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My suggestions+request for new/funky in the West Inland Empire? Covina, San Dimas, Claremont, Upland, Pomona, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino etc.?

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pslpsl May 4, 2010 04:45 PM

So, we all know that you must be West or South of the San Gabriel valley for a high concentration of good food. The netherland at the border between LA county/San Bernadino county (between the SGV and the true inland empire) is somewhat of a foody wasteland.

Covina, San Dimas, Claremont, Upland, Pomona, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino : I'm looking at you!

But then there are those chow-ish gems in a strip mall, or a weird retro place......give me your intel!

I would add that I've tried nearly all the restaurants in downtown claremont....most are passable but not great.

I posted some of my recon near Pomona here
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/672798?tag=highlight-5242794;post-content-5242794#5242794

More Local goodies:

The oaxacan place El Fortin http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-fortin-3-chino
(ask for a selection of Moles - not as good as Moles a la tia, but still v tasty

)

Donut Man http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-donut-man-glendora
(obviously!

)

The Magic Lamp http://www.yelp.com/biz/magic-lamp-inn-rancho-cucamonga
(more for the swinging pensioners and oldskool steak house than the food

)

Owen's Bistro http://www.owensbistro.com
(a valliant attempt at bistro food in this neck of the woods that succeeds quite well

)

Hayakawa http://www.yelp.com/biz/hayakawa-restaurant-covina
(run by an ex Nobu chef - delicious suhsi, esp the 'new style' specials

)

Dissapointments (locally recommended that I didn't like):

Centro Basco http://www.yelp.com/biz/centro-basco-chino-2
(waay too homey - no flair in cooking at all

)

Loving Hut (ex Veggie Era) http://www.yelp.com/biz/loving-hut-up...
(lost it's pizzaz since it became a chain - although cool cult area

)

<strong> What are your Chowish or unusual suggestions? </strong>

Particularly interested in weird old restaurants, or genuine strip-mall-run-by-a-family-who-knows-their-indigenous-food restaurants.

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Centro Basco
13432 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710

Owen's Bistro
5210 D St, Chino, CA 91710

Donut Man
915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

Veggie Era
903 W Foothill Blvd, Upland, CA 91786

  1. Porthos May 4, 2010 05:06 PM

    China Point in Rancho Cucamonga, on Archibald. It's a typical chinese takeout joint for the most part...except for their chao ma mien which is hand pulled noodles in a complex smoky spicy seafood broth. This version puts to shame versions in SGV and Monterey Park. No joke

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    China Point
    9028 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

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      jackattack May 4, 2010 05:21 PM

      Nana's Gelateria in Azusa!

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        ChinoWayne May 5, 2010 10:21 AM

        Except Azuza is not part of the Inland Empire, more like San Gabriel Valley.

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          jackattack May 5, 2010 06:47 PM

          Covina is Inland Empire?

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            ChinoWayne May 5, 2010 09:31 PM

            Regardless, the OP listed Covina in his post title.

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              jackattack May 6, 2010 02:28 PM

              Yes, that's my point exactly. The OP is not just looking for Inland Empire.

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              stef729 Jun 16, 2010 08:31 AM

              No, Covina is San gabriel Valley! Just like Azusa.

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        attran99 May 4, 2010 07:17 PM

        For pizza: San Biagio's Pizza and Red Devil Pizza (both located in Upland)
        Fried Chicken: Louisiana Fried Chicken (Rancho Cucamonga), Southern-style fried chicken with all the traditional fixings so much better than that chain...and it's located a few doors away from China Point
        Broasted chicken: Old World Deli (Upland), it's fried, but it's not fried...super moist and flavorful chicken...get the spaghetti salad, too...you won't regret it
        Chinese: Dragon Inn (Rancho Cucamonga), they make some excellent honey walnut shrimp...I come here for this dish alone every time I'm too lazy to drive to Chinese food central
        Persian: Darvish Restaurant (Claremont), just had my husband's 30th birthday bash here and was so impressed by the service and the food...it made everyone happy...even my picky-a$$ eat American food only in-laws...loved the chicken kabobs and the saffron basmati rice
        Peruvian: Inka Trails (Claremont)
        Italian deli: Claro's Italian Market (Upland) I love love love their Italian cold cut sandwich because it includes proscutto
        Doughnuts: The Donut Man (Glendora) rocks...strawberry donuts...peach donuts...can't ask for more than that
        Ice Cream: Handel's Homemade Ice Cream (Upland) and Dr. Bob's (historic downtown Upland) artisan-made ice cream that's rich and creamy and DELISH
        Italian-fusion: Caffe Allegro (Upland) super yummy fusion food...I love their seafood dishes

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        San Biagio's New York Style
        1263 W 7th St, Upland, CA 91786

        Donut Man
        915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

        Claro's Italian Market
        1655 N Mountain Ave D, Upland, CA

        Darvish Restaurant
        946 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

        Handel's Homemade Ice Cream
        373 S Mountain Ave, Upland, CA 91786

        Caffe Allegro
        186 N 2nd Ave, Upland, CA 91786

        Inka Trails
        1077 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

        Dragon Inn
        8031 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

        Red Devil Pizza
        659 E 15th St C, Upland, CA 91786

        Old World Delicatessens
        281 S Mountain Ave, Upland, CA 91786

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          Jack Flash May 5, 2010 02:01 PM

          Second the rec for Inka Trails. There's also a branch of Cafe Allegro in La Verne, on Third (?) just east of D street.

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          Inka Trails
          1077 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

          Cafe Allegro
          2124 3rd St, La Verne, CA 91750

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            coconutz May 7, 2010 05:46 PM

            I have only been there (Upland) once and wouldn't likely return.

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              coconutz May 7, 2010 07:57 PM

              Meant Cafe Allegro.

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              Cafe Allegro
              2124 3rd St, La Verne, CA 91750

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            jackattack Jul 3, 2010 01:49 PM

            Unless it re-opened recently, there has been no Dr. Bob's in Upland for 3 or 4 years now. Bert n Rocky's in Upland has also closed, but still has a shop in downtown Claremont

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              mrbumble Jul 7, 2010 02:38 PM

              Inka Trails is a revalation. I'm no expert on Peruvian food, but this place serves some of the most delicious chow around. I can't remember the name, but the pale green sauce they serve with bread (and lots of other things) is addictive. The aguadito soup alone, either chicken or fish, is worth a few hours drive. I've eaten there at least twice a month since March (after having passed it by for years) and have yet to find a dish that is not a delight. From the ordinary exterior one wouldn't expect much, but inside there is a somewhat romantic dark wood and red table cloth ambiance that encourages relaxation and gustatory enjoyment.

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              Inka Trails
              1077 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

            2. ipsedixit May 4, 2010 09:34 PM

              Flappy Jack's for pancakes (Glendora)
              Rocky's for pizza (Glendora)
              Auline's for Mediterranean (Glendora)

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              Auline's Restaurant
              338 E Route 66, Glendora, CA 91740

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              1. re: ipsedixit
                ChinoWayne May 5, 2010 10:22 AM

                Glendora is also not a part of the Inland Empire.

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                  coconutz May 7, 2010 05:47 PM

                  But it is part of the area where the OP is interested in: see title and first post.

