Dining

Boneyard Bistro seasonal tastings among food events this week in the LA area |Aug 29, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Boneyard Bistro: The barbecue restaurant offers chef-owner Aaron Robins and executive chef Erica Abell’s seasonal tasting menu using hatch chilis including Tex Mex Tostada Salad ($18), Smoked Brisket Torta ($20), Ancho & Coffee Rub Hanger Steak Enchiladas ($38) and Hatch Chili & Apple Fry Pie ($11), 4:30 p.

LA Food & Wine Festival among Los Angeles area culinary events |Aug 23, 2017

events Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Azi Grill: New casual-dining restaurant in Janss Marketplace from Syrian-born Mazen Nadour.

Canter’s among 10 LA restaurants forced to close for cockroaches, other health hazards |Aug 22, 2017

Ten restaurants in Los Angeles were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach, rodent and fly infestations and a lack of hot water, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.

Lunch with Lainey: Grill 8 has lots of tasty choices |Aug 16, 2017

Grill 8 opened July 1 in Rancho Cucamonga, and I stopped in this week for lunch. Located in a busy shopping center north of Foothill Boulevard, Grill 8 has modern, casual decor with tables and booths for seating and multiple flat screens for guests to enjoy while dining or enjoying an adult beverage.

Barnsdall Art Park Friday Night wine tasting among LA area food events this week |Aug 15, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Farmers Market at Northridge Fashion Center: Seasonal blood oranges for sale, 5-9 p.m. Aug.

Rotisserie chicken is a royal treat at Mr. King Pollo in Yucaipa |Aug 15, 2017

When Albert Okura opened his first Juan Pollo in San Bernardino, I’m sure he had no idea that the concept of rotisserie chicken would explode into the consciousness of the dining public so dramatically.

Franchisee finds a way get Rally’s fast food to San Bernardino even faster |Aug 14, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Malik Hashim has a new San Bernardino restaurant under construction. When he wants to visit it, he goes to Los Angeles. Hashim is a franchisee of Checkers & Rally’s, a quick service chain with more than 800 restaurants serving burgers, chicken wings and seasoned fries.

Lunch with Lainey: A taste of Hawaii found in Claremont at Poke Dot |Aug 11, 2017

I have enjoyed lunch at a few local poke eateries and recently found another I wanted to share. I stopped at Poke Dot, located on Indian Hill Boulevard, between First and Second streets in Claremont.

Sichuan Chinese food fans will want to be part of the Hi Family in Claremont |Aug 8, 2017

Hi Family is a gem of a Sichuan restaurant located in a small strip mall on Foothill Boulevard in Claremont, east of Towne Avenue on the south side of the street. The owners, Yang and Jinchao Wang are newlyweds, yet have managed to keep the restaurant up and running for the past two years.

Studio City Farmers Market among food events this week in the LA area |Aug 8, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Marie Callender’s: “Summer Backyard BBQ Menu” for a limited time. Entrees $9.

Lunch with Lainey: Fresh Mediterranean food happens at Luna Grill in Eastvale |Aug 2, 2017

This week I made it to Eastvale for lunch at Luna Grill, located in the Eastvale Gateway shopping center. Luna Grill is a charming fast-food eatery that specializes in fresh-made Mediterranean food.

Reel in winning seafood at California Fish Grill in Redlands, Upland |Aug 1, 2017

Yes, the lines can be dauntingly long as you make your way to the counter to order your food, the indoor seating is rather skimpy and a larger air conditioning unit would be nice, but where else in the Inland Empire can you find fresh fish (some wild caught and some farm raised) for less than $15 per plate? California Fish Grill has recently opened its second Inland Empire location in the Mountain Grove shopping center in Redlands.

California Strawberry Commission charity benefits among LA area food events this week |Aug 1, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events California Strawberry Commission: Food truck stop selling strawberry dishes to benefit No Kid Hungry, 5-10 p.

Upland’s Buffalo Inn property to be auctioned off |Aug 1, 2017

Dormant for two years, the Buffalo Inn is heading for the auction block due to unpaid taxes. Bidding opens at $500,000 for the storied Route 66 property in Upland, which encompasses the buildings at 1812 and 1816 W.

Luckyrice LA Feast, LMU Beer Fest among food events this week in the LA area |Jul 26, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Aroha - New Zealand Restaurant and Bar: The restaurant introduces a new seasonal menu that includes main dishes New Zealand Elk Rack, New Zealand Hapuka (if available; substitute Bluenose) and New Zealand Lamb Loin, and the desserts Hokey Pokey and Pavlova.

At 50, Cask ’n Cleaver party recalls prime years |Jul 25, 2017

As with any reunion, some faces were instantly recognizable, some faintly familiar and others a mystery. But past crew members at Cask ’n Cleaver restaurants assembled in Rancho Cucamonga to celebrate the steakhouse and its founders on its 50th anniversary.

Lunch with Lainey: Thai Satay BBQ is a real gem in Upland |Jul 25, 2017

The restaurant business is a tricky one. Some restaurants make it, others don’t. Many don’t make it to a first anniversary. I recently discovered Thai Satay BBQ, a restaurant that has been successful for 27 years, located in the Village Grove Shopping Center in Upland.

