Terry’s Burgers, 6709 Carnelian Ave. (at 19th), Rancho Cucamonga
Terry’s is the restaurant I was trying to find last week when I headed east on Base Line from Carnelian. Terry’s is actually along 19th Street just around the corner from Carnelian, in the shopping center with the new Korean supermarket, Market World. I had lunch there Thursday.
Inside, Terry’s looks like a sitdown restaurant (perhaps it once was?) with comfortable booths and hanging lamps. You order at the counter, they give you a number and bring the food out.
There’s an extensive menu, much like Legends and Jim’s, two other local burger-and-more joints. Besides the standard fare, they have hot sandwiches, salads and Mexican food. Dinner specials include roast beef, chicken fried steak, pork chops (all $6.96) and N.Y. steak ($7.50). Ambitious.
Going for the namesake item, I got the burger special ($5.55 with tax), a burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and Thousand Island dressing. It arrived in a basket atop a mound of fries. In my considered judgment, it was an above-average burger, at one of the valley’s classier burger restaurants.
I’m glad I kept looking for Terry’s.
* Update, January 2014: I returned to take photos. Terry’s seems much the same, and my burger combo was now $5.97 with tax, only a modest increase. There’s nothing special about the burgers, really, but they’re fine for fast food. I like the chalkboard menu. There’s a separate one for breakfast items. Looks like they’ve dropped NY steak and pork chops.