Mantra Indian Cuisine is the place to go in Corona for a fix of deliciously fiery fare. Start with mouthwatering appetizers like fish pakora or succulent chicken kebab cooked with ginger, garlic and sauteed onions before trying hearty mains like spicy shrimp vindaloo or lamb biryani with aromatic basmati rice, saffron and nuts. Vegetarian diners won’t be disappointed either with plenty of veggie-friendly dishes to try, from Mantra’s onion bhaji appetizer to the paneer masala entree — homemade cheese with bell peppers and onions in a spicy sauce.
Mantra Indian Cuisine, 712 N Main Street, Corona, CA, USA, +1 951 739 9401
TAPS Fish House & Brewery is a popular local haunt offering eclectic and inspired seafood and chophouse fare complemented by award-winning ales. Opt for seafood dishes like pan-seared rainbow trout with Moroccan couscous or king crab legs with country-style mashed potatoes, or try something meaty like the bacon-wrapped meatloaf or braised beef short ribs. Wash it all down with one of TAPS very own brews like its Hog-Tied Amber Ale and Grapefruit IPA.
Not to be confused with the Big Apple’s law enforcement, N.Y.P.D. in this case stands for ‘New York Pizza Department’ — a popular venue whose delicious Neapolitan and Sicilian-style pizzas are regularly hailed as the best in the Inland Empire. Choose from pies like the N.Y.P.D. Special (topped with sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, olives and mozzarella) and the White Pizza (with alfredo sauce, broccoli, spinach, chicken, garlic, mozzarella and parmesan). Alternatively, opt for other classic Italian fare like spaghetti and meatballs or eggplant parmigiana. Calzone, stromboli, salads and Italian hero sandwiches are also served.
N.Y.P.D., 2279 Eagle Glen Parkway, Suite 105, Corona, CA, USA, +1 951 493 6789
Serving deliciously authentic Persian cuisine in the heart of Corona, Kabob Hutt has become a local dining favorite. There’s a huge range of starters including tadigh, a crispy rice dish, and borani (sauteed eggplant mixed with yogurt and topped with whey, caramelized onions and garlic). Entrees include a number of filet mignon, chicken and lamb kabobs alongside other traditional dishes like ghormeh sabzi — a stew of fresh parsley, cilantro, chives, beans and beef. There’s plenty of vegetarian-friendly dishes too, and at the weekend live music and belly dancers entertain guests as they dine.
Kabob Hutt, 165 Washburn Circle, Corona, CA, USA, +1 951 279 6696