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Lunch in Riverside?

ricestein Feb 13, 2007 11:04 AM

We're heading out to LA in a couple of weeks, and we need to spend a day out in Riverside. Any suggestions for a good, tasty lunch spot?

Looking for something simple, fresh, and economical.

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    BHAppeal RE: ricestein Feb 13, 2007 11:16 AM

    I'm often in Riverside on business and I think Pacific Cafe on 9th Street downtown (just south of Market) is very good for a very tasty and reasonable lunch. Decent (though not outstanding) sushi, nice bento boxes, above average tempura and well prepared (i.e. not too sweet or gloppy) teriyaki served in a nice, but not fancy setting. 3770 9th St. 951-782-0888

    1. ragazza RE: ricestein Feb 13, 2007 11:49 AM

      Maybe BHAppeal can concur, but Simple Simons in the promenade just south of the Mission Inn has amazing sandwiches and salads and its fun to sit outside and people watch

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        BHAppeal RE: ragazza Feb 13, 2007 12:52 PM

        Point well taken -- Simple Simons is also an excellent choice. The lunch fare is definitely a major cut above most sandwich places.

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          Will Owen RE: BHAppeal Feb 13, 2007 04:52 PM

          Amen to Simple Simons. Bread is very good and made in-house, nice generous amount (though not ridiculous, like some delis!) of good fresh ingredients on the sandwiches, homemade-tasting salads. That promenade is very pleasant to walk around on, too. We'd never been to Riverside, and came away liking it very much. Note their hours - they're open only for breakfast and then for lunch until I think 5:00, when they close. They state clearly that they stop serving an hour (I think) before they close, which strikes me as a good way to avoid annoying either the customers or the help.

      2. JAB RE: ricestein Feb 13, 2007 03:13 PM

        Las Campanas in the Mission Inn. Especially if the weather is nice enough for outdoor dining. I remeber getting a dish several times which was excellent called something like snapper veracruzano.

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          rednyellow RE: JAB Feb 13, 2007 03:21 PM

          I second Las Campanas. Great atmosphere, good food.

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