Restaurant of the Week: Louie’s Chicken and Fish Grill

This week’s restaurant: Louie’s Chicken and Fish Grill, 960 N. Mountain Ave. (at Foothill), Upland.

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I was driving north on Mountain Avenue one lunch hour this week, looking for Upland Kebab, which was on my list of places to try. I didn’t see it this time, which means that either I missed it (both coming and going) or it’s gone. But Louie’s, a little farther north, was my second choice and that’s where I ended up.

Louie’s opened last year next to a FedEx store on the southeast corner of Mountain and Foothill. (Anyone remember what was in the Louie’s space before? La Salsa comes to mind.) I learned about the restaurant from a Business story we ran last year. Owner Louie Camacho previously owned Yahoo Chicken and Louie’s Chicken Cafe, both in Chino.

You order at the counter. They have rotisserie chicken ($9.95 each to go), grilled seafood, fish tacos, wraps and salads. All in all, a slightly different concept.

I got catfish, blackened, with brown rice and cole slaw as my sides ($8.49). Blackened is so often done poorly that it’s gotten a bad name, but this version didn’t overdo it. The slaw was moist and pleasantly crunchy.

Louie’s also has trout, tilapia, white roughy, Atlantic salmon, mahi-mahi, halibut and jumbo shrimp, ranging from $7.49 to $13.95. Obviously this is not fine dining, especially with the minimal decor and fast-food seating, but the menu is a nice change from the norm. There’s a patio with umbrella-shaded tables that looks like a relaxing spot — although not on a day when it’s not 95, as it was when I visited.

Louie’s, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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  • Kabob Konnaisseur

    Mr. Allen,

    Upland Kabob is still in its location on Mountain just south of 11th Street on the west side of the street. The owner has opened a new pastry shop (Paradise) right next door.

    Enjoy!!!

    [I'll try again. Thanks. -- DA]

  • pat flinn

    Louie’s location was the original site of Fuddruckers. It had a large, rough-hewn looking interior, which had an open feeling. I remember a large condiment bar where you could add whatever you liked to your burger. At that time there was another chain, name not readily available in my memory bank, of similar style. Fuddruckers was a chain and had several locations.

    The last-standing one that I have seen over the years was at the corner of Colorado and Michellinda in Pasadena. It might be gone now as a result of the last facelift to the little shopping center which took place a year or so ago. Little shopping center in this case being a Sears center at Rosemead and Colorado. It was large and thriving, but that was a long time ago. BUT, it’s still there!

    Also, Upland Kebab is still in business on Mountain. I find it hard to spot driving by. It is in a little strip of shops just north of the Warren’s store that has the time/temperature clock out in front. Very good food and nice owner. The day we were there we also encountered some friendly and fun fellow diners at the next table.

    [The next commenter has a different memory. As for Fuddruckers, there's one at Ontario Mills along 4th Street. I remembered the kebab place was on the west side of Mountain but couldn't recall where. You've given me a better idea where to look. -- DA]

  • Charles Bentley

    GREETINGS:
    I don’t believe I could provide an entire list of all the different places that have called this Mountain Ave. location home, but as I recall it began life as a trendy burger place called “Flakey Jakes.”

    Flakey Jakes was a chain that made a go of things in the mid-1980s, about the same time Fuddruckers went national. Back then the local Fuddruckers was at the Montclair Plaza, I believe in the location that is now home to the Olive Garden.

    As I recall, Flakey Jakes was somehow connected with the Chart House chain. It offered gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, soft drinks, beer and wine. Like Fuddruckers, they featured an extensive “condiments” bar where you could add anything from the typical to the strange (do I remember peanut butter?). I believe Flakey Jakes also did all its own baking on site, including burger/sandwich buns and desserts.

    While Fuddruckers has survived, Flakey Jakes didn’t. As a chain they were bought out and I believe eventually went under in the mid-’90s.

    [Flakey Jakes! Wotta name. Thanks for the history lesson, Charles. -- DA]

  • Deb B

    I had already planned to have lunch with my mom today, so on your recommendation we tried Louie’s. As soon as I walked in I remembered having eaten there when it was something else – La Salsa? (still has the same salsa bar)

    I tried their Cuban Wrap – chicken, rice, black beans, avocado and sauteed bananas wrapped in pita bread. It was delicious – the bananas were such an unusual and delightful surprise! A nice light-size lunch – I recommend it.

    The rotisserie chicken smelled so good, I brought some home for dinner tonight. Just had a little taste – moist and delicious, not too spicy.

    My mom had their tortilla soup and a couple different tacos, and really enjoyed it all. She especially raved about the soup.

    We both liked Louie’s a lot, and will go back soon. Thanks for the review!

    [You're welcome, Deb. -- DA]

  • SAW

    I think that there was originally a nice sit-down restaurant that I used to eat at. I am now going crazy trying to think of the name. If someone can beat me to it, “kudos,” and then I will go, “I don’t know why I couldn’t think of that.” I keep thinking that the name starts with an “L” or a “W.” Help, someone!

    Louie’s sounds good. It better be — it’s not cheap for a fast food place.

  • Don J

    SAW, are you thinking of MacArthur’s, then the Plum Tree, now Farmer Boys?

  • SAW

    Thank you, Don J. Yes, I was trying to think of MacArthur’s. Since it’s now a Farmer Boys, you say, I must have been thinking of the wrong intersection.

  • Charles Bentley

    GREETINGS:
    Actually, you’re thinking of what was originally Betsy Ross, an ice cream/coffee shop franchise that also included locations in Claremont and Pomona. Betsy Ross was the first to occupy the facility that later became the Plum Tree. That building was razed to make room for what is now Farmer Boys.

    My two memories of Betsy Ross — The special “sundae nights” where you could get their original hot fudge or butterscotch sundaes for just 49 cents; and the “dill pickle” ice cream they kept on hand for “expectant mothers.”

    [Yum! Just kidding. -- DA]

  • Ms. Lois

    Hey, I remember the dill pickle ice cream. I thought it was great! :)

  • SAW

    Then, where does MacArthur’s fit into this picture? I know it was there, somewhere, in that same area. If it was never in the place now occupied by Farmer Boys, was it possibly located where Louie’s is now?

    [Wasn't Don saying MacArthur's was replaced by Plum Tree, which was replaced by Farmer Boys? -- DA]