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My suggestions+request for new/funky in the West Inland Empire? Covina, San Dimas, Claremont, Upland, Pomona, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino etc.?

pslpsl | May 4, 201004:45 PM

So, we all know that you must be West or South of the San Gabriel valley for a high concentration of good food. The netherland at the border between LA county/San Bernadino county (between the SGV and the true inland empire) is somewhat of a foody wasteland.

Covina, San Dimas, Claremont, Upland, Pomona, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino : I'm looking at you!

But then there are those chow-ish gems in a strip mall, or a weird retro place......give me your intel!

I would add that I've tried nearly all the restaurants in downtown claremont....most are passable but not great.

I posted some of my recon near Pomona here

More Local goodies:

The oaxacan place El Fortin http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-fortin-3-c...
(ask for a selection of Moles - not as good as Moles a la tia, but still v tasty)

Donut Man http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-donut-man...

The Magic Lamp http://www.yelp.com/biz/magic-lamp-in...
(more for the swinging pensioners and oldskool steak house than the food)

Owen's Bistro http://www.owensbistro.com
(a valliant attempt at bistro food in this neck of the woods that succeeds quite well)

Hayakawa http://www.yelp.com/biz/hayakawa-rest...
(run by an ex Nobu chef - delicious suhsi, esp the 'new style' specials)

Dissapointments (locally recommended that I didn't like):

Centro Basco http://www.yelp.com/biz/centro-basco-...
(waay too homey - no flair in cooking at all)

Loving Hut (ex Veggie Era) http://www.yelp.com/biz/loving-hut-up...
(lost it's pizzaz since it became a chain - although cool cult area)

<strong> What are your Chowish or unusual suggestions? </strong>

Particularly interested in weird old restaurants, or genuine strip-mall-run-by-a-family-who-knows-their-indigenous-food restaurants.

Centro Basco
13432 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710

Owen's Bistro
5210 D St, Chino, CA 91710

Donut Man
915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

Veggie Era
903 W Foothill Blvd, Upland, CA 91786

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