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Living La Vida Loca

Dragon Loco offers top-notch Asian and Mexican dishes Over the past two years, food trucks have offered a refreshing alternative to the same old mundane food items that restaurants serve. But here in the IE there is at least on...


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Simple and Delicious

Brazilian food that will make you scream GOL! with excitement Remember the Brazilian restaurant craze of about 10 years back? Every city had a Brazilian joint opening up. Spit-fired proteins were all the rage and “Have you tr...


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Sweating Beads of Joy

Spice up your night with award-winning chili dogs Finding a restaurant that offers quality food on a consistent basis is a universal concern. Why spend money at a place that provides mediocrity? Rest assured that there is at le...



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DISCOVER DOÑA

Find Norco’s Doña Luisa’s Mexican Grill on the road less traveled I commuted to Norco College years ago, back when it was just an extension of Riverside Community College. In my routine, the longer I took the same route, t...


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HEFTY BURGERS

P&G Burgers brings a crowd to Colton One sunny day as I was driving down Valley Boulevard in Colton and I noticed a small fast food restaurant. Unlike other restaurants in the tiny city, which are amazing in their own…


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VIVACIOUS VIETNAMESE

Riverside’s Calibasil offers fast pho at its finest! If you were experiencing Vietnamese food for the first time, say 10 years ago—and let’s assume you were something of what would come over the next decade to be called a...



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RAISING THE BAR

Montclair’s Dolce Bakery turns gastropub I love going to coffee houses and gastropubs. I especially enjoy decadent baked goods usually found at specialty bakeries—but finding this decent coffee, gastro-food and baked goods ...


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D Dogs is D’licious

Customized burgers and craft brews that will knock your socks off My beer-swilling buddy and home-brewer friend John Rockwell had been raving about D Dogs since it opened about six months ago, claiming it had one of the best se...


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A JUICY VARIETY

Hanging out at Jim’s World Famous Charbroiled Burgers is bound to make your mouth water Finding a good, independently-owned “fast food” burger joint can be a difficult task, however,  there is one restaurant that...



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Let the Casino Do All of the Work

Face it, sometimes Thanksgiving feasts just aren’t worth the hassle. While you can find a delicious and healthy vegan-vegetarian meal at The Loving Hut in Claremont, we know that some of you just want to have a traditional me...


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Culinary Experimentation

It’s one thing to have a natural ability to create a fantastic meal, but for most of us it’s a chore; and during the holidays it’s stressful to boot. It’s time to stop fretting about how your crazy family perceives…


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A LOVING THANKSGIVING

Give turkeys a rest this holiday By this time you’ve probably already busted out the mashed potatoes, roasted turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. It’s all tradition holiday fare—but it gets old after a while. At least i...



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The Meat of the Matter

When it comes to protein, Mr. Kebab’s menu is spectacular When it comes to healthy and delicious food, the cuisines from the Mediterranean region of the world absolutely must be considered. Fortunately for us, one of the best...


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Got Chinese?

Panda Inn celebrates 40 years as a SoCal icon Long before Panda Express popularized Chinese fast food and the Chinese took the San Gabriel Valley by storm, there was Panda Inn, an American Chinese restaurant started by the very...


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LIVING LOYAL

The Lotus Garden has Chinese fare that’s bloomin’ with creativity and flavor Having been open since 1986, the Lotus Garden Chinese Restaurant is considered by many to be the premier Chinese restaurant in the IE—and for go...



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BRUSCHETTA AND BUTTER STEAK

Brio definitely isn’t your run-of-the-mill Olive Garden Of all cuisines in the world, I enjoy the inspiring history that follows the evolution of Italian food. Images conjured by this thought are filled with both joyous famil...


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RAISING THE ITALIAN BAR

Rockin’ Pizza Pub has everything needed for a sweet (or spicy) Italian experience. Located on the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Grove in a fairly large non-descript shopping center is the most enjoyable and affordably priced p...


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PIZZA PIE

Fast and delicious pizza? Now that’s amore! I like—but don’t love—several of the pizza joints where I live in Riverside. Romano’s makes tasty thin and thick-crust pizza, and I’m at least calzone-curious when it come...



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MIGHTY FINE

It’s not fancy, but Sal & Sons makes amazing Italian cuisine Sal & Sons Pizza and Pasta is a neat, family owned pizzeria that offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizzas at very reasonable prices. There i...


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Rice, Rice Baby

Taking a tour behind the scenes of the artistry and sensuality of rice cookery at Paisano’s It’s funny how outward appearances dictate our expectations. On a Saturday evening just before opening, as I’m standing outside P...


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FINGER LICKIN’ GOOD

Mill Creek in Redlands delivers a menu that’s covered in BBQ Nestled in a small center just off the California Street in Redlands (you know, across from Pharaoh’s Lost Kingdom) is one of my favorite BBQ restaurants: the Mil...



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FRIED AND FANTASTIC

L.A. County Fair Food Never Disappoints Everyone knows what time of year it is by now. There’s no denying the smell of delicious, fattening foods pervading the air. It’s not even the single aroma of carne asada tacos, sweet...


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HOT DIGGITY DOG

Chicago-style hot dogs from Windy C’s will blow you away I love hot dogs and I know a lot of you do too judging by the huge number of hot dogs sold each year (Americans devour an estimated seven billion…


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BACON OVERLOAD

There’s no such thing as too much bacon Bacon. The sweetest and savoriest of meats. Just the smell causes mouths to furiously salivate and dreams of burgers, sandwiches and fries dance in one’s head. The temptation of bacon...



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Keepin’ it Old School

Food and Décor at Connal’s in Upland is Deliciously Retro Connal’s Burgers, Salads & Subs has been a Pasadena Landmark since 1958. Lucky for us, we can enjoy the same food right here in Upland. This free-standing fast-...


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High Altitude, Higher Quality

Madlon’s Restaurant in Big Bear is the Only Way to Dine Right We Californians like to think that we live in the fast lane. Most of the time, we do—as we speed down freeways, perform infamous California “rolling stops...


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The Spice of Life

Naan Cafe in Redlands is bursting with flavors Locate a few doors down from Albertson’s Market on Redlands Blvd. in Redlands is a neat Indian restaurant called Naan Café. This small eatery offers a variety of Southern and No...



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That’s No Ordinary Taco!

Petiscos: Where average street tacos are put to shame When childhood friends and local restaurateurs John Solana and Erik Johnson decided to open Petiscos several weeks ago, the last thing they were looking to do was open up a ...