As summer draws to a close Southwest Riverside is looking for ways to beat the heat, especially at meal time. Don’t heat up your kitchen with the oven! Check out these eight great ideas for a cool treat, whether you’re looking for a local ice cream shop for a root beer float, or something crisp, fresh, and cool for lunch or dinner.
27535 Jefferson Ave., Temecula
Looking for fresh crisp greens, and snappy, colorful veggies for a healthy, cool lunch? Plunk down at a farm table and enjoy the rustic cool of E.A.T Marketplace in Temecula and stay awhile. Gluten-free breads are available for the more discerning appetites.
133 N Main St., Lake Elsinore
Flour Fusion is the perfect place to grab an egg salad sandwich or Caprese salad of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella over arugula, along with an iced coffee, and chill lunch time away. Come early, as they close by 3 p.m.
40940 California Oaks Rd., Murrieta
With two locations, Hana Sushi is usually packed, but nothing says a summer dinner like a chilled Temecula Roll, featuring all spicy fish (tuna, albacore, salmon), along with the refreshing flavors of avocado and cucumber.
1795 Rancho California Rd., Temecula
Whether you plan on taking this with you wine tasting in Temecula wine country, or devouring on the premises, don’t miss your chance for a great, made-to-order sandwich from Great Harvest. The California Cobb stacks smoked turkey between crisp bacon, creamy avocado, slathered with blue cheese dressing and the zip of paper thin red onion with lettuce and tomato.
39381 Los Alamos Rd., Murrieta
For a little something different for dessert, try Mexican ice cream, fruit salads, ices, and more at Tocumbo. This tiny shop fills up fast. But service is quick, and they are open most nights until 8 or 9 p.m.
39562 Winchester Rd., Temecula
So, for the grown-ups, nothing cools you down like a frosty margarita, especially one of Rodrigo’s original flavor favorites or refreshing fruit blends that range from strawberry, peach, banana, mango and melon.
33410 Rancho California Rd., Temecula
Drop by Miramonte’s misty cool outdoor deck for a chilled sangria. Bottled on the premises, this fruity late afternoon treat is ideal for watching the sunset, while listening to live music at one of the most happening wineries in Temecula.
28500 Old Town Front St., Temecula
Finish off your keep-it-cool tour with a root beer sampler in this stacked to the ceilings new location of the Old Town Temecula Root Beer Company. Add your bottle cap to their bottle cap bin, and watch Facebook for two-for-one root beer float specials. Order up a couple of Route 66 root beer floats and toast to your brilliance.
Ashley Ludwig is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.