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Lunch between Pasadena & Riverside?

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Would like to take my niece to a pretty place with a nice ambiance between our homes for a giant salad and glass of wine. I checked out the Golden Spur in Glendora, but would rather not go the nostalgia route. Any ideas? Thanks!

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Love the place but we're trying to find a midway point.

      1. re: mocro

        Pickings are slim between Pasadena and Riverside.

        Cities like San Dimas, Glendora, and even Monrovia aren't exactly culinary hotbeds. Heck, they're barely culinary wastelands.

    2. I've never been, but would the Dal Rae in Pico Rivera work? Large list of salads on their lunch menu.

      I've no idea about the prettiness aspect, of course, and it might be along the lines of being too nostalgic, as well.

      1. How about Le Pain Quotidien in Claremont which is right in the middle?

        Also in Claremont, on a nice day we like Petiscos Tacos, but no salads.

        1. How about this place in Claremont Village?


          Ambiance is upscale sports bar and cheerfully corporate, but you can get your salad. Not sure what their wine list looks like. Parking is pretty convenient (large structure next door), and the area is cute. I had a pleasant enough time when I went there (once) a few yrs ago.

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          1. re: ilysla

            Next to Eureka in Claremont there is an understated wine shop with good food called Packing House Wine Merchant. Had a very enjoyable Mother's Day dinner there recently and liked the relaxed vibe

            They have great wedge and caprese salads and good tapas-style plates for sharing over wine


            1. re: Ernie

              Oh, that looks lovely. Not sure if there's enough salad variety for the OP, but I think I'd choose this over Eureka.

          2. If Monrovia is a possibility, try Caffe Opera on Myrtle Avenue. Better-than-average food and a very pleasant room.

            1. Thank you everyone for the great advice. I'll head to Eureka in Claremont as it sounds perfect for my
              college-aged niece.

              I do go to the Dal Rae sometimes as Pico Rivera is midway for a friend in Long Beach. It's a step back in time! Men in suits drinking martinis at lunch. A reliable meal and attentive service. Thank you again.

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              1. re: mocro

                Be forewarned it is a beer and burgers place. Pretty far departure from salad and wine but if she is into craft beer and average burgers then it is a great choice. It is very college in atmosphere, the music is loud.

                I go there for the beer, the food is serviceable.

                1. re: mocro

                  I was terribly disappointed in Eureka. Consider The Back Abbey which is right across the street in its stead.