Casa Corona, Fresno
It’s not uncommon to find a Sac Foodie in Fresno.
As the largest inland city in California, and one so centrally located within the state’s agricultural heartland, client work often brings us down for a day or two to what we lovingly refer to as The ‘No.
And in between meetings with raisin and olive farmers, or styling recipes for a photo shoot, it’s easy to work up an appetite.
One recent filming expedition did just that, though luckily Casa Corona was there to welcome me to dinner.
The restaurant came highly recommended by a local in that feverish and reverent tone one always reserves for their favorite Mexican joint—a family-run place whose reliable menu and longevity have left it firmly ensconced in the pantheon of local eateries.
Casa Corona opened a second location last year, but we opted for the original at the northeast corner of Cedar and Herndon. The interior is a brilliant Technicolor explosion of frescoes, booths, oversized margaritas and multi-colored plates. A little cheesy? Yes. But that’s just how I like it.
The food ran the gamut of your typical offerings: chimichangas, quesadillas, enchiladas and tostadas. I was also surprised to find quite a few unique options as well, such as Albondigas (a spicy meatball soup with potatoes, celery and carrots) and a robust list of healthier fare created by local fitness trainers.
I opted for the prawn rancheros, which consist of plump prawns, spiced and grilled in salsa with onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini and ripe tomatoes. Served with rice, beans and tortillas, they were a relatively healthy and filling choice that hit the spot!
My dining partners opted for a shredded beef chimichanga and a plate of enchiladas verdes. The plates came with four enthusiastic thumbs up.
All in all, a great find! The restaurant hummed with an insouciant charm, our server was attentive and gregarious, and a full breakfast menu beckons, too.
Funny how even when you’re on the road, a local gem like Casa Corona can make you feel right at home.
7044 N. Cedar Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720