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                laliz May 5, 2010 11:14 AM

                Kwon's on Holt in Pomona

                http://www.yelp.com/biz/kwons-restaurant-pomona

                breakfast at BC Cafe in Claremont

                http://www.yelp.com/biz/b-c-cafe-kick-back-jacks-claremont

                Cafe Allegro in La Verne

                http://www.yelp.com/biz/caffe-allegro-la-verne

                Old World Deli (Upland and Covina

                )

                http://owdeli.com/

                Claro's Italian Market (Upland and Covina

                )

                http://store.claros.com/page.htm?PG=l...

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                  attran99 May 5, 2010 11:28 AM

                  I love breakfast at BC Cafe in Rancho Cucamonga, too. Blueberry pancakes there taste like flattened blueberry muffins.

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                    laliz May 5, 2010 11:54 AM

                    I always forget there is one in Rancho Cucamonga too

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                    Cucamonga Llc
                    12365 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

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                      coconutz May 7, 2010 05:49 PM

                      I have to say I went here once and had a combo breakfast and could only do 2 bites of the pancakes. I didn't find them good, just too heavy to my taste. I'm sticking with homemade pancakes in the future, if I ever get the urge again.

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                    jacknhedy May 5, 2010 02:15 PM

                    hi pslpsl,

                    let me chime in with pride for little chino hills...

                    1. mes amis, lebanese/mediterranean cuisine. (on pipeline and chino hills parkway)

                    sam is the owner, very personable. but more importantly, the food is awesome. tell him jack with the girls sent you. everything is very fresh, but perhaps the most exciting part is his 'journeys.' they're basically appetizers (that i have on occasion turned into stand-alone meals) with 4 different selections. almost like small plates, their style. in the picture attached, form the top and left, going clockwise (forgive me for not knowing the exact things in it) - chick peas, some meat in a creamy mixture; green beans in a tomato sauce; yogurt with pomegranate; and my favorite - sundried tomatoes, ground walnuts, and a dozen other ingredients in this paste that is at once sweet, hot, savory and intense.

                    2. happy kitchen - right by the albertson's on peyton dr and grand ave.

                    be warned - the ladies who work there are not very well-versed with their english, but the amazing food more than makes up for it. their beef rolls, shanghai spare ribs, and almost every soup in there is delicious. the shanghai spare ribs are almost a bit of a misnomer - there are no bones, but small pieces of rib meat that are coated in a light batter, dusted with sesame seeds, coated in a sauce that hints of orange and char-siu at the same time, and (most likely) wok-fried to a tangy goodness.

                    a few other mentions:
                    3. the 99 ranch food court (more like take-out counter) is really not bad.

                    4. good time cafe - taiwanese food, deep fried little oysters.

                    5. california noodle, our pho place.

                    6. los portales, in chino actually, but probably my favorite mexican place. their molcajete salsa - roasted tomatoes and roasted peppers, i think., fiery, smoky, made fresh, and when they run out for the day that's it. like their lengua, and i've even requested a half and half of their 2 sauces - a mole and ranchera (iirc).

                    7. senor baja - fish and shrimp burritos, with their smoked yellow chiles.

                    8. thai corner, decent thai food, for being 5 minutes from my house.

                    9. thai kitchen - a new place, a bit pricier than #8, but a step up. the restaurant has a more western aesthetic hint to it.

                    10. ojiya - for a sushi place in our neck of the woods, often with many japanese patronizing it, that's a good sign. i'd say the best in our city. it is nowhere near sushi shibucho in costa mesa, but i'd say within 7/10 of it. they always have ankimo, uni, and abalone sushi for around $12 or $15 (and they serve the liver too!). very high our list.

                    11. sushi ten - off the 71 and soquel canyon exit, i'd rank it a little lower than ojiya. the langoustine popcorn is worth the visit. comparing it to ojiya, they are a bit more modern, while ojiya is more traditional and imaginative.

                    12. first class pizza, off the 71 freeway and soquel canyon exit. afterburner pizza - jalapenos and tabasco. our family enjoys getting the big one where they let you choose for different flavors. there was a change of ownership, but still tastes the same - as in good.

                    enjoy!

                     
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                      coconutz May 7, 2010 06:04 PM

                      Wow, I may have to stop by Happy Kitchen when I am in the area next Tuesday.

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                        A5 KOBE May 16, 2010 10:22 AM

                        Happy Kitchen is great. A bit pricier but food is on point. Young Dong is right next door and has serves great Korean tofu and bbq.

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                          coconutz May 17, 2010 03:19 PM

                          I gave it a try and got some 'to go'. They let me know right away that they will make orange chicken or teriyaki chicken even though it is not on the dinner menu. Also point me to the chow mein section.

                          The beef roll was just okay for me, haven't had one before, likely wouldn't order again, I ate that in the car on the way home. does it have some kind of gelatinous meat along with sliced beef? I'm not great with that texture. Liked the cilantro flavor. A bit dry. The spareribs were good, especially when I tasted them hot in the car. Reminds me a bit of Orange Chicken, but pork.Good, but not great. My mother really liked the leftovers. The Mapo tofu had really good fresh tofu, but was a bit bland. There wasn't hardly any spice at all, even though it had a chile pepper next to it.

                          The menu is really laid out interestingly with sections for Taiwan, Shanghai and Szechwan, among others. The also have mini individual hot pot, which looked good. Some good set lunchs too. I will come back, and try more variety to see which things I like.. Korean place next door looked good. Both nice little places.

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                            ChinoWayne May 17, 2010 11:00 PM

                            Standing by for further reports on Happy Kitchen, gotta wean the Mrs. off of P.F. Chang's.

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                            attran99 Jul 18, 2010 01:40 PM

                            Young Dong was really good. Stopped there after church today for a most enjoyable meal. Loved the seafood tofu soup and the bulgogi. The sizzling scallop and shrimp were impressive, too...only the scallops were perfectly cooked...the shrimp not too much, but the sauce was great!

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                              A5 KOBE Jul 19, 2010 11:28 AM

                              Yes, the seafood tofu is my favorite. I also like the bbq chicken, galbi and the bimbimbop.

                              Definitely a change in scenery too from the offerings in Chino Hills.

                        2. re: jacknhedy
                          Servorg May 29, 2012 03:38 PM

                          Website for Mes Amis http://www.mesamisrestaurant.com/ which was reviewed in the latest Westways Magazine (June 2012). Sound like a real find (and thanks to Jack n Hedy for coming up with it all the way back in 2010).

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                            PattyC May 30, 2012 07:13 AM

                            We really like the mezzes at Mes Amis.

                            Also had a decent meal recently at Union on Yale in Claremont.

                            Has anyone been to Bistro Provincia in Covina yet?

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                          sel May 6, 2010 11:51 AM

                          I don't have much experience in this area but one place that I really like for their excellent beer list and good burgers is The Back Abbey. Worth the long drive for me!

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                          The Back Abbey
                          128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

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                            Robert Thornton May 6, 2010 12:25 PM

                            Also good moules frites at the Back Abbey, not to mention all the great Belgian beer. Also in Claremont, I'd add Viva Madrid.

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                            The Back Abbey
                            128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

                            Viva Madrid
                            225 Yale Ave Ste B, Claremont, CA 91711

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                              rpwilliams May 17, 2010 04:08 PM

                              I'm a Claremont local and I cannot speak highly enough of the Back Abbey's burgers and excellent fries (fried in duck fat). The moules frites, however, are just a little off--the broth is just a little too anemic for me. It'll do in a pinch, but it won't stack up to your average french bistro. And if you want a cheese plate in the evening, the wine shop just down the street in the "Packing House" area to the west has a much better cheese plate than the Back Abbey. (All that said, the Abbey rocks--grab some tasty interesting beer and a burger and you'll be happy.)

