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Worth the Wait

Take-out Chinese food has got nothin’ on Rancho’s China Point My love for Chinese food goes back to childhood when my parents would take me and my brother out each week to our favorite Chinese restaurant. Since then...


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Delivering on Such High Steaks

Experiencing superb cuisine and fine wine at El Cangrejo Nice El Cangrejo Nice is one those curiosities I can’t quite wrap my mind around. First off is the name—what does “nice” have to do with a “cang...


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A Savory New Beginning

 “2nd on Second” may be no more but The Burger House has gotten a new look and an elaborate burger menu In any town, it’s important to know a few things definitively: where the closest hospital is, the location of…



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140 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

The Back Abbey in Claremont offers posh eats and cool drinks in a cozy and casual environment Claremont denizens sure are a lucky bunch. Not only do they have one of the most vibrant, Mayberry-esque tree-lined downtowns in Sout...


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Three Cheers for the Red, White and Bacon!

Slater’s 50/50 has got the burgers and all the bacon you could ever dream of Bacon is a sinful meat, not so much do I reference religious beliefs but more in the sense of an eating addiction that’s hard to…


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Where Sea and Swine Meet

Alicante marries together some tasty Spanish and Mediterranean dishes—don’t let Yelp tell you different The Spanish beachside city of Alicante lies about three hours south of Barcelona by train. The Spanish (mostly) restaur...



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Make a Fish Foundation

Asahi Sushi excels at making all-you-can-eat all you can enjoy Corona has a thing for hidden treasures of the food world. It doesn’t quite get the attention of say, Los Angeles or Pasadena but rest assured that this city has&...


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Food from the land of Tamriel: The Elder Scrolls Online food truck

Last week was E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), the annual mecca for video game industry professionals meet up in Los Angeles to announce new consoles and games to come for the next year. Intentionally it’s a meeting for in...


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Aromatic Delight

Cafe Aroma and Idyllwild’s fresh mountain air makes food taste that much better We know why good old SoCal is such a desirable place to live—we’ve got beaches, decent weather year-round and nearby mountains for a shor...



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The Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Bitchin’ beer, bangers and fish at Black Watch Pub It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, and the winds have kicked around sand and dust to mingle with the smokiness that settles outside the bar. Inside, there’s a fierce game of d...


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Flapper and Dapper

ProAbition is Bringin‘ back the Roaring Twenties Imagine if Baz Lurhmann hadn’t produced his lavish and luke-warmly reviewed version of The Great Gatsby and instead had spent an afternoon designing a whisky bar and restaura...


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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Magnone Trattoria cooks food the way it was meant to be cooked Every new Italian restaurant that opens up in the Riverside area inevitably confronts the Mario’s Place question—namely patrons on their first night eating at s...



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A Pizza History

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto—serving up deliciously authentic Italian food since the ’50s It’s been a while since I’ve eaten at a good Italian restaurant. With all of the gourmet burgers, Asian-fusion and experimental cuisi...


Feisty Chicken's "Classic Burger" (Photo by Bill Gerdes)

Fresh and Frisky

Feisty Chicken’s “Classic Burger” (Photo by Bill Gerdes) Feisty Chicken is raising a feathery fist at fast food Feisty Chicken and Grill—the name suggests a plucky (or plucked) fowl bravely fighting for its...


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Tacos! Burritos! Brain!

Tacos Del Rio puts an end to Eastvale’s commonplace dining choices Eastvale is now considered to be a city but it’s commercially run with big business eateries like McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza and Panda Express. Is t...



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Beer N’ Burgers

Don’t blow past The Rookery because of its appearance, the appeal lies in its patties You might be forgiven for blowing past the Rookery in downtown Pomona on your way to a place that looks more how shall we say…


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Successful Complexities

Sorrel Bistro has a vibe and menu that you can’t help but dig Temecula is well known for its wineries and fancy-pants restaurants but most of the time, I prefer a casual dining experience. Fortunately, right on the border...


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Hearty Tacos for Every Hangover

Kogi BBQ and the The Lime Truck bring some major flavors to the desert for Coachella The famous Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has finally arrived, causing ticket wielders to jump with glee and non-ticket holders to...



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Fish with Lip

Rawken Sushi is Pomona’s new fresh fish joint with attitude Sushi has gotten tough over the last 10 years. I’m not talking about the cuts of fish, although sometimes that too, but the marketing of Japan’s culinary gif...


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Desert Pho-usion

Feasting on the Asian experience in the Unofficial Asian gambling capital of Southern California Here is a well-known fact: if an Asian eats at a pseudo-Asian place, there has got to be some legitimacy to it. In the case of&hel...


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Make Your Own Mess

Rounds Premium Burgers: You won’t’ be able to hate it, even if you want to I wanted to hate Rounds Premium Burgers from the moment I walked in. I wanted to hate the layout of the place, a third traditional…



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Welcome to the Jungle

Tropical BBQ’s got the game to make turn your backyard into an exotic Caribbean vacation Xiomara Hall has a lot to be excited about. First off, she’ll pitch her sweet and zesty jerk sauce to industry execs on Lifetime’s S...


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In With the New

Jiao: Home of today’s best Asian infused flavors Oh Palm Springs. How I enjoy your warm sunny days that set behind Mt. San Jacinto, bringing chilly but pleasant evenings of people watching. Your wide expanses of desert are re...


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Fish Out of Water

Fish tacos are the bomb at Morongo Casino’s newest Tex-Mex restaurant. It’s a blustery Friday in Cabazon, but inside the Morongo Casino, busloads of Chinese have parked their asses on bar stools, inhaling a numbing anesthet...



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Simple by the Mouthful

Farm Artisan Foods brings some real in-season ingredients to the table The ceiling fans beat slowly on a Saturday at Farm Artisan Foods and the Haunted Mansion-style candelabras flicker somewhat randomly. There’s no hurry to ...


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Noodles Enough

Pho Ha’s famous beef bowl is extremely comforting in cold weather A wave of sickness has rapidly spread through the IE, infecting everyone in its wake. It has completed its course but a few weeks ago, everyone I knew seem...


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Rock the Bells

Photo by Bill Gerdes Las Campanas proves that it’s much less bland than it used to be Who doesn’t love the Mission Inn, that hodgepodge of architecture, that pastiche of the Spanish Mission, the Asian Garden and the Pr...



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Don’t Blow Your Stack

Photo by Ashley Bennett The Original Pancake House has some sweet signature items right in the heart of Norco In my family, we have a Fathers Day tradition of visiting The Original Pancake House in Orange at opening time (6:30...