Oh, Fresno. “The Best Little City in California.” I never really understood that during my 21 years of living there. Now that I’ve been away from home for going on 3 years, my appreciation for this city has grown immensely. It’s not very often that I get to visit Fresno at this point in my life. When I do, I always get the opportunity to discover new reasons to love it.
Of course, I have plenty of reasons to love it already. It’s where I was born and raised. It’s nearly impossible to be driving down the streets without being reminded of cherished memories. There are so many great things I can say about my hometown, and every time I go back this “little” city’s consciousness is clearly greater.
Fresno, California is where I resided when I first started my vegan journey. Back then, I only knew of one vegan restaurant in town. Aside from Chipotle and veggie Sushi, I totally relied on cooking at home. Last month when I visited, my vegan heart was SO happy to see the growth of the movement in the valley. I was able to try out new places nearly every day!
Usually, when I make my way home for a visit, I always make it a priority to go to LA so I can enjoy some of the best vegan food that California has to offer. My friend Jessa and I had a day trip planned to head down there. The morning of, I called her with a different idea. I felt so strongly about staying in the Valley and enjoying what my hometown had to offer. Jessa was all for it and we ended up trying out a few places together that day. It was wonderful!
While I still have a couple more places on my “want to go” list, I wanted to give some quick and honest reviews on my vegan experiences in the area. Whether you live in Fresno or are just driving through, check it out and let me know if you’ve found any other valley vegan gems!