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Beer and FOOD in the SGV/IE/NORTH OC area

Hi! Looking for a great place in the SGV/IE/North OC area that has a good selection of beers on tap and good food- preferably sans the loud sports atmosphere of yardhouse or bjs. Gastropubs are cool but nothing too pretentious.

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  1. The Back Abbey in Claremont.

    Haven in Orange.

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    1. re: JAB

      I second the Back Abbey in Claremont. Really great selection of European (esp. Belgian) beers (lots of good domestics too), serious burgers, moules frites, duck-fat fries, etc.

      Also in Claremont a block away is Eureka Burger, which also has a serious selection of beers on tap and good food.

      1. re: Robert Thornton

        I'm not in the area often and therefore have yet to try Eureka because then that means I'd have to skip Back Abbey.

    2. PS Looking for a menu that goes beyond just burgers

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      1. re: Jessattacks

        Did you look at the menu for Haven? They even offer smoked rabbit or whole roasted suckling pig (for example). See the full online website menu here http://www.havengastropub.com/orange/...

        1. re: Servorg

          Haven is cool, been there a lot (truffle fries ftw).. looking for a new place though

      2. In SGV, there's 38 Degrees (Alhambra) and Stuffed Sandwich (San Gabriel)

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Stuffed Sandwich is quite exceptional for the myriad varieties of beers.

          Though bring your own mug or pint glass unless you want your suds served in waxy Dixie cups.

          Their sandwiches are not half bad, but that's not what you came there for.

          And there's no sports bar atmosphere in sight.

          1. re: kevin

            You should also bring your own food.

            Saying their sandwiches "are not half bad" is like saying A-Rod was sort of not half bad at using HGH.

        2. In North OC you could try Taps. Their beer selection won't compare to some of these others but food is good.

          Depending on how important food is you could go to the Bruery tasting room. They usually have a food truck outside on most nights.

          Tustin Brewing Company might be too far south but they have a good selection of draft beers and nicer bar type food.

          1. Hollingshead's Deli ?