Restaurant of the Week: King Wrap

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CLOSED

King Wrap, 373 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont

With King Wrap as the latest Mediterranean place to hit the Village, following Pita Pit, Saca’s, Yanni’s and Casablanca, the pita must now be the official bread of downtown Claremont.

King Wrap, which occupies a narrow storefront between Quizno’s and Taco Factory, opened a couple of months ago but isn’t a total startup: It was formerly located in Rancho Cucamonga under the name Mama’s Grill. Several readers here lamented its closing, leading the grill’s mama (actually, the grill’s daughter-in-law) to pen a message in response a few days ago.

I’d already been to King Wrap three times before her note, not realizing the connection to Mama’s Grill. The new place is a smaller operation, a literal mom and pop, with four tables and a limited menu of wraps, sandwiches and salads. Nothing is more expensive than $6.99. (Mama’s Grill seated 100.)

I’ve had a gyro and a chicken shawarma ($5.49 each) and a Caesar wrap ($6.49) and found them all tasty, unexceptional perhaps but solid examples of their type. And the price is right.

My only suggestion would be to offer combos that include a small salad and a drink. Nobody wants to order a $5.50 sandwich and a $6.50 salad, but when the tray is delivered with nothing but a cylindrical sandwich resting there in a wrapper, it looks lonely.

After writing the above, I had a fattoush salad (cucumbers, peppers, onions, parsley, toasted pita; $6.45) on Wednesday evening and noticed there’s now a lunch special: kabab, hummus, rice and salad for $7.49. So there’s a partial answer to my suggestion above.

Quibbles aside, in the often-pricey Village, King Wrap is a nice addition. I hope Mama settles in for a long stay.

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  • Tiffany Suarez

    I used to work at the Child Support office and loved Mama’s Grill in Rancho. I drove up there in June and it was no longer there. I am so glad David Allen wrote on this place, and I will have to drive to Claremont, which is closer to home anyways, and order my grilled chicken salad that they give with the best dressing and pita bread! Can’t wait to go.

    [Glad I could help, Tiffany. -- DA]

  • freddy hilo

    I love this place, the best wraps in the county! Not only was the food great, the family running the shop are the greatest people you can wish to meet. Gyros is the boom, caesar wrap melts in your mouth, King Wrap is soooo fresh and filling. I think i’ve had everthing on the menu and would do it again and again. So if you like food and your health go in say hi to mama and let her wrap a meal up for you. OH yeah prices are out of this world!!!!

  • Eileen Cortinas

    I used to work at Bank of The West in Rancho and ate at Mamas Grill everyday for lunch and one day went back and they were closed. I was so sad this was literally the best place to eat! I’m sooooooo happy that they’re back. I’ll be there today for lunch!! YAY!! And you’re right the family is awesome!!!!

    [Glad I could help you locate them, Eileen. -- DA]