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Photo by Ashley Bennett

Where Cliché Meets Satisfaction

Photo by Ashley Bennett Aztlan Tacos & Grill shows all the signs of a great Mexican restaurant Let’s roll through a few great restaurant clichés: many of the best restaurants are hole-in-the-walls, some of the best ...


Photo by Bill Gerdes

Cold Night, Warm Stomach

Photo by Bill Gerdes Grazie’s in Upland has all the wine, Italian food and sports that you’ll ever need I could start off this review by going on about how Grazie’s in Upland is a throwback Italian joint, a family-st...


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Healthy in Both Body and Wallet

The Solei Bistro will make the “eat healthier” resolution of the new year easier than…a chicken wrap Christmas is right around the corner and for the first time, I’m prepared. My shopping list is complet...



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Better than the Average Bar

Drive to The Hood where you’ll discover tasty bar meals and fresh, live music I don’t expect much in bar food. I don’t expect every dive bar to suddenly become a gastro pub. I don’t expect porcini mushrooms on my&he...


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Flying High

Hangar 24’s Secret Recipe For Success Why exactly is Ben Cook always smiling? As the owner and brew master of local Redlands brewery Hangar 24 that was recognized recently as the fastest brewery ever to reach regional status,...


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Satisfying Since 1997

Photo by John Bergano Chino’s Riverside Grill is one personally owned restaurant that lies in the heart of the city as well as its inhabitants From humble beginnings to a bustling weekend staple, Riverside Grill in Chino has...



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BBQ Covered Gem of the Desert

Meat is treated just right at this steak and BBQ joint—don’t forget the reservations! The Saturday I went to Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, it was packed with people. Some were there to feel like they were ba...


Photo by Ashley Bennett

Waffles Are The New Buns

Photo by Ashley Bennett Bruxie reinvents the waffle and there’s no way you’ll be able to pick just one You can eat a breakfast biscuit or dainty lemon tart in its regular form but there’s a world of differenc...


Photo by Bill Gerdes

Good, Cheap Tongue

Photo by Bill Gerdes No dish is boring at El Fogon with fish tacos and a little cow tongue Liver, kidneys, and other organ meats have gotten serious attention in the foodie world over the last few years. Ditto for…



Photo by Nancy Powell

Tripping on Steampunk in the IE

Photo by Nancy Powell Corona’s first gastropub goes sci-fi in imaginative ways Gastropubs may be few and far here in the Empire, and Steam Haus Gastropub hopes to change that landscape. Located in the Dos Lagos Shopping Cent...


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King of the Calzone

The Red Tomato brings Italian food to the Empire with a Middle Eastern twist It is hard to decipher the puzzle that The Red Tomato represents. On the one hand, it’s one of those family-owned, family-operated, red-checkered ta...


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Experience-changing Margaritas

A trip to Las Casuelas Terraza will leave you full and happy In a town like Palm Springs that features a 50-foot-high sculpture of Marylyn Monroe, it’s only fitting there’s a place like Las Casuelas Terraza, a sprawling beh...



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SWEET CREPES!

Chino Hills welcomes a taste of France With two locations in Long Beach, the French mini-chain La Creperie Café opened its third spot in Chino Hills a little over a year ago. According to assistant manager Joe Carlin, the thou...


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Any Fish You Wish

Sushi purists—and sinners—can find a damn nice roll at Kabuki Malls give me the skeevs. On the few occasions I need to venture into the Tyler Galleria or Ontario Mills I tend to sweat, shake and look furtively toward the&he...


Photo by Nancy Powell

What the Thai

Photo by Nancy Powell Authentic Thai flavors come to the land of meat and potatoes Norco isn’t exactly a Mecca for Asian, much less authentic Thai food. When Sam Pankaew touched down upon the part of town last November, ther...



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A Sweet Awakening

Pine Haven Café’s Recipes Will Stuff You Well Into the Afternoon Eating food should be a democracy made up of hungry people who can choose what they want when they feel like it, not when the time dictates what must…


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Got Pho?

Pho Anam brings authentic Vietnamese cuisine to the Inland Empire Some will cite that the hallmark of a good Vietnamese pho restaurant is grunge; the dirtier the restaurant, the more authentic tasting its food. And so Pho Anam...


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Southern Comfort

Stene’s Southern Kitchen’s home cookin‘ is far from amateur Home cooking requires the knowledge of what makes good recipes simple, but don’t even think for a second that “simple” means “easy.” You don’t need a...



Photo by Gabriela Mungarro

Temecula’s Famous Dave’s Showcases Wilbur in All His Glory

Photo by Gabriela Mungarro I know that this restaurant is called Famous Dave’s but it felt more like Uncle Dave’s because the atmosphere perfected its laidback mood. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, I visited the newly opened Temecula...


Photo by Nancy Powell

Pechanga Casino’s Great Hall of Vice

Photo by Nancy Powell Great Oak brings four-diamond dining to the outer reaches of the Empire If ever there was an occasion to honor high rollers, anniversary dinners, engagement celebrations or wha not, Pechanga’s The Great...


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A Delightful Throwback

Photo by Bill Gerdes Le Rendez-Vous keeps French cuisine alive in the IE If I were to say that Le Rendez-Vous is a rather perfect representation of a French restaurant in the 1970s and ’80s with a few modern twists…



Photo by Bill Berdes

That Mexican Restaurant

Photo by Bill Berdes It’s about time we discover the innovative Luna Modern Kitchen While the IE has scads of taco stands and fast food places where one can find tasty and interesting Mexican cooking, there’s a glaring lac...


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The Not So Denny’s Cracker Barrel of the Inland Empire

An old fashioned, Dust Bowl-era greasy spoon to challenge the establishment Traveling along the 15 from BFE to the great Inland Empire beyond, one can find a treasure trove of greasy spoons wanting to indulge the errant travele...


Photo by Bill Gerdes

Servicing Something More . . . or Less?

Photo by Bill Gerdes Elephant Thai’s customer service makes up for menu misses If ubiquitous means what I think it does, Thai food is ubiquitous in 2012. Thai restaurants are indeed everywhere. You can get a spring roll in S...



Photo by Bill Gerdes

As Good As It Gets

Photo by Bill Gerdes Pinocchio in the Desert doesn’t need to lie about its dishes—they speak for themselves I’m quite glad that it took me an hour to drive to Pinocchio in the Desert in Palm Springs from Riverside; some&...


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Taste of Italy

Bella Trattoria puts the ristorante back into patio dining There is only one solution for unbearable heat: a satisfying culinary refresher. There’s no better place to restart your engine after walking in the heat like Riv...


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The New King of Pork

Carnitas Don Juan makes perfect pieces of bite-sized meats Juan had the perfect excuse to open a restaurant. He had been cooking for his entire life, mostly for his parents (whose mother owns the Calimex Deli in Los Angeles), a...



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You Don’t Need Philly For This Cheesesteak

Philly’s Best brings the big cheese to the Southland The most well-known icons of Philadelphia in Southern California aren’t the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin or the Declaration of Independence. Nope, ask any Californian ...