Past Stories

POMONA

  Angelo’s Pizzaria. The chefs at this restaurant prepare everything from scratch: sauces, dough, dressings, and soups among other menu items. They also serve things that aren’t prepared from scratch like dome...


ONTARIO

  Benihana. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Benihana features sushi and flavorful Japanese cuisine. 3760 E. Inland Empire Blvd., Ontario, 909.483.0937. $$ Bombay Restaurant. They use a tandoor, which is a clay oven that&...


Good Evening Vietnam!

The tables are nondescript, and frankly, a bit shabby looking. A few faded posters of girls drinking exotic sodas hang limply on the walls, while Vietnamese folk/trance music hums in the background. The menu behind the counter ...



Harry’s Pacific Grill

The open-air Victoria Gardens Mall in Rancho Cucamonga is quickly shaping up to be a Mecca of cosmopolitan and sophisticated dining. Joining the ranks of elegant eateries is Harry’s Pacific Grill, located just on the outs...


A Spot of Tea

Central Avenue doesn’t exactly have that cup-of-tea-in-the-afternoon feel—however, venturing behind a lush garden, the Streeter Tea House is a bit like walking through the looking glass. Driving up to the sunny yell...


NEWBERRY SPRINGS

Bagdad Cafe  A tourist stop that was the film location for a movie by the same name.  See website for map. Newberry Springs. www.BagdadCafeUSA.com      …



MURRIETA

Benny’s Place   Be prepared to wait in a 15-20 minute line for a sandwich during lunch hour. Definitely worth it! 25021 Madison Ave., Murrieta, (951)-698-5660. $   The Mill Their unique pizzas and large salads k...


MORENO VALLEY

Big Papa’s Grill Specializing in a variety of charbroiled hot dogs, links and handmade burgers. They say they’re “the best kept secret in Moreno Valley,” and now, we’re sharing it with you. 14051 I...


MONTCLAIR

Andy’s #2 BurgersThis casual restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 10340 Central Ave. Montclair, 91763. (951) 624-8911.   Bombay Bistro I wonder if the Bombay Bistro knows that Bombay is once again Mumbai? O...



MIRA LOMA

The Dog House While this place is less like a restaurant and more like a hot dog cart—okay, it is a hot dog cart—Tony, the Dog House’s owner, proudly serves all beef dogs all the time. The corner of Inland&hel...


LOMA LINDA

A-Dong RestaurantOpen Tuesday through Sunday at 11am for lunch and dinner. Wine menu is available. 25685 Redlands Blvd. Loma Linda  92354. (951) 796-8840.   Angelo’s Where to go when you want food quickly, witho...


LAKE ARROWHEAD

Razzbearies Bakery & Café The cinnamon roles are to die for. But they also have sandwiches, soup… all the nutritious stuff. Village Road, Lake Arrowhead 92352. (909) 337-3462.   LAKE ELSINORE   Kokor...



JOSHUA TREE

Crossroads Cafe  The best local hangout and food in the high desert. Vegetarian or meat, special coffees, beer and wine. Closed Wed. 61715 Twentynine Palms Highway in downtown Joshua Tree. (760) 366-5414. www.crossroadscaf...


IDYLLWILD

Gastrognome Restaurant We don’t know. But it sounds like a meal you’ll remember. 54381 Ridgeview St. Idyllwild, 92549 (951)659-5055.    INDIAN WELLS   Le Saint Germain Sounds fancy. 74-985 Highway 111, In...


HIGHLAND

Cuca’sFeaturing daily specials, tacos, burritos, tamales, hamburgers and more, the food is made from genuine, original Mexican recipes. 3644 E. Highland Ave., #2, Highland, (909) 425-0854. $$   Manhattan BagelFeaturi...



HEMET

Anchor Restaurant They serve all-American food and Italian and some Japanese as well. Moderately sized restaurant, they come complete with a huge lounge and banquet room for 300. 2524 E. Florida Ave., Hemet, (951) 925-0591. $$ ...


FONTANA

Cowboy Burgers & BBQ Thick, juicy burgers and heaping plates of barbeque beef ribs, prepared from scratch. 11673 Etiwanda Ave., Fontana, (951) 681-2020. $   Jolly Farms Bar-b-que They specialize in roasted chicken dinn...


CORONA

Backwoods BBQ  An authentic mesquite smoked Texas-style BBQ restaurant. Catering, entertainment and games can be found in this family facility. 4300 Green River Rd., Ste. 102, Corona, (951) 371-7227. $   Cask ‘n...



COLTON

A-Dong Restaurant Colton This casual dining restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tues. thru Sun. 1091 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. Colton  92324. (951) 825-0241   Hawaiian Blues There’s nothing that goes better with oy...


CLAREMONT

Aruffo’s  Great Italian fare, especially the Aglio Arrostito appetizer—bruschetta, bread, fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and a variety of pestos to dip it all in. Yum. 126 Yale Ave., Claremont, (909) ...


CHINO HILLS

El Taco Nazo Got five bucks? Want a fish taco plate with rice, beans and a drink? Then go here. 14676 Pipeline, Chino Hills, (909) 606-2100.  $   Ojiya This tiny sushi restaurant is packed with customers every night a...



CHINO

Centro Basco Restaurant The dishes range from a mix of Spanish and French cuisine. Don’t forget to start your meal with a bowl of their famous onion soup. 13432 Central Ave., Chino, 909-628-9014. $$   Flo’s Air...


BARSTOW

DiNapoli’s Firehouse Pizza Italian restaurant featuring appetizers, salads, specialty subs, pasta dinner specialties, and lasagna.  1358 E. Main St. Barstow, 92311. (760) 256-1094    Idle Spurs Steakhouse Casual di...


AMBOY

Roy’s Cafe & Motel  Self-proclaimed crustiest, dustiest gas station on all of Route 66. Amboy is one of the oldest towns in California, dating back to 1858. Word is the owner of the Juan Pollo chain recently boug...



An Oasis in the Desert

Flames singed my brows. There wasn’t a teppan grill or any onion volcanoes in sight—just lovely ladies and glib men with pints in hands, overlooking a manmade lake in Corona. Yes, beautiful lush Corona. There was no...


YOUR LLAMA!

Quick quiz: Tell us everything you know about Peru. You’re thinking South America, right? The Andes. Maybe you’re seeing National Geographic images of Machu Picchu, or Lima, or that lake with the funny name, the nam...


DEBAUCHERY FOR BREAKFAST!

Living in Long Beach at the ass end of the ‘90s seems almost an illusion now. My beautiful old one-room apartment—in a building the landlord claimed John Kennedy rendezvoused with hookers at—had a sliver of an...



PAPER BAGGING IT

Why does everyone in Redlands feel the need to tell me they live there because they could never live in the cultural wastelands of Riverside or San Bernardino? (It’s the same way people say “I live in San Bernardino...