green chile burger or the Mediterranean tostada), Pita Kabob (falafel, hummus, pitas), and Gozen (sushi).
Reviewed by myleeann
on September 17, 2012
Visalia has some of the best surprises when it homes to unique sandwich shops, fresh bakeries, coffee shops, Mexican and Italian restaurants, and superb fine dinning. You can find everything you need all on the same street.
Reviewed by jaimelynch
on September 17, 2012
If you haven't visited Visalia yet, don't delay. You will find a vibrant downtown with many good restaurants. My favorite is the Vintage Press. Delicious choices for lunch and dinner and a knockout brunch on Sundays!
Reviewed by JH
on September 17, 2012
For many years Visalia has had a reputation for outstanding restaurants and wonderful food..... and it just gets better and better year after year. Having lived in the area since 1963 I know firsthand how very delicious the signature dishes and other nightly specials at various establishments taste. One of the main reasons Visalia is blessed with such culinary delights is its location. Being situated in the center of California's San Joaquin Valley ~ where the most abundant agricultural production in the nation is located ~ multitudes of locally grown fruits, nuts and vegetables are available on a daily basis. With the freshest ingredients and tip-top chefs who are well established and notable in their trade, Visalia is THE destination for folks who want to excite their taste buds and enjoy the explosion of flavors they have come to expect at the many family owned restaurants in this delightful town. Visalia really is "The Jewel of the Valley" ~ the moniker attributed to it for many years. For fantastic food and friendly service be sure to stop in Visalia and give it a try for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
Reviewed by ritacrandall
on September 17, 2012
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