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dining out W H E R E TO E AT


ERE ARE SOME notewor thy restaurants selected from our rotating list. We suggest before going that you confirm information, and we solicit your help in correcting errors. We also invite your feedback on dining experiences.

ABBREVIATIONS & PRICING RS, reservations suggested. (While some restaurants suggest reservations on cer tain nights, others request them only for par ties of five or more.) FB, full bar. $ mostly under $15, $$ mostly under $20, $$$ mostly under $50, $$$$ above $50

DOWNTOWN & MID-CITY APPLEBEE’S 3820 Mulberry St.; 951-369-7447, UÊSteaks, ribs, chicken, fajitas and burgers, with combo specials for lunch. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $ BELLA TRATTORIA At the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-784-0300, www. UÊSidewalk dining featuring Southern Italian cuisine. Lunch and dinner Tu.-Sa. $$ CRESCENT JEWELL 3597 Main St.; 951-684-1000, UÊNew Orleans style restaurant and lounge serving a full menu of Cajun and Creole fusion dishes. Entertainment nightly. FB, $$ DAPHNE’S GREEK CAFE & CATERING

Riverside Plaza, 3540 Riverside Plaza Drive; 951-781-8690,

UÊFlame-broiled gyros, kabobs, chicken, pita sandwiches and vegetarian plates. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $ DUANE’S At the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-341-6767, UÊPremier steakhouse and seafood restaurant, which has a top-shelf wine list and has received the AAA Four Diamond award every year since 1996. Dinner M-Sa., brunch Su. $$$ FARFALLA’S CUCINA ITALIANA 5250 Arlington Ave.; 951-354-5100, UÊPizza, pasta and calzones, with specialty items like eggplant, chicken and veal parmigiana. Lunch and dinner daily, except Saturday when only dinner is served. $ THE GOURMET DETECTIVE Avila Terrace Theatre, 3663 Main St. (above the Tamale Factory); 866-992-5424, UÊ“Darling You Slay Me,” a murder mystery dinner theater with limited menu that features tri-tip, chicken breast and grilled salmon. Show and dinner included in the price. RS, $$$$ GRAM’S MISSION BAR-B-QUE PALACE

3527 Main St.; 951-782-8219, UÊAn assortment of barbecue items, plus jambalaya, creole chicken, meat loaf, pork chops and more have been served at this Riverside institution for the past two decades. $ ISLANDS 3645 Central Ave.; 951-782-7471, UÊBurgers, sandwiches, tacos, salads and more. FB, $

JOE'S SUSHI 9555 Magnolia Ave.; 951-353-1929, UÊThis pioneer of the all-you-can eat sushi concept in Riverside also specializes in teriyaki, teppan and tempura dishes. RS $$ KILLARNEY’S RESTAURANT & IRISH PUB

Riverside Plaza, 3639 Riverside Plaza Drive, Suite 532; 951-682-2933, UÊVisit Dublin without leaving the States at Killarney’s, where you can enjoy a glass of Guinness in a pub that was built in Ireland and reconstructed at Riverside Plaza. Order traditional Irish fare, including bangers and mash and Harp beer-battered fish and chips, or choose American favorites. FB, $ LAS CAMPANAS At the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave.;951-341-6767, UÊAuthentic Mexican cuisine served in a beautifully landscaped outdoor garden. Lunch M-Sa., brunch Su., dinner nightly. $ LOUNGE 33 Riverside Plaza, 3639 Riverside Plaza Drive; 951-784-4433, UÊMore than 30 creative cocktails are on the drink menu, and friendly bartenders are always coming up with new concoctions. Several large appetizer platters — perfect for sharing — are served. FB, $ MARIO’S PLACE 3646 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7755, UÊChef Leone Palagi’s take on northern Italian cuisine has been praised far and wide, and his creativity and attention to detail shows in every dish. Live contemporary jazz performers Friday and Saturday nights. No cover charge. Dinner M-Sa., lunch Fri. RS, FB, $$$


3646 Mission Inn Avenue BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Wine Spectator Magazine Eight Consecutive Years 2004-2011


Across from Mission Inn Hotel

951.684.7755 Reservations Recommended

| | december 2011 - january 2012

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