Restaurant of the Week: WaBa Grill

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WaBa Grill, 9670 Haven Ave. No. 104 (at 6th), Rancho Cucamonga; also 4110 Edison Ave., Chino; 9870 Sierra Ave., Fontana; 1055 W. Philadelphia St. and 800 S. Milliken Ave., Ontario.

WaBa Grill is a new name to me, although as you can see above, it has four other Inland Valley locations, as well as others around SoCal. The Rancho location just opened in a new center next to Dickey’s BBQ just north of 4th Street.

It’s a teriyaki bowl place, but one emphasizing the reputed healthfulness of the items: all-natural ingredients, no additives, no skin-on chicken, no oil and no frying.

I had been wary after a sign in the window during construction promised, among other things, “vegitables.” Misspellings of core products aside, I gave WaBa a try earlier this week.

I got the No. 2, the chicken plate ($6.99), with brown rather than white rice (80 cents more) and a soda ($1.60). The portion was filling, often an issue with chicken bowl places, and the food tasty. A small salad and orange slices come with.

WaBa also has steak, salmon and veggie bowls and plates from $4.19 to $8.99.

The interior is kind of cool, done in white, orange and red and with mod-ish wall treatments resembling giant brackets. It’s like Pinkberry with chicken. WaBa is a decent option if you’re in the area. And I am.

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  • http://www.hughcmcbride.com hugh.c.mcbride

    It’s like Pinkberry with chicken.

    I tells ya, DA, if you ever get tired of this whole “world-famous columnist/blogger” thing, I think there’s a future for you in the marketing world :-)

    * The Ontario Library: Like Cheers with books!

    * Kidney stones: Like childbirth without having to eventually attend PTA meetings!

    * The Clippers: Like the Lakers with — umm … hmmm … well, I guess some entities are just beyond comparison.

    ["Like the Lakers with chicken!" No, that's not right either... DA]

  • Eberlin

    The Clippers: like going to a PTA meeting with kidney stones?

  • http://www.hughcmcbride.com hugh.c.mcbride

    The Clippers: like going to a PTA meeting with kidney stones?

    And I think we have ourselves a winner!

  • Bob Terry

    Real pain? Is when your lovely step-daughter was a dancer for the Clippers and you couldn’t make an excuse not to drive out to watch her dance…except the one time she makes a half court shot with her back to the basket and you have to see it on you tube.

  • LP

    We tried this restaurant 2 weeks ago and it is very similar to “Flamebroilers” on Foothill in Rancho Cucamonga. Let’s just say that we will stay with Flamebroilers. I got the chicken bowl and husband got the half and half (beef and chicken). Both of our chicken pieces were so overcooked and dry that we couldn’t eat it. I complained on their website form and didn’t receive any response back as of yet. Try out Flamebroilers if you haven’t already, you might like it.

    [I've been to a Flamebroiler in Pomona. Same chain, probably. It's okay but I prefer WaBa. -- DA]

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