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May 17, 2007 11:34 AM

Any good eats in Chino Hills?


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  1. Well if you'd be interested in a Taiwanese style cafe like you'd find in San Gabriel or Rowland Heights, there's Peking Deli at 4183 Chiino Hills Parkway.

    1. Ong Go Jib Restaurant - Korean restaurant on Colima. The food there is yummy. If you're not familiar with Korean cuisine they have pictures and descriptions in English. You'll always be safe with BBQ and buckwheat noodles. If you're more adventurous try some of the stews.

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      1. re: js76wisco

        I'm trying not to diverge from "Chino Hills", but...what would you (js76wisco) suggest to order for a begining Korean food adventurist :-)

        their review look promising on yelp (

        1. re: kelvlam

          Sorry for late reply but try either the bulgogi or kalbi (beef short ribs). The buckwheat noodles are also very tasty. There are a couple of options with the bukcwheat noodles - served in cold beef based broth with boiled eggs, korean pears, radish and beef. Its seasoned with vinegar and mustard paste sauce. I would say this is more of an acquired taste but very refreshing. The other type I recommend is bi bim nyeng muhn (not sure of the phonetic spelling). Its the same buckwheat noodles mixed in a psicy red bean paste sauce with vegetables, boiled eggs and meat.

          1. re: js76wisco

            bulgogi or kalbi is common even in Korean BBQ. I should definitely give buckwheat noodle a try :-) ... there are just, so many variation of them. hehehe.

            thx for the suggestions!

      2. There's a Basque restaurant in Chino that I desperately want to try.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Oh, are you talking about Centro Basco? Yes, it's very good.

        2. there is a restaurant located in the spectrum shopping center called pizzaioli. its right behind chopsticks house/islands.
          they make their own garlic-ranch dressing for their salads which is very good.
          that's really the only thing i eat there but i often see people ordering the gnocchi and the antipasto sampler platters.

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          1. re: ceejoi

            Ceejoi, is that an Italian restaurant? If it is, is the atmosphere decent enough to have dinner there?

            1. re: aurora50

              yes very italian and very good.
              this place is perfect for a dinner setting because its dark inside and the bar is pretty big too. they serve alot of different wines. and signature house drinks.
              this place seems a little sophisticated imo for the shopping plaza but they never give me any problems when i wear my flip flops inside.

              1. re: ceejoi

                Yes, I popped into their website!! : )
                It looks very Good.

            2. re: ceejoi

              Yes, Pizzaioli is pretty good. Yes, it's a nice enough place to have dinner there.

              1. re: Vegasbuff

                Isn't Johnny Corrino's in the Spectrum pretty good?

                1. re: letynjery

                  I also concur that "Pizzaioli Ristorante" is a yummers place to dine at....pretty decent **hic hic hic up... Wine Menu as well.

                  1. re: letynjery

                    Yes it is. The waiter (Albert) is also good.

                    Johnny Carino's
                    3801 Grand Ave.
                    Chino, CA 91710
                    (909) 902-1800

                    1. re: letynjery

                      Johnny Carino's is a chain (from Texas), on the order of Buca De Beppo. The food is not memorable.

                      Oh, and technically, Chino Hills ends on the west side of the 71 freeway, the "Spectrum" mentioned above is the "Chino Spectrum".

                      1. re: ChinoWayne

                        Hey Chino, Howzet? I thought I was more clear that my rec is for a particularly strong link in the chain – not for the whole chain. I do make such recs from time-to-time. For example, some of the best fried chicken I have had in L.A., maybe as good as Roscoe’s, is at a Shakey’s Pizza in Covina. Moreover, it was an all-you-can-eat bunch of lunch for about the same price that Roscoe’s soaks you for a breast and a leg. In another post (link below) I mentioned the meal I had twice at this Johnny Carino's – Spicy Shrimp and Chicken (Shrimp, grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, green onions and fresh mushrooms in a cayenne pepper sauce over penne pasta). I also mentioned the best waiter I have ever had – Albert (I hope that guy is still there). I would not trade those nights out for many I have had across the US at non-chain places. Sorry your food at Carino's was not memorable. Did you eat at this location? What did you have? I trust your opinion with Italian because your rec for the steak sandwich at Domenico's in Monrovia is solid. I have had it twice in the last year. Oh, here’s another chain link I have mentioned. That Taco Bell on Peck Rd. in El Monte that still makes the Bell Beefer. Very strong link in an otherwise weak chain that as a whole was much better before they began to think outside the bun.

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                        1. re: JeetJet

                          oh I've had the spicy shrimp & chicken at johnny carino's and it was so gooood!

                          1. re: JeetJet

                            We have dined at the Chino location of Johnny Carino's and the Rancho Cucamonga branch (adjacent to Victoria Gardens). The Chino location food was underwhelming, and that bare concrete floor must be easy to hose down at night, but it sure wrecks the acoustics.

                            The Rancho Cucamonga location was a bit better, or maybe we were just real hungry. Based on my experiences at these two locations, it just seems to be barely adequate chain Italian food to me.

                            I think you and I are on the same wave length in terms of the fact that you can find delicious nuggets at Chains, it just takes an open mind, and constant sampling. An example is the off the menu chicken fried chicken you can get at Chillis, instead of a cheap cut of beef chicken fried, they will fry a big piece of breast meat, that along with the mashed potoatoes and gravy are "white bread" comfort food to me.

                            Glad you liked the Hoagie at Domenico's, yeah, a very good sandwich. If you order a pie there, we like to order a very thin crust, double pepperoni and sausage, man, I can inhale one of those babies. If you order mushrooms on your pie at Domenico's specify fresh mushrooms, otherwise the default is canned, and the fresh mushrooms really make a difference.

                            1. re: ChinoWayne

                              what's jonny carino's all abouit?

                              1. re: kevin

                                It's a chain of Italian-American restaurants that would have to try to be Buca di Beppo. It's so depressing that the Orange location—in a plaza full of chain restaurants—closed.

                  2. I've heard many good word-of-mouth for this Japanese restaurant. I haven't been there myself yet, so I can't really personally vouch for it
                    14230B Chino Hills Pkwy
                    Chino Hills, CA 91709

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                    1. re: kelvlam

                      for sushi you cannot beat ojiya (4183 Chino Hills Pkwy Chino Hills, CA 91709 (909) 606-8638) astonishingly good sushi and the people who work there are great - it's in the same plaza as Peking Deli (mentioned above)

                      1. re: fudisgud

                        I don't think the sushi at Ojiya is anything special - except for the daily specials its pretty pedestrian - but their hot Japanese food is phenomenal. Try the Salmon Shio or the Pike Mackeral!

                        1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                          Maybe it slipped in quality in the last 3 + years since that post was written?

                          1. re: Servorg

                            Yes it has, prices have stayed pretty consistent but they have cut many corners.

                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                              I've only been going there about a year and a half. The quality of the hot food has been consistant, and it's a really good value.

                              Chino Wayne, this place is for you!

                              1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                                Thanks for the tip, CT, now if I can only get the Mrs. to agree to trying Japanese food...

                                1. re: ChinoWayne

                                  does she eat seafood? The grilled salmon(salmon shio)is fantastic!