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Best of the North State 2019: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 you’re 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

W hen 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:From the Hearth Cafe

BEST FRENCH FRIES

From the Hearth Cafe

1292 College View Drive, Redding; 424-2233 1427 Market St., Redding; 424-2233 2650 Churn Creek Road, Redding; 424-2233

638 Washington St., Red Blu ; 727-0616

1279 Pine St., Redding

(530)691-4441  www.fthcafe.com

  You come to From The Hearth for the tasty burgers and delightful sandwiches, but don’t forget about the French fries. After all, what’s a good burger without a classic side like fries?

And From The Hearth does French fries upright. Crisp, seasoned just right and generously piled on your plate, the fries are FTH are just waiting to complement your Cali Burger.

Add ketchup … or whatever you like to dunk your fries in … and you’ve just created the perfect meal.

RUNNERS UP:

. In-N-Out,

. Five Guys Burgers and Fries

BEST BAKERY

From the Hearth Café

Before From the Hearth had multiple locations throughout the North State, the delicious eateries began as a humble bakery in a North Redding warehouse.

FTH has grown and adapted but never forgotten its bakery roots. That’s evident in every dish they serve, whether it’s a delightful deli sandwich, gourmet burger or scintillating wrap.

Freshness you can taste in every bite awaits you at any of their locations across the North State.

And the best part about FTH’s diverse menu is that while it’s all freshly prepared,

the menu will take you several times to taste it all. One bite and you’ll want to be

back for sure.

RUNNERS UP:

. Sublime Cake Design

. Great Harvest Bread Co.

The dilemma about going to From The Hearth Café might be . guring out just what to order o their

delicious and deep menu.

From the Cuban to the Bu alo chicken to the

French dip, From The Hearth Café’s hot sandwiches are sublime and served how you like it with your choice of a side dish. And then there’s the burgers, wraps and rice bowls, all made with the freshest ingredients to your liking and served with FTH’s divine bread. And don’t forget to get French fries – the side

dish that Best Of voters chose over all others.

With so many options – and locations – perhaps it’s time to make From The Hearth Café a staple of your weekly lunch routine. That way you can sample

everything they have to o er and decide what you

like best.

RUNNERS UP:

. Cheesecakes Unlimited

. GoodTimes Pizza

Best Bakery, Lunch, Business Lunch, Resturant

BEST RESTAURANT

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 W hether it’s the cool, college vibe of the College View Drive location or the urban feel of the Market Street location, From The Hearth delivers quality food with a great atmosphere.

A fun and friendly sta can help you pick out the perfect dish o their amazing menu – it’s hard because everything looks so darn good – or,mix you up a drink in a snap. And you can sit inside or out – the College View’s back patio is an oasis, while the outdoor seating on The Promenade is great for relaxing and people watching.

RUNNERS UP:

. Cattlemens

. Clearie’s Restaurant and Lounge

Best Lunch

F rom burgers to sandwiches, From the Hearth’s menu presents anepicurean dilemma – what to order.

And it really depends on what you’re in the mood for. From the

Cuban to the Buffalo chicken to the French dip, From the Hearth’s hotsandwiches are sublime and served how you like it with your choice of a side dish. And then there’s the burgers, wraps and rice bowls, all made with the freshest ingredients to your liking and served with FTH’s divine bread.

In order to truly enjoy what From the Hearth has to o er, looks like

repeat visits are in order.

RUNNERS UP:

. Cheesecakes Unlimited

. WIlda’s Grill

BEST BAKERY

 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.

RUNNERS UP:

. Sublime Cake Design

. Sweet Spot

Best Business Lunch

Whether meeting at the College View Drive restaurant or the new and remarkable Market Street location in the downtown Mall, you’re bound to impress that prospective client.

A full menu of sandwiches, soups and other delightful fare is only half the attraction. Spacious, but cozy tables allow you to discuss business in a casual, but productive manner. The friendly staff is quick too a suggestion and quicker to get your order out.

And on a nice sunny afternoon, what better way to meet than outside on The Promenade?

RUNNERS UP:

. Cheesecakes Unlimited

. C.R. Gibbs American Grille

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 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 Italian Food

BEST ITALIAN FOOD

Nello’s Place

3055 Bechelli Lane, Redding; 530-223-1636 www.nellosrestaurant.net Nello’s hunger was Redding’s gain. Started in 1980 because the retiree couldn’t . nd a good local Italian

restaurant, Nello’s has become a north state institution that’s had a lock on the category by Best Of The North State voters.

From plentiful pasta dishes to specialties like Steak Diane and stu ed veal rollitini, Nello’s serves it right every

time.

And the ambiance at Nello’s o ers the perfect place for

a quiet dinner for two.

Open evenings seven days a week, Nello’s truly is Redding’s Italian heaven.

RUNNERS UP:

. Karline’s Restaurant & Bar

. Olive Garden


Best Italian Food

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

Best Burger in Redding

BEST BURGER

The Habit Burger Grill

1020 E. Cypress Ave., Redding; 530-223-1027 www.habitburger.com Try The Habit once and, well, it’ll become a habit.

Daily baked buns, perfectly grilled burgers and the freshest produce available all go into making the delightful Charburger.

Started in Santa Barbara in 1969, The Habit has grown and become a Redding staple for burger lovers. But The Habit also o ers salads, sandwiches, and the perfect

shakes and malts. Every burger is fresh, never frozen, and the salads are fresh and made-to-order. The complementary condiment bar lets you dress up your burger just the way you like it.

In addition to food that keeps you coming back, The Habit is also dedicated to philanthropy and frequently gets involved with fundraisers.

One bite and you’ll be back.

RUNNERS UP:

. Bartel’s Giant Burger

. Damburger

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