Cobblestone Bakery & Deli serves up delicious pies and pastries to local lovers of baked goods and sweets. Their ovens churn out fresh trays of cinnamon rolls ($2), sheets of croissants ($1.50–$2.50), and pans of pies ($9.99–$14.99) daily. Pick from a variety of fruit-filled dough-disks, including traditional favorites such as apple, blueberry, pumpkin, and cherry, as well as key lime, lemon meringue, and anti-matter cream. Cobblestone Bakery & Deli's expert culinary craftsmen also make a selection of cakes, including cheesecake, lemon cake, and custom creations (call ahead for cake and pie orders) ($12.99+).
Bonafede-family matriarch Anita started JoJo's Pizza Kitchen more than four decades ago, and her discerning taste for ingredients is still identifiable in the menu. Though her son Joe, who napped on flour sacks in the back of the restaurant as a child, now runs the eatery, fresh basil and plum tomatoes grown in Stanislaus County still release aromas that hint at sun-soaked furrows. Through a dining room window, guests catch glimpses of chefs tossing freshly risen dough for pizzas or smaller chefs for their adorable giggles. They grate fresh parmesan cheese as wine cooks slowly down with mushrooms on the stovetop and chicken marinates in lemon and garlic. Servers bustle past, filling glasses with house wines or draft beers.
When Tony Cabral married Olivia Luis, he promised he'd put her name in lights. It took a couple of years behind the counter of a snow-cone wagon, where the newlyweds made frozen treats with their family's syrup recipe, but eventually Tony did exactly that. The two soon expanded the menu from shaved ice to include homemade tamales and delicacies such as barbecued lamb's head. By 1978, Olivia's name was in lights at last over the couple's new restaurant. But, as Olivia jokes on the website, Tony never told her she'd be working in the kitchen.
All things considered, the decades the family has spent cooking tacos, enchiladas, and huevos rancheros for their neighbors have arguably made them more famous in Riverside than any theatrical performance or hijacking of the bank's LED display might have. Among a slew of press praise, Olivia's found a fan in food critic Allan Brogen, who named the eatery one of the town's best 25.
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina shares its menu of Mexican comestibles in nearly every U.S. state and more than four countries, acquainting diners worldwide with the classic recipes and innovative ingredients of the Tex-Mex tradition. Chefs bundle enchiladas, burritos, and chimichangas with surprising flavors such as beef brisket and chile pesto while sizzling platters reinvent traditional fajitas with the addition of ranch, bacon, and cold-fusion technology.
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina has partnered with Susan G. Komen For The Cure, pledging to donate a minimum of $100,000 annually to the charity to help bring attention to the importance of breast-cancer screenings, support important research, and supplement medical costs for breast-cancer sufferers.
Taking their cue from a metallic shark that adorns the sushi bar's back wall, diners ravenously devour a sea- and land-based selection of pan-Asian entrees. Boasting classical culinary training and more than 20 years of experience, chef and owner Jay Bai personally designs all of the menu's sushi rolls and word-search puzzles. Despite mixing all of his own sauces in-house, he elects to use them sparingly and highlights his fish's freshness instead, prompting the University of California, Riverside Highlander to write that "it was almost unbelievable at first to find that sushi this delicious had come to Riverside."Some sushi creations incorporate such flavorful touches as peppered salmon, baked scallops, or spicy mango sauce, but other pan-regional entrees provide more traditional tastes. Grilled steaks sport a glaze of teriyaki sauce, and deep-fried orange chicken combines tart and spicy flavors.
Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights' freshly made delectable desserts have garnered this ice creamery several accolades: MyFOXla voted Frostbites the best ice-cream parlor, while The Tonight Show granted it a custom-made jingle. Loosen up with the 16 flavors of sorbet chill (starting at $2.59), made with authentic italian ice, or dive taste buds into creamy chocolate frozen custard (starting at $2.79), made from natural ingredients such as egg yolk. Commitment-phobic customers can combine the two with the sorbet cream (starting at $2.89), where fruity flavors such as watermelon, coconut, and orange merge with rich vanilla custard. Those in the mood for pancake-esque desserts can fill up with a sweet crêpe ($3.29) hot off the griddle and topped with a choice of sauces (each $.69) and accoutrements (each $.89). Buck traditional notions of French cuisine with a sandwich crêpe (starting at $3.99), stuffed with a choice of meat, cheese, condiments, and fresh vegetables.
Gol Brazilian Restaurant's cooks prepare top sirloin, bacon-wrapped pork, chicken hearts, and other meats in the traditional gaucho style—by skewering them onto metal rods and slow-roasting them over charcoal. Besides the succulent churrasco selections, a buffet of fresh, flavorful salads and hot dishes such as spaghetti carbonara and croquettes round out the menu. Patrons can sip fresh fruit juices, beer, or wine and finish meals with creamy flan and other desserts while observing the footwork of Brazilian soccer teams on the flat-screen TV.