A thriving metropolitan hub, Riverside is known for its vast landscape, diverse residents, and rich Californian culture. Not to mention the city is home to some of the best diners, drive-ins, and sit-down restaurants along the coast, making it one of the hottest locations to work and play. Including hole-in-the-wall gems, family-owned businesses, culturally-inspired eateries, and more, Riverside offers a diverse array of food options for you to enjoy.

Are you feeling hungry in Riverside? Our team at The 3900 Apartment Homes has some stellar recommendations for local restaurants you should support. So, please sit back, relax, and check out our list of must-try places along the Santa Ana River.

Lenoir’s Bistro & Bakery
First on our list is a French-inspired bistro and bakery, which serves a traditional take on everyone’s favorite comfort food. Lenoir’s makes their in-house pastries fresh each day. Enter the doors, and the sweet smell of sugar and dough delights your senses. The interior is simple and clean, and the staff is warm and welcoming. You are free to choose your seat and choose from an assortment of specialty coffees, teas, and freshly squeezed juices. The menu is no-nonsense and includes a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Stand-out options include the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Sandwich, with jack, Havarti, and cheddar cheese on sourdough with a tomato basil spread, and the Mediterranean Greek Salad, with mixed greens, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is currently open for dine-in, carry-out, and delivery.

Backstreet Restaurant, Inc.
Next up, we have Backstreet Restaurant, Inc. As the story goes, Mac and Barbara McClusky purchased what was then known as the Nelson Street Market in 1967. They renovated the space to include a beautiful outdoor patio, planted banana trees, and started serving sandwiches and sides inspired by their family recipes. Mac and Barbara sliced their meat in-house every day and sourced their ingredients from local farmers, emphasizing the importance of using fresh, quality ingredients. Today, their youngest daughter, Kitty, and her husband, Keith, continue to operate the restaurant, carrying on the legacy of Mac and Barbara into the next generation.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for dine-in or carry-out.

Greek Street Grill
For our final recommendation, we’re taking a look at Greek Street Grill, a quick and casual restaurant for authentic Greek dishes. Sample the tzatziki and pita bread, served with a traditional cucumber and yogurt dip. Or try the gyro pita with tomato, red onion, and tzatziki sauce. For hungrier guests, the Souvlaki Dinner Plate is a great option, including your choice of chicken, steak, or pork, pita bread, tzatziki sauce, a side salad, and soup. Ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, which means the food is delicious, healthy, and sure to satisfy.

Hours of operation are Sunday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests can choose to carry out or have their food delivered.

It is essential to support your local restaurants, and living in Riverside makes it easy as there are plenty of stellar eateries from which to choose. From Greek and Italian to American and Asian, a diverse and healthy diet is the best choice to eat well and live happy.

Image courtesy of Diego R. on Yelp