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Good Lunch Places in Downtown San Bernardino?

Hi Guys,
My sister has just obtained a new job in beautiful Downtown San Bernardino (at about 5th and Sierra Way), and will be looking for good places for lunch, especially any sandwich places. We know that San Bernardino is more or less a culinary wasteland, but that's what Chowhound is for! : )
Any thoughts/ideas, suggestions?

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  1. Good Vietnamese
    Hu Tiu-Pho 86
    275 E. 9th St., San Bernardino
    (909) 884-3776

    There is also a brand new Korean restaurant in the new shopping center just north of Costco. I have forgotten the name of it but it has excellent food. Its on the corner of Hospitality Lane and Tippecanoe so she would have to drive.

    If she is willing to drive to Loma Linda there's another good Vietnamese restaurant
    A Dong
    25685 Redlands Blvd # D, Loma Linda, CA
    (909) 796-8840

    Redlands has a lot of good restaurants along State Street.

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    1. re: RBCal

      Thank you, RBCal, because I thought NO ONE was going to respond to my post!!
      I understand that my post was a challenge.
      ; )

    2. Alfredos on Baseline is very popular Italian place. We ate there a lot when I was in dental school in Loma Linda

      1. In the heart of downtown is Molly's Cafe, on 350 North "D" Street. It's only open for breakfast and lunch. It has a rustic, slightly truck stop-ish atmosphere, but the two occassions I ate there have both been very satisfying. Good quality food, and friendly service.

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        1. re: OCKevin

          Thanks guys!! I"ll relay these to my sister as well. : )

        2. I've worked at 3rd and Sierra for 7 years -

          Second Alfredo's - good pizza, good sandwiches, and they make something called the "peasant's lunch" thats pretty good. Plan on spending more than an hour if you go at noon.

          Ray's Downtown Deli on D or E ?? makes pretty good sandwiches and usually has a daily special plate.

          Juan Pollo further south on D or E ?? has mexican rotissere chicken served with potato salad and mexican (not spanish) rice.

          Tell her not to walk around the area looking for "hole in the walls" - it can get pretty scary.

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            1. re: CraigH

              "Tell her not to walk around the area looking for "hole in the walls" - it can get pretty scary."

              I just did this last week here - nothing scary.

            2. the original mcdonalds...lol?

              On a serious note - a outpost of the Guatamalan fried chicken chain El Pollo Campero is located in SB

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              1. re: kare_raisu

                Oh, where is it, kare? And what is Guatamalan fried chicken? Is it good?

                1. re: aurora50

                  Its right next to this big spanish department store La curacao. south of downtown.

                  Check out the website:

                  1. re: kare_raisu

                    Thanks kare, I'll have her check it out!
                    : )

              2. A little further uptown is Lucy's, a Mexican restaurant with very friendly staff. The chips and salsa are only okay, but the combinations are pretty good and the tostadas are huge. Definitely worth a shot.

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                1. re: CarolineRose

                  Thanks Caroline. I think I might have gone there once, it was pretty decent - it's on Sierra Way, I think - ?

                2. Whoa, I've got a trip coming up out here so here come the links:

                  Hu Tiu Pso 86
                  275 E 9th St, San Bernardino, CA 92410

                  Alfredo's Pizza & Pasta
                  251 W Base Line St, San Bernardino, CA 92410

                  Molly's Cafe
                  350 N D St, San Bernardino, CA 92401

                  Ray's Downtown Deli
                  168 S E St, San Bernardino, CA 92401

                  Juan Pollo
                  590 S E St, San Bernardino, CA 92408

                  Juan Pollo
                  1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405

                  Juan Pollo
                  1256 W 5th St, San Bernardino, CA 92411

                  Pollo Campero Restaurant
                  835 Harriman Pl, San Bernardino, CA 92408

                  Lucy's Mexican Restaurant
                  4151 N Sierra Way, San Bernardino, CA 92407

                  A Dong
                  25685 Redlands Blvd, Loma Linda, CA 92354

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                  1. re: DiveFan

                    Skip Juan Pollo - just good for potato salad. Go to campero

                    1. re: DiveFan

                      Nope, gotta disagree. Roast chicken always trumps fried chicken, especially Campero which is not that special.
                      Might as well go for the fast food pollo trifecta:

                      El Pollo Loco
                      680 S E St, San Bernardino, CA 92408

                      1. re: DiveFan

                        ok....I didn't know it was a comparison of two cooking styles. I just didn;t find anything good about Juan Pollos chicken - and would take campero over "meh" roast chicken. In fact Loco is the better choice over Juan.

                        1. re: DiveFan

                          kare_raisu, Not a comparison of cooking styles but of my tastes alone. I've had a lot of decent roast chicken and bad fried chicken in my time so I'm just predisposed to the former.
                          IMO the weaker points of these fast food joints are the side dishes - EPL has good beans, corn, the rest are a major disappointment. Likewise with Pollo Campero, both companies 'tailored' (dumbed down) their sides to the 'Merican' market. Ironic since most of the customers in my area are central American immigrants. Why can't any of these places do great sides like Popeye's?
                          I'll try that potato salad next time I hit a J.P.

                        2. re: DiveFan

                          I think the list says it all - there are 3 Juan Pollo's within 5 miles of each other versus only one Pollo Campero. Depending on the amount of time you have for lunch Pollo Campero might take too much time - all of the Juan Pollo's are closer to 5th / Sierra and Campero has all of the Hospitality Lane traffic (If I remember right Campero used to be a Yoshinoya's in the old Sam's Club parking lot and Sam's moved out because it was difficult to get to).

                          1. re: CraigH

                            Whoa, thanks guys!! (I just got back from an extended Labor Day vacation.)

                            1. re: aurora50

                              I can un-recommend Pollo Campero. I ate there last week and was extremely disappointed. The chicken is okay but the sides were mediocre at best.

                              If you are looking for authentic Guatemalan food you might like it. It did remind me of food I've had there and in other Central American countries. However, the quality of the food is not good.

                                1. re: RBCal

                                  I agree with you. Pollo Camero was fantastic when they first opened but have gone way down hill. I won't go there again.

                                  1. re: calikwgrl

                                    Not downtown but a short drive

                                    Myung Ga Tofu & Korean Bbq
                                    1760 Tippecanoe Av Unit C
                                    San Bernardino , CA 92408

                                    1. re: RBCal

                                      Oh, my sister loves Asian barbecue!!
                                      Thanks, I'll recommend it to her.

                                      1. re: RBCal

                                        I think I have seen this place - is it next to a sushi and juice bar?

                            2. Miyagi Sushi
                              228 E. Baseline St.

                              You can come up Sierra Way until you hit Baseline and make a right turn... it'll be on your left hand side in about two blocks. All you can eat sushi $20 for lunch. Give it a try.