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Don Fernando's Mexican Cuisine

Fernando Madrigil – Susan Leeper

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A chef for six years at the popular Elderberry House in Oakhurst, Fernando Madrigal is on his way to making a reputation for himself in his own restaurant at Marshall Station where he serves beautifully presented Mexican cuisine. The Madrigal family, Fernando’s brother owns La Cabana’s in North Fork, has a passion for what they call "authentic Southwest roots food."

Not a hurry-up place, el comida at Don Fernando's includes Lamb Chile Colorado slow cooked in special red sauce and served with warm tortillas; Nopal Huizteco, grilled cactus leaf topped with Asadero cheese and grilled chicken breast; and Asada Beef with sautéed onion and peppers. Top that off with a fine traditional flan for dessert. Don Fernando’s serves a complete line of Mexican beers and wine by the glass. In addition, the family buys locally whenever possible, including staples from Mar Val Market in Prather, and fresh produce in season from Stella Luna Biodynamic Farms in Auberry.

Looking for a place of their own, Senora Madrigal, wed to Fernando for 25 years, said that the building caught their eye as a special historical place. Indeed, Don Fernando’s is the site of the Jimmy and Clara Marshall’s stage stop between Big Creek and Fresno that was active in 1929. Humphrey Station, on the other side of the mountain, was the stage coach stop from Shaver Lake to Clovis. In the late 1800s, before the original wooden structure burned down, Marshall Station was the grocery store and stables. Over the years it has served as a bar, post office, and gas station. The story goes that before electricity, a false wall packed with snow kept drinks cold at the bar. Still the only source of heat in the winter, a wood stove at one end and a fire place at the other, keep the knotty pine and red brick restaurant cozy. Patio dining and a new roof are coming soon.

Whether you are heading home from China Peak, Shaver or Huntington Lake, or are with a large and lively book club up from Fresno, take a drive down Well Barn Road (named after a well and a barn) after dinner. There is no traffic and no signs. Only rolling hills and Black Mountain in the distance.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Buys locally from Stella Luna Biodynamic Farm in Auberry.

Pet Friendly Notes

Service animals only indoors.


Open Tuesday - Sunday; 11:30 am to 8:00 pm

Seasons Open

Year Round


Price Style for this Establishment

$2 - $15.95

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