+
Restaurants & Bars

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     101

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
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6727...

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...
(obviously!)

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

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

Cutting Back on Coffee? 5 Ways to Keep Your Energy Up Without Caffeine
Guides

Cutting Back on Coffee? 5 Ways to Keep Your Energy Up Without Caffeine

by Marisa Olsen | If you’re trying to cut back on caffeine but aren’t sure how you’ll function without it, here are...

Best Summer Side Dishes Worth Building a Feast Around
Recipe Round-Ups

Best Summer Side Dishes Worth Building a Feast Around

by Amy Sowder | From spicy stuffed poblanos to a bright watermelon salad, these are some of the best summer side dishes...

Stuffed Tomatoes Are a Summer Must
Recipe Round-Ups

Stuffed Tomatoes Are a Summer Must

by Jen Wheeler | If you haven't stuffed a tomato yet this season, have you really been living? Here are the best stuffed...

Stupendous Spuds: The Ultimate Guide to Perfect Potatoes
Guides

Stupendous Spuds: The Ultimate Guide to Perfect Potatoes

by Jen Wheeler | Potatoes: humble, historic, and transcendent in the right hands. We're here to tell you everything...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.