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Best of the North State 2019: Best Restaurant went to Clearies Restaurant

BEST RESTAURANT

Clearie’s Restaurant & Lounge

1325 Eureka Way, Redding; 241-4535 

www.cleariesrestaurant.com 

When you want to go out and spend your hard-earned money for a great night out, there’s really only one option that has everything – Clearie’s Restaurant & Lounge.

When Robbie Clearie opened the restaurant in 2011, Redding history collided with her place located on the site that had been The Shack. In addition, she ordered up a few dishes from her grandfather’s restaurant – Doc’s Skyroom and Sports Bar.

Fast forward and Clearie’s is the go-to for a great night out and overall dining experience. From it’s amazing bar and attentive bar staff to ridiculous appetizers and a menu that looks like it was plucked from a New York or L.A. five-star restaurant, Clearie’s breaks the mold for great dining in Redding.

With its history and Robbie Clearie out to make her own history, it’s not hard to see why Best Of voters continually choose her place as the Best Restaurant.

RUNNERS UP:

Moonstone Bistro

Vintage Public House

Best of the North State 2019:Best Steakhouse Goes to Jack’s Grill

BEST STEAKHOUSE

Jack’s Grill

1743 California St., Redding;

(530) 241-9705 

www.jacksgrillredding.com

 If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. That sums up the experience at Jack’s Grill, a Redding eating institution for more than 80 years. Familiar, Reliable, Consistent, It’s a winning formula that Jack’s hasn’t messed with.

Jack’s only uses USDA choice beef and cuts the steaks fresh every day. Steaks come with fries or a baked potato, garlic bread and a green salad with your choice of house-made dressing.

Open for dinner every day except Sunday, Jack’s Grill has 17 bar seats and accommodates 46 in the dining room’s old-style booths and tables – many who will wait for a while to get a taste of that amazing steak. Despite its size, the restaurant averages between 150 and 200 customers each night.

Redding has known what the world is catching up on with all the media attention focused on Jack’s – if you want a steak done right, there’s only one place to go.

RUNNERS UP:

. Cattlemens

. Market Street Steakhouse

Best of the North State 2019:Best CHINESE FOOD Peter Chu’s Skyroom

BEST CHINESE FOOD

Peter Chu’s Skyroom

6751 Woodrum Circle No. 210, Redding

(530) 222-1364 

www.peterchus.com 

There’s a reason Peter Chu’s Skyroom keeps its lock on its Best Of the North State title.

Part of it is the friendly staff. Part of it is an amazing atmosphere. But mostly it’s the amazing food prepared fresh daily by chefs trained by Chu to his exacting standards.

From traditional recipes and global delicacies, Peter Chu’s dishes are crafted with the highest expectations and standards. From Mandarin to Szechwan to Hunan dishes, there’s something on the menu for anyone.

Don’t believe it? Take the word of Best Of voters who year after year proclaims Peter Chu’s as the go-to Chinese restaurant in the North State.

RUNNERS UP:

. New China

. Sailing Boat

Best of the North State 2019:Best Salad Cheesecakes Unlimited

BEST SALAD

Cheesecakes Unlimited

1135 Pine St., Redding

(530)224-1775 

www.cheesecakesunlimited.net 

Cheesecakes Unlimited opened in downtown Redding in 1991 and was an instant success. In fact, their loyal customer base kept growing so much they’ve had to move several times.

Though their cheesecake really is fabulous, Cheesecakes is perhaps best known for their amazing salads, something Best Of voters knows as top-notch.

With locally sourced vegetables and dressings made from scratch, it’s hard to miss with any of the salads. There are 11 on the menu, so choosing can be a challenge. The choices include tasty options like the Glazed Walnut Chicken with orange champagne vinaigrette and the Shrimp Pine nut with a garlic basil vinaigrette topped with blue cheese.

Cheesecakes Unlimited’s home in the old Pine Street School is as fun and fresh as its many delicious salads.

RUNNERS UP:

. From the Hearth

. Vintage Public House

Best of the North State 2019:Best Place For Date Goes to Clearie’s Restaurant & Lounge

BEST PLACE TO TAKE A DATE

Clearie’s Restaurant & Lounge

1325 Eureka Way, Redding; 241-4535 

www.cleariesrestaurant.com 

Whether you need to stoke those romantic reservations, keep them burning hot or are just looking to impress that special someone, Clearie’s is the clear choice for Best Of Voters.

But why? After all, there are plenty of nice restaurants in the North State. The answer lies in the details. Everything is scrutinized – the menu, the staff, the décor, the ambiance– so that your night out can be focused solely on the two of you.

