While the concept of Asian-Mexican fusion was not created by Red Hot Kitchen, it is certainly the only restaurant that we know about in the Inland Empire of this kind. The original location is located in Los Angeles, with the second location in Riverside opening on March 2, 2011.
The setting in Riverside is a perfect distance for those who work or live downtown as well as UCR students who want to leave the campus. While University Avenue left much to be desired just a decade or two ago, longstanding efforts by the city have turned this once dilapidated thoroughfare into a patchwork of old and new, though much work remains. For those of you who know University Avenue well, Red Hot Kitchen is located near Bobby Bonds Park/Cesar Chavez Center and D’Elia’s Grinders.
The food at Red Hot Kitchen is like nothing else in the region (though we make no guarantee that you won’t have a preference for your LA or OC spots). Our favorites are the Kimchi quesadilla and anything with bulgogi, though the employees recommend the fish tacos. Basically, pick your favorite style of Mexican food (tacos, quesadillas, burritos, etc.) and match it up with your favorite Korean food. The chefs are glad to add kimchi (picked cabbage) to any item. The taste of the food is often complex, with spicy and sweet elements throughout, including teriyaki sauce and Sriracha hot chili sauce. Other sauces await you at the condiment table.