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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 ...



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Off To Grandma’s

The Avocado House specializes in home-style cookin‘ The major cities of the Inland Empire are crowded. Well, most of SoCal is but can you even begin to imagine life in a country home? Maybe 100 years ago, quaint places sprung...


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A Little Soul Never Hurt the Man

Day-Day and Duke bring chicken and waffles to the Empire It’s easy to drive right past Day-Day & Duke’s, surrounded as it is by Chinese food and donuts, a taco stand and seedy looking businesses. Pulling into a small lo...


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The Yum Festival 2012

There’s no need to guess what was going on this past weekend at The Yum Festival. Food truck fans were busy stuffing their faces with deliciously gourmet and affordable treats that by far surpassed the quality of your average...



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A Dog’s Wag

The Lazy Dog will have your tail swingin‘ at the first bite Dogs have got it easy. No accountability and they get fed all the time. Sometimes you might wish that instead of having responsibility it would be nice to…


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Destination Eats

Viva Madrid keeps up with the times The first thing I need to state is that Viva Madrid is better than 98 percent of the restaurant I review in these pages, better than the generic burger joint with the seasoned…


Four Cheers for Hangar 24

As always local brewery Hangar 24 does not disappoint. Its 4th Anniversary Celebration, last Saturday, fell no short of expectations. By noon, the entry line was already beginning to wrap around the building and allotted celebr...



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Island Delight

Kealoha’s brings the taste of Hawaii to the Mainland Other than the likes of L&L and Ono Hawaiian BBQ, the IE has little to no Hawaiian influence when it comes to food. It probably has something to do with the…


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Anything But Meh

Photo by Bill Gerdes Sushi Kawa will make you think twice about the baked roll Heard of the “Meh” meme? Something’s not great, not terrible, could even be considered even good, but forgettable, totally forgettable. Meh i...


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Dishing it Out

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A Side of Bocce

Photo by Ashley-Bennett Union on Yale dominates the competition right out of the food court Union on Yale isn’t just a bar or gourmet eatery; it’s a new restaurant with family style portions that victoriously employs new i...


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Casking the Brew

Hangar 24 revs up for American Craft Beer Week For seven years the Brewers Association has recognized American Craft Beer Week, which starts on May 14 and runs through May 20 this year, and there’s no better way to celebrate&...


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The Fairest Dumpling of Them All

One Plus One Dumpling House makes food worthy of the Emperor It’s hard to beat Alhambra or the San Gabriel Valley when it comes to authentic Chinese food, but One Plus One Dumpling House out in Chino Hills has managed…



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Hot Mexican

A revamped Los Portales offers artfully executed Cal-Mex cuisine The Chino location of Los Portales Mexican Grill & Seafood isn’t new, however it is being treated as such after undergoing a recent renovation that brings t...


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At First It’s Rough, Then It’s Sweet

Photo by Bill Gerdes Brass Key may not be voted best dressed, but it makes up for it in personality It looks like a derelict’s crash pad from the outside. Or a Lego house made by a 6-year-old who had…


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Victoria Gardens Farmer’s Market and Chef Demonstration

No one can deny that when it comes time to cook, there’s an enticing option lying somewhere between going out to eat or heating up a quick frozen meal of instant gratification, neither of which can be considered fresh or&...



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All-American Bites

Zorba’s serves up Grade A-quality burgers and A+ refreshments Ahh . . . burgers, the quintessential American staple; if you try it elsewhere, they’re just not the same. Travel the world and all you want to do when you retur...


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Eatin‘ Like Royalty

King’s Highway serves up the food—and drinks—of Gods I wish I lived in Palm Springs and not because I’m gay or Republican or 90. No, I wish I lived there because of all of the hip/retro/just-plain-outstanding restaurant...


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The Road Best Traveled

Home-bred hospitality in Corona’s newest restaurant I will never say anything bad about a place that leaves its doors open for weary travelers—actually, customers who come an hour too late to enjoy the Peruvian steak and po...



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Sacrificial Lamb

A taste of Syria and Lebanon in Chino Hills One might not immediately equate Chino Hills with superb Mediterranean cuisine. However, the Mes Amis experience is a pleasantly surprising journey through a taste of authentic Syrian...


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The Exclamation Marks the Spot

Eureka! Burger proves it’s a culinary force to be reckoned with in Claremont Everyone has their favorite eating spot. It’s that one place of consistency like the bar setting from Cheers or McLaren’s Pub in How I Met Your ...


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Think Outside Of Your Fast-Food Bubble

Tropica’s gourmet-quality food comes at a surprisingly decent price Among UC Riverside students, the Inland Empire is notorious for having minimal selections of competent, economically efficient restaurants. Let’s see . . ....



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The Restaurant Trifecta

Great food, great service and great prices—Mazz Bar and Grill has it all I n a declining economy there is a simple recipe for success that restaurants need to follow if they want to survive: good food, service and prices.&hel...


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What’s In A Name?

I started seeing the signs in the fall: “Yellow Chili Tapas Kitchen & Bar. Coming Soon.” I was intrigued. Was this a new Spanish tapas restaurant? But, why then the “yellow chili” reference? Was this a culinary mash...


Breaking Bread

I walked into The Rustic Loaf expecting the best dang sandwiches money can buy on fresh, right out-of-the-oven bread but I was suddenly stricken with the reality: no seats equals no sandwiches. It’s obvious: The name so simpl...



Zen and the Art of Veganism

The Claremont location of the Loving Hut franchise bears little resemblance to its sister stores throughout Southern California. Some locations can really push the sales pitch of a vegan lifestyle into a gentle brainwashing. Th...