Pulling into the Mars Drive-in for a Lime Rickey. Ordering up a burger from the car hop at the A&W on Blackstone. Checking out the action at Bob's Big Boy. Your favorite grilled cheese sandwich at the Woolworths Counter. Don't forget loading up at Perry Boys Smorgy. What eats do you miss?
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Postby kmcc01 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:32 pm

I was just in Fresno visiting the folks and ate at Zlfreds. They still have the best pilaf after 40 years. They used to be located right by Manchester Center by a Shell gas station, I believe it was just off of Dakota. Now they moved a little to the North between Dakota and Ashlan. Great Peda Burgers also!
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Re: Zlfreds

Postby scott-o-rama » Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:57 pm

Before it was Zlfreds it was Alfreds, in the strip mall at the corner of Dakota and Blackstone. Alfred Melconian was the original owner. As 7th and 8th graders at Fort Miller Junior High (circa '65 - '67) it became our after school meeting place, where we'd flirt with girls and get cokes, fries, garlic bread or whatever else we could afford with our leftover lunch money. One day Alfred's aunt Roxie, the head waitress, asked me if I wanted a job washing dishes there on Friday and Saturday nights. Thus, my life as a working stiff started at age 13 at the pay rate of a dollar an hour. Alfred's kid brother Ronnie, then 16, was the cook. Ronnie & I would close up the place at 9 PM, after which we would prime pizza dough for the next day and mop the floors. Then just before locking up the place we would sit down with a big ol' pizza and have several beers from the tap. We thought we were really cool and sly teenagers, having the place to ourselves and getting fairly plastered while listening to endless free plays on the jukebox. "Bernadette" by the Four Tops comes to mind.

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Re: Zlfreds

Postby Big J » Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:46 pm

Still one of the best restaurants in town. I wish their location was a little better, instead of tucked behind that car lot. Loved when they were at Dakota and Blackstone.

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Re: Zlfreds

Postby FresnoShadow » Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:59 pm

I'm ready to drive a couple of hundred miles for a lamb burger with rice pilaf. I remember the Dakota and Blackstone location after it moved I just lost track... Away to college and on from there.

They never had a great location. This is what made them such a great local secret. Where are they now? I'm gassing up the car! ;-)

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