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Claremont to Pasadena--Best Place for Dinner for Two

lawyerbriefs Aug 10, 2006 04:14 AM

My wife and I will be picking up our daughter in Claremont this Sunday. It's our last California trip for the summer. We're staying in Ontario. We need a place for dinner for Saturday night, and will drive 30 or so miles for a good meal. Cost is not a huge issue, but we do like value, don't want anything too fancy/formal (and definitely don't want any expense account places or chains), and like Italian and California/Southwestern contemporary.

Suggestions? TIA

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  1. ChinoWayne Aug 10, 2006 04:28 AM

    For Italian, just outside of the Ontario airport on Vineyard Avenue is Rosa's:

    http://www.rosasitalian.com/

    If you would like to dine al fresco, Owen's Grill in Chino, which is south of Claremont:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/308008

    If you would like steak, Sycamore Inn in Upland, just east of Claremont:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/53970?user_name=&query=sycamore+inn

    Or New York Grill, at Ontario Mills:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    (The last link also describes a visit to Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena. You have mentioned Pasadena, there is a wealth of dining options, all cuisines, all pocket books available in Pasadena.)

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      revets2 Aug 10, 2006 06:39 AM

      better than Arroyo Chop House whose meat has been disappointing to us of late, try Parkway Grill next door and ask for a table in the window. we have had some surprisingly fantastic meals there, nice ambiance, great service, nice piano music, organic garden, you can park on the street after 7pm and make reservations via opentable.com.

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      1. re: revets2
        caitybirdie Oct 10, 2006 09:15 AM

        parkway grill just changed their menu! not completely, but some amazing changes!!!!! ii work there, and we have some good stuff!!!!!

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          DonnyMac Oct 10, 2006 04:12 PM

          Uh, Parkway and Arroyo Chop House are owned and operated by and receive their meat from the exact same sources. So?

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            caitybirdie Oct 11, 2006 01:18 AM

            arroyo chop house exclusively serves prime, parkway doesnt. bummer huh?

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          reality check Aug 10, 2006 07:06 AM

          Please note that the Sycamore Inn review was posted about three years ago. It has slipped since then. I would go to Outback before going back to the Sycamore Inn.

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            themirthmobile Aug 10, 2006 04:21 PM

            Tiny Italian restaurant in Claremont village.

            www.lapiccoletta.com

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