Panera Bread

Genre: Sandwich Shops

30318 Haun Rd
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 301-6093

(Located in Countryside Marketplace)

Mon- Sat: 6am – 9pm
Sun: 7am – 8pm

Panera Bread offers a complete menu of breakfast items, freshly made bagels and bread, sandwiches, salads, paninis, hot and cold beverages, and baked goods. The interior offers a cozy atmosphere to enjoy a meal. Or, the Menifee location also features a convenient drive-thru.

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Yojo Frozen Yogurt & Coffee

Genre: Coffee Shop & Frozen Confections

26924 Cherry Hills Boulevard
Menifee, CA 92586
(951) 246-3600
(Located inside Sun City Shopping Center)

Mon – Sat: 7am – 9pm
Sun: 11am – 8pm

Unique combination frozen yogurt and coffee shop offers self-serve frozen yogurt and a full service coffee bar. New frozen yogurt flavors rotate each week, and a topping bar of fresh fruit, candy and cookies, sauces, and sweet treats allow the customer to create their very own custom confectionary creation. Trained baristas are quick to whip up any caffeinated hot or cold beverage on the menu, pair it with a fresh pastry for a real treat.

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Pitstop Pub Sports Bar & Grill

Genre: Bar & Grill

26900 Newport Rd Ste 101
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 679-0869

Mon-Fri, Sun: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sat-Sun: 8:30am - 2:00am

Pitstop Pub Sports Bar & Grill offers a full bar, beer and wine and a menu of pub fare favorites. They offer a breakfast menu and $3.50 blood marys on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9:30 am. Sports are always on at Pitstop, 7-days a week, and there's always something going on. Karaoke takes place Wednesday and Thursday night,  live bands perform every Friday starting at 9:00 pm, and pool tables and a juke box add to the ambiance. Every Tuesday is acoustic night from 8 to 11 pm. Open band jams are Sundays from 8pm-midnight and Saturday night dance parties are from 9pm-1:30am.

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Provecho Grill

Genre: Mexican

26862 Cherry Hills Boulevard
Menifee, CA 92586
(951) 246-3200

(Located inside Sun City Shopping Center)

Mon-Thu: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Fri: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sat:: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am - 8:00pm

Provecho Grill offers authentic Mexican cuisine in both traditional and eclectic styles, offering many menu items that won't be found anywhere else. Provecho features a full breakfast menu 7 days a week, as well as happy hour, Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wine Wednesday, and live entertainment.

Enjoy their Puebla Chicken Mole Enchiladas made from raisins, almonds, peanuts, chocolate, and four different types of chiles.  Try the Sweet Corn Tamales made from an old family recipe.  For an appetizer, try the Shrimp Cocktail, made from fresh avocado, cucumber, shrimp, spices, cilantro and citrus. For dessert, try their favorite, Fried Vanilla Ice Cream, encased in a double thick shell, it's a sticky, sweet on the outside and cool and creamy on the inside.

Happy hour, Sunday to Thursday, 3:00pm to 6:00pm.  Margaritas and beer!

Taco Tuesday! Crispy Tacos and Vegetarian Tacos, $1.00 each.

Weekend brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bottomless mimosas, brunch menu items, fruit and pastries all for $12.95.

Catering Service:  Planning a party? Let Provecho Grill take care of the cooking!  Order your favorite dishes from their To-Go Catering Menu. All party portions are prepared in chafing-ready half trays that fit right into any standard rectangular chafing dish. Unique Mexican recipes and professional service will turn your party into an unforgettable experience.

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Irish Beer & Food Pairing Special at The Beer Hunter Tomorrow

Seats are still available for tomorrow night's beer pairing dinner at The Beer Hunter. Chef Ben McCormick will prepare a special menu of Irish food to be paired with three different Irish ales and lagers.

Price is $24.99 per person. Please RSVP at: (951) 301-4700.

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Barbecued Pork Ribs at Giovanni's Pizza & Pasta, a Review

giovannis menifeeSticky, gooey, saucy fingers is hardly the idea that most people get when they think of an Italian restaurant, yet Tom Powers takes great pride in his barbecued pork ribs.

Powers, the owner of Giovanni's Pizza and Pasta in Menifee, had been raving so much about the sweet, bold flavor of his ribs, that we had to stop by and give them a try.

