Riverside Grill, 5258 Riverside Drive (at Central), Chino; open daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday.
In Chino last week for an evening meeting of the school board, I definitely wanted to eat afterward, business not taking me often to Chino. Riverside Grill, along Riverside Drive, is just a block from the school district office and was an inviting choice.
It’s a bistro and half the seating is outside, on a patio enclosed by glass walls and surrounded by palm trees and landscaping that makes busy Riverside and Central seem a world away. The interior is upscale casual, with an open kitchen (well, it’s glassed in) and photos of old Chino on the walls.
The breakfast-lunch-dinner place has sandwiches, burgers, nine salads and some ambitious entrees from $16 to $24 that include sirloin, N.Y. steak, scampi and baby back ribs.
I got the champagne chicken salad ($10.50) with baby greens, grapes, gorgonzola, walnuts, grilled chicken breast and “our own champagne dressing.” No idea what’s in the dressing, but the salad was delicious and made for a light, healthy dinner. Like all the salads, it came with a slice of the restaurant’s signature beer bread, which they also use for their morning french toast ($5.25).
The restaurant is a nice place and a haven from the cares of the world — which include the school board.
Update, August 2015: I returned for lunch, my first meal there in six years, and the place seems about the same, which is a positive thing. This time I had the seared ahi salad ($13, pictured below) and liked it. I hope it won’t be six years before my next visit.