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.
If you're leaning towards Mexican, swing by Ramiro's Cocina Mexicana for a mellow meal.
Ramiro's Cocina Mexicana is great for families with kids.
Your group can sit comfortably at Ramiro's Cocina Mexicana, a local restaurant.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Ramiro's Cocina Mexicana in jeans and a hoodie.
If time is of the essence, Ramiro's Cocina Mexicana's take-out option may be a better fit.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Ramiro's Cocina Mexicana as well.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
Menu items at Ramiro's Cocina Mexicana tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Ramiro's Cocina Mexicana happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
Head to Chen Ling Palace in Riverside and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available.
Chen Ling Palace is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Chen Ling Palace.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Chen Ling Palace cater for you.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Chen Ling Palace, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Craving pizza? Head on over to Riverside's George's Pizza and Subs for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at George's Pizza and Subs, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Sometimes you need food fast, and George's Pizza and Subs totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
At George's Pizza and Subs, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
George's Pizza and Subs is making the best of both worlds happen: creating food that is full of flavor and affordable!
Swing by Quiznos for a quick sandwich and side of chips.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Quiznos in jeans and a hoodie.
Need a night in? Don't miss out on Quiznos' delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
Throwing a big party? Count on Quiznos to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Quiznos is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at Quiznos, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark.
Quiznos has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
Settle down with delicious dumplings and other Chinese favorites at Panda Express in Riverside.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Throwing a big party? Count on Panda Express to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Panda Express is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
The dream is to eat an amazing meal for under $15, and at Panda Express, they are making dreams come true.