In addition to quality service, the food is top-notch and varied with something for everyone’s palate. Then there are the little things which subtly add to the ambiance and experience. Things like clean restrooms, full salt and pepper shakers, cloth on the tables and bussers who discretely whisk away dirty dishes, so you can relax and enjoy the company.

RUNNERS UP:

. Mosaic Restaurant

. View 202

Best of the North State:Best Bar and Best Brewery 2019

Woody’s Brewing Company

1257 Oregon St., Redding

(530)768-1034  www.woodysbrewing.com 

Tough day at work? Great day at work? Just want to have a beer with friends? Well, Woody’s is the place in all three cases. Let’s face it, bars are supposed to be fun and Woody’s fits that bill. A fun, casual atmosphere with a great bar to belly up to is only part of the lure.

The food menu is to die for – the Cobb salad is sinfully good – and the rotating menu of beers makes each time you head to Woody’s a chance to try something new … and celebrate just about anything.

The best part about Woody’s – other than everything – is that a rotating beer list means you can find something that fits perfectly. Or you can keep trying the awesome variety of suds ordered by the locally-owned brewery that’s a habitual Best Of winner.

From Shasta Haze (an IPA with hints of pineapple, guava, and another citrus) to Pray for Powder Porter (a smooth balance of rich, dark malts with a hint of bitterness) to the famous … infamous … Hopzerker, Woody’s has whatever you’re thirsting for. Can’t decide? Get a sampler and take in all the hoppy goodness at

RUNNERS UP:

. Final Draft Brewing Co.

. The Dip

. Clearie’s Restaurant & Lounge

. Vintage Public House

Woody’s Brewery Company

Best Dinner

BEST DINNER

Clearie’s Restaurant and Lounge

1325 Eureka Way, Redding; 530-241-4535 

www.cleariesrestaurant.com 

A dinner at Clearie’s Restaurant and Lounge only feels like you’re in the big city.

After all, the menu looks like something you’d . nd at

a 5-star New York or Los Angeles restaurant.

At Clearie’s you can start with a tempting appetizer of steamer clams or fried mozzarella caprese and drinks before diving in to an entree that tastes as good as it sounds.

The only problem might be picking something o the

expansive Clearie’s menu. From grilled salmon to pan

seared duck to a . let mignon or a downright sublime

French onion mac-n-cheese, Clearie’s makes it hard to

choose. But when you . nally do, rest assured that the

quality comes through in each delicious bite.

But make sure to save room for dessert like the sinful bananas foster, crème brulee or apple pie chimichanga.

RUNNERS UP:

. Cattlemens

. Jack’s Bar & Grill

Best Dinner

Best Brewery

BEST NORTH STATE BREWERY

Woody’s Brewing Company

1257 Oregon St., Redding; 530-768-1034 www.woodysbrewing.com S infully good beer, a top-notch pub menu and fun atmosphere make Woody’s the place to go for a good night out.

From wheat beer to amber to whatever head brewer Pat Wlodarczyk can dream up, Woody’s is certain to have something to whet your whistle.

The Hopzerker is a strong and complex brew with a malt backbone, while the Nutty Woody is a moderate malt with a light caramel character and dry . nish. And of course, there’s always

the Quickie IPA.

And Woody’s was also part of the group to brew the Shasta Strong IPA to help with Carr Fire relief funds.

RUNNERS UP:

. Fall River Brewing Company

. Final Draft Brewing Company

Best of the North Sate Best Brewery

Fusion Lounge and Grill

 The best Lounge in Redding by far. Here at Fusion Lounge, we do American food with a Southeast Asian Twist! Whether it’s a Thai, Mien, Laos, Vietnamese, Japanese or Korean twist, there will be a little influence from one of these cultures. Our food is very flavorful, unique and a blend of east meets west. We have weekly specials usually beginning on Wednesday or Thursday, and we will only have the item will supplies last! If you’re in the mood for something different, please feel free to come try us out! All our sauces, broths and ingredients are made daily fresh and original! We also have Southeast Asian infused drinks as well! You won’t be able to find food like this with 150 miles from here!! Hope to see you soon!

Fusion Lounge Bar & Grill opened in Jr’s place. The premise is a new one for Redding: fusing elements of Asian cuisines (Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.) with American and Mexican dishes to create such hybrids as the Pho-rito, Pho-nudo, and the Senganator Burger, while also functioning as a neighborhood bar.

