Congratulations to the Best of… winners!

So the Best of… special sections came out this Sunday for The Sun, the Daily Bulletin and the Redlands Daily Facts.

I have mixed feelings about the winners. I agree with some of the chosen “bests,” but not with others. Some just left me scratching my head.

Lets’s start with the ones I thought people got correct:

Asian cuisine, Daily Bulletin: I like P.F. Chang’s. Sure, it’s Americanized, but it’s also consistently good. My sister-in-law got the entire family hooked on P.F. Chang’s, and I remember driving all the way out to Fashion Island in Newport Beach just to eat there. And wait hours to do so. Now we can just head to Riverside or Victoria Gardens. The wait is also much less.

Brunch / Romantic restaurant, The Sun / Daily Facts: The Castaway has the best view of all the restaurants in San Bernardino…and probably the whole east valley. The good thing is that the view isn’t the only good thing about the Castaway. The food quality is also quite good — you get what you pay for, and having Sunday brunch there is like taking a little vacation.

Buffet, The Sun / Daily Facts: Kudos for going out on a limb here. Choosing an Asian buffet like Open Kitchen in Highland over the usual suspects (Hometown Buffet, Souplantation, Sizzler) shows some spirit. And Open Kitchen’s food is indeed better than 90% of those Asian buffets out there. My favorites are the spicy chicken, made with jalapeno, the salmon sushi and the jin deui (sesame seed ball pastry).

Italian cuisine, The Sun / Daily Facts: I recently revisited Isabella’s Ristorante Italiano in Redlands. Unsurprisingly, the food was just as delicious as I remember it. Of course, the last time I went to Isabella’s, they still had a restaurant in San Bernardino. It’s good to know some things stay the same.

Here’s where we differ:

Buffet, Daily Bulletin: While I think The Sun and Daily Facts readers were spot on with their buffet choice, I think the readers of the Daily Bulletin were way off. Are there no other buffet restaurants in the west valley than Hometown Buffet? Have all the Sizzlers closed? (Oh, wait a minute, I believe they might have!) Have they never been to the Rancho Cucamonga Souplantation? Apparently not, or maybe they’re just fond of bland food.

Mexican cuisine, The Sun / Daily Facts: I’ve never understood the appeal of San Bernardino’s landmark Mexico Cafe. The few times I’ve been there over the years, I’ve been seriously underwhelmed. And yet, year after year, it tops our “Best of” list. Of course, a friend went there recently and said his meal wasn’t too bad. Perhaps it’s time to revisit the Mexico Cafe.

Sandwich shop, Daily Bulletin / The Sun / Daily Facts: I think the lowest common denominator for sandwich places is Subway, which is probably why they were chosen as the top sandwich shop for all three papers. I know there are better sandwich shops out there. Let’s start with Matano’s Little Italy in Yucaipa, which surely must be the best-kept secret out there, despite my loudly singing its praises.

Yogurt / Ice Cream, Daily Bulletin: Golden Spoon over 21 Choices? Over Pinkberry? Over Burt & Rocky’s? Over Dine 909 favorite Handel’s? You’ve got to be kidding me!

The big winners:

Queen of all Redlands Martha Green came out on top in several categories. For The Sun and Daily Facts, Dough’Lectibles won for both bakery and desserts, while The Eating Room was chosen best restaurant to take out-of-town guests.

In-N-Out won for best burger in both surveys. We’ll see if that changes next year with competition from Five Guys Burgers and Fries and The Habit.

Now for the head-scratchers:

Can someone please tell me where Armada, The Sun / Daily Facts Asian cuisine winner is? I’ve tried Google, Yelp, Bing…all to no avail. The closest match I can find is Armada Towing in San Bernardino, but you won’t be getting egg foo young from them.

Pronto Pizza over Dine 909 favorite the Gourmet Pizza Shoppe? Seriously? I have to admit that I haven’t yet tried Pronto, but how good can it be for $5? Perhaps that’s the sole reason it topped The Sun / Daily Facts survey.

Just one more thing: Who is the joker who voted for Olive Garden for best Indian cuisine (The Sun / Daily Facts)?

Follow the jump to see the full list of restaurant winners and losers favorites.


