The Red Wave Inn is the kind of place that doesn't have a website. It's low tech, unassuming, intimate--a bar/restaurant that I've overlooked for years. I've known that people go to the Red Wave, which is just across Shaw from Fresno State, but I was never really that interested in going myself. I figured it was a dive, and I wasn't really sure why anyone would go there.
I'm a believer now. My friends, John, John, Alex, and Kyle frequent the Red Wave--and their passion about the place finally convinced me to go. In truth, I think it was the stories about the Mexican food there that really made me want to try the place.
But first, let me say--the Red Wave isn't a restaurant, it's a bar. But the Mexican food there is fresh and really quite delicious.
I've been to the Red Wave a couple of times in the last few weeks. Every time, I get the taco plate--tacos made with asada, lettuce, cilantro, and onions served with a nice tomatillo sauce, beans, and rice. The tacos are delicious and I always enjoy well prepared pinto beans. The first time I went there, my friends teased me about licking the plate. I didn't, but I really, really wanted to.
I also really love the ambience at the Red Wave--the fact that it's cozy and not at all pretentious. The fact that all the bartenders know my friends by name. The fact that we usually run into other people we know there, as well. Most importantly, I love that we can sit for hours talking shop, gossiping, or philosophizing about life (that's what we English types do, right?).
I'm not sure I'm an insider there yet--but I totally get my friends' enthusiasm for the Red Wave Inn.
Red Wave Inn2375 E Shaw Ave
Fresno, CA 93710