Your guide to the 3 most popular spots in the East Central Fresno neighborhood

Sam's Italian Deli & Market | Photo: Vanessa C./Yelp

Visiting East Central Fresno, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Fresno neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a deli to a Mediterranean spot.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in East Central Fresno, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Sam's Italian Deli & Market

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Topping the list is deli and international grocery store Sam's Italian Deli & Market, which offers beer, wine, spirits and more. Located at 2415 N. First St., it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 648 reviews on Yelp.

You can order everything from hot sub sandwiches to raw and cured meats, as well as cheeses, salads and deli platters. Craving a sweet treat? Grab cherry cheesecake, cannoli or tiramisu. Sam's also carries a selection of Italian wines. 

2. Churrasco Grill

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Next up is Mediterranean and Lebanese spot Churrasco Grill, situated at 1901 N. Gateway Blvd., Suite 101. With 4.5 stars out of 334 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite. 

The menu includes an array of gourmet wraps and burgers, as well as traditional Mediterranean dishes like Greek feta salad, chicken kebabs, gyros and more. 

3. Pho 99

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Vietnamese spot Pho 99 is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 3141 E. McKinley Ave., four stars out of 102 reviews. 

In addition to pho, this spot serves up spring rolls, fried rice, ginger chicken and more. When it comes to drinks, look for salty plum soda, coconut milk with jelly and fresh orange juice.

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