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Good eats in Rancho Cucamonga?

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I will be visiting in Rancho Cucamonga in Mid March and like almost any cuisine but I am unfamiliar with the area and would like any suggestions about where to entertain clients on a modest expense account.

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  1. Welcome to The Dining Wilderness That Is The Inland Empire. You will find mostly chains in Rancho. I do recollect a place called Shelly's that may have interesting food and jazz. Check the local yellow pages. You could go south of Rancho a few miles to Ontario Mills which is a huge outlet mall. New York Grill (I believe is the name) has decent steaks, and cozy little banquet like booths for couples. Also at Ontario Mills is Dave & Busters, if your business guests would like one place where they can dine and play. Dave & Busters started out as a pool hall and bar next to each other in a city in the south. The Dave & Busters at Ontario mills has a sit down restaurant, a soda fountain, billards area, Vegas style Black Jack room, virtual golf, the whole gamut of arcade games and a sports bar, all under one roof.

    You could also try the Sycamore Inn on Foothill, just west of Rancho. This was originally an inn and stage stop. It recently came under new ownership, so I don't know anything about what it is like. Across the street is the Magic Lamp, kind of a retro-1950's ambiance and menu. The Magic Lamp is one of the few places I have been to that has roast lamb on the menu, and it was good.

    DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES PATRONIZE THE NEARBY VINCE'S SPAGHETTI, UNLESS YOU ARE IN TO WARM DOG FOOD.

    You might also check out the local baseball stadium in Rancho, the minor leaque Quakes play there, and I believe they may have a restaurant.

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    1. re: Chino Wayne

      Oh God, I so agree. The inland empire is truly bad when it comes to eating out. My inlaws live there so unfortunately we have to go once in a while. Applebees, Mimis, the freakin Claim Jumper.

      Cask and Cleaver is okay for steaks. My husband also says there is a place called The Magic Lamp that not bad, those are the only two I can think of-- both in the Upland/Ontario area,

      I would imagine Claremont has one or two decent places to eat though? It's a cute town, seems like it would.

      And Vinces, yes, is TRULY VILE. And you should see the line outside the door......... amazing.

      1. re: Lisa

        The husband and wife team who own the Cask & Cleaver chain took over the Sycamore Inn last month. Cask & Cleaver was not bad 25 years ago, but when the wife and I ate at the Chino branch a few years ago, it wasn't much better (to my taste) than Sizzler. The Chino Cask & Cleaver was subsequently closed and is now a Crabby Bob's, a chain that specializes in mediocre crab and other suspect seafood.

        Arnulfo's (I believe that is the spelling) is an Italian restaurant in the Claremont Village that seems to have a good reputation.

        Also Rosa's Italian, on Vineyard in Ontario, a couple of blocks from the airport also seems to have a good reputation.

        1. re: Chino Wayne

          I think you're referring to Aruffo's in Claremont Village. I've only had their desserts, which were pretty good.

          Mike, Claremont Village (just a short drive away) has a lot of other great restaurants that you can take your guests to. If you do a search on the Chowhound mainpage, you'll get several reviews. My favorites: Viva Madrid for tapas (it's hidden in the back of a minimall so you'll have to search for it); Tutti Mangia for no fuss Italian food that is HEAPS better than Buca di Beppo down the road and Hero's for good ole American food and beer.

          1. re: Chino Wayne

            Rosa's on Vineyard is better than average, sometimes downright yummy Italian food in a roccoco atmosphere kind of like a Versuvius Bordello without the volcano or the Madam. I have had some good lunches at this place after a few rounds at the Rancho Cucamonga courthouse.

            1. re: Chino Wayne

              Rosa's on Vineyard is better than average, sometimes downright yummy Italian food in a roccoco atmosphere kind of like a Versuvius Bordello without the volcano or the Madam. I have had some good lunches at this place after a few rounds at the Rancho Cucamonga courthouse.

          2. re: Chino Wayne

            OT, but gotta say, i did really enjoy watching the quakes play.
            small town lovely feel.

            can't remember ever eating any decent food in that area thouugh. . . .

          3. Check out Cafe Provencal, on Foothill Blvd. in Upland. It is worth the short drive from Rancho, and is one of my favorite restaurants.

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            1. re: Mark

              Quel dommage- Cafe Provencal is gone- replaced by - what else?- a sushi place.

            2. I was just perusing the Sycamore Inn's web site. The new menu sounds promising. Just good old American dinner house fare.

              I think I might bring the Mrs. there and try it out.

              Link: http://www.citivu.com/rc/sycamore/

              1. You guys are so right when you say , "dining wildernes" ouch-I moved from LA to Redlands 7 yrs ago and I am still tramatized!

                One has to really look to find the hidden gems out here.

                1. Try richies diner by victoria gardens for breakfast i recommend the sampler with ozark ham , tri tip, and sausage. and for dinner you have to try the rib eye steak its better than flemmings and its only 18 bucks you cant beat that.