Have you ever heard of the Riverside Food Lab? It’s not a laboratory where experiments are conducted on food. It is a food hall where you can conduct experiments on your own taste buds!
With a grand total of 14 restaurants and food varieties ranging from honeycomb waffles on a stick to stuffed grape leaves, there’s more than plenty of room for trial and error.
Located at 3605 Market Street in Riverside, this collection of restaurants contains more options for foodies than you can shake a fork at. The food hall opened in September of last year and has been a roaring success due to their abundance of options for different dietary needs.
Fufu’s Grill offers a menu of traditional Lebanese recipes with an “American flair.” Their menu contains items such as stuffed grape leaves, beef or chicken shwarma plate, and Baklava for dessert. The average review for Fufu’s is around 4.6 out of 5 stars, with many commenting on great service and even greater food.
Another restaurant, Monty’s Good Burger, prides themselves on their Impossible Burger as their main menu choice. All of the food items offered are 100% plant based, and all ingredients are locally sourced.
Along with their vegan burger, Monty’s Good Burger offers french fries and tater tots with a variety of dipping sauces, their own recipe of craft cream soda, and grilled cheese sandwiches for the kiddies. A typical rating for Monty’s consists of 4.5 stars, and many talk about the great vegan options for those who feel limited by what Riverside otherwise provides.
No matter which restaurant you dine at, you will certainly end up at Sweet
Combforts, a honeycomb Belgian waffle company that provides waffles on a stick with a variety of toppings.
Their most famous waffle pops include “Strawberry Babe,” which consists of strawberries, cream cheese and graham crackers, “Churro Crunch”, covered in brown sugar and cinnamon with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and “Plain Jane”, which is a plain waffle with powdered sugar.
They also offer milkshakes and ice cream, so you can dip your waffles in if you so please. The average rating for Sweet Combforts is a solid 4 stars out of 5.
All in all, Riverside Food Lab provides more options than you would think at first glance, and with so many different eateries, you can expect a lot of variety and to leave with an empty stomach.