Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Foodies are invited to taste the flavors that restaurants in Murrieta and Wildomar are cooking up or just support locally-owned restaurants during Murrieta-Wildomar Restaurant Week, presented by the Murrieta-Wildomar Chamber of Commerce. 

The week-long celebration will take place from Friday, Jan. 24 and continue through Friday, Jan. 31 and features dozens of restaurants in the two cities. 

Participants can pick up an official dining passport and head out to visit as many of the participating restaurants they can and receive a stamp. Each stamp represents one entry into a drawing for a gift basket with gift cards from all the participating restaurants. 

Last year, Murrieta City Council member Scott Vinton spearheaded a Murrieta Restaurant Week with the chamber’s help, but this year, the event is being led by the chamber. 

“Obviously, we have a little bit broader scope when it comes to Murrieta and Wildomar, we’re working very closely with Kim Davidson and Wildomar,” Murrieta-Wildomar Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Patrick Ellis said. “So, we’re trying to grow both of those communities as far as the restaurants go. This gave us an opportunity to kind of broaden the scope and it works well then for both communities because the great thing is Murrieta and Wildomar, the cities themselves work really, really well together. They don’t look at each other as competition. They look at each other as very, symbiotic groups working together because one’s not going to steal something from the other, per se.”

Ellis said he was excited to get started. 

“Restaurants in this community are really important,” he said. “We don’t have a huge amount of chain type restaurants. It’s a lot of one-offs, a lot of mom and pop type places. So, the more we can support them and give them opportunities to showcase themselves within our area, we’re really excited to do that.”

Some of the restaurants in Murrieta that are participating include: Pokeoli, Ideku, Chef’s Grille, Stadium Pizza, MayBelle’s BBQ, The Cove, The Shamrock Pub & Eatery, RJ’s Sizzlin Steer, MVP, Buffadora Bar & Grill, Denny’s, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Sizzler, Buffalo Wild Wings, French Valley Cafe, Wine Ranch Grill & Cellars, Which Wich, Benny’s Casa Jiminez, 8bit Brewing, The Mill and more. 

Participating Wildomar restaurants include Angelo’s, Finch, The Hive, Tresino’s, Stadium Pizza, Tuscany Grille and more. 

“I am very excited about restaurant week,” Wildomar Economic Development Director Kimberly Davidson said. “I am excited for all of the restaurants in Wildomar that have signed up and I’m very excited for people to know the kind of quality restaurants that we have in Wildomar and just excited for them to try it out.”

For more information, contact the Murrieta-Wildomar Chamber of Commerce at (951) 677-7916. 

Jeff Pack can be contacted by email at jpack@reedermedia.com