One of the loveliest things to have happened as a result of this blog is that friends and strangers alike are all bursting to tell me about new places to eat and visit in the Fresno area. The School House Restaurant and Tavern was one such place, recommended by my friend Jessie, that is truly one of a kind.
Located just a few miles off of the 180 in Sanger, the Schoolhouse is about a 25 minute drive from Fresno and features mostly local ingredients on their gourmet-inspired menu.
The ambiance is undeniably darling. Cozy and reminiscent, the rich woodwork and vintage photographs harken back to a day of sock hops, poodle skirts and pony tails. Indeed, the fifties were the last years this building spent as a school.
Our table enjoyed a wide variety of dishes from ribeye to mahi-mahi. My top pick was the braised duck stroganoff. Though I generally shy away from duck, the flavors of the slowly cooked duck were savory and depthfully developed with the assistance of cabernet and mushrooms. The caramel apple bread pudding kept us warm on the dark journey back to Fresno.
Here’s to a lovely evening with new friends.