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Best Outdoor Dining

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

View 202

202 Hemsted Drive, Redding;

530-226-8439 www.view202redding.com If there were ever a category and restaurant perfectly paired it’s Best Outdoor Dining and View 202.

The vistas are spectacular. The food is superb. The atmosphere is elegant.

The lounge-style patio overs sweeping views to the west of Redding – perfect at sunset – from high on the blues overlooking the Sacramento River. Comfortable couches, . Fire pits and cozy dining tables make for an enjoyable time with friends or that special someone.

Add View 202’s exquisite dining menu to drinks, lunch, brunch or dinner and it’s easy

to see why Best Of The North State voters keep choosing View 202.

RUNNERS UP:

. From the Hearth Café

. Mosaic

Best Coffee House

BEST COFFEE HOUSE

Dutch Bros.

Multiple North State locations www.dutchbros.com The largest, privately-held drive-thru coffee company in the nation,

Dutch Bros. isn’t just a place to stop

for something to drink – it’s like

visiting friends.

Perhaps that’s why Dutch Bros.

customers, dubbed the Dutch Ma. a, are . ercely loyal. And it doesn’t hurt that the co ees and other drinks are pretty dang good.

Dutch Bros. employees are fun, friendly and perky, and get you what you want quickly. It’s the perfect place to start your day or get a quick pickme- up in the late afternoon.

And Dutch Bros. is dedicated to its community. During the Carr andCamp . res, local Dutch Bros. and their

customers raised more than $400,000

in relief e orts.

RUNNERS UP:

. From the Hearth Café

. Starbucks

Best White Wine

BEST NORTH STATE WHITE WINE

Moseley’s Family Cellars

4712 Mountain Lakes Blvd., Redding 2158 Hilltop Drive, Redding 530-229-9463; www.moseleyfamilycellars.com When it’s time to a nice Chardonnay or Viognier, Moseley’s Family Cellars has you covered.

The repeat Best Of The North State winner knows how to make great wines and voters recognize that.

From the best grapes from quality vineyards through California (Napa, Sonoma, Lodi and north state), Moseley’s crafts each bottle with the wine lover in mind.

Their tasting rooms o er a chance to learn about their hand-crafted wines and their wine club o ers

perks to those who have a passion for the fruit of the vine.

RUNNERS UP:

. Alpen Cellars

. Tuscan Ridge Estate Winery


Best White Wine 2018

Best Bakery | 2018 Redding Searchlights BOTNS

BEST BAKERY

From the Hearth Café

1292 College View Drive, Redding; 530-424-2233

1427 Market St., Redding; 530-424-2233

2650 Churn Creek Road, Redding; 530-424-2233

638 Washington St., Red Blu ; 530-727-0616

1279 Pine St., Redding; 530-691-4441 www.fthcafe.com From the Hearth has quickly become a north state staple for its delightful meals and quaint, cozy cafes. But the genesis of FTH began as a bakery back in 2008, when Spencer Tang purchased the bakery that specializes in sublime sourdough.

Today, From the Hearth creates gourmet food, but its breads continue to delight. Carried inHoliday, Raley’s, Safeway,

R& R Meats and other retailers, From The Hearth’s bread remains as good as it did a decade ago.

Best Bakery 2018

RUNNERS UP:

. Sublime Cake Design

. Sweet Spot

Best Butcher

BEST BUTCHER

R&R Quality Meats & Seafood

2159 East St., Redding; 530-241-7770  www.randrqualitymeats.net R & R’s website proudly displays Best of the North State for 11 years running. Time to update it because voters have again recognized R& R and what makes them the place to go for highquality meats and seafood.

Sure, you can buy steak just about anywhere, but R& R’s personal attention and large selection means customers can get what they want. From beef to pork to poultry and seafood, R& R o ers only the best – at competitive prices. Their new space – down the street from the old location – adds in the seafood element and is the go-to place for the freshest catches.

But you don’t win Best Butcher for a dozen years without quality meat and exceptional customer service.

RUNNERS UP:

. Bowman Meats

. Kent’s Meats and Groceries

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

Haven Humaine Dog of the Week

Pet of the Week
Chip (286638) is a 4-year-old male brown and black brindle hound mix. This playful boy gets along well with children and other dogs, knows “sit”and “down”, and is rated for an experienced family with children ages 5 years and older. Chip is available for adoption at Haven Humane Society and can’t wait to find his Forever Home! A proper introduction with any other dogs in the household is required. All feline and canine adoptions at the shelter includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations and a microchip. To see
Chip or any of our other companion animals available for adoption at the shelter, please visit us at 7449 Eastside Road, Anderson, or call (530) 241-1653. You can also check out our website at www.havenhumane.org.

Haven Humane:Pet of the Week

 

Pet of the Week @ Haven Humane Society 

Check out this adorable pup! Jax (278319) is a 3-year-old male black and tan Australian cattle dog and Rottweiler mix. Jax loves to play ball, knows “sit”, “down”, and “shake”, and is rated for a family with children ages 12 years and older. Jax is available for adoption at Haven Humane Society and can’t wait to find his Forever Home! A proper introduction with any other dogs in the household is required. All feline and canine adoptions at the shelter include spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and a microchip. To see Jax or
any of our other companion animals available for adoption at the shelter,
please visit us at 7449 Eastside Road, Anderson, or call (530) 241-1653.
You can also check out our website at www.havenhumane.org.

Haven Humane Society Needs Help

Haven Humane Society supports the community by promoting the humane treatment of animals through sheltering, spay/neuter, adoption, community education, outreach, rescue and animal regulations. Haven Humane Society’s vision is of a community of responsible pet owners working together for a North State with no more homeless pets. By 2021, Haven Humane Society plans to be a no-kill shelter.

Haven Humane Society has proudly served the North State since 1952. We place animals in new forever homes, return pets to their lost owners, rescue and care for animal cruelty victims, and spay or neuter thousands of animals to help decrease the homeless pet population. Our staff and volunteers run these programs, as well as educational outreach events and fundraisers. Furthermore, Haven Humane’s Spay/Neuter Clinic not only provides spay, neuter, and medical services for animals at the shelter, but also provides full medical care for all documented 501(c)(3) groups, shelters, and low income clients who qualify.

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