After 30 years in the business, the sandwich-fixing masters at Ray's Downtown Deli still satiate ravenous appetites with custom sandwiches, grilled burgers, and house-made soups and salads. Patrons engineer their ideal sandwich from an extensive list of fresh ingredients, or choose one of the deli's specialty sammies, including the Downtown deli roast beef classic, a generous portion of tender meat tucked beneath a green chili and served on an onion bun bound blissfully together with swiss and cheddar cheeses ($6.25), or the turkey bacon club, which crowns a poultry pile with smoky bacon and provolone cheese ($6.25). On the hot menu, juicy burgers and chicken sandwiches rub delectable elbows with daily specials ($6.42+), including meatloaf and veggies lounging in a pool of gravy on a creamy mashed-potato raft on Thursday, and an italian-sausage grinder that gives Tuesday new meaning alongside a supporting cast of house-made salad, pickle, and a small drink. Evenings after 5 p.m., the sounds of live bands and DJs permeate the bar-like atmosphere at Ray's Downtown Deli, leaving diners free to chew without whistling their own theme music through rye-bread-dusted lips.
The colorful tap room at Wild Donkey Brewing Co. is a hub for socializing. Sometimes that's due to scheduled parties and other events, or perhaps it's simply because of the beer. The Redlands craft brewery prepares nine year-round and two seasonal brews, each of which is served on-site from a row of wall-mounted taps. The selection includes a hefeweizen brewed with lemon and peppers, a black IPA stuffed with citrusy hops, and an American-style stout brewed with whiskey. Every beer is also available in a keg, and can be poured into growlers or plastic-lined pockets to go.
Little Fisherman Seafoods purchases fresh fish daily in limited quantities, ensuring customers a strictly fresh seafood selection. Satisfy stomachs with homemade clam chowder ($3.95 cup, $5.95 bowl) or bean bag-toss an order of oysters on the half-shell into gullet goals ($8.95). Little Fisherman Seafoods fries up 14 savory varieties of fish and chips, including halibut ($15.95) and catfish ($11.95), and the Fisherman platter with a choice of four sea settlers, all served with coleslaw and french fries or rice pilaf ($15.95). Grilled salmon shares a seabed with one side and a dinner salad and distracts hungry eyes with its bold orange hues, allowing mouths to sneak a clandestine chomp ($19.95). Nestled between hand-cushioning buns, salmon or crab cake burgers arrive with coleslaw and french fries or rice pilaf ($8.95 each).
At Texifornia Tamale Co., the tamales are hand-rolled around spicy brisket, jalapenos and cheese, and slow-roasted pulled pork. So are the burritos, but instead of savory cornmeal, their exteriors are 13" flour tortillas. Their interiors are also more diverse. ensconcing everything from meat and chorizo refried beans to two types of cabbage. The masterminds behind these hand-made Mexican dishes are Jeff and Micki Smith, a husband-and-wife team. The pair complements the restaurant's homey Mexican classics with upscale plates, such as Icelandic cod with red beet risotto or other burritos served on golden platters.
After an afternoon of flying, Ben Cook looked forward to meeting his fellow pilots in hangar 24 at the Redlands Municipal Airport and swapping stories, listening to music, and sharing a few bottles of his latest homebrewed beer. These afternoons served as the inspiration for Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, which Ben founded directly across from the airport as a place where friends could unwind and enjoy a few pints of locally inspired microbrews.
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The Beer Selection
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery offers seven staples year-round?including the Orange Wheat and Double IPA?although it regularly updates its tap list as new brews become available. This list can feature seasonally inspired creations, selections from the Local Fields series of beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients, and limited-edition, barrel-aged releases. Not content to limit the focus of their selection, the brewers craft everything from German-style lagers and Belgian-style dubbels to family-friendly, non-alcoholic root beer and ginger beer.