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Inland Empire Dining ( or lack of )

Looking for good food in the IE ! Missing Pizza from back east, its very bland out this way.

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  1. Where in the IE? There's decent pizza in Riverside and Redlands.

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    1. re: RBCal

      Are you talking about the gourmet pizza place on State in Redlands or somewhere else?

      1. re: RBCal

        I am in Ontario but dont mind driving, especially for good pizza. Not a lot of choices other than chain restaurants in Rancho, Montclair.....

        1. re: RBCal

          san baggios pizza in upland 10 freeway and mountain

        2. We make the shlep from Chino to Domenico's in Monrovia (we always order a thin crust double pepperoni & sausage). Not much pizza wise around these parts. Some folks like the "special" at Petrillo's (thick crust, rectangula pizza with everything on it), and there is a branch of Petrillos on Foothill in La Vern

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          1. re: ChinoWayne

            I forgot about Petrillos, used to eat at the one in San Gabriel, they opened another one in Upland, not too bad but maybe Domenicos is better...

            1. re: danita

              Here is an old Domenico's report, the food is still the same.


              1. re: ChinoWayne

                Ok, will try domenicos on any day but Monday ! Monrovia is not a bad drive, straight up the 210.
                Any other good restaurants, Chino, Ontario,Rancho, Upland area ?????

                1. re: danita

                  Owen's Bistro, Chino: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/308008

                  Sycamore Inn (It's been a while since I've been, though): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/53970

                  New York Grill: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51986

                  Rosa's: http://www.rosasitalian.com/

                  Joey"s BBQ (Chino, Pomona; Upland/Montclair): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/53395

            2. re: ChinoWayne

              The Mama Petrillo's in La Verne is not affiliated with the Petrillo's in Glendora and San Gabriel. Petrillo's is much, much better.

              1. re: lillizkat

                Correct. There is no Petrillo's Pizza in La Verne. There is a Petrillo's Pizza in Upland on Mountain. It is a take out only and has the same owner as the two other locations in San Gabriel and Glendora. That place in La Verne is an unrelated “Mama” copycat and follows the real place as they open new places. The phony Mama has bad pizza.

                The real Petrillo's Pizza will make a great thin crust on request.

                Petrillo's Pizza
                110 S Mountain Ave
                Upland, CA
                (909) 981-8114

            3. ah, hope springs eternal...god bless you.
              That area is bone dry when it comes to good food.
              If you're willing to make the schlep, I love JoJo's is not bad in Chino Hills. If you really want to try good pizza, make a day of it and go to Larchmont district http://www.yelp.com/biz/egU533_tWCiKY...

              Hope this is helpful...

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              1. re: martasiete

                Try Giuseppe's in Upland. Utterly wonderful rich, cheesy, pizza on a crust that's just about perfect. Other Italian items are just as good, and (SURPRISE!) there's also a full menu of very well-prepared Iranian and Middle Eastern dishes. The proprietors are very charming people, who seem genuinely interested in seeing to it that you enjoy your meal. Altogether a great place, in an out-of-the-way but close-in location.

                Giuseppe's Restaurant
                2433 N. Euclid, Upland
                (909) 9465979

              2. If you like bbq, you should definitely try Redhill BBQ in Rancho Cucamonga. The lunch specials are a good value. I usually get the pork rib plate or the sausage link sandwich. It's a really small joint..one booth and a few tables that seat 2 people each. But, don't let that stop you from trying this place because they have awesome bbq!!! They do a lot of take-out. So, you can check out their "interesting" collection of all kinds of knick knacks while you're waiting for your order!! You can even see them barbecueing since the smokers/pits are out in front of the tiny restaurant.

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                1. re: lillizkat

                  Thank you all....that should keep me busy for a while !

                  Any favortie sushi ? I found a great one in Norco ( strange huh ?) Oya off Hidden Valley, very good....

                  1. re: danita

                    Sayaka's in Colton has great sushi, try the Ensenada roll and their tempura is one of the best I've tasted in several sushi places.

                    1. re: TSierra

                      What are the components of an "Ensenada roll"?

                      1. re: ChinoWayne

                        The actually have a pretty nice looking website: www.sayakajapaneserestaurant.com but unfortunatley not all of their menu links are working, (including the sushi one). It looks like a place specializing in Teppan Yaki from what I saw on their working menu list.

                2. Inland Empire is West San Bernadino County. Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, Montclair, among other cities, approx 50 mi east of LA.
                  Starting to improve on dining, but LA still ranks for good dining.

                  1. Here's a few non-pizza places to try, mostly small ethnic places:

                    Toro Sushi
                    1520 Mountain Ave., Ontario (SE corner of Mountain & Sixth St.)

                    Pho Ha
                    9319 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga (SE corner of Foothill & Hellman) or
                    695 Indian Hill Blvd., Pomona (just north of Holt on the west side of Indian Hill


                    Caribbean Gardens
                    "Taste of Guyana"
                    2007 Foothill Blvd., LaVerne

                    Euro Cafe
                    546 E Baseline Rd, Claremont (SE corner of Mills & Baseline)

                    Inka Trails
                    1077 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont (NE corner of Foothill & Towne

                    Rancho Kabob and Grill
                    8685 Baseline Rd., Rancho Cucamonga (SW corner of Baseline & Carnelian/Vineyard

                    1. My favorites for the Inland Empire...

                      NAPOLI ITALIAN RESTAURANT in Loma Linda on Redlands Blvd just west of Anderson (Tippecanoe). You have to look closely- it's in a mini mall. They had, among many others, Calimari Pizza at lunch one day- can you ask for more than THAT ? They'll make it for you even if it is not on the menu. The place is elegant but very moderately priced. Good service and very friendly folks. Nice wine list.

                      and...KEN'S JAPANESE on Foothill in Rancho Cucamonga, between Archibald and Hermosa. Very good Japanese and better than average sushi. It is WAY better than it looks from the outside.

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                      1. re: Ranchero

                        Centro Basco in Chino. Great Basque food.

                      2. Sanamluang - Southeast corner of Indian Hill and San Bernardino. Best Thai around. Only Thai restaurant my Thai friend will go to.

                        Noble House - Haven and Baseline in the Ralphs shopping Center by the Blockbuster Video. Best Wonton Soup especially on a cold night.

                        Omakase - Haven and Foothill by the Pei Wei has good sushi and they run a happy hour on weekdays so you can just catch a quick bite.

                        Terry's Burgers - Carnelian and 19th by a karate place in the shopping center with the Korean market. Good hole-in-the wall for a quick bite. Large portions.

                        Myung.... (don't remember the whole name) - Baseline and Archibald in the Dollar Tree shopping center. Good Korean.

                        1. Cannataro's on Mountain south at the 60 is my family's choice many times over. I don't want to wait in line like at Carino's and the food is awesome! My husband eats steak piccata and sometimes gets grilled shrimp with it. I love the spaghetti and would eat it several times a week if I could! They have great pizza as well. BBQ chicken is a fave of my kids I prefer the traditional pepperoni.