You can listen to my May 31 appearance on Larry the Fox’s “Claremont Straight Ahead” jazz show by visiting the Claremont Colleges radio station (88.7)’s website.
Liberty Bell Burgers, 142 N. Mountain Ave. (at Holt), Ontario
Perhaps the Inland Valley’s most patriotically named restaurant, Liberty Bell Burgers’ logo thoughtfully includes the crack in the bell.
Inside, of course, it’s just another off-brand burger joint. The menu has sandwiches, burritos, breakfasts and, on weekends, menudo. There’s a menu on the counter and photos of various menu items up above, most of which are not photographed well. One is the “manager’s special,” which is two burgers.
I got the burger combo ($5.55 with tax). As with most mom-and-pop places, the burger is nothing special — skinny pre-formed patty, lettuce, onion, tomato, mayo — but somewhat better than a chain. The fries were okay. The whole thing came on a plate, a nice touch.
A sign in the window warned that all activities are monitored by video camera. Oh, Liberty Bell Burgers, you’re infringing on my freedoms — but that’s 21st century America for you.
Videographer and artist Eddie Gonzalez, who runs the 909 Junkie website (www.909junkie.com), is filming people offering one-word definitions of the Inland Empire. His goal is to eventually have 909 of them. Click here for the video so far. I didn’t count the number of people as they flashed past, but the video indicates he has “777 to go.”
Yours truly is represented by video shot at Claremont’s Some Crust Bakery.
Oh, and Gonzalez sells T-shirts.