Begin With the Baba Ghanoush at Kaza Maza Mediterranean Grill

Flame-roasted eggplant blended with tahini, garlic, and lemon juice, then drizzled with olive oil and served with fresh pita bread. The baba ghanoush is a popular way to start a meal at Kaza Maza Mediterranean Grill. It showcases the variety of fresh, healthy ingredients that the chef folds into each authentic Mediterranean dish. The restaurant […]

Try the Hot Pot at the Newly Opened BZ Chinese Cuisine

If you haven’t tried a hot pot restaurant before, newly opened BZ Chinese Cuisine should be on your to-visit list. This eatery debuted in June with a menu that focuses on hot pot cooking. The kitchen preps everything for you, including fresh meats and veggies, then your server delivers it to the table with a […]

See What Makes Tio’s Tacos a Local Institution

Tio's Tacos isn't your average Mexican restaurant. It's a work of art. Martin Sanchez, who plays the roles of both owner and artist, has spent the past decade upcycling bicycles, old appliances, scrap metal, glass, and other discarded materials into beautiful pieces of folk art that are a nod to his Mexican heritage. Head to […]

Wafflejack Is a New Breakfast Spot in Riverside

Whereas American waffles require a knife and fork, Belgian waffles were designed as a street food that you could grab and eat on the go, no plate necessary. Wafflejack boasts two distinct types of Belgian treats: Liege waffles and Brussels waffles. Though the chef crafts them differently, they're each seared to golden-brown on a cast-iron […]

Try Genkiyaki’s Death Tacos — If You Dare

Even though the Riverside branch of Genkiyaki just opened in April, its Death Tacos already have a reputation around town. That's all thanks to the original Lakewood location, which garnered attention from foodie podcasts Mythical and FoodBeast, as well as Travel Channel show "Man v. Food" for their super-spicy tacos. They're served with the following […]

Odalberto’s Dishes Out Authentic Mexican Eats

Despite the fact that Odalberto’s just opened in May, one customer notes that it had a line out the door for lunch when he visited. This is a surefire sign that the eatery already boasts many local fans. And if you love authentic Mexican food, you're probably going to want to join their ranks. Odalberto’s […]

Customize Your Bowl at Kaz Ramen

Even vegans can enjoy the Japanese fare at Kaz Ramen, which just opened its doors in March. The ramen restaurant boasts a vegan version of the typically meat-laden ramen soup that features a flavorful shiitake-infused broth with deep-fried onions, green onions, and your choice of veggies and option tofu. If you want to try a […]

Don’t Miss the Pasta Salad at Simple Simon’s Bakery & Bistro

At Simple Simon's Bakery and Bistro, the sandwiches all come with your choice of side: potato salad, pasta salad, fresh fruit, or veggies and dip. But regulars say there's only one right decision here, and it's the pasta salad. Packed with fresh veggies and tossed in a light dressing, the pasta salad serves as the […]

Dig Into Fresh Mediterranean Food at Halal Grill Shawarma

With just 10 dishes to choose from, one fan of Halal Grill Shawarma astutely observes that its menu is "concise but diverse." And according to the eatery's flood of overwhelmingly positive online reviews, that's exactly how customers like it. Since this quick-serve Mediterranean restaurant opened in February, it's already earned more than 30 reviews and […]

Aji Antojitos: Mexican Bites and Freshly Pressed Juices

Aji Antojitos opened its doors in February thanks to a family who's all about authentic Mexican cuisine. They offer a menu that encompasses everything from the traditional tacos to freshly pressed juices and smoothies. So while you'll probably recognize many of the menu items, you'll find a few unexpected options, too. The list of "licuados" […]