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                              The Back Abbey
                              128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

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                            degustateur May 7, 2010 12:09 AM

                            The following are some of my lesser-known haunts within the I.E. and its surrounds:

                            Casa del Rey
                            345 W. Bonita Ave.
                            San Dimas, CA 91773
                            (909) 593-7824
                            http://www.casadelreymexicanrestaurant.com/
                            BEST chips (corn/flower mix) ever! Ask for the spicy chile salsa and mix it with the standard offering. Gnarly Cadillac Margaritas will have you fumbling for your car keys! Outstanding Chorizo con Huevos and New Mexico Style Enchiladas. Small basic menu, but they do up everything on it right.

                            Chelsea Restaurant
                            1810 E. Route 66
                            Glendora, CA 91740
                            (626) 914-0089
                            http://chelsearestaurantca.com/
                            An outstanding little restaurant that stands tall in offering many things to many people. Virtually everything is or borders on excellent. Not an easy task for such a large menu that includes: steaks, seafood, California, Pan Asian, Italian and fusion. The steamed clams appetizer is a must. It’s covered with a baked bread crust to use for dipping the sumptuous broth. The three-cheese penne pasta is spectacular as are the shrimp and scallops. Great oven-fired pizzas too.

                            Coffee Klatch
                            806 W. Arrow Hwy Ste. A
                            San Dimas, CA 91773
                            909-599-0452
                            http://www.klatchroasting.com/
                            Hands down, the best I’ve tried in SoCal. Owner Dave Perry brings an engineering background to the art and science of coffee making. His daughter, Heather is multi-year winner of World champion barista honors and is responsible for training all Klatch baristas. World-class beans, faultless execution. I generally brew at home and source most of my fresh-roasted (often same day) beans from the Klatch. Their recently redesigned packaging includes the roasting date on each bag.

                            Farm Artisan Foods
                            2 East State Street
                            Downtown Redlands, CA
                            (909) 792-1162
                            http://www.farmartisanfoods.com/
                            The name fits. Under the direction of Chef Roberto Argentina, a team of culinary artisans seeks to bring the finest in “Modern American Cuisine” to your palate. Whenever possible, locally sourced products are used. The menu is an eclectic potpourri centered around small plates such as mushrooms with warm polenta and brie, seared wild scallops, roasted quail and pork belly. Full entrees include an outstanding 26 oz. Bone-in Rib Eye and an 18oz. Natural Yucaipa Bone-in Pork Chop. I was overwhelmed by the 6-course Chef’s Tasting menu. Everything was done to near perfection, including the cheese plate and dessert.

                            Flappy Jack’s Pancake House
                            640 W. Rte. 66
                            Glendora, CA 91740
                            (626) 852-9444
                            www.flappyjacks.com
                            Open only for breakfast and lunch, FJ’s serves up some deliciously hearty grub to jump-start your day. Incredible pancakes (try the cheese-stuffed cream of wheat topped with strawberries and confectioner’s sugar, the German or the banana nut), waffles and crepes (strawberry, blueberry or breakfast). Heart-warming omelets and skillets (go for Flappy’s favorite or the Athenian). Tasty fresh fruit plates and you've gotta luv that stuffed French toast. The crispy bacon, sausage and steaks will satisfy the carnivorous like yours truly. Refreshing freshly squeezed orange juice and better than decent coffee to round out the works. Be prepared to wait during prime time. It’s well worth it.

                            Juanita's Drive In
                            1735 Indian Hill Blvd
                            Pomona, CA 91767
                            (909) 624-1272
                            You want a dynamite, old fashioned, basic burrito? Go to Juanita’s. Homemade flour tortilla, excellent beans, rice, cheese and your choice of meats – beef or pork. Yeah, that’s it, but the results speak for themselves. Ask for extra salsa – simply sublime.

                            Jubei Japanese Cuisine
                            20627 Golden Springs Dr., # 2K
                            Walnut, CA 91789
                            (909) 869-7881
                            Restaurant and sushi bar. Restaurant is reliably consistent traditional Japanese fare. The sushi bar, under the direction of Ken, is excellent, bordering on outstanding. An impressive selection of exotic fresh fish is flown in regularly from Japan. The preparation is top-notch and they now serve a great Texas Blue Crab Hand Roll, a la Sushi Wasabi (Wasabi’s still reigns supreme). Go for the omakase, about $100, but well worth it. The traditional, rapid-fire Tokyo style service can feel a bit rushed to some – just ask Ken to slow it down.

                            La Piccoletta
                            114 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
                            Claremont, CA 91711
                            (909) 624-1373
                            http://www.lapiccoletta.com/
                            A small, quaint, somewhat rustic family style Italian trattoria. They serve only one pasta dish per night with your choice of four different sauces plus an amuse bouche. The vongole (clam) sauce, when offered, is delectable. Several special selections are also offered, inluding an excellent Cioppino. Small but decent wine list. Great ambience and service. Dinner only, served Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. Wonderful.

                            Le Chalet Basque
                            119 S 2nd St
                            La Puente, CA 91744
                            (626) 330-9033
                            www.lechaletbasque.net
                            What a find. A real throwback to another era, the 1940’s when it opened, to be exact. It appears that nothing has been changed or updated. Even the original cash registers still stand. As for the food – hearty, delicious lunches and dinners prepared and served in true Basque tradition. Escargots, beef tongue, frog’s legs, duck l’orange, stuffed cabbage rolls, lamb shank, veal tenderloin and wonderful soups served family style. It’s all here and all good. Beware, the stiff drinks from the bar will slur your speech.

                            Little Tokyo
                            150 E Bonita Ave
                            San Dimas, CA 91773
                            (909) 599-0666
                            Very good mom & pop restaurant with an excellent sushi bar. Tomomi (Tommy), the owner/Itamae has been satisfying the palates of his loyal patrons for nearly 25 years. Himself an avid fisherman, Tommy knows fish and how to prepare and present them to best advantage. Definitely, go for the omakase. His kampachi carpaccio is delightful, his shirako (cod fish sperm sac) will astound you and his candied grasshoppers are a perfect ending to an exquisite, often amusing omakase/kaiseki dining experience. Best of all, you can leave satiated and with credit available on your MasterCard.

                            Omana’s Tacos
                            1050 West Holt Avenue
                            Pomona, CA 91768-3475
                            (909) 620-6790 (not working
                            )Pick up 10 tacos for $10 (incl. tax)! And, they’re the bomb! Real, old school tacos, pre-sauced and slightly steamed. Buches, cabeza, chicharron (guisado), potato and tripas are my favorites. Some of the best cabeza and tripas ever - perfection. The asada was quite tasty too, but I’ve never been an asada fan. Give me the organ meats, the offal. The chicharron was a over-the-top spicy for me but, nonetheless, delicious. Hefty burritos, solid fish/shrimp tacos and killer nachos as well.

