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“Take it back to the grind people!”
Review of Back To The Grind

Back To The Grind
Ranked #74 of 706 Restaurants in Riverside
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

This place is great for social meetings, group get togethers, study space and sometimes open mic events to listen to. Free Wi-Fi like Starbucks but with a very different atmosphere. In a good way though, you'll see what I mean when you get there =) Their Chai Tea Latte is amazing!

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Reviewed 15 October 2012

I simply cannot say enough good things about Back to the Grind. It's Riverside's "Cheers" where "everyone knows your name". It's comfy, the coffee is goooood. Free WiFi makes it a great place to clear out the e-mails without distraction. In fact, I wrote about 1/3 of my first book there. If you want distractions, the staff: Darren ( the boss), Mike, Jennifer, and the rest make you feel at home talking about everything from the weather to Buddhism. Starbucks (more expensive), by comparison, feels like a walk-in freezer. Visit frequently enough and you'll see lots of Riverside literati and cognoscenti.

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Reviewed 16 April 2012

Who would have thought that a back east style coffee shop could exist in the a megatropolis, known for cooperate everything, but here it is; the last bastion of non-corporate coffee culture. It is perfect for hanging out, studying, and yes even reading. Go to here, ASAP!

Thank NVirtue
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

place to just a cup of joe & chill i just love there desserts carrot cake is great.

Thank sasham648
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

Back to the grind is the kinda place that made me like Riverside. In downtown Rside, quite an amazing place, both architecturally and socially speaking. People are all unique and queer in their own way - by this I mean that every one is welcomed, unique and non judgmental whatever they are. People are in general really friendly and it's not rare to rare a good chat with some random people.
Drinks are not that expensive, good, and the staff is particularly cool. Try their smoothies or their Iced Americano triple shot.
Vegan food is amazing. I'd particularly recommend Humus & Pita and/or chocolate expresso bar. Litteraly orgasmic.
There's always a nice vibe. During the day, the atmosphere is really chill - and getting there before hitting another city or just spending time and studying / reading / talking was definitely one of the best things to do in riverside. On the evening, the crowd is quite different but always fun - getting a coffee there before hitting bars (i.e. menagerie next door or Mario's) or spending the night downstairs for the various open mic / performances - always good - is definitely a must do.

The only downside is the WiFi - working one time out of two.

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Thank LuWang
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