Eat up this farm-to-table dining experience by E.A.T. Marketplace in Temecula |Jul 25, 2017

After visiting The Farm at Fairplex last week, the second farm-to-table dinner I wanted to share was orchestrated by the irrepressible and dynamic owner of E.A.T., Leah Di Bernardo. The former president of the Temecula chapter of the slow food movement, Di Bernardo is the driving force behind cultivating new chefs and offering growers and producers a marketplace where they can showcase their culinary wares.

Lunch with Lainey: Elvira’s has another winner in Claremont |Jul 21, 2017

In January 2013, I wrote about a restaurant called Elvira’s Grill that had just opened in Upland. My meal was amazing — a giant tostada salad that was so pretty I hated to tear into, but I did and enjoyed every bite.

Knott’s Boardwalk Barbecue now open |Jul 20, 2017

Fans of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park now have another spot to relax and eat, as the Boardwalk Barbecue is finally open. The name may sound familiar, as there was a walk-up eatery with the same moniker which closed and there has been a buzz about this new rendition since construction began in April.

Farm-to-table dining experiences grow at The Farm in Pomona |Jul 18, 2017

As we head toward the middle of summer, my thoughts turn to the bounty of farm-raised fruits and vegetables that are served at farm-to-table dinners. Vegetables pulled right from the garden, chock full of flavor, vitamins and minerals will make you want to start your own garden.

Summer Restaurant Week from dineLA among food events this week in the LA area |Jul 18, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Hot Dog on a Stick: Celebrates National Hot Dog Month with $1 Original Turkey Dog on July 18 and 25.

Lunch with Lainey: Sandwiches with waffles, not bread — a tasty twist at Wahfles in La Verne |Jul 13, 2017

Lunch or breakfast? I couldn’t decide, but managed to have both at a charming placed called Wahfles. Located in a large center called The Commons at La Verne near Wheeler Avenue, this one-of-kind cafe is tucked in the southwest corner, but is definitely worth the search.

Granada Hills grubfest among food events this week in the Los Angeles area |Jul 11, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Hot Dog on a Stick: Celebrates National Hot Dog Month with $1 Original Turkey Dog on Tuesdays in July.

Thai food pushes the envelope at Thong Lor Thai in Loma Linda |Jul 11, 2017

I like to think that “Thong Lor Thai” translates as “At long last, some northern Thai cuisine!” but in reality it can mean molton gold or a certain Thai street with food stalls.

Lunch With Lainey: Choices abound at Tokyo Joe’s in Rancho Cucamonga |Jul 10, 2017

Rancho Cucamonga is home to a new fast-food restaurant, Tokyo Joe’s, located in a business center near Spruce Avenue on Foothill Boulevard. On the recommendation of a friend, I headed there for lunch.

Wienerschnitzel to mark its 56th year Tuesday with 56-cent hot dogs |Jul 10, 2017

IRVINE >> Hot dog lovers, listen up. To mark the 56th year since John Galardi opened his first Wienerschnitzel in Wilmington, the Irvine-based chain on Tuesday will offer a special 56-cent price for its Original Mustard Dog, a grilled hot dog topped with French’s mustard, or its Original Chili Dog.

Freebie alert: How to get a free hot dog Saturday in Rancho Cucamonga |Jul 6, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> July 4th may be over, but your craving for a hot dog may still persist. A new restaurant coming to town has you covered. The Dog Haus has a quiet opening Friday and a loud one -- read that as giving away free hot dogs all day -- on Saturday.

A grease fire and not-so-hot fried chicken close eateries in Fontana, Ontario |Jul 5, 2017

Here are the recent restaurant closures following visits from the San Bernardino County Environmental Health Services inspectors, according to field

Vietnamese food is a rare treat at Saigon Bistro in Moreno Valley |Jul 5, 2017

The food of Vietnam is extremely varied from the mountainous north to the coastal regions, and it would take at least three weeks to cover the culinary pleasures waiting for you in this seafood-, pork-, rice-, noodle- and fresh vegetable-based cuisine.

National Fried Chicken Day: There’s a bird in the Dog Haus |Jul 5, 2017

Just in time for National Fried Chicken Day (you knew there had to be such a thing), the Dog Haus chain will drop its Bad Mutha Clucka on Thursday. Featuring cage-free chicken breast, which is brined and dipped in a special batter that once fried, provides a subtle crunch, the sandwich also includes lettuce, pickles, house-made miso ranch dressing and red chili flakes — all served on a grilled King’s Hawaiian roll.

Salsa Festival among the food events this week in Southern California |Jul 5, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Hot Dog on a Stick: Celebrates National Hot Dog Month with $1 Original Turkey Dog on Tuesdays in July.

Lunch with Lainey: Maka Ramen & Itzakaya delivers charm and good food |Jul 2, 2017

Looking for something different for lunch, I headed to a new fast-food eatery called Maka Ramen & Izakaya at the northeast corner of Temple and Pomona Boulevard in Pomona. Maka Ramen & Izakaya has simple decor with an open concept dining/kitchen design with small tables for two or four guests and a small counter facing the kitchen where you can watch the staff whip up authentic Japanese ramen dishes and more.