                            Ostioneria Colima
                            1136 S. Hacienda Blvd.
                            Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
                            (626) 333-8017
                            Excellent variety of ceviches, campechanas and seafood plates. Fantastic fried fish and shrimp. They even have pata de mula! Love their rice and chips and salsa. Fresh, fresh, fresh! (BYOB)

                            Pomona Fish Market
                            295 S Park Ave
                            Pomona, CA 91766
                            (909) 622-8693
                            Humble mom & pop fish market with great “you buy, we fry” service. Excellent shrimp, oysters, fish (catfish/snapper/whiting) and other fresh seafood selections fried Southern style in cornmeal. Superb fish tacos too, also fried. Nice, friendly service as well from the owners. Best in the area since the passing of Louie’s Louisiana Seafood 20 years ago. R.I.P., Louie.

                            The Parlor 

                            216 N. Glendora Ave.

                            Glendora, CA 91741

                            (626) 852-5522

                            http://www.theparlourwine.com/
                            Wonderfully charming wine bar and bistro in old town Glendora. Small but delicious menu of salads, cheeses and small plates. Awesome house-made hot sauce. Superb wine pairing suggestions by the waiter/sommelier (Ryan). The Parlor also features a small, but select, wine boutique. Elegant atmosphere and attentive, competent service.

                            The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch
                            3801 W. Temple Ave., Bldg. 79
                            Pomona, CA 91768
                            (909) 869-4700
                            http://www.rkr.csupomona.edu/
                            Excellent culinary school restaurant at Cal Poly Pomona offering a unique dining experience with solidly good food, great service and an incredible view. Four-course prix-fixe dinner with choices. Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream for dessert. Check their website for schedule and hours (closed during Summer). Call for reservations.

                            Sushi Koyo
                            868 N Diamond Bar Blvd
                            Diamond Bar, CA 91765
                            (909) 861-6537
                            Hiro-san is, well, Hiro-san. He loves to hate you and you can love to hate him right back while he talks you down and tries to hit on your wife, date, daughter or even your mom (*_*). All the while though, he is continually serving you some of the very best traditional sushi to be found anywhere. Omakase ONLY. Forget Nozawa, Hiro is the real Sushi Nazi – believe me. Believe this too, Hiro is one of the kindest, most genuine and giving people that I know. After 25 years, our love-hate relationship continues to blossom.

                            … Oh, did I forget to mention that he makes a mean Texas Blue Crab hand-roll too?

                            Viva Madrid
                            225-B Yale Avenue
                            Claremont, CA
                            (909) 624-5500
                            http://www.vivamadrid.com/
                            Spanish Tapas Bar offering over 50 delicious small plates, including gambas ajillo (shrimp in garlic wine sauce), tosta con cabales queso y peras (toast with cabrales cheese and red wine with poached pears), calamares con chorizo (stuffed squid with chorizo, onions, & herbs), calamares fritos (fried calamari) and chuletas de cordero (broiled marinated lamb chops). Full entrees, specials and desserts as well. Great venue and vibe in a nostalgic part of town.

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                            Sushi Wasabi
                            14460 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

                            Le Chalet Basque
                            119 N 2nd St, La Puente, CA 91744

                            Juanita's Drive In
                            1735 Indian Hill Blvd, Pomona, CA 91767

                            Jubei Japanese Cuisine
                            20627 Golden Springs Dr # 2K, Walnut, CA

                            Coffee Klatch
                            806 W Arrow Hwy, San Dimas, CA 91773

                            La Piccoletta Restaurant
                            114 N Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

                            Omana's
                            1050 W Holt Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

                            Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch
                            3801 W. Temple Ave, Bldg 79, Pomona, CA 91768

                            Ostioneria Colima
                            1136 S Hacienda Blvd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

                            Viva Madrid
                            225 Yale Ave Ste B, Claremont, CA 91711

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                              sel May 7, 2010 08:47 AM

                              Hey degustateur, Flappy Jack’s Pancake House sounds like just what my teen lads have been asking me for! Will give it a try soon!
                              I haven't been to any of your other suggestions with the exception of The Coffee Klatch. I usually order a ristretto shot of espresso followed by a breve cappuccino to go. While I'm fully aware of Mr. Perry and his daughter Heather's achievments (2 time U.S. Barista Champion, World Barista Championship Finalist) I must say that I've been dissapointed with what I've been served. I have been to the San Dimas shop at least 8 times and the Rancho Cucamonga location twice and my drinks have been made by college age employees that don't seem to be as serious about their craft as all the hype would lead one to expect! Not ever terrible but I hope for greatness and it's just not there.

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                              Coffee Klatch
                              806 W Arrow Hwy, San Dimas, CA 91773

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                                degustateur May 7, 2010 10:27 PM

                                Hi sel,

                                Flappy Jack’s is indeed a great family spot. There’s something on the menu for everyone. I know from your posts that your tastes are very discerning, yet I trust that you and yours will enjoy (alright, Flappy … don’t flop!). (^_^)

                                As for the Klatch, it’s been quite a while (Heather was still onsite pulling shots) since I had a cup or shot there. I follow their offerings online, call-in to check on fresh roasts and, if something sounds worthy, I’ll drop in and pick some up. I’m ten minutes away and brew/pull at home. And, you are right; the baristas are getting younger and younger. Meanwhile, I just keep getting older and older.

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                                ChinoWayne May 7, 2010 08:58 AM

                                Le Chalet Basque sounds interesting, but to categorize La Puente as being a part of the Inland Empire is stretching things a bit, don't you think?

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                                Le Chalet Basque
                                119 N 2nd St, La Puente, CA 91744

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                                  pslpsl May 7, 2010 05:59 PM

                                  Now that is some INTEL. Damn.

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                                    degustateur May 8, 2010 12:23 AM

                                    Hey pslpsl, I gotta' add one more ...

                                    Joey’s BBQ
                                    3689 Riverside Dr
                                    Chino, CA 91710
                                    (909) 628-1231
                                    Named after the son of owners Ray and Luria Moors, Joey’s BBQ has been pleasing customers since 1978. The filet mignon, beef ribs and chicken are wonderful choices for in-house dining. Order the chili with a side of their homemade country sausage to go. Cut up some of the sausage, put it in your chili, and chow that down! If you go in the evening, you might be able to kick back outside while you wait for your table and hear good 'ole boy Johnny Bennett sing "Two Cheeseburgers and a Chocolate Malt" among other tunes and jokes in his diverting repertoire. In the sad event that you miss his live performance ... here's Johnny!

                                    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fus...

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                                      ChinoWayne May 8, 2010 09:42 AM

                                      Their brisket, sandwiched between two halves of their garlic bread makes a mighty good sandwich.

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                                      laliz May 17, 2010 12:47 PM

                                      thanks for the recommendation of Juanita's. I went there Saturday, having passed by it a million times before. I had a chicken taco and a carne asada burrito.

                                      Wonderful!!!!!!

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                                        attran99 May 24, 2010 11:13 AM

                                        We tried the Ontario Juanita's Drive In III on 4th and Grove because it's closer to our house this weekend. It was fabulous! I loved loved loved the homemade flour tortilla...and respected how the tortillas are not pressed and cooked until you order. The kids shared the ginormous order of chicken nachos...we'll have to try another protein next time as we found the chicken to be a bit dry, but everything else on those nachos was so yummy. I enjoyed the chile relleno, and the chile verde sauced that topped the relleno was just great...I particularly enjoyed the chunks of pork in the sauce. The chicken tacos, like the nachos, were dry. The potato tacos were interesting...the sweet pillowy potatoes were especially nice when doused with the housemade hot sauce. The beef tacos were definitely something special...loved them. I'm usually not a fan of burritos, but the carne asada with rice, beans, and cheese was yummy...tasted like homemade Mexican food. We got a ton of food for a great price...and am so glad that this place is so close to our house...too bad it's closed Sundays and closes at 7 Monday through Saturday.
                                        There's another Juanita's on Foothill and San Antonio....is that in any relation to the Juanita's in Ontario and Pomona? It's a sit down place that makes their own flour tortilla...just curious to see if there's a relation.

