Name something we all like to do three times a day. Ok, maybe more, especially if there’s a game on TV. To paraphrase a bit here, man or woman can’t live by bread alone. Which is why we love talking about the wide variety of restaurants in town. The choices are endless, and here’s what’s new.
- Welcome Dunkin Donuts
There are over 10,000 Dunkin Donuts in the US, and Lake Havasu City is finally getting one to call its own. Besides which, sometimes it’s nice to just get a simple cup of great-tasting coffee without all the special instructions, as in, “grande vanilla latte with two pumps of sugar-free vanilla with skim milk stirred twice and with three shots of expresso.” The popular chain, which started in New England in 1950, will be next to CVS on Lake Havasu Avenue.
- India Spice-N-Bar Opens
India Spice N Bar opened in town recently, replacing Krystal’s Fine Dining, at 460 El Camino Way. It follows the success of the restaurant’s two other locations in Las Vegas and Kingman. Customers report the chicken tikka masala is the most popular dish. Indian food is not as spicy as advertised unless of course you order it that way. Reportedly, India Spice isn’t going to “Americanize” its menu, but the recipes may be toned down a little on the Scoville scale.
The menu also includes South Indian cuisine featuring masala dosa, which is made by stuffing dosa (a thin crisp pancake made from rice flour) with lightly cooked potatoes, onions, green chili, spices and vegetables.
In late December, Niharika D. from Hammond, Ind., exclaimed on Yelp.com, “Bless the chef this is the best food I have ever had!! Service, quality of food, sitting area, what not… 5 stars are not enough! I would give more than 10 rating for the food – can blindly select any item from the menu, everything is super delicious.”
- Chemehuevi Expansion Includes New Restaurant
A new 48-room, 25,000- square-foot hotel and casino across the lake on the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe reservation will include a new restaurant when it opens in spring 2019. Plans for the Havasu Landing Resort and Casino include a newly updated recreational venue on the Lake Havasu waterfront located on the California side of the lake. The new casino will host 320 gaming machines and tables, with a restaurant and marina at the site. As before, you’ll be able to reach it by ferry service from Lake Havasu City.
- Swim First, Then Eat at Hangar 24
You can swim, then eat at Hangar 24 located at Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport, 5600 State Route 95. “It’s another opportunity for casual fun,” says manager Jason Jennings. There’s no charge, but you have to be Hangar 24 guests over age 21. While the pool is closed for the season, it’s expected to open again in the summer with cabanas, seating, and a great view of the lake. But listen to what your mother always said: swim first, then chow down.
- TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Restaurants in Town
Finally, we check in with TripAdvisor to see the top 10 out of 140 favorite places to eat in town this month. May we have an egg, er, drum roll:
Cha-Bones Steakhouse & Tapas Bar
Barley Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
Shugrue’s Restaurant, Bar & Bakery
Juicy’s The Place With the Great Food
Turtle Grille at The Nautical Beachfront Resort
Angelina’s Italian Kitchen
Black Bear Diner
La Vita Dolce Italian Bistro Lounge
College Street Brewhouse & Pub
Thank you, TripAdvisor. You can’t go wrong visiting any of these fine restaurants. For a huge list of where to dine in town, visit: https://golakehavasu.com/dining/