American Cuisine

Daily Bulletin: Richie’s Diner
The Sun / Daily Facts: Red Robin

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Mimi’s Cafe, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Chili’s, Applebee’s, Corky’s Kitchen and Bakery, Brandon’s Diner, Sierra La Verne Country Club, Cask ‘n Cleaver, Red Robin, New York Grill, Walter’s, Frisella, Impressions Catering, Gandolfo’s NY Deli, Lazy Dog Cafe, Sweet & Savory, BC Cafe, Hooters, Baker’s Drive-Thru, Homestyle Cafe, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Cheesecake Factory, Islands, Denny’s, China Gate, Harvard Square
California Pizza Kitchen, In-N-Out, Dolce Cafe and Bakery, Village Grille, Claim Jumper, Chick-fil-A, Nancy’s Diner, Sycamore Inn, Deli V, Casual Elegance, Panera Bread, Magic Lamp Inn

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Applebee’s, The Tartan, Claim Jumper, Farm Artisan Foods, Eureka Burger, Baker’s, Chili’s, The Lamplighter, Mimi’s Cafe, Big Cheese Pizza Company, Black Angus, Bravo Burger, Caprice, Casual Elegance, Cheesecake Factory, Citrone, Coco’s, Corky’s, Denny’s, DJ’s, Elephant Bar, Hometown Buffet, IHOP, Joe Greensleeves, John’s Philly Steak, Kay’s, Kopper Kettle Kafe, Marie Callender’s, Morongo Casino, Mu, Outback Steakhouse, Pepper Pot, Red Lobster, Redlands Country Club, Sizzler, TGI Friday’s, The Eatery, The Pines, The Stockade, The Stockyard

Asian cuisine

Daily Bulletin: P.F. Chang’s
The Sun / Daily Facts: Armada

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Panda Inn, Domo Sushi, China Gate, Tokyo Kitchen, Pick Up Stix, China Point, Royal Panda, Wabi Sabi, Little Tokyo, Kishi, Tokyo Tokyo, Taste of Asia, Phoenix Garden, Foothill Bistro, Mr. You Chinese Food, Waba Grill, Benihana, Sushi Takumi, China Gate Restaurant, Sanamluang Cafe, China One, Tasty Goody, San Sai, Yangtze, Shogun, China Star, Thai BBQ, Gyu-Kaku, Flame Broiler, New China, Thai Vegan, House of Louie, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Qwan’s, Little Bejing, Ken’s

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Lotus Garden, Benjarong Thai, Asain Buffet, A Dong, Elephant Bar, Open Kitchen Buffet, Tang’s, Eastern Classic Thai, Jade Inn, Mr. You Chinese Food, Mu, Noodle 21, Panda Express, Ranu Thai, Saachi, Thai House, Caf Orient, China Buffet, Chinatown, Ding’s, Golden China, Grapow, Green House, Hawaiian Bar B Q, Le Basil, Mikan, Ocean Blue, P.F. Chang’s, Sayaka, Super Sushi, Taste Of Thai, The Wok, Tokyo Kitchen, Tokyo Sushi, Wok Experience, Wong’s, Yasai

Bakery

Daily Bulletin: Some Crust Bakery
The Sun / Daily Facts: Dough’Lectibles

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Ontario Bakery, Old Town Bakery, Panera Bread, My Delight Cupcakery, The Local Bakery & Cafe, Crusty Tart, Ontario Bakery Too, Suite 106 Cupcakery, Cheesecake Factory, Sam, Dolce Cafe and Bakery, Cucamonga Cakery, Cardenas Market, Corner Bakery Cafe, Corner Cafe, Krispy Kreme, Federico’s, Stater Bros., Marie Callender’s, Impressions Catering, The Cakery

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Panera Bread, Michelle’s Bakery, Noyes, Anita’s, Auntie Anne’s, East Coast Bagel, Eating Room, El Super, Gerards, Jensen’s, Kopper Kettle Kafe, La Fuente, Marie Callender’s, Mommie Helen’s, Mr. Crumb, My Delight Cupcakery, Sierra Bakery, Simply Cakes, Stater Bros.

Bar

Daily Bulletin: Yard House
The Sun / Daily Facts: Stinger’s

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): The Back Abbey, Gallis, Casa 425, Montana’s, Mc Alan’s, Gally’s, Chili’s, JD Allison’s Bar & Grill, Alibi East, Pizzaioli’s, Linda’s, Brandin’ Iron, Eureka Burger, Tequila Hoppers, Elephant Bar, Janies, Pepper’s, Logan’s Roadhouse, Roscoe’s Famous Deli, Toro Sushi, Pizzioli’s, The Bulldog Pub, Wine Tailor, TJ Phillip’s, Old Baldy Brewery, dba Wine Bar, Rock the Keys, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Finish Line

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Pool Club, The Vault, Celebrities, LuLu’s, The Pines, The Red Fox, The Tartan, Charlie Jewell’s, Time in a Bottle, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Chili’s, El Torito, Elgin & Fagen, Royal Falconer, Green Frog, Hooter’s, Johnny’s, Kelly’s, The Lark, The Eating Room, Mission Inn, Paxton’s Cellar, Pink Flamingo, Redlands Country Club, Romano’s, Rumors, Taylor’s Tavern, The Boiler Room, Upper Deck Sports Lounge, Wooden Nickel

