Past Stories

Raising the Bar Food

Once a downtown location for drinks and cheap eats frequented by ready-to-pick-a-fight bikers, Lake Alice Trading Co. has changed its ways, offering quality entertainment and food. Riverside’s Lake Alice earned a reputation y...


East Meets West

Considering that I recently spent a few days enjoying the cultural and edible delights of New York City (thank you, Gramercy Park Hotel!), you can bet that I made damn sure to clock in some time to indulge in some…


Happy Eat

Sometimes Chinese food from a heated tray, Panda Express-style, is a great way to grab a quick lunch. Sometimes Chinese food should be gourmet. JOY, at Fantasy Springs Casino and Resort, does Chinese with a modern twist incorpo...



Thrill of the Grill

Rock-A-Billy Deli & Grill is the sort of joint I’d hit once or twice a week if I lived close. It’s the type of place you might ride the bikes to on a Sunday morning for breakfast, and if you…


Lords of the Dance

Tango Baires in Upland is a 25-minute drive from my home base on a Saturday, a jaunt that involves at least two freeways, five bucks in gas and two hours. Tango Baires is worth it. This unpretentious, occasionally sleepy café,...


Rare Breed

To the guy still wearing bathing suits at parties, still making fruity margaritas for the “poolside” and still insisting on having backyard BBQs: Dude, summer’s over. Get over it. These days, outside cooking is so passé....



Let the Good Times Roll

e a long way; since its contemporary transformation into fast food—what you see today at restaurants—sushi is still being modified. Adding modern twists to the traditional Japanese dish, different restaurants have created t...


Star Struck

Let’s be clear: I didn’t set my hopes high. Come on, we’re talking about a little Thai joint nestled inside a Corona strip mall, sandwiched between a Filipino catering business and kitty-corner from a Mexican party favors...


Apple of Your Eye

A steady stream of traffic filters into New York Delight on this warm, breezy fall day. Young twentysomethings with inked arms and pierced digits talk animatedly at nearby tables, sharing a sandwich and drink, waxing philosophi...



Flatburger?

Everyone has their favorite burger joint. Everyone has their favorite burger. Whether it’s that crazy guacamole-and-onion-rings monstrosity cooked up at that Happy Donut N Burger you frequently haunt. Or maybe it’s that art...


Culinary Carnival

North E Street in San Berdoo seems a viciously long way from the Crescent City. And looking around at the nearby Carousel Mall, half abandoned and forlorn, along with city streets deserted due to the scalding, blistering heat, ...


Raisins in the Sun

There are chicken salad sandwiches and there are chicken salad sandwiches. And the ones served up at Polly’s Pies in Norco must definitely be the result of some type of Area 51, chicken salad sandwich reverse-engineering—th...



Burning Bright

On February 12, 2010 Simple Simon’s in downtown Riverside was devastated by a fire that gutted the bistro and left co-owners Susan Thiel and Mark Rubin facing the prospects of rebuilding their cafe after having been in the sa...


Prime Directive

Tucked away between a Pizza Hut and a 91 freeway overpass, sits a building that looks as storied and venerable as its red-brick exterior. Art’s Bar and Grill seems to shy away from the busy streets of Riverside and all…


Desert Rose

Amid the sand and heat, in the middle of the desert, La Quinta Resort offers an oasis. Built for celebrity and transformed for golf, the resort welcomes anyone looking for a retreat from everyday life. Located at the entrance o...



Tropical Thunder

With over 100 dishes, Green Mango Thai Bistro in Rancho Cucamonga serves up fine dining in a casual atmosphere, while sticking to authentic recipes and décor. Brightly decorated with objects collected from the motherland, Gree...


How Sweet It Is

Hickory Joe wasn’t just some Tennessean hick from that nowhere state far east from here (well, maybe he was). Joe was considered a legend. Back in the day, Hickory Joe used hickory wood to heat the stills of his home-concocte...


The Perfect French Kiss

Christophe Jardillier cuts a dashing figure in a black suit and tie, posing regally before the cameras in his press ops. In person, he sports the laid-back attire of black camp shirt and knee-length khaki shorts, but ask him an...



Fishing For Compliments

Sure, Grand Terrace doesn’t come up often on the radar. How can it? The city only measures about two square miles—most of it on either side of Barton Road. But, the whole good things/small packages concept rings true even h...


The Charm of the Farm

I have to confess something: Flo’s was not my first choice for breakfast grub. It wasn’t my second or my third choice. Frankly, the only reason I ever decided to cross the threshold of Flo’s Farmhouse Café was because my...


The Whole Enchilada

It’s pretty much stating the obvious when you say Redlands has got a pretty cool downtown. Not all downtowns are created equal, and the one in this high-browed San Bernardino County enclave definitely stands head and shoulder...



The Truck Stops Here

Don’t call it mere trucker food. In fact, it’s way better than the usual fare that’s reserved for the Peterbilt set. That being said, when you walk into Goody’s Family Restaurant in Colton, it’s plain and obvious that...


Force of Habit

The Mexican Subway has made its way to the Inland Empire. Chronic Tacos Cantina, right off the 91 freeway on Lincoln Avenue, officially opened its doors on Cinco de Mayo just in time to entertain guests throughout the NBA playo...


It’s a Wing Thing

Who the heck goes to a small-town airport in search of satisfying grub? Well, evidently the regulars who have been making Flabob Airport Café in Rubidoux their go-to breakfast joint for years. And it shows. From the dozens upo...



Brown and Proud

Four words. Raider Nation. Dodger Nation. Anything, really, that one could proudly boast of on bumper stickers plastered on the rear window of a monster truck, Ford Explorer or slicked-back baseball cap. It’s in the attitudes...


Veg Out

In a perfect world we’d all be vegans or at least vegetarians; minimizing our negative impact on the environment, keeping our bodies healthy, de-funding big agriculture and not slaughtering livestock at such prodigious and wa...


The Pot Thickens

Back in the late ’90s/early ’00s, I worked for roughly five years near the Hospitality Lane area of San Bernardino, a time period that gave me the chance to acquaint myself with the local eating spots. In particular, I alwa...



Who’s Your Patty?

Maple Leaf, I salute you! You gotta love Canada’s exports. We can’t simply disregard this country’s contributions to Western culture. There’s Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future I-III—these flicks are a must-see rite ...