Playing catch-up, again

So it’s Christmas Eve and I’ve got a few minutes squeezed in-between holiday preparations to play catch-up from the week’s Inland Empire food news.

First of all, we’ve got a pair of food reviews, as usual, from the Bulletin and the Sun. David Cohen traveled to Temecula to dine at Creekside Grille, located at Wilson Creek Winery. Elaine Lehman traveled to Yucaipa to have lunch at the Beach Cafe. I don’t get down to Temecula very often, but next time I’m in Yucaipa, I may seek out the Beach Cafe. It sounds right up my alley.

Read David’s review here. Read Elaine’s review here.

Next up, from David Allen’s blog, we read that Connal’s has replaced the old Mi Taco at 1226 W. 7th St. in Upland. The Connal’s chain, which was established in Pasadena 50 years ago, has doubled in size with the new location.

That’s right…after 50 years, they now have two locations to serve you!

David also notes that Connal’s is very generous with its portions. In his column, David recounts a little bit of the history of Connal’s, and hinted at the possiblility of adding Mi Taco’s signature Matador Salad (of which David has the recipe) to their menu.

If you are a fan of Mi Taco’s Matador Salad, David might even share that recipe with you if you ask politely. You can email him here.

Lastly, another landmark restaurant is shuttered. San Bernardino’s
Yamazato of Japan, a Hospitality Lane icon for 21 years, has closed and
its owners have retired.

The restaurant’s last day was December
17, however, Yamazato will live on. Owner Stephanie Shea and family
plan to “honor the legacy of their mother, Yamazato’s late founder,
Theresa Shea, by introducing Yamazato’s Hot Sauce and other Yamazato
sauces and dressings to the marketplace,” reads a press release.

As of this posting, their site,, is not yet active, but check back for more developments.

You can also read more in the Christmas Day edition of the Bizz.

That’s it for now…gotta get back to the preparations!

Hope all you Dine 909ers have a wonderful holiday filled with lots of good eats, because life is too short to eat bad food!