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Sweet Potato Tacos at 13 Prime Steak in Clovis? Yes, It's Restaurant Week.
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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January 25, 2022

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You wouldn’t expect a vegetarian dish at a fancy steakhouse, but Restaurant Week offers eateries a chance to experiment with new dishes.

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Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, Jan. 30, with at least 13 participants offering specials for $20.22. A full list of participating restaurants can be found here.

At 13 Prime Steak in Clovis (1345 N. Willow Ave., Suite 190), the special includes three sweet potato tacos and a beer.

“Three tacos and a beer, and they are pretty good size, so you’ll probably get full,” says 13 Prime Steak owner Falina Marihart.

“We want to be able to bring specials that would be available to customers during January, when it’s a little bit slower for restaurants during that month,” Marihart said. “We have a lot of local restaurants who are participating and it’s great. It’s a great promotion because you can get new customers in and also feature different items that you wouldn’t feature before.”

Marihart is also a member of the Fresno chapter of the California Restaurant Association board.

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Sweet Potato Taco: Something Different

“It’s a great promotion because you can get new customers in and also feature different items that you wouldn’t feature before.”13 Prime Steak owner Falina Marihart

Tommy Chavez, the executive chef, chose sweet potato for the special.

“I enjoy utilizing the sweet potato … something different. We needed a vegan option on the menu when we had cauliflower on for a while, and it’s something I’ve done in the past, but we kind of tweak it a little bit to put it on here,” Chavez said.

Yes, Marihart says that despite “Steak” in the restaurant’s name, they get requests for vegetarian and vegan options.

What does a sweet potato taco taste like?

“You got a good flavor, you get a little bit of heat, you get a little bit of sweet, a little bit of crunch, a lot of texture to it,” Chavez said.

The Origin of 13 Prime

“We had a son and (my husband John) wanted to get out of the (food)  industry. And so he was out of the industry for about 13 years, and then we had an opportunity to open a restaurant,” Falina said. The 13 represented the age of their son when 13 Prime Steak opened and how long John was away from restaurants.

The restaurant opened in 2018, at the site of the former Mother Mary’s Italian restaurant.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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