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“Finally, a great restaurant!”

Backstreet Restaurant
Ranked #23 of 714 Restaurants in Riverside
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

The perfect place for lunch with friends. I didn't know service like that existed anymore. They treat you like a guest in their home. The outdoor dining is amazing. It was crowded, but wasn't noisy. All this and the food is delicious. The sandwiches are made to order, yet they are fast and the wait is very short. There are a lot of condiments in a sidebar. The food is fresh, the place clean and homey. It was the most pleasant dining experience outside of the Mission Inn.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Great sandwiches made fresh by your directions by very pleasant friendly servers. Tables outside on the patio. Comfortable, delicious & plenty of food. I haven't been to Riverside in a while, but when I lived there, this was absolutely, "The Best!!"

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Reviewed August 31, 2012

This place has been here forever. The sandwiches are simple and refreshing....but the food is just part of the experience. The location is hidden but once found it is this wonderful brick patio. Great fountain, stain glass open deck with seating. Mature plants and trees with umbrella hanging from to make more shade. It is truly a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a sandwich. Service is SUPER friendly. Really a wonderful place, only downside is it's not open on weekends. I keep telling my husband but he works out of town so he's never been :-(

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Reviewed July 14, 2012

I have been going here for over 20+ years. The restaurant is in an old house with a great back yard and courtyard which you can eat in. Everything is made to order, great portions, the freshest food possible and the best banana cream pie on earth. If you can find it, you will always remember it.

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Reviewed July 13, 2012

The hidden Back Street is definitely a treasure worth digging for, especially if you are an out-of-town guest hosted by an "O-R" or "Old Riversider". Almost impossible to find, you'll need a guide to locate The Back Street's parking lot off Brockton Ave and be led to the unpretentious restaurant entrance and the open-airish, unusual sandwich ordering counter deep within a leafy glade.

Back Street had folks building their own sandwiches long before Subway and other pretenders came along. However, this place is not chintzy with the meat or condiments. Several breads are available but I recommend Sheepherder's, a local artisan variety that makes excellent sandwiches.

If you are not sure of the special Back Street method of ordering, the helpful staff will walk you through it and carry your full tray out to your table. Try to get as far back from the street as possible to be in the shade (for summer) and avoid the crowds. Oh: don't forget to indulge in their locally reknown Banana Creme Pie.

Bottom line: Its open for lunch only, and you need to arrive early to avoid long lines but you might get a rare parking spot right out front. Owner 'Mac' usually has a low-cost special that hits the spot. You're invited to linger longer here, because relaxed, casual lunches is what The Back Street is all about. I highly recommend it.

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