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                                        Juanita's Drive In
                                        1735 Indian Hill Blvd, Pomona, CA 91767

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                                          coconutz Jun 11, 2010 08:01 PM

                                          Junita's on Foothill/San Antonio in Upland (in the Fresh & Easy shopping center) Different owner but he bought the rights and the recipes from the Original place. I haven't tried too many things here: they have 5 for $5 taco nights Tues, I really like how they do the tostada ($3.25), prefer just beans on mine, and it is showered with crispy lettuce tomato, cheese, just right. They have 3 burritos for $10 on either Wed or Thurs, think Wed, and they made tamales, tortas and many other things I haven't tried. closed Sunday's now.

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                                          pslpsl May 30, 2010 12:51 PM

                                          I concur with your choice of chelsea, having tired it last night on your recc. The baked 3-cheese penne was, as the waitress put it "the ultimate comfort food". Like a sophisticated mac'n'cheese for grown ups.

                                          Be warned: the thing (and the "small") pizzas could easily feed 2.

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                                            attran99 Jun 8, 2010 12:31 AM

                                            My husband is taking me to dinner with our three young boys (7, 5, 4). Is Chelsea family-friendly enough to accommodate us? Any other family-friendly super yummy Chow spots in the area? We live in the Upland area, and would love to try something new. Open to any cuisine. Thanks!

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                                              degustateur Jun 8, 2010 09:47 AM

                                              Hi attran99!

                                              Chelsea is indeed family-friendly. Make sure to try the steamed clams appetizer. Yum!

                                              Too bad the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch has closed for the Summer. Check it out in the Fall when it reopens. Also very family-friendly.

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                                              Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch
                                              3801 W. Temple Ave, Bldg 79, Pomona, CA 91768

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                                            coconutz May 7, 2010 06:49 PM

                                            I see you found Sanamaleung Cafe with is my favorite place around the areas you mention (well, Donut Man.)

                                            Also the newish Best Burmese in Upland. I mean to go check that out. I used to have a favorite place that closed that did a Ginger Salad, do they have that? Also there is a bar in that sad little strip mall called the Hibrow Lounge, which I have only been to once, but was surprisingly cool little neighborhood place with a great vibe.

                                            Across the street from the Magic Lamp is the Sycamore Inn. It doesn't have the crazy meat market bar for the older set action, it is mellow old school place. I haven't had dinner there, but the Happy Hour is really great, and I see they have extended it to 8PM 7 days! They have a good list of wines by the glass that go half price as do the martini and Cosmo type drinks. All appetizers are half price in the bar, and they added a few $10 meals, bar only.
                                            http://www.thesycamoreinn.com/

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                                            Sycamore Inn
                                            8318 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

                                            Donut Man
                                            915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

                                            Magic Lamp
                                            5020 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

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                                              pslpsl Nov 20, 2010 06:37 PM

                                              Best burmese now closed for good.Victim of the times apparently. Sigh

                                            2. ChinoWayne May 8, 2010 09:55 AM

                                              Here are reports from a few years ago, that might give readers more of the flavor of Owen's Bistro and Sycamore Inn:

                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/308008

                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/53970

                                              And as a matter of clarification would you agree that the western boarder of the Inland Empire roughly follows the line drawn by the 57 and 71 freeways.

                                              Years ago, I used the tagline: "The Dining Wilderness That Is The Inland Empire", so I agree with you, this area does not compare to the greater L.A. in terms of food options, we really are saturated with the usual chains, but as your thread has shown, we do have a few standouts, so one can only continue the hunt in hopes of finding more.

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                                              Owen's Bistro
                                              5210 D St, Chino, CA 91710

                                              Sycamore Inn
                                              8318 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

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                                                pslpsl May 16, 2010 08:16 AM

                                                Another suggestion, based on dinner over the last two weeks

                                                Bright Star Thai Vegan

                                                http://www.yelp.com/biz/bright-star-v...

                                                Their papaya sald is amazing: no fish sauche, so they have this incredibly rich round and spicy glutmate-like flavor. I can't place it, but it is a delicious spin and offsets
                                                Theri Pad See Ew with mock beef is delicious, having a slight complex sweetness (cinnamon? star anise). The curries are good (not great) too.

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                                                attran99 May 17, 2010 02:00 PM

                                                I recently tried My Delight Cupcakery bakery in Ontario across the street from the Edwards 14 on Mountain. They make some pretty awesome cupcakes. The breakfast cake cupcake won the L.A. Cupcake Challenge in February and is a buttermilk cupcake with bacon topped with a maple buttercream with a garnish of bacon bits mixed with maple syrup. Like eating pancakes and bacon in the morning. I was also impressed with the Mimosa cupcake that was served on Mother's Day.

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                                                  jacknhedy May 24, 2010 03:41 PM

                                                  attran99,

                                                  second that. just tried them this weekend. with the exception of the red velvet (wife prefers the one from sprinkles...) we tried the breakfast, dulce de leche and chocolate with toffee. all were excellent. we went back not paying attention that they were closed sundays.

                                                  another place to add -

                                                  tango baires in upland. what a gem of an argentinian restaurant. among other things, we ordered the parrillada. i requested them to replace the blood sausage with extra sweetbreads. (mojellas). oh my goodness. while i love the preparation of having them cubed and lightly breaded and fried, their grilled whole pieces of the sweetbreads are making me hungry right now. i will be back for that, along with a big cup of their chimichurri. worth the drive!

                                                  www.tangobairescafe.com

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                                                    attran99 May 24, 2010 04:13 PM

                                                    I love that place, too! That chimichurri is amazing...I sometimes buy a container of it just to take home to dip bread, dress my salad, and marinate my steaks.
                                                    Glad you liked the cupcakes...I tried the chocolate toffee this weekend, too...thought it was absolutely fabulous. The Vegan cookies and cream cupcakes were consumed by our kids...they ate very last crumb.

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                                                  attran99 Jun 10, 2010 07:13 PM

                                                  The husband and our kids took me to La Parolaccia tonight for dinner. It was a most enjoyable experience. The kids split the margherita pizza and the spaghetti with meat sauce. The spaghetti is the pasta of the week, and is made fresh on the premises. The pizza was cooked in a walnut-burning wood oven. Made the crust super crisp and imparted a nice smokiness to it. Our picky son devoured half of it by himself...and no joke, it was a good-sized pizza. The spaghetti and meat sauce was very tasty...pasta cooked al dente and the sauce was not too tomato-y strong and was spiced delightfully...there was even a bit if a light kick of spice. The husband had the housemade gnocchi in the pork/beef meat sauce with pecorino cheese. Let me say that the gnocchi were perfectly light pillows of soft potato-y yumminess. Not toe doughy, not toe light, but not too heavy...they were just right. The sauce was great, but I want to say that the gnocchi were some of the best I've ever tasted. I had the Cioppino di pesce that was comprised of a fresh seafood soup with salmon, shrimps, mussels, clams, baby squid, spicy tomato sauce, parsley served with toasted bread. The broth was delish...tomato-y and a hint of white wine. Seafood was slightly overcooked and there were some shell fragments, but the bread part was pretty cool in that they took the pizza dough, covered the stew, and put it in the wood-fire oven.

