Past Stories

The Hideaway

The French dip sandwich is a relic of the early ’80s, along with smoking in bars, the Cold War, and a healthy manufacturing center. But I love and miss all of those things—maybe not the Cold War—but the French dip…


The Perfect Mantra

Cliché as it may sound, the good fellas at Mantra Indian Cuisine adhere to the mantra (no pun intended) that good things come in small packages and good things come to those who wait. I’m not talking about wait times…


American Pie

We all know that if we want delicious, authentic Italian pizza, we call Domino’s and tell them to shove it. Papa John’s too (but not Pizza Hut because it has deep-fried crusts. Mmm . . . ). When it comes…



Something for Everyone

Chuck-E-Cheese is one of the last kid-based celebration venues around, but when it comes to the kids, do you honestly want to go there? No. No one does. But fear not for there’s a new restaurant in town that’s well-known&he...


Doin’ It Up Southern-Style

“Down-home, Southern barbeque—just like they do it in the South.” Many barbeque restaurants, shacks and holes-in-the-wall may as well have the words “authentic recreation” stamped on their menus, T-shirts, even their ...


Getting Busy With Chinese Cuisine

Do you love Panda Express? If you do, get outta here! You haven’t tasted authentic Chinese cuisine—a rarity in the Inland Empire, it seems, probably attributable to the scarcity of Asians in the area. You might be wondering...



A Trip Worth Making

Your meals are either classified as: A) Something to tide you over until the next time your body requires sustenance or B) Food that you crave, desire and enjoy with a strange and addicting intensity. If you’re the type of&he...


Currying Locals with the Royal Treatment

The city of Corona should count their blessings that Karam Singh and his brother decided to heed the advice of family friends and open Royal Taj, the Inland Empire’s first Indian fast food restaurant. What they’ve created, ...


A Little Bit Country

There’s a fine line between great dining in the “city” and “countryside,” especially in the Inland Empire. When you’re searching for the best city dining, your best bets are paying a visit to that mom-and-pop joint...



The Wow Factor

Talk about an abundance of riches. Entering the SportsWatch Bar and Grill to watch a game, have a beer or enjoy some food is a slightly overwhelming, at times even dizzying cornucopia of sports bar accoutrements. Like a plethor...


Slice of El Salvador

Pupusa—say it with me slowly kids—pu-pu-sa. It’s a fun word, a sexy word and, yes, a delicious one. Hell, I’ll say it again, pu-pu-sa. It’s a word designed to screw up spell-checks, confound those looking for macho-co...


Poetic Justice for the Senses

If something about Rumi’s Restaurant sings songs of the familiar, think back to Darya Fine Persian Cuisine in Orange County. Owner Bashir Hassanzadi has brought much of the same elegance and sophisticated refinement of a Dary...



Not Just Any Pub

If you’ve ever heard those clever little five-lined poems that have a similar rhyming scheme akin to “There once was a man from Nantucket” then you know already know what a limerick is. However funny and clever these rhym...


Homecoming at the Pinoy Greasy Spoon

Nanay Gloria opened eight months ago at the Fiesta Food Market on La Sierra and Magnolia, it was like a homecoming. You see, the thing about a restaurant located in an ethnically-owned market is that luring aromas of mother’s...


From The Top Of The Bun To The Bottom

We often indulge in the instant gratification of immediate food placed in our hands via fast food but we all know that if the burger is created quickly (or if we suspect that it’s been sitting in a food heater…



More Than Meets the Eye

From strip malls and dark alleys to lush gardens and sea-side seating, good eats are found virtually anywhere and everywhere. We’ve reviewed places hidden in between laundromats and water stores, behind trees and gardens and,...


101 Ways to Pleasure the Gut

Back when I was a young lass climbing the corporate ladder, a trip down to the Tummy Stuffer meant more than just satisfying the hunger pangs that would announce itself long before the lunch hour.  It meant pleasuring the boss...


Bamboo Isn’t Just For Pandas

Imagine a European restaurant—that’s right, an enterprise dedicated to providing the entire European dining experience, from paella to Shepherd’s pie, from foie-gras to schnitzel with a dash of sturgeon on the side. Whate...



Simply Fresh

I like Chef Freddy Rieger, the executive chef at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio. It’s hard not to enjoy a guy who ran restaurants for Trump and Steve Wynn and has the stories to go along with it,…


Pub Crawl

Let’s keep it real here, pubs are great places to hang out, grab some food, watch a game or just drink with friends— this is what it’s about. Normally the focus is more on drinks than meals but at McAlan’s…


Dining Fine

Buzz Cuccia talks and thinks fast, unflappable in demeanor even while he’s spooning soup and breaking garlic bread with me at one of the wooden benches that abound at Vince’s Spaghetti. Despite owning a pasta-serving machin...



Making All the Right Moves

Alter your current expectations of Mexican food with Sal & Limon, which is here to mix up your reality of how good a gourmet Mexican meal can taste. The location is small, the shopping center is quiet, and the name…


Worth the Trip

I recently spent a quality two hours at the Newark airport, my first foray into New Jersey since I was 9, and while nothing about the experience was especially appetizing, I left with a vague sense that Jersey was more…


Don’t Cry Over Wilted Lettuce

There will always be that terrible place you dined at years ago that still haunts you in the back of your mind, reminding you of abominable service and dare I say . . . horrible meals. However most restaurants can…



Bargain Bites

The restaurants of University Village must often compete for customer’s business, especially the budget-afflicted students of the nearby university. Many restaurants have come and gone in this shopping center due to failure b...


British Invasion

The Bulldog Pub lies hidden in the corner of a shopping center, sitting back from view of the busy street, and because of this it’s difficult for the casual passerby to spot. Should you get close enough on almost any…


Aloo Out There!

I have a confession to make: I have never had Indian cuisine prior to my visit to Curry and Kabab. Rest assured however that now I am plagued by cravings for the dishes I consumed on my visit that fateful…



A Tip of the Hat

Nothing feels more comforting than a well-constructed sandwich. Every mouthful contains the right proportion of bread, meat and vegetable that stomachs churn happily and faces glow in utter fulfillment; yielding bite of warm, t...