Barbecue

Daily Bulletin: Joey’s Bar-B-Q
The Sun / Daily Facts: Lucille’s

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Lucille’s, Famous Dave’s, Red Hill BBQ, JJ’s, Dickies BBQ, Wood Ranch, Buckboard, Up n Smoke, Impressions Catering, Phillip’s, Original Roadhouse Grill, P Train’s BBQ, Blue Fire Grill

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Mill Creek Cattle Co., Black Angus, Bobby Ray’s, Dickies, El Torito, Hickory Joe’s, Outback, Smoky Canyon, The Smoke House, The Stockyard

Brunch

Daily Bulletin: Mimi’s Cafe
The Sun / Daily Facts: Castaway

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Acapulco, El Torito, Euro Cafe, Sierra La Verne Country Club, Pomona Valley Mining Co., Molly’s Souper, Sierra Lakes, Doubletree, Impressions Catering, Norm’s Hanger, Harry’s Pacific Grill, IHOP, Vellano Country Club, Walter’s, Nancy’s Cafe, Corky’s Kitchen and Bakery, Spaghettini, Olive Garden, Zendejas, British Emporium

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts):
El Torito, The Eating Room, Mission Inn, Denny’s, IHOP, Kopper Kettle Kafe, Brisket’s, Marie Callender’s, Arthur’s, Asian Buffet, Diane’s Coffee Shop, El Zarics, Elks Lodge, Hometown Buffet, Las Fuentes, McDuff’s, Mimi’s Cafe, Morongo Casino, Pancho Villa’s, Spring Valley Lake Country Club

Buffet

Daily Bulletin: Hometown Buffet
The Sun / Daily Facts: Open Kitchen

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Souplantation, Golden Corral, Aladdin #2, Valley View, El Torito, Jumers, Walter’s, Mirage Restaurant, Tamarind, Impressions Catering, Sizzler, Zendejas Mexican Grill, Shakey’s Pizza, Pomona Valley Mining Co., Harry’s Pacific Grill, Ocean Buffet

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Asian Buffet, Hometown Buffet, Sizzler, Mission Inn, San Manuel, Morongo Casino, Carl’s Jr., Choices Buffet, New Kitchen, Pancho Villa’s, Shakey’s, Arian, Castaways, China Buffet, El Torito, Golden Corral, King’s, Lotus Garden, Mr. Kebab, Souplantation, TGI Friday’s

Burger

Daily Bulletin / The Sun / Daily Facts : In-N-Out

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): The Back Abbey, Islands, Jim’s Burger, Legends, Red Robin, The Habit, Burger Town USA, Johnny Rockets, Farmer Boys, Fatburger, Chino Burger, Joey’s Bar-B-Q, Vellano Country Club, Norms, Yard House, Grinders, Sierra La Verne Country Club, Heros, Carl’s Jr., Famous Dave’s, Fuddruckers, Golden Ox, J.D. Allison’s, Impressions Catering, Sycamore Inn, Buffalo Inn, Baker’s Drive-Thru, The Hat

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Eureka Burger, Burger Mania, Burger King, Tom’s Burger’s, Red Robin, Carl’s Jr., The Tartan, The Eating Room, Baker’s, Bravo Burger, Burger Town, Celebrities, Farmer Boys, Nick’s Burgers, A&W, Betty’s Burgers, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Demetri’s Burgers, Gus’s, Hog, Jack in the Box, McDonald’s, Sonic, The Malt Shop, The Stockyard, Tony’s Cafe, Wendy’s

Catering

Daily Bulletin: Impressions Catering

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Ono Hawaiian BBQ, Buckboard, Just From Scratch, Joey’s Bar-B-Q, Spaggi’s, Chick-fil-A, Gandolfo’s New York Deli, In-N-Out, Casa Sanchez, P Train’s BBQ, S’Moores, Deli V, Gourmet Gourmet, Vellano Country Club, Tio’s, Five Star Catering, WeThree.vpweb.com

Coffee shop

Daily Bulletin: Bad Ass Coffee
The Sun / Daily Facts: Stell Coffee and Tea Co.