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                                                  La Parolaccia Osteria
                                                  201 N Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

                                                  1. Will Owen Jun 11, 2010 09:52 PM

                                                    I've got a relic for you: The Golden Spur in Glendora. On my first visit, except for a young couple on some kind of lunch date, the waitress I had was the youngest person in there. No windows, mood lighting (at noon!), a wide doorway leading to the full-service bar... a relic, as I said. Extremely cheerful and friendly service, menu had all yer classics, big basket of bread appeared along with the water - puffy cloud-soft rolls that they are apparently very proud of. Most of the patrons were old enough to be my parents (and I'm pushin' 70), all very well-dressed (more ties than I have in my closet). Well, they had CFS on the menu, so of course I had to try it, and the steak itself was very good indeed, nice flavor and perfect breading. The gravy unfortunately was just TOO upscale, more of a velouté than a real gravy, and the mashed potatoes were a supernaturally smooth purée, though fresh enough tasting so I knew they weren't instant. I have to go back sometime with Mrs. O and see if anything's different at night when all the fossils are in bed...

                                                    Golden Spur
                                                    1223 East Route 66
                                                    Glendora, CA 91740-3705
                                                    (626) 963-9302

                                                    www.thegoldenspur.net

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                                                      RoxyGrl Jun 11, 2010 11:31 PM

                                                      It's not. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Last time I was there they had karaoke in the bar and a group dressed in 1940's gear singing great USO-tour type songs and they were fantastic. Combine that with some great french onion soup, a decent steak and a few glasses of wine and a fun waitress and it was a very enjoyable evening (and, for the record, I'm pushing 40 and was one of the youngest there)

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                                                      stef729 Jun 16, 2010 08:32 AM

                                                      Bento box on Archibald in Ontario is cheap and half way decent & thank God, they have beer and saki finally.

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                                                        stef729 Jun 16, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                        Oh, how about the Pomona Valley Mining Company(on top of Kellogg Hill) for a spectacular view of the 10 freeway during Happy Hour... or for lunch, grab their ribs and salad.

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                                                        1. re: stef729
                                                          ChinoWayne Jun 16, 2010 09:01 AM

                                                          You are missing the mark, on a number of levels, Pomona Valley Mining Company is not on top of Kellogg Hill, Kellogg Hill is the hill west of the interchange, where Cal-Poly has its campus. Nor is Pomona Valley Mining Company new or funky (in any good way). The food is mediocre, and like most hilltop or skyscraper restaurants, it is not about the food, it is about making your patrons pay for the view, who needs a view of a traffic jam?

                                                          And who wants to climb a flight of stairs after eating to leave the joint?

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                                                          Pomona Valley Mining Company
                                                          1777 Gillette Rd, Pomona, CA 91768

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                                                            heckonwheels Jun 16, 2010 11:25 AM

                                                            I was disappointed with them even when I had a half-price coupon. Better food and better view at the Kellog West restaurant at Cal Poly, which might be closed until the fall semester.

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                                                              stef729 Jun 16, 2010 11:35 AM

                                                              Good point..I guess if you have a good buzz you really don't care about the traffic jam, stairs, or if it's funky enough. Sorry I missed the mark by a few miles. Could you recommend any funky eats in that area with a view?

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                                                            craig517 Jun 16, 2010 08:51 AM

                                                            could you go a little further east and visit the IslandMorado Fish company in the Bass Pro Shop. It's totally devoted to seafood goodies. Dark, casual, understated. Food average...

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                                                              ChinoWayne Jun 16, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                              Is that adjacent to Victoria Gardens, off the I-15?

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                                                                heckonwheels Jun 16, 2010 11:24 AM

                                                                It's just east of VG, right along side the 15 (the HUGE sporting goods store). Decent food, good prices.. BTW, it's not totally devoted to seafood, they have a good selection of terrestial beasts on the menu too.

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                                                                  Servorg Jun 16, 2010 12:00 PM

                                                                  They actualy have a web footed site: http://www.fishcompany.com/ and you'd have to think that a "pro bass" shop would know something about sourcing good fish (unless, of course, we are talking the music business and not the "gone fish'n" business).

                                                                  Just glanced at their menu. They have gator and even a buffalo burger, among a lot of other things. Looks like it would be worth checking out (especially for our convientley located "Chino" denizens who could pop round with nary a traffic jam in sight).

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                                                                    ChinoWayne Jun 16, 2010 12:20 PM

                                                                    Already done gator, which does not taste like chicken, btw, and actually has little taste. I might give them a shot for a chance to try Grouper which I have never had, but I'm not sure if I will be able to get the Mrs. past the theme decor of this joint (you definitely don't miss seeing it from the freeway).

                                                                    Also wondering how much risk there will be of my ending up with a fishing lure hooked in my cheek in this fisherman's paradise.

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                                                                      Servorg Jun 16, 2010 12:28 PM

                                                                      "Also wondering how much risk there will be of my ending up with a fishing lure hooked in my cheek in this fishermens' paradise."

                                                                      Hey, is that what they mean when they say a place is "eye catching?"... ;-D>

                                                                      Okay, no gator. Those chips (loaded wood chippers) sounded kind of (grossly) good in the appetizer section!

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                                                                        A5 KOBE Jul 8, 2010 11:59 AM

                                                                        I would pass on this place. I knew a guy that used to work there and he said the food in slop. Mostly all of the apps are simply frozen and already prepared.

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                                                                          Servorg Jul 8, 2010 02:28 PM

                                                                          You mean they don't blend up the freshly caught Big Mouth in the Bass-O-Matic? Now that's a shock! ;-D>

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                                                                Granmama Jul 3, 2010 09:10 AM

                                                                China Point in Rancho Cucamonga..Honey Walnut Shrimp that is to die for! Vinces Spaghetti is the most flavorful sauce and family run. Envokes childhood memories to most Inland Empire locals. California Garden Sushi on Foothill across from the Magic Lamp is also a great place to soak in the experince. The chef will even come to your table and do Sake Bombs with you as he serandes you with funny songs. El Cerrito offers yummy authentic mexican dishes. These restaurants are all located in Rancho Cucamonga.

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                                                                Magic Lamp
                                                                5020 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

                                                                China Point
                                                                9028 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

                                                                California Garden Sushi
                                                                8270 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

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                                                                  ChinoWayne Jul 3, 2010 10:34 AM

                                                                  Must disagree in terms of Vince's Spaghetti. Cheap, bad tasting food, appealing only to poor college students and large families with small budgets. No exaggeration, their meat sauce smells like warm dog food.