Lunch with Lainey: Angela’s Italian Kitchen serves fresh-made pizza and more in San Dimas |Jun 29, 2017

This week I made an easy choice for lunch — pizza — and enjoyed a great meal at Angela’s Italian Kitchen in San Dimas. It’s a quaint eatery in a shopping center at the corner of San Dimas and Bonita avenues with plenty of parking.

Pizza, pasta and lots of other good things at StoneFire Grill in Rancho Cucamonga |Jun 27, 2017

There’s something for everyone at StoneFire Grill, a Southern California chain that doesn’t feel like a chain restaurant in the least, thanks to the warmth and plentiful portions presented by Mary Harrigan and her sons.

Farmers market at Northridge Fashion Center among LA area food events this week |Jun 27, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Providence: Four-course anniversary tasting menu with seafood and California-grown produce, 6-10 p.

Claremont Village gets its first donut shop, why it’s different |Jun 26, 2017

CLAREMONT >> You couldn’t get doughnuts in Claremont Village until Grizzly’s Biscuits and Donuts came to town. Open since April 1, it has been serving freshly handcrafted treats — such as the salted caramel and vanilla bean glazed doughnut and the beehive, the shop’s version of a cinnamon roll — using fresh ingredients.

6 beach restaurants just steps away from the sand |Jun 23, 2017

Summer officially starts this week, and the hot weather will drive thousands to the beach. And while many come with coolers full of food and drinks, others will get hungry and need places to grub.

The Pie Hole (and more) is coming to Victoria Gardens |Jun 21, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Soon you’ll no longer have to trek to Los Angeles to order a handcrafted treat from The Pie Hole.

Da’ Crust has pizza beyond compare in an unlikely place — Yucaipa Market & Liquor |Jun 20, 2017

Have you ever been to a pizza place and Italian kitchen located in a liquor store that also offers pizza by the slice? Probably not, but when you sample the cuisine at Da’ Crust, it won’t be your last trip to this hidden gem in the Yucaipa Market & Liquor store.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp among food events this week in the Los Angeles area |Jun 20, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Valley Inn Restaurant & Bar: Double lobster tail dinner, 5-10 p.m. June 23 and 30. Cost $33 plus tax and tip.

San Bernardino County may be second in California to get Potbelly Sandwich Shops |Jun 18, 2017

California’s second helping of Potbelly Sandwich Shop may soon come to San Bernardino County. The Chicago-based chain

Lunch with Lainey: Mikey’s Sushi & Grill in Chino isn’t just about sushi |Jun 15, 2017

I find that small, low-key eateries usually are the best bets for a tasty and affordable meal. This week, I enjoyed a terrific lunch at one such place: Mikey’s Sushi & Grill in Chino. The restaurant is in a shopping center between Columbus Street and Walnut Avenue with plenty of parking.

Lunch with Lainey: Tio’s Mexican Food presents quick, tasty meals |Jun 13, 2017

I recently enjoyed a terrific lunch at Tio’s Mexican Food in Rancho Cucamonga’s Chaffey Plaza. I had spotted it a few weeks ago and finally managed to check it out last week. Tios’s is a fast-food eatery in a strip mall along with a mini mart, nail salon, gas station and other various business.

Badlands Bar-B-Que in Norco does barbecue right |Jun 13, 2017

I’d heard a lot about Badlands Bar-B-Que in Norco and finally found some time to check it out for myself. Guests order at the counter and the food is brought to the table. The ceiling consists of duct piping, all of which is painted in a medium brown.

Cheers festival at Fairplex in Pomona among Los Angeles area food events this week |Jun 13, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Cascabel Taco Shop: New. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily (call to confirm). 4005 Riverside Drive, Burbank.

Rodent droppings found on coriander in Chino Hills Indian restaurant, an unpermitted Rancho Cucamonga dive bar shut down |Jun 9, 2017

These are the restaurants health inspectors have closed recently in the Inland Valley. Rancho Cucamonga A local dive bar business was operating with an unpermitted bar — the physical stand where drinks are served — and was shut down by a county health inspector recently.

Oxnard’s Mess-O-Greens Festival among Southern California food events this week |Jun 6, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Fig & Olive: Duckhorn Wines and three-course dinner, 7 p.m. June 6. Minimum age 21. Cost $150 plus tax and tip.

Chinese fare has an authentic flair at Tai Pan House in Rancho Cucamonga |Jun 6, 2017

From Hacienda Heights comes a new and welcome addition to the ever-growing constellation of regional Chinese restaurants in Rancho Cucamonga, courtesy of Fung and Linda Lam. At Tai Pan House, the food centers on Canton Province in southeastern China with an emphasis on Hong Kong cuisine.

Mouse droppings plague eateries at LoanMart Field, flies shut down seafood market in Rancho Cucamonga |Jun 1, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Health inspectors shut down five restaurants in Rancho Cucamonga, including three at LoanMart Field, in the last few weeks. Tremors A health inspector shut down Tremors, 8408 Rochester Ave.