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Weekend in Claremont - Ideas?

I'll be at a conference at Pitzer College for a few days, mostly busy and without a car, but we'll go out for dinner each night and once or twice for lunches, too. Previous threads are mostly a year or more old, so I'll ask again for recommendations for good places, mostly for groups of 6-8, preferably something ethnic.

Older threads mention Inka Trails (Peruvian) and Viva Madrid (tapas). With enough reason, we could cab it to someplace in the area. Thanks in advance!

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Inka Trails
1077 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

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

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  1. Inka Trails is okay, been there once and have not been back. Same goes for Viva Madrid although I know many people who personally that love that place.

    I would recommend:

    Tutti Mangia for Italian food.
    Back Abbey for burgers, fries and beer.
    Sanamluang for Thai food.
    Saca's Mediterranean for gyros (lunch?)

    Walking to Tutti Mangia and Saca's is no problem and Back Abbey is about a couple blocks further so definitely manageable. You will probably need a cab (which is pretty rare in Claremont) to get to Sanamluang.

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    The Back Abbey
    128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

    Tutti Mangia
    102 Harvard Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

    1. Tutti Mangia and Aruffo's for Italian...I'm fond of the king crab ravioli and the $8 wine flights at Aruffo's.
      The Back Abbey is just awesome to chill and enjoy a burger, fries fried in duck fat, and a beer.
      Saca's is pretty good.
      Kazama for sushi...the chef makes a great omakase.
      For drinks in a very chill setting, visit the bar/lounge at Hotel Casa 425. Inventive and delish cocktails in the lit up courtyard with fire pits and couches.
      And I'm a Viva Madrid fan...service is great, and they run out of jamon serrano on busy nights.
      All of those locations are within walking distance.
      Darvish Persian Restaurant is a great place for kebobs and saffron rice. You'll might need to cab it here.

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

      Darvish Restaurant
      946 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

      Hotel Casa 425
      425 West First Street, Claremont, CA

      The Back Abbey
      128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

      Kazama Sushi
      101 N Indian Hill Blvd Ste C1-104A, Claremont, CA 91711

      Tutti Mangia
      102 Harvard Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

      Aruffo's Italian Cuisine
      126 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

      1. Thanks for these ideas! I'll start planning and hope for good times and good eats...

        1. Walter's in the village is excellent and has Afghan food along with their regualr menu. I love their Afghan fries and thier corn polenta with black beans. Also thier crab tacos and their fresh mozzarella sandwich w/tomatoes. They have a beautiful patio, great for breakfast.

          I've been to parties, ladies luncheons etc. here over the years and never disappointed.

          1. I will recommend for provisions on your trip the Cheese cave on Yale ave and the Claremont Farmers Market on Sundays from 8-1 on Indian Hill and 2nd Street

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            Cheese Cave
            325 N Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91767

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            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              Thanks for the tip. I didn't know that such a place existed in this area. I look forward to making a trip here.

              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                Thanks for the Cheese Cave tip. I went today, and found a couple of cheeses to try at home. I was super impressed with what they have on stock...some cheeses I'd never even heard of before. The service was excellent...I was able to try a bunch of different cheeses, and they were helpful in narrowing down choices for me. They seem really knowledgeable. The store also sells balsamic vinegar and olive oils that you get to pour into these wonderful glass containers yourself. I tried the balsamic, and it was terrific...fruity, sweet, and syrupy. I did not try the olive oils. They also make sandwiches on baguettes for $6. There's also an array of pates/rillettes, beers, snacks, and condiments...I particularly liked their Edmond Fallot mustards and the Urbana truffle butters...priced much higher than Epicure Imports in North Hollywood, but convenient to get if I'm in a pinch.

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                Cheese Cave
                325 N Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91767