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NYC Chowhound visiting Claremont/Pomona

Seeking Inland Empire chowhounds' recommendations for dining choices in the Claremont/Ontario/Pomona area. Please skip Claremont Village, as a) there are plenty of previous posts on this subject and b) we're coming for the 5C's Parents' Weekend and most village restaurants will be crowded.

Also, seeking suggestions of daytrips and corresponding dining recommendations for locations within a one-hour drive of Claremont (recognizing that in S. Cal. one hour driving doesn't get you all that far).


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  1. A nice day trip would be the Huntington Library in Pasadena. Stroll around the gardens and galleries then have lunch at Rose Garden Tea Room. Better make reservations (http://www.huntington.org/Information...). You should be able to drive there from Claremont within an hour.

    1. Ontario Mills for shopping
      Pasadena is also a good suggestion...there are a ton of good dining around the area.
      There is not much to eat around Claremont, Pomona, Ontario, except for the village or for chain. Tutti Mangia for Italian is good, so maybe you should make a reservation (It's in the village). Go try Some Crust bakery in the village also.
      If you like Chinese, you should head out to Rowland Heights.

      1. For some fantastic casual sit down Mexican:

        Los Jarritos Restaurants
        (909) 593-7012
        3191 N Garey Ave
        Pomona, CA 91767

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        1. re: JAB

          Best rice and beans, period. Also, try their chicken enchiladas w/ green sauce. Lemonade is strong, but tasty.

        2. Also looking for same recs as famdoc- please keep them coming!

          1. Cafe Allegro...two locations. One in old downtown Upland, just east of Claremont, the other in La Verne just west on 2nd St. just east of Bonita. Great Italian. The Upland location is not as cramped as the La Verne Location.

            Also, the Buffalo Inn on Foothill just west of Claremont in Upland is a unique experience.

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            1. re: heckonwheels

              Cafe Allegro is a great choice. I used to frequent that place a few years ago when I lived in the area. I like the original La Verne location best as it is a cozy place for Italian on a winter night. They have a good version of chicken cannelloni and spinach fettucine with almonds.

              1. re: heckonwheels

                I remember Cafe Allegro being really good and reasonably priced when I used to live in the area.

                1. re: heckonwheels

                  I fourth this rec! I love this place. My husband and I frequent the Upland location...it's in the qauint historic downtown district. I'm fond of the lobster bisque and their seafood dishes.
                  The Mission Inn in Riverside is awesome for Sunday Brunch! Attentive service, great food, and most awesome location. Taps in Brea is also another Brunch favorite of ours...they have great beers and seafood dishes (i.e. oysters, shrimp, though no lobster). On a normal night, I suggest their drunken mahi mahi and the chilean sea bass.
                  I would choose Handel's over Bert & Rocky's any day of the week. They have amazing flavors...their cotton candy really tastes like cotton candy. Other faves: banana cream pie, blueberry cobbler, caramel apple, candy apple, apple pie, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate brownie...and this list could go on and on. I would suggest skipping 21 Choices, it's like Cold Stone, but without the full fat ice cream...the mix-ins are about the same. If you're looking for frozen yogurt, I would suggest hitting up Pinkberry at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga...it's the most popular of the frozen yogurt craze and I love the quality of their fruit compared to other places.
                  If you've got free time, I would suggest a trip down to Orange County for a taste of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean cuisines. There's a new thread of Korean in Orange County...we're fond of Shi Do Rak and Cham Sut Gol. For Vietnamese/Chinese, I would highly suggest Newport Seafood in Westminster for their house special lobster, shaken beef salad, and salt and pepper squid and shrimp.
                  I'm sorry, I tried to add links, but it wouldn't work for me.

                2. I second the Mission Inn in Riverside. Its an absolutely magical setting.

                  As for Claremont/Pomona, there is a Fantastic middle eastern place Aladdin Junior on Garey (south of Foothill, west side of street) in a raggedy strip mall called "The Grove". It has an awesome lunch buffet, excellent grilled meats, incomparable hummus & baba ganoush (nice and smoky) and friendly service. I love this place.

