Updates on Claremont?
So, I know that there are some threads on Claremont already, but I was wondering if much has changed since then. What is absolutely delicious around Claremont/Upland/Pomona/that general area? I would prefer places that aren't too outlandishly expensive, make sure the food is worth the price. I'm willing to go a bit out of the way from the area if I have to. Let's say I have a few years stuck in the area, what's worth my time?
I just drove through Upland yesterday. The Hat is a local chain of pastrami / burger / hot dogs. They make a big ol' pastrami sandwich that's pretty good for the overstuffed-with-superthin slices of just ok pastrami. It ain't no Langer's #19, but it's pretty good for the style of pastrami it represents. The chili used on the hotdogs and chili fries is from the cumin-heavy, starch thickened goo, "I'm gonna regret this in the morning" school of chili. You'll probably like it if you like that style of chili served at Pink's or Tommy's.
Also noticed yesterday that a Chronic Tacos now occupies the space on Central Ave in Upland where an Italian restaurant used to be years ago. I haven't been to Upland in a long time, so I missed the passing of the Italian place. Can't tell if you if Chronic Tacos is good or not, I've never been.
re: Professor Salt
Sometimes you just gotta have a greasy pastrami dip, my problem when going to The Hat is that I always want more than one sandwich, but those times when I order two, I pay for it in the tummy. The Hat also has great rings and outstanding fries (real potatoes, and a small order is real value). Burgers are on my list too.
Just down the street, a branch of Joey's BBQ (on Foothill, east of Central).
But of course neither of these two joints are actually IN Claremont.
The new section of the village is probably where anything not covered in past threads is going down and where all of the below resturants are at.
Three Forks has been covered here before and I have never actually eaten a full meal there. I do like the bar food though. The sliders rule.
Just ate at the Back Abbey for the first time tonight. It is new this summer behind the movie theater and specializes in Belgian Beer (they have several dozen kinds). I had the Back Abbey burger (Niman Ranch beef and bacon with gouda, microgreens, and carmelized onions). It was really good but at $13 is a bit steep for a burger. The pomme frites are really good and worth the $8 though. Double fried and served with 3 dipping options.
My current favorite option though is Casablanca. Not for a full meal but for grazing on appetizers. Sit outside on a warm evening, order the house salad and Hummus with grilled lamb mixed in. Eat with the warm pita bread, zatar blend, and garlic butter. Wash down with a couple of mai tais.
The new sushi place (Kazma) is pretty good too. The normal sushi is average and there are no great fish or knife skills going on but they do have some really unique dishes. I had an excellent salmon carppacio there. There is also one with mango and raw salmon that looks interesting. I will definately be back there to try some of these other options.
The Press is fairly cheap and you can get a consistently good meal.
The Back Abbey is great for pub food and fabulous Belgium beers, great burgers and twice fried pomme frites in duck-fat (yummm).
Casa 425 Has a great bar menu and the patio lounge is a great place to have food and a good drink.
Kazama sushi suck, and so does Kinya sushi.
Walters is good for breakfast.
Casablanca is auk, but their other restaurant is better in pomona.
The forks is good but you will drop some serious cash, however they do have a small bar menu.
Bua thai is auk. A little hit and miss. There is better thai in the area. Mix Bowl is a dive but they have good Thai food. It's south of the 10 frwy on Indian Hill...and they deliver!!!!!
Pho Vi in Downtown arts district in Pomona is good for Pho.
If you want sushi
Sakura Ichi in the same downtown arts district is better than any sushi in claremont.
Viva Madrid in the village is pretty good for tapas, at least for out in claremont.
Some crust in the village is good for coffee and pastry.
Kikiriki is great for peruvian rotisserie chicken and take out Peruvian food. It's very inexpensive and very tasty.
Hope this helps..
opps.. the links...
Mix Bowl Cafe
1520 Indian Hill Blvd, Pomona, CA 91767
225 Yale Ave Ste B, Claremont, CA 91711
580 W 1st Street, Claremont, CA 91711
129 Harvard Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
Hotel Casa 425
425 West First Street, Claremont, CA
310 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
Bua Thai Cuisine
450 W 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711
Sakura Ichi Japanese Restaurant
101 W Mission Blvd Ste 101, Pomona, CA 91766
344 S Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711
1077 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711
I love, love Caffe Allegro in downtown Upland. French/Italian inspired food from a chef originally from France. Their lobster bisque, when available, is truly decadent. My husband is partial to the Chicken Parm, and I enjoy any dish made with seafood.
I would suggest Kazama in Claremont. I believe it's the same chef who owned Kazama in Upland before he moved to the new location.
Amazingly, Upland has a few good sushi joints on Foothill. Kishi, Arigoto, and Sho, in particular.
SoCal Pizza Company on Foothill in Upland really does have some great pizza. Their ingredients are fresh, and the pizza sauce is made on site.