Unlike on-campus dining, there is a myriad of restaurant options outside of UCR. Dining areas immediately surrounding the campus are fast food or short-order places, like Del Taco and Fatburger. Sit-down restaurants are located farther downtown or part of shopping areas like the Galleria at Tyler and Riverside Plaza. The best places, however, are those little holes-in-the-wall that require a bit of searching but have the greatest culinary payoff. Mexican restaurants are, perhaps not unsurprisingly, of the greatest quantity, though you may need to rely on some good word-of-mouth to find the most authentic and/or worthwhile ones. Usually, size is an indication of price, but the reward is a vast variety of food options and a unique atmosphere, such as California Pizza Kitchen and the Old Spaghetti Factory.
For those who'd rather enjoy an alternative to standard fare, most restaurants offer kosher, vegetarian, and healthy options, though typically these are only available in sit-down or short-order places—not fast food joints. In short, there is a near unlimited supply of off-campus dining—it's just a matter of price, location, and motivation.