More than 40 new restaurants opened last year in the Fresno area – and Fresno has a clear favorite.
Last week in our poll we asked readers to vote on what they thought was the best new restaurant that opened in 2021.
The winner? Mayd Modern Mediterranean.
This is the quick-service restaurant that opened early in the year at the northeast corner of Palm and Nees avenues, in the same building as Dutch Bros.
Keep reading for more on the runner-up restaurants.
Its food is a twist on Mediterranean. Its menu features lunch and dinner options like Greek fried chicken and “naakos,” which are tacos made from Indian naan bread.
Customizable bowls are also on the menu, with options like tri-tip shawarma, Moroccan lamb meatballs, tandoori cauliflower and other vegetarian options.
Prices range from $9.50 to $13.50. The restaurant also has an app that lets customers order ahead and pick up food from a walk-up window without going inside the restaurant.
Details: Mayd is at 7090 N. Palm Ave. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 559-721-2197.
Other restaurant winners
While Mayd blew all the competition out of the water, the second most favorite new restaurant picked by readers was Dervo’s Deli and Grill.
Regular readers may remember our August story about this restaurant, which used to be a Deli Delicious at Shaw and Woodward avenues.