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“Great sandwiches...if you're not vegetarian”

Backstreet Restaurant
Ranked #34 of 702 Restaurants in Riverside
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Riverside, California
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great sandwiches...if you're not vegetarian”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

There are so many vegetarians and vegans these days that it surprises me when I come to a place this marvelous and can't find good, hearty vegetarian options. The only sandwich on the menu that doesn't include meat is a Swiss cheese one, piled HIGH with Swiss cheese, I must add. It's a bit much. There doesn't seem to be a willingness on the part of the staff--who are otherwise wonderful, helpful, attentive, and super-friendly--to either improvise a custom-made sandwich on the spot or even say that they will consider adding a good vegetarian sandwich or two to the menu. They suggest their salads, but for someone wanting a hearty lunch, that's not an adequate alternative. Add to this the iffy parking situation, and I'm not sure that we'll be back.

Having griped about the menu's neglect of a segment of the population, it must be noted that there are some GREAT plusses to Back Street: A lovely, shady courtyard that is pleasant even on 100-degree days by offering misters and a trickling fountain, a gardenlike atmosphere, the super-friendly folk who work there, the "family business" feel, and of course... the banana creme pie! Well worth visiting again and again if your tastes match the menu.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Colorado Springs
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Wonderful sandwich shop nestled on a side street. I've eaten there for 20+ years and it's just consistently good. Get there just before lunch or just after lunch or you'll be waiting in line. Wonderful outdoor patio eating.

Visited July 2012
Thank Steve S
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Santa Barbara, California
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Finally, a great restaurant!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

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.

Thank Elizabeth W
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“The Best Lunch Ever”
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!!"

Thank Jean M
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Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful hidden Gem”
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 :-(

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank SeeMelo
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