Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Day128 Lounge33

Lounge33

Lounge33

Lounge33, though newcomer on the block as far as Riverside’s night life is concerned, has developed quite a following with it’s hip upscale decor, lighted bar tops, and martinis, martinis, martinis.

The night that I passed by the place was alive with classic rock music, from DJ Tom Edison.

Day123 Tamale Factory

Tamale Factory

Tamale Factory

Though I must admit that I have never eaten at the Tamale Factory, the architecture there is fantastic!

Owned and operated by Josie Hornback & Naomi Avila (a mother and daughter team), the place is a favorite among the local business people.

Designed and built by Avila’s husband, the building is meant to appear ageless and blend with surrounding businesses.

The Tamale Factory also features the spacious and elegant Avila Terrace. Set atop the Tamale Factory with open air terrace and formal dining room, Avila Terrace hosts private events plus an award winning Mystery Dinner Theater program on Friday and Saturday Nights!

The Tamale Factory is located in the pedestrian walk (Main St), across from the Mission Inn.

Day121 Tio’s Tacos

Tio's Tacos

Tio's Tacos

Perhaps the most eclectic place in Riverside is Tio’s Tacos on Mission Inn Ave.

Overly ornate with carvings, sculptures, and just about any other object that you could imagine, the environment is one that you won’t soon forget.

Martin Sanchez has been constructing his utopia over the past 10 years.

Every corner has something to see, from fountains to antiques, recyclables to ???, but definitely not how or where you would expect to see them.

A continuing work in progress, there is always something new to see.

And how about the food?

Authentic Mexican food, juices, fruits, and desserts. You won’t leave hungry!

If you are ever in the area, you should check this place out.

Ever see a chapel made out of soda bottles? or a man made of milk jugs???

PS: Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Day120 Back to the Grind

Back to the Grind

Back to the Grind

Founded in 1996, Back to the Grind brought to Riverside the first community coffee shop that was an alternative to the old coffee gathering places of the past. Set in a Victorian cafe, the ambiance is conducive to conversation, meetings, entertainment and alternative lifestyles.

Still the gathering place for students, business people and anyone who just wants a really good experience with beverages. The Grind has grown to be the premiere place to associate and fraternize with your friends or yet to be friends. You are invited to experience the best in beverage enjoyment in the Inland Empire, in an atmosphere designed to make you comfortable regardless of your lifestyle.

The Grind plays host to a wide number of bands of every genre. From local vocalists, to touring bands seeking a lively venue, Back to the Grind provides a great location for artists seeking to get exposure.

There are scheduled meetings ranging from chess and yoga, to Ukelele lessons and support groups. You can also see special performances from burlesque dancing to themed parties.

3575 University Ave.
Riverside,
, CA , 92501
(951) 784-0800
Founded in 1996, Back to the Grind brought to Riverside the first community coffee shop that was an alternative to the old coffee gathering places of the past. Set in a Victorian cafe, the ambiance is conducive to conversation, meetings, entertainment and alternative lifestyles.

Still the gathering place for students, business people and anyone who just wants a really good experience with beverages. The Grind has grown to be the premiere place to associate and fraternize with your friends or yet to be friends. You are invited to experience the best in beverage enjoyment in the Inland Empire, in an atmosphere designed to make you comfortable regardless of your lifestyle.

Day118 “Der” Wienerschnitzel

wienerschnitzel

wienerschnitzel

How could I forget this old “Der” Wienerschnitzel building?

Though I am not much of the hot dog person, my sister used to love this place growing up.

For some strange reason, this iconic style building seems to be a thing of the past

Smoking Martinis

Crescent Jewell Smoking Martinis

Crescent Jewell Smoking Martinis

Though not part of the normal Riverside 365 blog, I thought I would share this photo with you.

Today I did a photo shoot at the Crescent Jewell Restaurant for an article in Inland Empire Magazine.

The subject: Smoking Margaritas!

Being a “fun” and colorful shot, I wanted to share!

Cheers!

Day102 Casey’s CupCakes

Casey's Cupcakes

Casey’s Cupcakes

Did someone say sweet tooth?

Casey’s Cupcakes & Cappuccino is definitely a “must stop” place if you have a passion for sweets.

Their array of cakey treats range from decadent chocolate to peanut butter, toasted coconut to raspberry.

This place is done to the “9’s”!
Everything from the quality baked goods to the matching boxes and bags that you will haul them out in is first rate.

If you are ever in the downtown pedestrian mall, stop by, pay a visit, and treat yourself to a…….uhm………treat!

Day76 Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Once a thriving institution (Starbucks of the 70’s?), Dairy Queen, at least in it’s original fashion, seems to be near extinction.
These days “DQ” focuses on food more than treats.

I remember going to this place when I was very small.
My sister took some fine accordion lessons just up the street, and afterwards, we were treated to our “expensive” sweets.

For those of you abroad, and unfamiliar with Dairy Queen, it is (or was) a chain of ice cream shops. Most of the cones, sundaes, etc were made by hand to order.

Even to this day, cars and bicycles line the street during the summer time to carry on the tradition.

Day61 George’s Drive-In

George's Burgers

George’s Burgers

George’s Drive-In is another of Riverside’s “institutions”.

I have tried to dig up a little bit of history on this place, but found little more than comments on Yelp, or restaurant reviews.

That said, if you haven’t had the chance to eat here, you should!
Especially if you are a “side” person. By that I am referring to onion rings, and such.

As much as I would personally love to restore their sign (and the bad peeling vinyl letters), it fits with the age and character of the rest of the place.

Lets hope that Riverside embraces its past and works to preserve and restore such places rather than demolish them for the sake of “Progress”.

If anyone knows more information on the history of George’s, please let me know.
I would love to update this post with a little historical information.

Day 18 Crescent Jewell

Crescent Jewell

Crescent Jewell

For great food, a great environment, and great people in Riverside, it is hard to beat Crescent Jewell.

The rustic brick, finished wood tones and metal really give this place a lot of class, yet keep it warm and inviting.

And………….
If you happen to enjoy cajun/creole food, the gumbo or jambalaya is the best you will ever have!

And no, Norman, the owner will not share his recipe.  Not even to his chef. He personally cuts, preps, and cooks it every day!