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Starbucks, Brandon’s Diner, Nancy’s, The Coffee Bean, Some Crust Bakery, Red Hill Coffee Shop, Village Grille, Klatch Coffee, Corner Bakery Cafe, Malibu Bagel, Panera Bread, Big C Restaurant, 42nd Street Bagels, It’s a Grind, Kick Back Jack’s, Iron Skillet, Seattle’s Best, PepperTree, Last Drop Cafe, Stevie Dees, Mimi’s Cafe, Corky’s Kitchen and Bakery, Carrows, Coco’s, Zeke’s, Euro Cafe, Boomer’s, Spire’s, Guasti Cafe, BC Cafe, Polly’s

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Starbucks, McDuff’s, DJ’a Coffee Shop, Kay’s, Augie’s, Carolyn’s, Coco’s, Don’s, Kopper Kettle Kafe, Alice’s Restaurant, Bill’s Villager, Denny’s, Olive Ave. Market, Panera Bread, Heska’s Sugar Shack, Yum Yum, Back to the Grind, Bad Ass Coffee, Brisket’s, Cafe Royale, Cedar Glen Inn, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Greater Good, IHOP, It’s a Grind, Jenny’s Cafe, Kerry’s, Lil’ Green Onion, Manna Donuts, The Eating Room, Mimi’s Cafe, Redlands Family Restaurant, Roadies, Tony’s Cafe

Deli

Daily Bulletin: Claro’s
The Sun / Daily Facts: State Street Deli

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Old World Deli, Gandolfo’s New York Deli, The Deli, Wolfe’s Market, The Cheese Cave, Philly’s Best, Mr. Lee’s, The German Deli, Roscoe’s Deli, Upland German Deli, Deli Delight, Jason’s Deli, Ralphs, Impressions Catering, Guido’s, Hottingers, Stater Bros., V’s, Sal’s Pizza Bagelry, Tonys Deli

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Brisket’s, Patio West, Gerrards Market, Olive Ave. Market, Ray’s, George’s, Aaron’s, Clara’s, Delmy’s, Hogi Yogi, Imari, Innabi, Lake Arrowhead Deli, Manhattan Deli, Maria’s, Mozart’s, Orange Tree, Panera Bread, Stater’s Bros., Stell Coffee & Tea, Subway, The Hat, Yarn Deli

Desserts

Daily Bulletin: Cheesecake Factory
The Sun / Daily Facts: Dough’Lectibles

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Dolce Cafe and Bakery, Yogoo a la Mode, Suite 106 Cupcakery, PF Chang’s, Old Town Baking Company, JJ Sweet, Daily Donuts, Claim Jumpers, Marie Callender’s, Impressions Catering, King’s Fish House, Corner Bakery Cafe, Fruit Yogurt, Claim Jumper, Razzle Dazzle, Montclair Cafe

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Coco’s, Mommie Helen’s, Dairy Queen, Baker’s Square, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Claim Jumpers, Cold Stone Creamery, Dough’Lectibles, Juice It Up, Kopper Kettle Kafe, Macaroni Grill, Marie Callender’s, Noyes, Olive Ave. Market, P.F. Chang’s, Simple Simon’s, Suite 106 Cupcakery, The Eating Room, University Club

Donut shop

Daily Bulletin: Upland Donuts
The Sun / Daily Facts: Yum Yum Donuts

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Krispy Kreme, D N Top, Miss Donuts, The Donut Man, Ya Hoo Donuts, Daily Donuts, Maui Donuts, Queen’s Donut, Manna Donuts, Roadrunner, Christy’s, A.M. Donuts, Winchell’s, Donut Club, Dunkin’ Donuts, Donut Makers, Texas Donut

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Aaron’s, Krispy Kreme, Mr. J’s Donuts, Dunkin’ Donunts, Karen’s Donuts, Manna Donuts, Honeycomb Donuts, Donut House, Donut Star, Foster’s Donuts, Golden Donut, Jenny’s Donuts, Mr. Crumb

Family restaurant

Daily Bulletin: Brandon’s Diner
The Sun / Daily Facts: Redlands Family Restaurant

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Chili’s, Red Robin, Mimi’s Cafe, Corky’s Kitchen and Bakery, Warehouse, Cock-A-Doodle, Molly’s Souper, Vince’s Spaghetti, Casa Sanchez, Rabi’s Cafe, Wahoo’s, Spire’s, Danson/Espiau’s, Papachino’s Grill & Greens, Carrows, Casa Sanchez Restaurant, IHOP, Applebee’s, Corner Bakery Cafe, Claim Jumper, Buca di Beppo, Famous Dave’s, Sacas, Coco’s, John’s Incredible Pizza, Buckboard, Roadies, Village Grille, Kick Back Jack’s, Rocco’s Pizza, Joey’s Bar-B-Q, Rainforest Cafe, Denny’s, Chili’s, IHOP, Islands, El Cerrito, Richie’s Diner, Coco’s, Cask ‘n Cleaver, Garden Square

