5 Temecula Restaurants You Have To Try!!
We are blessed to live in one of the vastest food network states in the country. The fact that we are so culturally diverse is definitely embodied in all of the incredible food options we have to choose from. I have selected just a few of my favorite restaurants discovered over the years that I strongly believe deserve to be introduced into your diet! Enjoy!
Extraordinary Artisan Table (E.A.T)
How many restaurants can claim to serve vegetarian, carnivore, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo options? What about one company in a single building, with the ability to provide a restaurant that serves breakfast through dinner, a market, catering, a wine bar, and a coffee shop/bakery? Does nothing come to mind? Look no further, E.A.T Marketplace can and does! Even the name, Extraordinary Artisan Table, is just the beginning of your five-star experience. E.A.T’S website states, “We believe in clean, sustainable and locally-driven foods, that are hyper fresh & nutrient dense”. I can assure you I only leave E.A.T feeling refreshed and satisfied. With locally grown ingredients, you can ask to know exactly where your food was sourced. Some of my personal favorites include the So. Cal Girl Sammie or build your own bowl, paired with crisp tap kombucha. Don’t forget to browse their pastry case as well, the best gluten-free and vegan donuts ever! Check out their Instagram @eatmarketplace to learn more!
Many say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and no one puts this into practice quite as Toast Temecula does! The unique made-from-scratch dishes mixed with a wide range of fun cocktails, coffee, tea, and more provide everything one would need for an epic brunch with friends or family. Would you order a horchata cold brew? Caliente bloody mary? Vanilla ice charcoal matcha? The options are endless. Although Toast is the most classy way to get your day drinking on, be sure not to pass on the revolutionary menu the chefs have created. Sweet tiramisu french toast or savory crab cake benedict, words just cannot do this carefully crafted menu justice. The menu is expansive enough to include harder-to-find meals such as shrimp ceviche and Korean short ribs. This family-owned restaurant would be thrilled to welcome you through their doors with a seasonal mimosa flight, don’t miss it!
Richie’s Real American Diner
Try to imagine something better than a charming diner full of old-fashioned, home country cooking right here in Southern California. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner (and of course the most important, dessert), the search for comfort food ends here. Richie’s Real American Diner welcomes you back into the 1950s, boasting that patriotic spirit we all love so much. This family-owned restaurant takes pride in its diligent staff, frequented by founder Linda Williams herself! From traditional dishes such as pot roast or chicken pot pie to premium wood-smoked steaks and salmon caesar salad, I guarantee there is something on the extensive menu for everyone! Over the weekend beginning at seven AM or eight AM Monday through Friday, be sure to swing in for one of their giant cinnamon rolls and triple egg omelets!
Rosa’s Café & Tortilla Factory
Temecula simply could not be considered a part of Southern California if it did not boast its fair share of authentic, quality, to die for Mexican food. Beginning in 1983, Rosa’s Cafe has created a long legacy of success for itself, as an “upscale, fast-casual restaurant”. If you do not have time to sit and enjoy Rosas’ colorful and lively dining room atmosphere, the express drive-thru will serve the same piping hot plate. Authenticity and full flavor are always the main goals, in their tamales and chicken or beef fajitas. As a fully functioning tortilla factory, you can watch your tortilla undergo the whole process from dough to plate unfold behind the scenes.
Great Harvest Bread Company
This is easily one of my favorite businesses in Temecula. The smell alone of fresh baking bread and sweet cinnamon sugar is enough to draw anyone in. The Great Harvest team begins their day baking at 3:45 AM in order for hot bread to continually come out of the oven from nine AM to noon. Many do not realize whatever item they buy was still wheat just a few hours prior. Great harvest only uses flour ground that same morning, ensuring everything is 100% whole grain and able to retain the most original protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals possible. The bread menu varies day by day, but thankfully customers can count on cinnamon rolls, assorted cookies, Alaskan sourdough, honey whole wheat, and more to be served every day. However, specials like the pumpkin chocolate chip, Italian herb parmesan sourdough, or bacon cheddar sourdough can only be found on certain days of the week, so be sure to check for your favorites and plan your schedule accordingly! The Great Harvest difference begins all the way back in Montana, where some of the highest quality wheat in the world is grown. After you try their fresh sandwiches and paninis, you’ll never go to Subway again! The only other Great Harvest location in California is all the way up in Chico, so this is definitely a spot to take advantage of!
Oscars Brewing Company (O.B.C)
If you were raised in Temecula or have raised your own children in Temecula, I guarantee you’ve visited the ducks at the duck pond. Even further, maybe you’ve fed them leftover breadsticks from the lunch you just finished right above? The original Pat & Oscars has reinvented itself as the new and improved Oscars Brewing Company! They are proudly dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint and buying top-quality ingredients that are nourishing for you. The food is exciting and contemporary, but do not fear, our favorite breadsticks are still on the menu. They have twists on the comfort foods we all love, such as grown-up mac n cheese or beer-crusted fish and chips. And for the more refined palate, pan-roasted salmon or a harvest salad should do the trick. The biggest new addition is obviously the brewery, led by head brewer Joe Flores. Secret tip, each beer is named after the love of music. Can you find the bands or songwriters represented in each beer?