Photo by Ron Sundquist – Around the table from left to right: Sports photographer – Nick Baker, Office Manager – Caitie Reeg, Editor – Lauren Mueller, Publisher – Donna Melchor, Yosemite Falls General Manager – Roberto Torres, Reporter – Daniel Leon, and Production Manager – Billy Xiong.
Daniel Leon | Reporter
Yosemite Falls Cafe really takes its slogan – “The Valley’s Greatest Tasting Getaway” – to heart by incorporating a touch of Yosemite National Park to go along with its family style cooking.
The interior of the restaurant matches that saying as it allows customers to get acquainted with a natural setting that includes a cabin-like design. Walls are decorated with various paintings and murals of Yosemite National park, a few of which were done by Clovis Roundup photographer Ron Sundquist.
With four locations in the Fresno-Clovis area, Yosemite Falls Cafe offers a wide menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner plate selections.
Breakfast items include omelettes, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, waffles and even Mexican dishes like huevos rancheros, chiles rellenos, chorizo and breakfast burritos.
A breakfast buffet is offered on Sunday, but only at the Ashlan, Blackstone and Cedar locations.
The lunch items – which take up a majority of the menu – include burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads.
According to the menu, all burgers are ½ lb. certified beef, flame-broiled to order and served with your choice of seasoned fries, salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit or soup.
Sandwich options, on the other hand, come with your choice of pastrami, chicken, carne asada, crispy chicken, turkey or pulled pork.
The dinner selections include streaks, ribs, kabobs, fried chicken and even seafood like fish and chips, salmon and shrimp.
Also, those looking for just a snack need not look any further than the “starters” menu, which features onion rings, mozzarella sticks, nachos, and buffalo wings to name a few.
Those with a sweet tooth and room for dessert can choose from favorites like banana bread pudding, cheesecake, and a variety of pies.
Coffee, juices, teas and lemonades are available to wash down your meal as well as popular brand-name soft drinks.
The restaurant also houses a bar for the 21 and up along with Happy Hour specials on weekdays (3 p.m.-6:30 p.m., 9 p.m.-close) and weekends (noon-5 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close).
Yosemite Falls Cafe also offers both off-premise and on-premise catering for luncheons, banquets, picnics, weddings and other special events.
Additional information can be found at the cafe’s website at www.yosemitefallscafe.net.
YFC approaching 10-year anniversary
As the restaurant approaches a decade in business in mid July, Roberto Torres, the general manager of the Clovis location, reflects back on his time here and looks to continue the momentum he’s helped establish.
“I’m happy and pumped [to be working here] and I feel like this is the right environment for me,” Torres said. “The customers, the employees and the owners are great. We get a lot of good feedback [from the community] and that’s what makes it enjoyable. It makes me feel like I fulfill my job.”