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): The Eating Room, Applebee’s, Arthur’s, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Coco’s, DJ’s, The Tartan, Denny’s, Gramdmas Kitchen, Hannah’s, Sizzler, Alfredo’s, Burger Town, Carolyn’s Cafe, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s, Chuck E Cheese, California Pizza Kitchen, D.J.s Diner, El Kiosco, El Rancho, Famous Dave’s, Farmer Boys, Food Connection, Two Guy’s, Hickory Ranch, Macaroni Grill, Mimi’s Cafe, Niki’s Caf, Outback, P.F. Chang’s, Panera Bread, Paradise, Pepper Steak, Qdoba, Red Lobster, Red Robin, Royale, Sima’s, Souplantation, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Terry’s, The Cottage, Vince’s Spaghetti

Happy hour

Daily Bulletin: Yard House
The Sun / Daily Facts: El Torito

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Sycamore Inn, El Torito, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Cask ‘n Cleaver, Candellas, Magic Lamp Inn, TGI Friday’s, Wings n Rings, The Press, El Pescador, Applebee’s, Pizzaioli’s, Elephant Bar, Impressions Catering, Casa Moreno, The Heights, Tequila Hoppers, Deanes, Mario’s Place, Pizza Barn, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Wine Tailor, Harry’s Pacific Grill, Wood Ranch, Eureka Burger, Boston’s, Finish Line

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Hooter’s, Chili’s, Mu, Wooden Nickel, Applebee’s, Celebrities, Clark’s Nutrition, De La Rosa, Elephant Bar, Royal Falconer, Las Fuentes, Mexico Cafe, The Farm, Time in a Bottle, Upper Deck Sports Lounge, Yard House

Indian cuisine

Daily Bulletin: Haandi
The Sun / Daily Facts: Ravi’s Indian Cuisine

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Bombay, Diamond Palace, Curry Up, Ravi’s, Impressions Catering, Giuseppe’s

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Curry in a Hurry, India’s Clay Oven, Delhi Palace Indian Cuisine, Gul Naz, Inabi Mediterrian Grill, Mr. Kabob, Olive Garden

Italian cuisine

Daily Bulletin: Vince’s Spaghetti
The Sun / Daily Facts: Isabella’s Ristorante Italiano

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Antonino’s, Olive Garden, Spaggi’s, Spaghetti Eddie’s, Buca di Beppo, Cafe Allegro, La Piccoletta, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, Johnny Carino’s, Graziano’s, San Biagio’s Pizza, Tutti Mangia, Petrillos, Aruffo’s, Paisano’s, Monaco’s, Pizzioli’s, Eddies Cucina, Cafe Calato, Pasta Cucina Rustica, Monacos, Impressions Catering, D’ Antonios, Pizza ‘n Stuff, Tutti Mangia Italian Grill, Giuseppe’s, Caffe Allegro, Rosa’s, Old Spaghetti Factory, Pizzaioli’s, Aldolino’s

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Napoli’s, Alfredo’s, Two Guys, Macaroni Grill, Romano’s, Olive Garden, Mario’s Place, Old Spaghetti Factory, Brother’s Pizza, The Mug, A.J. Bariles, Bonello’s New York Pizza, Buca di Beppo, Citrone, Delhi Palace, Joe Greensleeves, Pasta Italia, Vince’s Spaghetti

Mexican cuisine

Daily Bulletin: Casa Sanchez
The Sun / Daily Facts: Mexico Cafe

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Las Cazuelitas, El Torito, La Paloma, Don Marcos, Tio’s, Casa Moreno, El Merendero, Taco Hut, El Cerrito, Los Jarritos, Mexico Lindo, Brandon’s Diner, Los Portales, Don Jose’s, El Perico Ranchero, El Pescador, Juanita’s, Three Anas, Chipotle, Chevy’s, Salsitas, Cuca’s, Zapata’s, Tacos Mixteca, Felipe’s, Juancho’s, Patty’s, Chile Red, La Cocina de Tony, Impressions Catering, Casa Alvarez, Rocco’s Tacos, El Ranchero, El Gallo Giro, Pepe, Mi Ranchito, Monito’s, El Cholo, Alberto’s Mexican Food, Zendejas, Don Salsa, Espiau’s, La Paloma, Chronic Taco, Tropical, La Villa Kitchen, Los Amigos