                  A little more south on Garey, sharing the parking lot with the Uhaul shop, is a Taco Stand --Linda's? Its also great!! (Cheap too!)

                  Have a fun time!


                  1. Dessert (after dinner)? If you like frozen yogurt, the 21 Choices in Claremont is awesome. I love it. Last time I went there, I had the best frozen yogurt ever. Vanilla yogurt, mixed with fresh blackberries, raspberries and pomegranate seeds. I am still dreaming of it. They do not always have fresh fruit mix-ins though. I was very lucky that day. :) The one in Pasadena is also delicious.

                    1. Los Jarritos on Garey near Foothill. Cafe Allegro in La Verne. Pizza n Such in the Claremont Village. Warehouse Pizza in La Verne. Mix Bowl and Sanamluang on Indian Hill, south of the 10 fwy. Juanitas on Towne just south of the 210 in Claremont. Desserts at Some Crust Bakery in Claremont. Can't be beat.

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                      1. re: tenxtone76

                        "Juanitas on Towne just south of the 210 in Claremont"

                        Is this a different Juanita's than the Juanita's on Indian Hill South of the 10 in Pomona?

                      2. Actually, if you plan your trip to avoid rush hour, you can see much of LA within an hour or an hour and ten minutes drive from the 5Cs. For instance, Farmers Market and the Grove is only 40 miles and a one hour drive, and downtown is 35 miles and 10-15 minutes closer. And downtown has lots of interesting tourist and food options (which you can find on other postings). And there is always Monterey Park for Chinese food.

                        1. In Claremont, a must is The Forks and The Back Abbey. The Forks has a great menu with a lot of game meat, and wonderful sweet potato fries. The Back Abbey is full of great beers, and I hear their burgers and mussels are excellent!

                          1. Excellent ice cream at Handel's (handelsicecream.com), just north of the 10 freeway in Upland. Try the turtle sundae with your cherce of ice cream (including turtle). Bert and Rocky's in Claremont Village is also very good, especially the chocolate varieties. The B&R on Foothill in Upland closed last month after their rent had tripled over the last five years.

                            Handel's Homemade Ice Cream
                            373 S Mountain Ave, Upland, CA 91786

                            Bert & Rocky's Cream Co
                            242 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

                            1. As a former 5C student, I have to suggest Patty's Mexican Food in the immediate area. They have awesome burritos and make their tortillas fresh by hand.

                              Viva Madrid is good for Spanish-style tapas, though it is still in the Village.

                              You must sample Donut Man in Glendora at least once. Their strawberry and peach donuts are the best (although they're probably not making them this time of year anymore).

                              Victoria Gardens is a shopping center in nearby Rancho Cucamonga. Most of the restaurants there are chain, but there are a few decent places, including King's Fish House, Gyu-Kaku, Kabuki, etc.

                              Unfortunately, there's not a lot to do in Claremont beyond any college-sponsored events in my opinion. The further you can get away, the better.

                              Donut Man
                              915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

                              Viva Madrid
                              225 Yale Ave Ste B, Claremont, CA 91711

                              Patty's Mexican Food
                              1332 N Towne Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

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                              1. re: Fill_Up

                                Unfortunately the Donut Man is not making his signature fresh strawberry or peach donuts right now, as they are both out of season. I know because I just stopped by yesterday on my way back from a weekend on PS.

                                That being said, I would definitely recommend stopping by, preferably from 6pm to 2 or 3am as that's when they are made fresh. Mmmmmmmm ... hot donuts!

                                Also, you should definitely hit up the SGV for authentic Chinese.

                                1. re: a213b

                                  I'd say "fortunately," given the experience Donut Man had a couple of months ago (right at the beginning of the fruit-donut season) with beautifully sliced, allegedly ripe, but hard and tasteless peaches. Let's hope they keep bad fruits to themselves in the future.

                                  The recommendation on timing is excellent. When I stopped by 'round midnight recently the cinnamon-apple-raisin rolls were still warm, and a lovelier, more luscious, straight-to-the-soul pastry I have never had. Now why did I pick that week to stop drinking coffee?