Visalia, California

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

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

Description

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 a great number of locally owned restaurants serving awesome food. It’s nice to live in a town where small business owners can compete with national chains. Thanks Visalia.
Reviewed by jamesj
on September 17, 2012
Visalia has a great diversity of ethnic food restaraunts that are locally owned and have a great, friendly atmosphere in every single one of them.
Reviewed by tloliva
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is a wonderful city in central California. For being a relatively small city, the variety of dining is excellent. There are many great places to eat, many of them locally owned and operated. Being in the heart of the San Joaquin valley allows many of the local chefs to incorporate only the freshest ingredient into their dishes. Some of my favorite restaurants include the Vintage Press, Rosas Italian Restaurant, and the café Tazzaria. I highly recommend stopping by if you’re ever in the area.
Reviewed by heathbeavers
on September 17, 2012
Every time I visit, I am amazed at how much American business spirit infuses this town. I think there are more than 30 restaurants downtown and they are all locally owned. American, Mexican, Brazilian, Japanese... and each year they stage this race down Main Street to find the fastest server. Visalia has its act together. They close the streets to have a weekly farmers' market and the crowds are huge. They pipe in music and have concerts at their Fox Theater. The Cellar Door has an awesome schedule of sets. It's a definite destination!
Reviewed by EHG
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is a surprising place to stop for a bite. The variety and quality of restaurants is amazing. From the elegant Vintage Press to the casual small coffee house, Tazzaria, you can find something to tempt your tastebuds. The downtown is the best place to stop for a meal and have a nice stroll around afterward. Favorite for dinner or lunch is Vintage Press, followed by Tazzaria for a sandwich or special of the day. All Great and quality food.
Reviewed by happyquilter
on September 17, 2012
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