Good Lunch Places in Downtown San Bernardino?
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?
Hu Tiu-Pho 86
275 E. 9th St., San Bernardino
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
25685 Redlands Blvd # D, Loma Linda, CA
Redlands has a lot of good restaurants along State Street.
Alfredos on Baseline is very popular Italian place. We ate there a lot when I was in dental school in Loma Linda
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.
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
350 N D St, San Bernardino, CA 92401
Ray's Downtown Deli
168 S E St, San Bernardino, CA 92401
590 S E St, San Bernardino, CA 92408
1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405
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
25685 Redlands Blvd, Loma Linda, CA 92354
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.
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).
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.
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.