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Dinner in Claremont?

We're East coasters visiting colleges in the Claremont area and Occidental in Glendale(?) in the next couple of days. Any suggestions for dinner in Claremont and lunch near Occidental?

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  1. Lunch near Occidental, try Oinkster.

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    Oinkster
    2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

    1. I second the rec for Oinkster. For lunch near Occidental another good option is Four Cafe.

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      Oinkster
      2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

        1. Lunch near Oxy: Oinkster (as others have suggested) or Auntie Em's.

          Claremont dinner: Inka Trails (Peruvian) is my pick. Or Viva Madrid.

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          Oinkster
          2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

          Inka Trails
          1077 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

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

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          1. re: Jack Flash

            Dinner at Inka Trails can be slowwwww......I mean really really slow even if the restaurant is half empty. And the food is ok, but not astounding. There is a fairly decent Thai place in the village, I think next to the parking structure. If my recent experience of suburban east coast Thai is any indication, you might find it revelatory. My sense is that you won't get much flavor of the college community there in the summer, so you also might want to just leave Claremont and head into Monterey Park area for some outstanding Chinese food.

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            Inka Trails
            1077 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

            1. re: coffeebrownies

              Slow? Never in my experience. In fact, I've had just the opposite feeling over the course of at least a dozen different visits over several years - the food comes out so quickly that we're still usually working on our ceviche when the saltados arrive. "Slow" is the absolute last word in the dictionary I would ever use to describe my experiences there.

              1. re: Jack Flash

                Well, this was based on one dinner--but we went early so that we would beat the crowds. As I recall, it took them, maybe 5-10 minutes to seat us in an empty restaurant, and at least 15 more before our orders were taken. We ended up asking for the check with the food. But of course, that could have been one bad night.

                1. re: coffeebrownies

                  That is weird. I can't imagine waiting that long just to get seated. I mean, it's a tiny place and you're just standing there smack in the middle of the dining room...

          2. In Claremont, Viva Madrid is fun for tapas but can get busy and they don't take reservations. Back Abbey is good for burgers, moules frites and Belgian beer. If you like cheese, you should definitely stop into the Cheese Cave, which is the best cheese shop in LA county; they don't do dinner but will do a cheese plate. Best sushi is Hayato on Foothill west of the colleges. If you feel like a fish taco, the ones at Senor Baja on foothill are good.

            The traditional places for dinner in the village are Walter's, Harvard Square, and Tutti Mangia. All three are decent but not that exciting or much fun. Sort of staid but solid options.

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            The Back Abbey
            128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

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

            Cheese Cave
            325 N Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91767

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            1. re: Robert Thornton

              Viva Madrid seems to be a popular choice, but the time my friends and I went, we were very disappointed. It wasn't terrible, just mediocre.

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

              1. re: mrhooks

                Keep in mind that we're talking about Claremont and the surrounding area, which is simply not a culinary destination. It's a suburban bedroom community inhabited largely by a population that is satisfied with the likes of chain mediocrities such as Olive Garden and Chili's. Compared to that, Viva Madrid stands out.