"We cook them right here on the premises for four to five hours", says the former bakery manager and marketing associate. "They roast in our ovens in a covered pan, that's what makes them so tender and juicy. After that, we slather them with barbecue sauce and then run them through our pizza oven to give them a shiny glaze."

Available for both lunch and dinner, they come as a half rack or full rack, accompanied with a choice of two sides, french fries, sauteed vegetables, mashed potatoes, or switch them out for the soup and salad bar.

"People tell me that they can't believe how much flavor these ribs have", says Powers. "I've had them tell me they prefer these ribs over their Moms'.

As for what kind of ribs he serves up, they're pork loin ribs. "Pork loin ribs have a little bit more meat on them than baby backs", he goes on to explain.

And sure enough, that's what we noticed the most, big chunks of tender, moist meat.

Powers continued, "And our full rack has thirteen bones, while most other places only give you nine or ten. Our half rack has six bones, when other places give you only four."

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But what I noticed right away was how soft and moist the meat was. Powers guaranteed "fork off the bone", but these were "fall off the bone". Just pulling a bone from the rack caused much of the meat to slide right off. No fork and knife needed with these babies, just a couple of fingers and a well coordinated set of tongue and teeth could clean these bones off as well as a starving colony of army ants.

And the sauce? Mostly sweet and tangy, not overly spicy but quite mild, yet adding enough decadence to make Lady Gaga want to smear it all over her meat dress. Giovanni's also offers sauce options of "Sweet Chili" or "Honey Garlic", if you want something that will pry your eyes open a little wider.

For the side dishes, I ordered garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. But Powers wanted me to try his new broccolini. It's not broccoli, but a cross between broccoli and kale, where the stalk is more thin, and the florets more small. Giovanni's steams it half-way where it's soft enough to chew, but still having a little crunch. I found it more flavorful than regular broccoli.

As for those garlic mashed potatoes, they're real mashed red potatoes, very creamy, slightly chunky, with the skin still on, and with only a light taste of garlic.

But why barbecued pork ribs at an Italian restaurant?

"The reason we brought in the ribs, steak, and salmon, because we're a family restaurant", says Powers. "It used to be if Mom wanted Italian, and Dad wanted ribs, they're going to Chili's. We want the whole family to come here."

Giovanni's Restaurant has been in Menifee since 1991. Powers bought it in February 2007. "When we took over, we removed the sugar from the sauces, relying on crushed pear tomatoes to provide that right bit of sweetness. We also introduced 90% lean ground sirloin for our meat sauce, before it was just 50% lean ground beef."

What many customers don't know is that Giovanni's offers all of its pasta dishes and sauces as gluten-free by request. Powers' wife Caroline has Celiac's disease, making her gluten-intolerant. "We're looking to make as many of our dishes gluten-free as possible." he notes. "We're also adding a couple of gluten-free salad dressings."

Giovanni's Pizza and Pasta
26900 Newport Road, #12
Menifee, CA 92584

Phone: (888) 904-3180
Phone: (951) 672-8080

Open 7 Days - 11:00am to 9:00pm

Dana Frank Garrett Now Playing at The Beer Hunter

dana frank garrettKnown by many as "Kid Tater", Dana Frank Garrett has covered the San Diego music scene like sour cream and chives on a steaming hot russett.

Having played in numerous venues and clubs around Southern California, covering everything from rock to jazz to hip hop, there's nothing that he and his saxophone can't cover.

"I'm here to get the night life going" the Tater says of his recent gig at The Beer Hunter. "Previously there was a more soft sound here. I'm here to help this place transition from a sports bar to a sports bar night club."

And Garrett definitely delivers. Covering everything from James Brown to Van Morrison to the Black Eyed Peas, he rips off solos on saxophone inspired by boyhood idols like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Paul Desmond and Lenny Picket. His tall, thin build looms large with his shiny brass sax, as he walks up and down the Beer Hunter bar ripping off notes from today's latest chart toppers.

His musical roots goes back to his days in Irwindale, when he picked up a saxophone for the first time at age 10. But it was up in Fairbanks, Alaska, in high school, that he refined his art enough to win numerous awards and accolades, including the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and the John Phillip Sousa Band Award.

Garrett will be playing at The Beer Hunter from 9:00pm to 12:30am Friday & Saturday evenings.

The Beer Hunter
30080 Haun Rd
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 301-4700