Restaurant of the Week: Juancho’s, Upland

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Juancho’s Mexican Cuisine, 2440 W. Arrow Route (at Monte Vista), Upland

There’s a Juancho’s in Ontario, which I’ve heard is good, and now there’s a larger, nicer one on the border of Upland and Claremont, i.e., Upmont, in a center by the colleges and next door to Noodle World Jr.

I’ve been there for lunch twice and had a favorable impression both times.

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There’s a main dining room and a smaller bar area with a couple of booths and a couple of tables, separated from the main room by a faux-brick archway. While the dining room is kind of a big box, there are pleasant touches: heavy wood tables and chairs, faux plaster walls, slow ceiling fans and subtle lighting, plus some interesting tile murals.

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The first visit, a friend from the colleges got shredded beef flautas (pictured above), while I had an asada torta (pictured below), both ordered off the lunch menu and both $7. We both liked our food, and my friend was impressed that my torta didn’t fall apart in my hands.

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Maybe three weeks later, I returned on my own and got the Juancho’s burrito with carnitas, again off the lunch menu and priced at $7. This was good too. There are better burritos, but you’d have to drive two, three, maybe four miles to find them. Juancho’s has fancier furnishings than many Mexican restaurants too, akin to Tio’s Tacos.

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My only regret was I forgot to eat the orange slice.

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  • Joanne Dallas

    How nice you found this new place. Quite a little restaurant row in that center. I recommend their chile relleno on your next visit. They have made the space comfortable and pleasing. Friendly staff, too. I claim it as part of Montclair since it’s hard to know precisely where you are in that area

    • davidallen909

      I’m picturing you holding a city flag on a pole, planting it on the asphalt and proclaiming, “I claim this center as part of Montclair!”

      • Joanne Dallas

        Actually, there may be a Montclair flag. It’s a version of the California flag with the bear inside an outline heart. I can get a Montlair cap and a sweatshirt to show where I stand. Next time I get their chili relleno I may make a stand. Probably, I’ll just ask for extra chips.

  • SAWZ

    I haven’t gone to that center yet. I have a gift certificate for the beauty salon so I will have to check out everything there, eventually. That center is probably causing both Montclair and Claremont to lose sales tax shares at lunch time, since the Colleges and the Montclair PD are both next door.