An item in my column the other day, about being recognized as a repeat customer on only my second visit to a Chinatown-adjacent diner in L.A. (Nick’s Cafe, for the curious), prompted a discussion Tuesday with a couple of readers in Claremont.
Was I a regular at any local restaurants? One suggested that my tastes are eclectic enough that I’m probably flitting from restaurant to restaurant too often to be much of a regular.
That’s true. Even a lot of the places to which I’ve given a favorable nod to in this space I’ve never returned to. There’s always something new to try.
But I do return to a few local mom and pop places frequently enough — once a month or more — to be a regular. Currently those are La Verne’s Taste of Asia, Chino’s Phillips BBQ and Flo’s Airport Cafe, Pomona’s Mix Bowl Cafe, Rancho Cucamonga’s Nancy’s Cafe and Upland’s San Biagio’s N.Y. Pizza.
Do you go anywhere where they know your name?