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Cuca’s, La Costa, Lucy’s, Casa Trejo, Kool Cactus Cafe, Las Fuentes, Oscar’s, Maria’s, Mitla Cafe, Rosa Maria’s, Taco Bell, Taco Joe’s, Arturo’s, El Burrito, El Torito, Mi Casita, Rubio’s, Alberto’s, Baker’s, Cafe Rio, Cha Cha’s, Chipotle, Don Jose, El Farlito, Fiesta Maya, Jose’s, Juanitas Tacos, La Fuentes, La Rosita’s, Las Brasas, Las Casuelas, Los Jarritos, Lupe’s, Lupita’s, Mi Cocina, Miguel’s, Paco’s Tacos, Rosie’s, Toto’s, Zabella’s

New restaurant

Daily Bulletin: The Heights
The Sun / Daily Facts: Stockyard Barbecue and Steak House

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Rabi’s, Casa Moreno, The Boiler, Casual Elegance, Boiling Crabs, Christophe’s, Pasta Rustica, Candelas, The Back Abbey, Pepe’s, Portuguese Grill, Los Novillos, Papachino’s Grill & Greens, Blue Fire Grill, China One, Inka Trails

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Cafe Rio, Curry in a Hurry, Eureka Burger, Romano’s, A.J. Barellis, Golden Corral, Island Breeze Jamaican, Las Sirenas, Mongolian Grill, Phonecia, Pizza Hut, The Farm, The Sports Grill

Pizza

Daily Bulletin: San Biagio’s Pizza
The Sun / Daily Facts: Pronto Pizza

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Graziano’s, JoJo’s Pizza Kitchen, Z Pizza, Stuft Pizza, Sal’s Pizza, Pizza Royal, Red Devil Pizza, Pizza Factory, Monacos, NY Pizza, California Pizza Kitchen, Pizza ‘N Such, Straw Hat, Round Table Pizza, Barbonis, Pizza Hut, Rocco’s Pizza, Warehouse, Anthony’s, Mama Pertillo’s, Eddie’s NY Pizzeria, Red Brick Pizza, Numero Uno, Monaco’s, Costco, Anthony’s Pizza, Boston’s, LI, Sal’s Pizza, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Harris, Papa John’s, Barboni’s, Sharkey’s Pizza, AJ Barile’s, Michelangelo’s, Joe Chicago’s, Petrillo’s, Pizza Pirates, John’s Incredible Pizza, Dahlia’s, Hungry Howies, Petrilli’s Pizza, Mario’s, Chicago Pizza

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts):  Gourmet Pizza Shoppe, Alfredo’s, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Pizza Hut, Uncle Howie’s, Little Caesars, Brothers Pizza, The Mug, Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Guys, Jersey’s Pizza, New York Pizza, AJ Barile’s, Pizza Loca, Shakey’s Pizza, Antonious Pizza, Pizza Chalet, Pizza Rush, Round Table, American Pizza, Big Cheese Pizza Co., Bonnellos, Chicago Pizza, Costco, alia’s, Danny’s, El Ranchito Market, Fox, Gourmet Pizza Kitchen, Lake Arrowhead Deli, Marcelo’s, Papa John’s, Pizza Dilly, Pizza House, Pizza Pirates, Romano’s, Sorentinos

Restaurant bar

Daily Bulletin: The Heights
The Sun / Daily Facts: Elephant Bar

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Yard House, The Back Abbey, Cheesecake Factory, RA, Gallis, Applebee’s, Chili’s, Cask ‘n Cleaver, Etiwanda Roadhouse, Fleming’s Steahouse, Kabuki, Heros, Red Lobster, Eureka Burger, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Mt. Baldy Lodge, Casa Moreno, Harry’s Pacific Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee’s, Pizzioli’s, Christophe’s, Magic Lamp Inn

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): The Tartan, Romano’s, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Celebrities, El Torito, Borderline, Chili’s, Clara’s, Famous Dave’s, Hooter’s, Joe Greensleeves, Royal Falconer, The Stockyard, TGI Friday’s, The Red Fox

Restaurant to take out-of-town guests

Daily Bulletin: Sycamore Inn
The Sun / Daily Facts: The Eating Room

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): The Back Abbey, Vince’s Spaghetti, Sierra La Verne Country Club, Cheesecake Factory, Rosa’s, Spaggi’s, Claim Jumper, Rainforest Cafe, In-N-Out, Pomona Valley Mining Co., Fleming’s Steakhouse, Christophe’s, Pizza ‘n Such, Cask ‘n Cleaver, Logan’s Roadhouse, Tokyo Kitchen, Bass Pro Shops, Viva Madrid, North Woods Inn, PF Chang’s, Magic Lamp Inn, Cafe Allegro, The Heights, New York Grill, Buckboard, Applebee’s, Wahoo’s, Pasta Cucina Rustica, Walter’s Restaurant & Bakery, Yard house, Outback Steakhouse, Mission Inn, Upland, Harvard Square, Spaggi’s