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                                                                  Vince's Spaghetti
                                                                  8241 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

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                                                                    attran99 Jul 8, 2010 11:16 AM

                                                                    I agree with ChinoWayne on Vince's Spaghetti.
                                                                    I didn't find my experience at California Garden Sushi to be anything extraordinary. It was okay sushi that I could find anywhere. For a better sushi experience, I suggest Kazama in Claremont. Best omakase you can find in the surronding area.
                                                                    I've been to the Magic Lamp once for dinner on a Saturday night. The food was okay, but I remember the drinks being better. There was a crazy mad rush that night, and their bar/club area was packed. It was dark, so I didn't catch a glimpse of the clientele. However, as I was walking out after a few strong martinis, I walked by an old cougar in a sequined tube top who was arriving for her weekend prowl. If that's any indication of the crowd and the food not being so memorable, I don't think I'll be coming back.
                                                                    However, I would like to but a nod in for the honey walnut shrimp at Dragon Inn in Rancho Cucamonga. Simply yummy.

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                                                                    Magic Lamp
                                                                    5020 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

                                                                    Dragon Inn
                                                                    8031 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

                                                                    California Garden Sushi
                                                                    8270 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

                                                                    Cucamonga Llc
                                                                    12365 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

                                                                    Vince's Spaghetti
                                                                    8241 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

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                                                                  mrbumble Jul 7, 2010 01:30 PM

                                                                  Family-run Mexican just north of Arrow is terrific. They have just expanded to include the space next door, and it retains its simple, charming "atmosphere." The usual enchiladas, burritos, tacos are fine, but I especially enjoy the pozole.

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                                                                  Pueblita Mexican Restaurant
                                                                  555 N Benson Ave Ste J, Upland, CA 91786

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                                                                    mrbumble Jul 7, 2010 02:01 PM

                                                                    Hayato Sushi & Grill is in a small Claremont strip mall. Formerly the respectable Nogi Sushi Restaurant, it is now remodeled and even better than its previous incarnation. Quite possibly the best sushi in the area, and a fine assortment of teriyaki, sashimi, udon.... The gyoza is fresh; the place is spotless; the wait staff attentive; and Michael, the Japanese sushi chef, is a master. Go and enjoy.

                                                                    Hayato Sushi & Grill
                                                                    950 W. Foothill Blvd.
                                                                    Claremont, CA 91711

                                                                    (909) 625-6250

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                                                                      ChinoWayne Jul 7, 2010 02:30 PM

                                                                      Sounds interesting, nice to here a new voice chiming in here, welcome to Chowhound, mrbumble.

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                                                                      mrbumble Jul 7, 2010 02:23 PM

                                                                      For the best Thai I've found between IE and Saladang in Pasadena, check out Bangkok Blue in the Target center in La Verne. The thom ka gai is first rate, as is the pad siew, yellow curry, and green curry. The owner, Joyce, will remember you seemingly forever and greet you like a lost relative on your second visit. The master of the kitchen is husband Blue, who is also an accomplished jazz artist (CDs are on sale).

                                                                      Bangkok Blue
                                                                      2300 Foothill Blvd.
                                                                      La Verne, CA 91750

                                                                      (909) 392-3235

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                                                                      Bangkok Blue
                                                                      2300 Foothill Blvd, La Verne, CA 91750

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                                                                        pslpsl Jul 9, 2010 06:43 PM

                                                                        I can't speak for the food recently - it was good a year or so ago , but the website is borked..... http://www.bangkokblue.com/
                                                                        .....trouble in bluetown!

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                                                                        SeaCook Jul 7, 2010 03:45 PM

                                                                        Dioes anyone know if Kabul City on Foothill/Rt 66 in Upland still there? It was a very good Afgani restaurant.

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                                                                          jonesstonehaven Jul 9, 2010 08:27 PM

                                                                          3 vinos in downtown covina is quite good especially the live music, nice patio for a weekend lunch, then shop downtown covina. Or for a visit to th Summer Friday evening Covina Farmers Market and a short walk to the redtayrant for music and dinner.

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                                                                            jacknhedy Oct 30, 2010 10:01 PM

                                                                            hi all,

                                                                            wife and i visited chef's tim with spices in rancho cucamonga last night (friday). had the basa (a kind of catfish, battered), ribs, collard greens and yams. dessert was a peach cobbler cheese cake. all for $19 and change. stumbled onto it on the 'other' food review site. everything was very good. can't wait to sample their gumbo first weekend of every month... if anything, perhaps just a tad pricey, but i'd rather pay a little more for good food than save a few for a mediocre meal. one of the few recent places where we're already thinking of when to come back, and that's with the 35 minute drive from chino hills to rancho on a friday night!

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                                                                              ChinoWayne Oct 31, 2010 12:58 PM

                                                                              The Mrs. and I had been there a few times when it was owned by Gerald Wilhitte. The Mrs. liked the soulful sides, but I was not that impressed with Wilhitte's 'Q, the fruitwood he used did not do anything for me and I did not like my brisket pulled style. Please report on the ribs and beef if you go back, maybe you don't mind driving from Chino Hills to Rancho on a Friday night, but I don't enjoy the drive from Chino, unless I am certain it is REALLY worth my while. ;-)

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                                                                                jacknhedy Oct 31, 2010 07:46 PM

                                                                                chinowayne -

                                                                                a few disclosures: i am no expert on barbeque or its subtle nuances across the country. however, i can appreciate a tasty one, be it some unique rub or sauce, on some good ribs. i guess you're referring to the previous owner, but i honestly do not know. have a feeling chef tim's done something different to it. it would be a shame to have great sides and lousy mains. for what it's worth, i thought the 4 star ratings from the 'other' board was accurate for this side of town. by the way, do you have some good recommendation for a southern place in our neck of the woods?

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                                                                                  ChinoWayne Nov 1, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                                                  Sorry, Jack. I am not sure if there is any place locally that features southern food, but then I have not specifically looked for it.

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                                                                                    Servorg Nov 1, 2010 10:55 AM

                                                                                    Have not been, so not recommending it - but there is: http://theboilerskc.com/

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                                                                                      ChinoWayne Nov 1, 2010 12:39 PM

                                                                                      You know you are dying to try this joint, so when are you coming out here?

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                                                                                        Servorg Nov 1, 2010 12:49 PM

                                                                                        Conveniently located only 47 miles from my home... ;-D>

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                                                                                        jacknhedy Nov 1, 2010 04:27 PM

                                                                                        servorg, chinowayne,

                                                                                        sadly, we have tried the boiler steam kettle. novel? yes. food - just alright, despite all the hype i read about the chef, who was a nice guy. it is pricey for what you get. we have since not returned, and have no intentions of doing so... i was really hoping that it was going to be fantastic, as i absolutely love gumbo, bouillabaisse and the like.

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                                                                                          ChinoWayne Nov 1, 2010 07:56 PM

                                                                                          Thanks for taking one for the team, Jack. One can only hope the next new independent place to open up in our neck of the woods fares better. (I suspect, though, the people behind this place had franchising in their minds around their concept, which is a very low bar to aspire to surmounting in terms of presenting good food that warms the soul).

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                                                                                      reality check Feb 15, 2011 01:33 PM

                                                                                      Chef Tim's ribs and beef are below average. I would rather go to Joey's than back to Chef Tim's and I'm no fan of Joey's. Stick to Phillips in Chino or J & J's BBQ in Pomona for BBQ.

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                                                                                        coconutz Sep 24, 2011 12:31 AM

                                                                                        note Phillips has closed earlier this year

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                                                                                      pslpsl Nov 1, 2010 05:47 PM

                                                                                      We went here (tims with spices) on sat night.

                                                                                      Pulled pork/collard greens: **delicious**
                                                                                      Corn bread : special extra secret ingredeint: 200lbs butter/sq inch.
                                                                                      Basa: good (v mild)
                                                                                      Rib tips: OK (too smoky for my likes) and chicken legs (OK)

                                                                                      Overall, a good addition to the area....

