Chaffey High alumnus Dave Linck reminded me of a couple of oldtime Ontario restaurants: one that may be the original Inland Valley pizza parlor, or darn close to it, and a beloved burger emporium with a buffet line of condiments.
Take it away, Mr. Linck:
“Here are a couple old Ontario places to jog the bloggers:
“Valenti’s Fine Foods on South Euclid: One of the few places in the early ’60s to serve pizza. I had my very first pie there, served by owner Phil Valenti, whose brother, Frank, ran the Texaco station on Holt near Vine. Both places are long gone. The pizza was amazing, with so much mozzerella (and fresh oregano) it ruined me for all others to come.
“Another long-gone fave was O’Reilly’s Buffet Burger on Holt near Mountain, which is now housing The Paint Bucket. O’Reilly’s was beloved among we kids because they sent you a coupon for a free ‘Buffet Burger’ on your birthday. O’Reilly’s served burgers, broasted chicken and dip sandwiches.
“There was a ‘buffet bar’ where you could dress your burger as you liked, as well as a twin ‘sundae bar’ where you could do so with ice cream sundaes. It was always crowded and I am sure lots of people will respond with their own memories of this long-gone icon of burger cool.”
I’m sure they will too. Readers?