 

Despite their new sign, it’s easy to miss east on Hartnell, lost in a sea of metal auto repair and machine shop prefab buildings. The parking lot is one of those long narrow ones that pass by a long row of metal doors behind Fusion, makes a U-turn, and sneaks back out to Hartnell.

Fusion’s black and blood-red concrete block walls, easy-clean tables and floors, and a goth restroom took a note from the punk club playbook circa 1976, but the clientele was a mixture of locals, auto shop employees, hipsters, and families. (Note: family-friendly until 9:00 PM.) There’s a pool table near the back and a smoker’s patio out the side door. Sit at the bar or one of the tables and wait staff will take your order. Service was friendly and relatively fast; servers are knowledgeable about the food. Specials are on a backlit writing board at the end of the bar.

Baller Bowl, $10.99

The concoction was a refreshing mixture of a taco salad with crunchy mixed cabbage salad, deep-fried shrimp, and tataki of tuna, Sriracha and wasabi drizzle, and a soy dressing on the side. The tataki (seared ahi with sesame crust, thinly sliced) was so very much like fine filet mignon that only its tendency to melt delicately on the tongue belied its origins. Alongside were crunchy fried shrimp that made a nice contrast to the pleasant and light tuna. The soy dressing, however, proved to be very salty, and toward the bottom of the cabbage salad, M. de Joie regretted pouring the dressing over. Sriracha and wasabi were fun to smear the shrimp in, but mixed on the plate they tended to look septic.

 

Fusion fries, $7.50

Jason ordered Fusion Shrimp but what came to our table was Fusion Fries, as she discovered when he couldn’t find anything but chicken in the toppings. A variation on nachos or potato skins: Jo-Jos – seasoned crunchy potato wedges – were topped with melted cheese, shredded chicken, cilantro, diced tomatoes, Jalapenos, and Fusion sauce. Fusion sauce is a somewhat spicy, smoky red sauce with hints of Thai curry – think of it as an exotic fry sauce. It was quite good when first delivered, but after fifteen minutes or so, the potatoes got pretty soggy. This was plenty to share among two or three people.

 

Calamari, $8.00

Calamari is a popular appetizer in restaurants, but it is almost always straight out of a frozen box, already breaded and ready to deep-fry and serve up with “our garlic aioli.” Fusion’s salt-baked calamari was delightful: thick bite-sized morsels with a dusting of tart tamarind and garnished with fried green onions and Jalapeno slices; this was addictive and original.

 

Kaliang Fin, $3.00

M. de Joie had never heard of Kaliang Fin and cannot find any reference to it elsewhere, so it may be an original specialty. Korean flour made from mung beans is cooked with water, cooled to produce a gelatin-like block, then cut into small pieces and served in a cold and slightly sour broth. The gelatin cubes had the texture and taste of hard-boiled egg white, slightly sulphuric and bouncy. The broth didn’t have much personality other than tartness and seemed to be mostly a vehicle to support the mung bean jelly. On the side was a small amount of house-made fermented bean & chili paste to mix into the soup – the paste was spicy-hot and delicious, though didn’t think it helped the soup much. KF (as it’s called on the menu) did have a refreshing quality that might be appealing if one had overindulged in too much delicious food and drink.

Fusion Burger, $9.99 with garlic fries ($1.00 extra) and pepper jack cheese

This towering burger, piled high with lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, roasted eggplant, Fusion sauce, and a fried egg, was in no way reminiscent of a franchise burger. Goopy and drippy, the thick burger fell apart as the egg yolk, and Fusion sauce disintegrated the bun and was overall luscious, juicy, and a wildly delicious messy mixture of tastes. Garlic fries on the side were on the greasy and slightly limp side, but Femme de Joie loved the plentiful garlic bits.

In an unlikely location far from the main hubs of Redding, Fusion is trying out new and exciting ideas, and for the most part, they work. The menu is wisely kept small and manageable, with weekly specials thrown in. Prices are more than fair for the amount and quality of food. Though there were a few missteps, overall Femme de Joie loved the intent and direction of the kitchen. If you’re looking for something new to try, drive out to Fusion and sample their innovative dishes.

Fusion Lounge Bar & Grill, 2704 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA 96002. 530-768-1360. Open Monday through Thursday, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Friday 11:00 AM – midnight, Saturday 3:00 PM to midnight. Closed Sunday. No minors after 9:00 PM. Cards and cash; but no checks. Full bar. Vegetarian and vegan options. Parking lot. Follow them on Yelp and on

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Jordon wrote a review on Fusion

 

Not sure what kind of scrubs are running this place…?;-P But whoever it has this place on point!!! The BEST bar food in Redding’s hands down! Their fish tacos are out of control! Not to mention some of the best services you will find! Do yourselves a favor and try this place out ASAP!