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                                                                                      stopurmakingmehungry Dec 2, 2010 01:56 PM

                                                                                      Adding Donahoo's Golden Chicken on Garey Avenue in Pomona for delicious friend chicken. Also agreeing that Flappy Jack's breakfast is delish; I like the skillets w/ a side of pancakes - yum.

                                                                                      Thanks for the Darvish recommend, I've been craving some persian food with that amazing saffron rice.

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                                                                                      Donahoo's Golden Chicken
                                                                                      1074 N Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767

                                                                                      Darvish Restaurant
                                                                                      946 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

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                                                                                        attran99 Feb 14, 2011 09:25 AM

                                                                                        I've tried Christophe's Restaurant in downtown Upland three times now, and as much as I want to like it, I'm not sure that I can. The chef was born and trained in France. He had pretty decent place in Rancho Cucamonga, and then opened up shop in Upland. Reviews of the old place were pretty good...all indicators of good eating just a few blocks away from my house.
                                                                                        Visit #1 - Mother's Day Sunday Brunch
                                                                                        It was just okay. Nothing that really blew my mind. I've been spoiled by Sunday Brunch at Taps in Brea and a few at the Ritz-Carlton...and this didn't even come close. The Chef has an affinity for Mexican food, so it was a bunch with more than a few Mexican choices...but they were just okay. Service was decent, and the champagne was flowing. Have not been back for brunch since.
                                                                                        Visit #2 - Lunch with a Friend
                                                                                        Soup and salad for her. Soup and foie gras terrine for me. The salad was a mesclun melange. Ranch dressing was house-made. He soup was a mushroom brie soup. She said it was divine. I had the lobster bisque. I paid the extra surcharge ($2) for lobster meat. The bisque was lovely, though I'd love enjoyed an extra shot of sherry or brandy poured over the top. Lobster meat was perfectly cooked. There was a lot of lobster flavor. The foie gras terrine was served with toast points and a nice port reduction gelee. I quite enjoyed the foie gras. It was a very nice lunch. Service was good.
                                                                                        Visit #3 - Pre-Valentine's Dinner
                                                                                        Last night's dinner was a real letdown. The restaurant wasn't too busy when we arrived, but we were seated right away. Amanda was our server, and she was able to give great suggestions for drinks...but the drinks took forever and a day to come out. Fresh bread and butter were brought out and our appetizer (sweet potato fries with a gorgonzola dipping sauce) arrived before our drinks. The bread was nice and hot, the butter was soft and just salty enough, and the fries were good. I loved the dipping sauce...not too strong, just the right amount of gorgonzola. My husband ordered the crab ravioli (Served in a light Tomato Lobster Cream sauce), and I asked the Chef to make me whatever he wanted because some friends of ours had come there and done the exact same thing. The ravioli while cooked well, had a lot of filler and didn't taste of fresh real crab. To me, it tasted like imitation crab. We've had better crab ravioli at Aruffo's in Claremont. My surprise dish...wasn't really a surprise. I had thought the Chef would have created something on the fly for me, but instead it was the most expensive (non-Market Priced) item on the menu. New Zealand Lamb Chops (Grilled Lamb Chops with an Orange Persillade Crust served with Balsamic Red Wine reduction sauce and potatoes Lyonaisse). The chops, while grilled perfectly on the outside with lovely char marks, were overcooked to medium. The orange persillade crust didn't taste of orange, and was more garlicky than anything else. It really hid any lamb-y flavor I was looking for. I had New Zealand lamb chops from Fogo de Chao a couple of weeks ago, and those were just the right amount of gamey-ness and cooked perfectly to a medium-rare. The potatoes were really nothing special and the reduction didn't really help elevate the dish. Now don't get me wrong, it was still good, but because I was expecting a super cool creative concoction, it was disappointing to see just something on the menu. We did get our drinks before our entrees were brought to the table, and they were just okay. Service was also just okay. Really sad for a restaurant that just wasn't that busy. It was a sad, just okay dinner. I'm not sure we'll be back.

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                                                                                        296 N Second Avenue, Upland, CA 91786

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                                                                                          ChinoWayne Feb 14, 2011 01:03 PM

                                                                                          Just wondering, maybe the executive chef was not in last night? Might explain your disappointment.

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                                                                                            attran99 Feb 18, 2011 10:54 PM

                                                                                            I asked if the chef was in, and the waitress said that he was. Makes me super sad.

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                                                                                          adrienne156 Feb 15, 2011 12:42 PM

                                                                                          Possibly in the "genuine strip-mall-run-by-a-family-who-knows-their-indigenous-food restaurants" genre, there's a newish Portuguese restaurant - Island Cafe - on Euclid just off the 60. They offer deli sandwiches, several different types of baked goods, and other Portuguese specialties (the Yelpers mentioned a bacalao dinner plate). I ran in for a latte, but managed to grab a few queijada de nata to go (they had a few different flavors). Silky, delicious custard in a very tender pastry crust.

                                                                                          I'm not familiar with Portuguese food, but in case other hounds might want to check it out, it's in the same shopping center as Fresh & Easy and Walgreens.

                                                                                          http://islandcafe.us/

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                                                                                            L.A. Jay Oct 27, 2011 10:57 AM

                                                                                            So nice to see my "hood" getting some love. We have some gems out here in "The 909". We have some great family run joints that aren't going to get much attention from yelp or the blogosphere, but will be well worth a trek "off the beaten path". Not to be missed:

                                                                                            Donahoo's Golden Fried Chicken in Pomona. Strictly take out, and not in the greatest area, but well worth it! Seriously, their fried chicken can hang with the big boys in the big city.

                                                                                            Angel's Place in La Verne. Home-style Greek food by a friendly family. Awesome Gyros and yogurt sauce. My go-to is their slovaki. They also have fresh cut fries that are super tasty. I wonder if they're fried in lard. I'm not going to ask, though. Ignorance is bliss!

                                                                                            Dillon's BBQ in La Verne. Everything homemade here, too. Three great BBQ sauces, very good sides (including deep fried corn on the cob!), and true wood-smoked meats.

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                                                                                              Jack Flash Oct 27, 2011 12:15 PM

                                                                                              Where is Dillon's? I used to spend a lot of time in La Verne, but I never heard of this place.

                                                                                              Is Angel's on D street in the village?

                                                                                              As for frying in lard, well...you like Donahoo's right?

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                                                                                                Servorg Oct 27, 2011 12:20 PM

                                                                                                Google says http://www.dillonsbbq.com/

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                                                                                                Dillon's Pit Bar-B-Q
                                                                                                2232 D St, La Verne, CA 91750

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                                                                                                  ChinoWayne Oct 28, 2011 04:48 PM

                                                                                                  Apparently Dillon's opened about five weeks ago, maybe I will have to do a photo walk in LaVerne.

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                                                                                                    Servorg Oct 28, 2011 04:54 PM

                                                                                                    Make it snappy! (but stay focused) ;-D>

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                                                                                                  L.A. Jay Oct 27, 2011 01:19 PM

                                                                                                  Dillon's opened up just this year. They're right next to the CoffeeBerry where the Chinese place used to be. Angel's is just up the street on D.

                                                                                                  Thanks for destroying my blissful ignorance of Donahoo's!

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