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Mario’s Place, The Farm, Cafe Caprice, Castaway, Isabella’s, Macaroni Grill, Mill Creek, Mission Inn, A Dong, Benihana, Benjarong, Casual Elegance, Citrone, Claim Jumper, Denny’s, Dhat Island, Duane’s, Elephant Bar, Eureka Burger, Gourmet Pizza Shoppe, Grill at the Antlers, Gus Jr., Hickory Ranch, Hilton, Le Rendezvous, Lucy’s, Las Campanas, Outback, Redlands, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Royal Falconer, Saddle Back Inn Grill, The Stockade, Taco Joes, TGI Friday’s, Two Guys, Wong’s Chinese

Romantic restaurant

Daily Bulletin: Sycamore Inn
The Sun / Daily Facts: Castaway

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Magic Lamp Inn, Rosa’s, Antonino’s, Coco Palm, Spaggi’s, Christopher’s, La Piccoletta, Pomona Valley Mining Co., New York Grill, Lawry’s Prime Rib, Mission Inn, Owen’s Restaurant, Fleming’s Steakhouse, PF Chang’s, Mario’s, Viva Madrid, Castaway, Le Rendezvous, Gyu-Kaku, Walter’s, Ruth’s Chris, Candelas, D’Antonios, Mr. Stox

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Duane’s, Isabella’s, Caprice Cafe, Le Rendezvous, Olive Garden, Casual Elegance, Joe Greensleeves, The Farm, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Jean’s French, Mario’s, Mu, Napoli, Redlands Country Club, Romanos, Subway

Sandwich shop

Daily Bulletin / The Sun / Daily Facts: Subway

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): The Deli, Togo’s, Old World Deli, Quiznos, The Grinder, Grinder Haven, Cousin’s, Farmer Boys, Gandolfo’s New York Deli, Tony’s French Dips, Corner Bakery Cafe, Rocco’s Pizza, Legends, Impressions Catering, Claro’s Italian Deli, Pop’s, Tonys, Roscoes, Philly’s Best, The Hat, CoCo Cup, Wolfe’s Market, Capri Deli, Panera, Subway, Jersey Mike’s, Alfredo’s, Panera Bread, Podge’s, Wolfe’s Market, Simple Simon’s, Some Crust Bakery

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts):  Stell Coffee & Tea, State Street Deli, Ray’s Deli, The Eating Room, Olive Ave. Market, Panera Bread, Quiznos, The Hat, Heska’s, Islands Deli, Patio West Deli, Simple Simon’s, Tess’s Place, Togo’s, Aaron’s Donuts, Angelo’s, Baguette Express, BK Subs, Brisket’s, Delmy’s, Hello, Hogi Yogi, Imari, McDuff’s, Orange Tree Deli, Papaya Bay, Red Lobster, Subs of USA, Surfer Joe’s, The Upper Crust, Tummy Stuffers, Viola’s, Waffle House

Seafood

Daily Bulletin: Market Broiler
The Sun / Daily Facts: Red Lobster

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): King’s Fish House, Red Lobster, Domo Sushi, Harry’s Pacific Grill, Joe’s Crab Shack, PF Chang’s, Ocean Buffet, Louie’s Fish & Chicken, Crabby Bob’s, Henry’s, Honolulu Harry’s, Spaggi’s, Impressions Catering, Cask ‘n Cleaver, Boiling Crabs & Crawfish

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Little Fisherman, Market Broiler, The Tartan, Elephant Bar, King’s Fish House, Fisherman’s Grill, Joe’s Crab Shack, Johnny’s Boat Shrimp, Long John Silver’s, Outback, P.F. Chang’s, Sizzler, The Pines, Valley View Casino, Western Maki

Steak

Daily Bulletin: Fleming’s Steakhouse
The Sun / Daily Facts: Outback Steakhouse

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Cask ‘n Cleaver, Steer & Stein, Outback Steakhouse, Sycamore Inn, New York Grill, Pinnacle Peak, The Back Abbey, Sizzler, Ruth’s Chris, Spunky Steer, North Woods Inn, Joey’s Bar-B-Q, Omaha Jacks, Magic Lamp Inn, Wabi Sabi Teppan Steak House, Impressions Catering, Wood Ranch, Spaggi’s

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Whatta Steak, Black Angus, The Tartan, Duane’s, Fleming’s, Mill Creek Cattle Co., Pinnacle Peak, Stockyard, The Farm, Cask n Cleaver, Castaways, Celebrities, Claim Jumper, Felipes, Hickory Ranch, Le Rendevous, NY Grill, Pineapple Pears, Spunky Steer, Sycamore Inn, TGI Friday’s, The Pines

