Chase’s, 2079 Bonita Ave. (at D), La Verne; open daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Chase’s opened in 2011 in a converted house downtown on Third Street as a wine shop with a short menu and wine bar, if memory serves. It was a tight fit the one time I was there, for a colleague’s going-away party, but we had a good experience. And now Chase’s has moved to expanded quarters in a former bank building at the crossroads of Bonita and D.
Two friends and I met up there recently for lunch, gathering on the sunny patio, shaded by large umbrellas. It was a warm day and I’m not sure anyone was eating inside on such a pleasant afternoon.
It’s one of those menus of salads, sandwiches and pastas where you find nearly every item appealing. Do I want the wild mushroom grilled cheese, the pear and fennel arugula salad, the special burger, the roasted ragu shrimp pasta?
One friend got the No Name Salad with grilled chicken ($13.50 + $5.50). It came with kale, carrots, pecans and cranberries. Her verdict: “Mmm-mmm.” That’s your quote? Second friend added: “If you add that she shook her head emphatically, they’ll know.”
I got the Mojo Pulled Pork ($13.25). So did the second friend. But you only get one photo. This concoction came on sourdough with mustard, onion and pickle. The pork was tender and the sandwich delicious.
“Plenty big,” second friend remarked. “I’m glad I didn’t get fries.” Same here. I didn’t eat again for hours.
There’s also a full bar in an island that looks like an instant classic. Chase’s seems to have successfully transitioned to its new space. The blog wishes them well. It’s a good option for downtown La Verne.