Riverside Heroes and the Salted Pig

Wednesday was a rest day, and with rather limited offerings of good food places in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, we decided to hot-foot it to Riverside on Tuesday evening to check out a couple of places we’d googled; the plan was to go to two places, one on Tuesday just to check out, and the main event on Wednesday.

Upon arriving at Riverside at 7pm Tuesday evening, we parked up at Heroes, best described as a family-style brew pub. Being famished after being out in the sun all day, we decided to order a bit of food and quench our thirst. We ordered a salad to split, skipped the mains, and a peach cobbler dessert… and of course we ordered a taster-tray of Heroes’ beer each!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Heroes bar, Riverside CA

Heroes brew pub entrance.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Heroes bar, Riverside CA

The peanuts were good! We were both trying to remember when and where we last had peanuts served, Dix in Vancouver perhaps?

The food portions we saw going out to other tables were truly monstrous; if you’re into standard-fare pub food this place is probably worth checking out. However, the beer was very good, we tried five different ones. My favourite was the Sidewinder Oatmeal Stout, Moira’s was the Red Tractor Ale, we’d both go back there for a place to have a drink, but not for a special meal or for eating out; which brings me to The Salted Pig!

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This was the real reason we decided to head to Riverside; it looked like our kinda place, and it had good reviews. After a 35km cycle, and a 3km walk in warm weather (25 C), we finally arrived at TSP; we walked in and duly noted that “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” from U2’s The Joshua Tree album was playing, and didn’t know whether that was going to be a good or bad omen!

We took a seat at the bar and ordered some appies (beer-battered bacon-wrapped dates) along with a beer taster-tray (barmaid’s selection) 🙂 For entrees we ordered The M.S.G. burger (Enoki Mushroom, Bacon, Gouda), done rare of course, and the Pork Belly Sandwich; both were excellent and we were more than happy with our choices!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Food at The Salted Pig, Riverside CA

The M.S.G., yum!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Food at The Salted Pig, Riverside CA

The Pork Belly Sandwich, the pork just melted when eaten.

We rounded out our food choices with Coffee and Donuts:

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Donuts at The Salted Pig, Riverside CA

A spin on coffee and donuts, using coffee-flavoured ice-cream.

Unlike Heroes, TSP does not brew beer, so we got to try a few other local brands. Our favourites were the Green Flash Double Stout and the Stone Smoked Vanilla Porter.

The day came and went all too quickly, and on Thursday morning we headed back to Joshua Tree for an afternoon of bouldering.