Heather wrote

We ordered ahi lettuce wraps, Calamari, and fusion Nachos. Everything was excellent especially the calamari. The beer selection was good if you’re an IPA fan I am not, but the food made up for it. Sorry I didn’t try this place sooner and can’t wait to go back and try other items.

Jason Stovall
Local Guide · 69 reviews · 72 photos
in the last week
The place sets off of the east part of Redding just down the street from the hen house. Looking for something different than your standard cafe/pub food this is the right place. A blend of Asian and Western food dishes. Fries are tasty; the fusion burger is a must try. Haven’t tried the Pho yet, heard it was good from friends.

Jim Hamilton

 

2 reviews
a month ago
Excellent food, uniquely prepared and served in a dive bar atmosphere and the prices are great!
Helpful?

 

 

Sean Bird

 

Local Guide · 102 reviews · 86 photos
Four months ago
An excellent Asian take on American pub food. Great happy hour. The calamari and wings are great, the Pho is amazing, great beer selection. I could go on and on. I will be back

Kahunas Mongolian BBQ | Best of the North State


Kahunas Mongolian BBQ is where you can create your custom-made stir-fry by choosing your ingredients and sauces. Interact with their grill warriors as they prepare your meal right in front of you. So much flavor and Kahunas has something for everyone, from vegetarians to meat lovers and even gluten free diets! And of Course they didn’t forget about the kids; they can enjoy Kahunas also with child menu pricing of $4.99 a bowl. Add a roll of Sushi to your table with your stir-fry and a refreshing cocktail and your dining experience is complete. At dinner, you will be able to enjoy your choice of, lamb, shrimp, mussels, beef chuck, chicken, pork loin, and bacon, plus all the fresh vegetables and Delicious buckwheat noodles!! At lunch, meats are: Beef, Chicken, Bacon, Pork but the seafood can be added for an additional cost even at lunch, ask your server for details. You will have your choice of white or brown rice. They are Locally family owned and operated and open seven days a week. Gift cards available for those unique and yummy gifts!

The owners of Kahunas are Mr. Dwayne and Nina Oller,
Nina said while talking about the experience; she has been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. From hostessing, serving, bartending, kitchen, management, to restauranteur. Kahunas offers 20 different homemade sauces, a buckwheat noodle, bacon, dry spices to get a delicious plate of food. They are now also offering sushi. Not only do you get so many different options and the variety of foods, but you also get the chance to be a part of making it, customized to your desired taste, and made right in front of your eyes!


Kahunas has six different beers on tap: We have a vast variety of bottle beers also. Enjoy a cold bottle alone or in one of our special buckets for additional savings. Our unique wine list we have created, whether it’s a red or a white, may be enjoyed by the glass or bottle. We also serve Soju Tequila, Vodka, Rum, and Gin; this allows us to create some amazing, tasty, tropical. Signature cocktails. It would be our pleasure to help pair your beverage with your food.

What is The History of Mongolian BBQ?
In the Thirteenth Century, the great warrior Genghis Khan and his soldiers from the grassed plateau of Mongolia conquered many countries from China to Hungary. They established one of the greatest empires the World had ever known. Legend has it that after a long day of hunting, Genghis
Khan and his Mongolian warriors would make camp and prepare lavish feasts. Using their swords, the warriors would prepare slivers of meats, combined with whatever vegetables and spices on hand. They would grill them on their upturned shields over a blazing fire. This type of cooking has become known the world over as Mongolian BBQ. With this tradition in mind, Kahunas Mongolian BBQ brings you the ULTIMATE MONGOLIAN BBQ!

Redding was missing a Mongolian BBQ at the time, and the Oller Family wanted to open one with an American Style. On April 06, 2014 Kahunas had their Grand Opening! Friendly Service, Relaxing Atmosphere and with a vast variety of homemade sauces and fresh vegetables, noodles, and rice.
Kahunas always promotes education and healthy eating and proud to offer all College Students that bring their ASB card in at dinner time a $2.00 off discount on their entree.
Sunday 11 am to 8 pm2151 Market Street
Redding, Ca 96001
Downtown Redding
Plenty of Parking
Tel: (530) 244-4200
Hours of Operation:
Monday 11 am to 8 pm
Tuesday 11 am to 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am to 8 pm
Thursday 11 am to 8 pm
Friday 11 am to 9 pm
Saturday 11 am to 9 pm.
http://www.kahunasmongolianbbq.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KahuanasMongolianBBQ/