Sushi

Daily Bulletin: Ken’s
The Sun / Daily Facts: Ocean Blue

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Wabi Sabi, Domo Sushi, Toro Sushi, Satsuma, Kishi, RA, Kabuki, Tokyo Kitchen, Tokyo Sushi, Arigato Sushi, Umi Sushi, Sake Sake, Arigato, Joe’s, Sayaka’s, Omokas, Sushi Boat, Blue Fin, Genke, Tokyo Tokyo, Sushi Shiro, King Kong Sushi, Sushi Q, Steer N Stein, Tokyo Tokyo, Impressions Catering, Nara’s, Yatai Sushi Bar, Kuma, Miyako, Aoki’s, Kuma Sushi, Toro, Bento Box, Dono Sushi, Sho Sushi, Sushi Takumi

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Shagi Sushi, Niko Niko Sushi, Sachi Sushi, Miyagi’s, Hello Sushi, Sayaka, Super Sushi, Tokyo Sushi, Rice Box, Joe’s Sushi, Mikan, Okiyama, Shogun Sushi, Tokyo Kitchen, Tuna Time, Western Maki

Take-out foods

Daily Bulletin: In-N-Out
The Sun / Daily Facts: Whatta Steak

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Happy Wok, Tio’s, Chipotle, The Hat, Vince’s Spaghetti, Panda Express, Tasty Goody, Chick-fil-A, Pacos Tacos, Arby’s, Taco Hut, Pick Up Stix, Impressions Catering, Johnny’s, China Duck, Magic Wok, EZ Out, China One, Wing Stop, Happy Bento, La Villa Kitchen, Rocco’s Pizza, Tio’s Mexican, Flame Broiler, Farmer Boys, Qdoba, Wolfe’s Market, Chick-fil-A, Nikumi Japanese Grill, Yoshinoya, Boston Market

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): In-N-Out Burger, Wong’s Chinese, Bakers, Cuca’s, Curry in a Hurry, Rosa Maria’s, Wing Stop, Benjarong, Burger Mania, Chick-fil-A, Ding’s, El Burrito, Famous Dave’s, Farmer Boys, George’s, Honey Baked Ham, La Rositas, McDonald’s, Nick’s, Old Spaghetti Factory, Open Kitchen, P&G, Paco’s Taco, Panera Bread, Phil’s, Phoenicia, Siam Dish, Subway, Thai Place, The Farm, The Hat

Thai cuisine

Daily Bulletin: Green Mango
The Sun / Daily Facts: Benjarong

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): Thai T, Bua Thai Cuisine, Taste of Asia, Thai Diamond BBQ, Thai Vegan, Impressions Catering, Thai BBQ, Thai Super Bowl, Royal Thai, Sridra, Sanamluang Cafe, Thai Diamond, Thai Family, Thai Satay, Top Thai, Bua Thai, Lemongrass, Mix Bowl

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts): Thai House, Taste of Thai, Mu, Eastern Classic, Ranu Thai, Thai Spoon, Chanida Thai Cuisine, Garden Thai, Le Basil, Orchid Thai, Thai Chili, Grapow, Papaya Bay, Siam Dish, Thai Place

Yogurt / Ice cream

Daily Bulletin: Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt
The Sun / Daily Facts: Cold Stone Creamery

Favorites (Daily Bulletin): 21 Choices, Yogurtland, Yogoo a la Mode, Berries Frozen Yogurt, Pinkberry, Cold Stone Creamery, Baskin Robbins, Cherry on Top, Bert & Rocky’s, Handel’s, Yogio, Razzle Dazzle, Thornton’s Ice Cream, Whitey’s, Yogurt Time, Tutti Frutti, Impressions Catering, Rite-Aid, Ce Fiore, Fruyu, Frugo’s, Jogert, Nubi, Jogurt, Dairy Queen, Fruit Yogurt

Favorites (The Sun / Daily Facts):
 Baskin Robbins, Nubi Yogurt, Golden Spoon, Ohana Frozen Yogurt, Dairy Queen, Frugos, Tiki Hut, Theron’s, Yogurtlicious, Coffee Nutzz, Rite Aid, TCBY, Yogiyo, Yogurtland

  • Melissa

    Hmmmm….
    Ya, not sure about some of these!
    Who chose?

  • John Plessel

    Melissa:

    These were chosen by readers of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and The San Bernardino Sun and Redlands Daily Facts…seemingly, our core audience.

    Yes, we’ve got our work cut out for us!