New burrito joint at Victoria Gardens

Chipotle is opening its third location in Rancho Cucamonga next Friday at
Victoria Gardens (near Pinkberry). The first 100 customers will get a
free T-shirt and be entered in a drawing for a year’s worth of free burritos. Chipotle is opened daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Free pi(e) on Pi Day!

The Greeks were famous for their pi.

Marie Callender’s is famous for their pie.

Tomorrow (March 14) happens to be Pi Day (and, coincidentally, Albert Einstein’s birthday).

In honor of Pi Day, participating Marie Callender’s restaurants are giving guests a free slice of pie with a purchase of an entre!

As usual, there are caveats: One slice per entre, the offer excludes cheesecakes, and it’s not valid with other offers, discounts or coupons.

Inland Empire Marie Callender’s locations include San Bernardino, Redlands, Claremont, Ontario, Corona, Riverside, Victorville, Temecula and Palm Desert.
The deal is only available tomorrow, so grab that while you can!

Good-bye, Ruby Tuesday

If a Ruby Tuesday closes in San Bernardino and there’s no one around to notice, does anybody care?


Sad to say, that seems to be the case.

We get email here at Dine 909 from time to time asking about particular restaurants.

We got no such queries regarding San Bernardino’s Ruby Tuesday, which closed January 30.

I probably wouldn’t have even noticed had I not gone to Costco (which is across the street) and noticed the restaurant was dark.

I went by later and saw a terse note taped to the inside of the door:

January 30, 2010

To all of our friends, guests and neighbors:

Regrettably, Ruby Tuesday San Bernardino will close its doors today. It has been an honor to serve this community.

If there are any questions, please contact our Temecula location at 951-694-0011.

Ruby Tuesday

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P.F. Chang’s expands gluten-free menu

P.F. Chang’s has always had a few items on its menu that were gluten-free. Now they have expanded their gluten-free menu.

They’ve got everything from an appetizer to a soup to fried rice to over a dozen entres, including five new beef entres.

All the items are gluten-free as prepared or have been modified to be gluten-free, and are served on distinctive plates to identify them from other items.

I can personally vouch for one of their original gluten-free items — the flourless chocolate dome — it’s delicious!

Be aware that the gluten-free items are made in the same kitchen as items containing gluten.

Gluten-free soy sauce is also available.

Inland Empire P.F. Chang’s locations include Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Chino Hills, Temecula and Rancho Mirage.

Click here to see the entire gluten-free menu.

Follow the jump to see the menu, with prices.
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Wienerschnitzel caters to Catholics…Chick-fil-A, not so much

Wienerschnitzel has begun offering a trio of fish-based entres in the hopes of luring Catholics, who traditionally eschew meat on Fridays during the Lenten season.

Included in their “UnDer the Sea” menu are:

  • Sea Dog: an Alaskan Pollock fish fillet, crunchy lettuce and tartar sauce, served on a bun.
  • Fish Wrap: an Alaskan Pollock fillet topped with a combination of salsa and mayonnaise and wrapped in a flour tortilla.
  • Fish N’ Chips: two deep-fried fish fillets laid atop French fries.

The new entres are available through the end of Lent, which is Easter Sunday (April 4).

Chick-fil-A, on the other hand, is trying to make up for slower Lenten Friday sales by offering free food.

Why does Chick-fil-A have slower sales on Fridays during Lent?

Well, chicken is meat, which is a no-no on Fridays for Catholics who are observing Lent.

The vast majority of menu items at Chick-fil-A, not surprisingly, include chicken.

So how is Chick-fil-A making up sales? By offering to give you two meals for the price of one.

Here’s how it works: Eat at Chick-fil-A on Fridays during March, and bring your receipt back any other day during March to get that same meal for free. The “March Mania” promotion is available at participating Southern California restaurants.

An intentional snub by Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, who happens to be a devout Baptist?

Doubt it. Just two different chains using two different ways of “fishing” for customers.

Shrimp giveaway at Panda Express on Wednesday

Attention Panda Express fans!


On Wednesday (March 10), you’ll be able to get a free single serving of their new honey walnut shrimp…if you’re a fan of theirs on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

They’ll be posting coupons for the free entre on those social networking sites.

We here at Dine 909 are Facebook holdouts. Or you could say we’re Twitter snobs.

Of course, Panda Express has only tweeted twice. I guess they don’t have much to say.

But we’re now following them on Twitter, so we can get our coupon!

The new dish is “made with fresh tempura shrimp, wok-tossed in Panda’s signature gourmet honey sauce and topped with glazed walnuts,” according to a press release.

Sounds delish…log in and get ready for Wednesday!

Update: Follow this link for the coupon.

“Top Chef” winner to serve dinner at Cal Poly

According to this post over at the Pomona Now blog, Bravo’s “Top Chef” season two winner Ilan Hall will offer a cooking demonstration and three-course dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday (March 7) at the Collins College of Hospitality Management’s Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, which is at Cal Poly Pomona.

The dinner will  be limited to 75 guests. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door, and are available by cash or check only.

Proceeds from the demonstration dinner will support the Collins College of Hospitality Management and the United Culinarians, a student club designed to give students an opportunity to develop their culinary knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.

Hall is chef and owner of The Gorbals in Los Angeles. Some of the items he is planning for the event:

  • Bacon-wrapped Matzah balls
  • Mini latkes with smoked applesauce
  • Lamb breast with hummus, grilled lemon
  • Sticky toffee pudding with Dr. Bob’s ice cream

Sound interesting? RSVP by emailing the United Culinarians at

Click here for further information and the full menu.

R.I.P. West Coast Whoopies?

I had heard a couple of weeks back that West Coast Whoopies in Calimesa had closed.

I held off writing anything until after I had a chance to check it out for myself.

Lo and behold, after a recent tour of the Yucaipa Adobe, I drove over to Calimesa to find a giant “for lease” sign in the spot formerly occupied by West Coast Whoopies.

However, the Web site for West Coast Whoopies is still alive and kicking.

I remember from our visit last year that Queen Whoopie Maker Alisa Evans had her fingers in lots of pies, so to speak, and at the time, they had just started a separate facility somewhere in Yucaipa.

So, the retail bakery may be gone, but I’d like to believe the Whoopie pies (and cakes and breads and more) live on!