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Apr 6, 2008 04:01 AM

Inland Empire: Any Greasy Spoons?

Hi there,

My husband and I are relocating to CA in June. We will be visiting and staying in Claremont in April. I have job interviews in the surrounding areas (Rancho Cucamonga, Glendora, etc.) I've done some searching on these boards and I haven't found a lot of information re: greasy spoons in this area. I'm hoping it's because no one has asked, and not because there aren't any! :( Can someone help?

Thanks so much,


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  1. Depends on what you mean by "greasy spoon." Are you looking for a diner experience, old-school coffee shop, or a dive?

    Here are some suggestions.

    The Village Grille is a diner on the corner of Yale and Second in downtown Claremont is the only diner I know of in the area. Pretty good diner fare. Most everything else around it is more upscale.

    For a divy experience, you can try the Buffalo Inn, east of Claremont on Foothill Bl. in Upland, near the corner of Central Ave.. Limited indoor seating but large patio with live music on weekends. A burger & beer joint popular with bikers on the weekend.

    Just around the corner from the Buffalo Inn on Central is The Hat, legendary for their pastrami dip. It's a fast-food place but real good and a true icon for some around much as a not miss as going to In n' Out for a double-double, which brings us to....

    In 'n Out, is a must if you haven't tried it before. The double-double, fries, and a shake are pretty much what you need to get here. There's a location right across the street from the Buffalo Inn and another, west of Claremont in La Verne on the corner of Foothill and D Street.

    For good, divy pizza, try the Warehouse on the corner of Bonita and D Street in La Verne.

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    1. re: heckonwheels

      That's perfect!! Just what I was looking for. Thanks so much!

    2. There's a charming little place in Old Town La Verne called Roberta's Village Inn. They're only open for breakfast & lunch. Decent diner-ish fare - breakfasts, burgers, BLT...that kind of thing. In Glendora, check out the Hill St. Cafe at Glendora Ave. & Foothiil.

      Roberta's Village Inn
      2326 D St, La Verne, CA 91750

      1. There is Home Kitchen on Foothill near Claremont, a family style restaurant with greasy-spoonish fare. Prices are definitely for the fixed-income set and the food is pretty good for the genre. Great mashed potatoes. I love the place.

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        1. re: SecretAsianMan

          red hill cafe cucamonga foothill blvd breakfast joint