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pleasurepalate Aug 25, 2006 08:32 PM

Other than the Mission Inn, where are great places to eat in downtown Riverside. I'm open to price, type of food, etc.


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    glbtrtr Aug 25, 2006 09:35 PM

    Gram's BBQ Palace:


    Great "soul food" restaurant around the corner on the pedestrian mall heading up towards the convention center. Really, really flavorful bbq ribs, sides and sweet potato pie. Legendary.

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      BHAppeal Aug 26, 2006 01:15 AM

      Mario's Place, which is directly across from the Mission Inn,is excellent. I live in LA, but I am in Riverside for business frequently, and I have always found the food to be outstanding. If it were in LA, it would be subject to a lot of buzz. I like the Mission Inn too, but Mario's far outstrips it (and many places in LA). It is a real find.


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        lgoodwood Aug 28, 2006 04:27 PM

        If you want something casual and tasty, go to Lake Alice Trading Company and have one of their yummy burgers and delicious shoestring fries.

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          shepherdcreations Sep 10, 2006 03:28 AM

          Duane's is pretty good, though the prices are pretty high. The seared Ahi tuna was delicious, not oily like some places tend to overdo it. The atmosphere is very pleasing and formal. I'd recommend it considering the rest of the options in Riverside.

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            allecat22 Sep 12, 2006 06:17 PM

            Canyon Crest Town Center in the corner is Romanos Family Rest. Great Italian Food ~cheap eats~ call for reservations on weekend nights. Great for a date

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              cprentice May 5, 2007 03:56 PM

              Try Any of the restaurants attached, omakase one of our favorites.

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                Ela0427 May 5, 2007 05:08 PM

                I went to UCR..brings back memories. Mario's is great..Northern Italian fare. Duane's has great prime beef.

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                  witness2chow Feb 14, 2008 08:12 PM

                  After S. Irene's glowing review in the LA Times, I went to Omakase the next day. Everything she said is correct: (1) The food is exquisite, (2) it is rather expensive, (3) the portions are very small, and (4) the place was empty. I predict it will be closed soon. The problem is that the portions are not simply on the small side; they are the stuff of cartoons. I left almost as hungry as when I arrived, and - true confession - I stopped off for fast food on the way home.

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