Help! I've moved the the I.E.!!
Any recomendations for NON CHAIN restaurants in the Inland Empire area?? We have family coming and have not found the hidden "gems" for dining. Think Claremont / Chino Hills / Rancho Cucamonga area but if it's worth it we will drive further..... just not west =(
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I have to laugh at carter's gallows humor because his would have been my first response. I left the IE 40 years ago and don't miss it a bit.
My sister lives in Chino Hills - the only non chain hidden gems you are going to find are usually Asian and in and around Colima. Try New Garden if you like jjam bong (spicy seafood noodle soup) and jah jjang mein (noodles in brown meat veggie sauce). They also have good regular Chinese food items on the menu.
It depends on what you want to eat. My husband and I had the same problem when we moved out to the area.
BC Cafe/Kick Back Jack (Claremont and Rancho Cucamonga) - Really huge, but great breakfasts. Their blueberry pancakes are superb! Like a blueberry muffin that's smashed flat. Their eggs Benedict are not so great...hollandaise sauce is too tart.
Red Hill Cafe (Rancho Cucamonga) - It's one of those dive-like places you see on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Homestyle breakfasts. Really great omlettes.
The Dragon Inn (Rancho Cucamonga) - Pretty darned good Chinese food. Actually own and run by Chinese people...which helps. I love the Crispy Honey Walnut Shrimp and the Chicken with Vegetables is nice, too. I'm not fond of their Orange Chicken, though.
Sho Sushi and Teriyaki (Upland) - Surprisingly good AYCE sushi for a good price. Their cooked food is not all that great.
Kishi Japanese Restaurant (Upland) - Teppan grill food...great lunch specials. It's been owned by the same people for some 30 years, and has a loyal following in the city. Not impressive when you walk in, but totally tasty. Make sure you get the fried rice if you sit at the teppan grill. We've not had the sushi there, so don't know if it's any good.
Old World Deli (Upland) - Great deli! They roast their own beef for sandwiches. They have great broasted chicken and a spaghetti salad (sounds wierd, but is yummy).
The Deli (Rancho Cucumonga) - Their wet pastrami dip is the only thing I've ever had there, and it's good. They're known for their onion rings, but we tried it once, and they were just okay.
Caffe Allegro (Upland and La Verne) - Really great French and Italian inspired food. Lobster bisque is to die for! I had the chiopino, and it was fabulous! We had a great Valentine's dinner there.
Snacks and more:
Pacific Wine Merchants (Upland) - Great wine tastings on Friday with appetizers. The owners really know their wines and are helpful when you ask.
Crusty Tart Bakery (Upland) - Yummy homemade desserts. Light tasting and not too rich.
Hope this helps!
the forks in claremont's new packing house district is good. there's also tutti mangia in the village. and if you like sushi, we love ken's in rancho cucamonga.