Cool, new places in Visalia
by MADDY HEESZEL
Slowly, Visalia has been growing into something bigger and better. Many new restaurants and stores have been opening up within the past few months. Restaurants such as Ethel Red’s, Quesadilla Gorilla, Sarku Japan, Amir’s Kabob, and the new Pizza Factory are sure to attract many hungry Visalians, and with Christmas coming quickly, TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory are sure to bring many holiday shoppers. These new places here in Visalia are a must to visit!
This photograph was taken by Maddy Heeszel
1. Ethel Red’s Chop House
Just recently, Big Bubba’s closed out and was replaced by another barbeque restaurant, Ethel Red’s. Ethel Red’s has similar food to Big Bubba’s such as burgers, sandwiches, ribs, steaks, and salads, but instead of waiting to be seated, you get to order at a counter and seat yourself. Their food is like no other barbeque restaurant; it has a different taste to it, but it still tastes wonderful.
2. Burlington Coat Factory
If you love cute, yet inexpensive, clothing then you should visit this new thrift store. Burlington Coat Factory doesn’t just sell coats; they have hundreds of garments, shoes, accessories, and even home furnishings. They sell inexpensive clothing and some name brands on discount. You can expect to buy a large variety of items for a low price while shopping here.
3. TJ Maxx
TJ Maxx, another thrift store, has opened up near Vallarta Supermarket. They sell designer brands for low prices and of course, other cheap articles of clothing. Although they are much smaller than Burlington Coat Factory, they still have many cute clothing items to offer.
4. Quesadilla Gorilla
When you think of a quesadilla, the first thing that comes to mind is a warm tortilla filled with melted cheese. This restaurant has so much more than just that. Instead of ordering a plain quesadilla, you have to option to create your own. You can have it filled with different meats, cheeses, veggies, and salsas. You also have the option to try their PB&J banana quesadilla, which is my personal favorite.
5. Sarku Japan
In the Visalia Mall, a new Japanese restaurant has opened up in the food court. Even though they already have a Japanese restaurant, this one is much different. Their menu consists of teriyaki, vegetables, and steamed rice. Sarku Japan’s food contains no MSG or trans-fat. After you order, you get to watch the chefs cook your meal right in front of you. Their food tastes very fresh and is still steaming right when you get it.
6. Amir’s Kabob
In the Kmart parking lot, a restaurant has opened up called Amir’s Kabob. Amir’s Kabob is a Middle Eastern restaurant that sells things such as kabobs, salads, falafel, and tabbouleh. If you have never tried Middle Eastern food, then you are missing out. Amir’s Kabob has a great environment, wonderful service, and unique food.
7. Pizza Factory
As you may know, Pizza Factory in the Save Mart parking lot closed out many years ago. Now they’re back, but this time in the Kmart parking lot. Pizza Factory is known for, of course, their pizza, along their delicious calzones, sandwiches, and bread sticks. They also have a pizza and salad buffet available. Their food will leave you coming back for more.
Many people complain that this town is too small, but it’s growing quicker and quicker as time goes on. All over town, there are many wonderful, new places opening up. The seven listed above are just a few of the many new restaurants and stores that Visalia has to offer. Keep your eyes peeled for other great places coming soon in Visalia.