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hsiaoj Aug 7, 2011 04:48 PM

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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    coffeebrownies RE: hsiaoj Aug 7, 2011 07:56 PM

    Lunch near Occidental, try Oinkster.

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    Oinkster
    2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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      grubjay RE: hsiaoj Aug 8, 2011 06:52 AM

      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. Servorg RE: hsiaoj Aug 8, 2011 07:01 AM

        Previous Claremont recommendations here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767005 and here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/778234

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          Jack Flash RE: hsiaoj Aug 8, 2011 08:54 AM

          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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            coffeebrownies RE: Jack Flash Aug 8, 2011 02:37 PM

            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

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              Jack Flash RE: coffeebrownies Aug 8, 2011 04:18 PM

              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.

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                coffeebrownies RE: Jack Flash Aug 9, 2011 05:04 AM

                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.

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                  Jack Flash RE: coffeebrownies Aug 9, 2011 08:05 AM

                  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...

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            Robert Thornton RE: hsiaoj Aug 8, 2011 07:43 PM

            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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              mrhooks RE: Robert Thornton Aug 9, 2011 03:34 PM

              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

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                Jack Flash RE: mrhooks Aug 9, 2011 03:48 PM

                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.

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              Jack Flash RE: hsiaoj Aug 8, 2011 11:33 PM

              Another dinner option (which may be in one of the other linked threads) is an Italian place called Cafe Allegro, in neighboring La Verne, about a 10-minute drive from the Claremont colleges. La Verne also has two decent teppan yaki (Benihana-style) establishments: Shogun and Miyabi.

              If you like Gringo-Mex in a place that looks charmingly like it's still 1963, then La Paloma (right on the Pomona/La Verne border) is your place.

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

              La Paloma Restaurant
              2975 Foothill Blvd, La Verne, CA 91750

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                Bradbury RE: Jack Flash Aug 9, 2011 12:37 AM

                Allegro isn't bad, but if the OP is coming from pretty much any East Coast metropolis, they can already get decent Italian (and teppan-yaki, and Gringo-Mex...)

                I'd go with the Back Abbey or The Press in Claremont, and Oinkster in Eagle Rock. Other good bets near the 210 Freeway (the most likely route between the two) that offer chow hard to find on the East Coast: Din Tai Fung, Liang's Kitchen, Zelo's, Tacos Ensenada, and various Armenian bakeries in northeast Pasadena. Oh, and maybe Donut Man, too :)

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                Din Tai Fung Restaurant
                1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

                Donut Man
                915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

                The Back Abbey
                128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

                Oinkster
                2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

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                  heckonwheels RE: Bradbury Aug 9, 2011 08:58 AM

                  Mostly great recs...I'd add one, Eureka Burger at the west end of the Packinghouse makes great burgers, has an excellent selection of beers, full bar, is just a touch cheaper than Back Abbey and makes a great alternate if that restaurant is too busy.

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                  The Back Abbey
                  128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

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                attran99 RE: hsiaoj Aug 9, 2011 09:59 AM

                I second the recs for The Back Abbey, Cheese Cave, Viva Madrid, Inka Trails, Donut Man, and Oinkster.
                I also believe that Ricky's Fish Tacos or the Best Fish Taco in Ensenada is also within close vicnity to Oinkster. Really good fish and shrimp tacos...definitely something that's a West Coast specialty.

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                Oinkster
                2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                Donut Man
                915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

                Inka Trails
                1077 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

                The Back Abbey
                128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

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

                Ricky's Fish Tacos
                1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                Cheese Cave
                325 N Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91767

                1. Servorg RE: hsiaoj Feb 25, 2012 10:49 AM

                  I have to give credit to Westways Magazine for this recommendation. Hotel Casa has a lounge and bar called 425 (the address of the hotel on W. First Street) that is doing things like kobe sliders (3 for $15) topped with caramelized onions or a Manchego cheese, chicken and mango quesadilla for $10. For dessert they are offering ice cream sandwiches using cookies for the "bread" part.

                  http://www.casa425.com/lounge/

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