Recent restaurant transitions


Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the neighborhood eatery…

Jaws Fish, Shrimp and Chicken (whose 99 deals are shown at left) has moved into the space
formerly occupied by Serrano’s Triple Cheese at 2388 Arden Ave., San

New China Wok has opened where the Sixth Street Deli used to be, 1231 E. Washington St., Suite C, Colton.

The Redlands Open Kitchen has moved from 402 Orange St. to 1532 Barton Road.

The Highland Open Kitchen Buffet is now called Best Kitchen Buffet.

Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened in the Ontario Mills food court.

Apparently, the Upland Togo’s at 110 S. Mountain Ave., Suite B, has gone under. (Thanks to reader Carl for the update!)

Citrus Deli and Naan Cafe have opened in Redlands. Both are in the Citrus Village Plaza, 700 E. Redlands Blvd. Click here to read Ed Castro’s article on the new eateries.

Noticed a new restaurant in your travels? Or perhaps a local restaurant has closed. Let us know via email, on Twitter, on Facebook, or Google+.

Food trucks coming to Redlands East Valley High School Saturday


Even though gourmet food trucks are not yet able to operate on a daily basis here in the Inland Empire, the food truck craze is continuing to spread, with events here almost on a weekly basis.

Redlands’ first-ever food truck event is happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (April 21) at Redlands East Valley High School, 31000 E. Colton Ave., Redlands.

Our friends over at I.E. Gourmet Food Trucks have invited some of the best food trucks from L.A. and Orange counties to join I.E.-based Suite 106 Cupcakery and Cafe 2 U to tantalize your taste buds.

With thirteen trucks scheduled to be in attendance, you’ll be able to satisfy whatever you’re craving, whether it’s a peanut butter/jelly/bacon/Sriracha burger from Grill ‘Em All, grilled cheese with a twist from Rebel Bite, a fried shrimp Po’ Boy from Ragin’ Cajun or a lobster corn dog from Slummin’ Gourmet.

Admission is only $5, with proceeds benefiting the Redlands East Valley Football Program and Second Harvest Food Bank. Kids four and under are free.

Click over the jump to see the list of scheduled trucks.
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Dueling beer pairing dinners April 17

In this corner, a three-course beer paired dinner at the Salted Pig, 3700 12th St., Riverside, with Evan Weinberg, brewmaster and owner of Cismontane Brewing Company.

In the opposing corner, a five-course beer paired dinner at Farm Artisan Foods, 22 E. State St., Redlands, featuring a selection of seasonal and limited-release beers from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery.

You’ll have to pick one or the other, since they’re both taking place April 17.

The Salted Pig’s dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $30. For reservations, call 951-848-4020.

The dinner at Farm Artisan Foods includes the following pairings:

  • California Spring with halibut ceviche
  • Alt Bier with caramelized scallops
  • Columbus IPA with shrimp and curried spaghetti squash
  • Hammerhead with smoked wild boar
  • Palmero with banana molasses cake

Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $49. For information and reservations, call 909-792-1162.

Which one will you choose?
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Gourmet Pizza Shoppe offering a four-pack of Groupon deals

You’ve got ’til midnight tonight to snag one of four Groupon deals put out by Dine 909 favorite The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe.

Choose from a three lunch card, dinner for two, dinner for four or a party pack for six.

Prices start at only $13 and top out at $40 for the party pack, all representing a savings up to about 56%.

We’re talking seriously good deals on seriously good pizza, folks!

You can purchase one for yourself, and up to two more as gifts, but you can only redeem one per table.

You’ve got until October 17 to redeem.

Head over the jump to see the specifics.
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KFC’s Double Down sticks around, turns two

KFC’s bread-free Double Down sandwich, initially intended to be a limited-time menu item, is still with us.

The “sandwich” was roundly ridiculed upon its introduction two years ago tomorrow, a situation not helped by an April Fool’s Day press release announcing its existence.

Reporter Andrew Edwards “celebrates” the anniversary by shedding a little light on the supposedly poor nutritional value of the Double Down.

When compared to what most people would agree is a “healthier” sandwich, Panera Bread’s Chipotle Chicken sandwich, the Double Down actually comes out on top.

Andrew explains it all for you (and has lunch), after the jump.
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Toby Keith’s I This Bar & Grill is finally open!

We (and Rancho Cucamonga reporter Wendy Leung) have been covering the long, long, long gestating Toby Keith’s I This Bar & Grill, 12635 North Main St., Rancho Cucamonga.

The Victoria Gardens bar/restaurant/nightclub, which moved in where West Elm used to be, was originally slated to open in January 2011.

A job fair was held in December.

In February, the general manager was projecting to open mid-March.

Well, today on Facebook, it was announced that the location was finally open.

And the masses cheered.

For more information, click here. For updates, like ’em on Facebook.

Baker’s does it again…60¢ tostadas today, free iced coffee tomorrow

Our friends over at the Inland Empire-based Baker’s Drive-Thru have created another one-two punch of deals.

Today (April 11), they’re offering another 60th anniversary deal, a coupon for a 60¢ tostada. Tomorrow (April 12), they’re promising a coupon for a free iced coffee — your choice of vanilla, caramel or plain.

Today’s coupon can be found on Baker’s Facebook page, as will tomorrow’s.

The usual restrictions apply, one offer per coupon, one coupon per person or per car.

They claim that the deal is not good with other offers, but generously suggest that you pair it with with their current $1 Coke Zero/Powerade Mountain Berry Blast deal for a cheap, cheap meal.

You can either print the coupons or display them on your mobile device.

To keep up with all Baker’s Drive-Thru’s anniversary (and other) deals, be sure to like ’em on Facebook.

Baker’s Drive-Thru locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Longtime favorite La Costa closes


This one hurts.

The San Bernardino La Costa Ostioneria, 464 S. Mount Vernon Ave., has closed.

In a city full of Mexican restaurants, La Costa, housed in a former Dairy Queen, was our top pick for authentic Mexican fare and delicious seafood.

Not sure exactly when it closed, but the most recent review on Yelp is from the end of January.

I realize there’s another location in Redlands and although I believe the two restaurants were connected at one time, they haven’t been for a long time.

I’m really going to miss La Costa. Somebody let us know if Lupe and crew surface somewhere else.


135 East Italian Bistro and Martini Lounge celebrating grand opening Saturday

We had a great time at the Taste of the Pomona Valley last night at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center.

One of the new eateries we sampled from was 135 East Italian Bistro and Martini Lounge, which is at 135 E. Second St., Pomona.

They had a selection of lasagne and meatballs at the event. I really enjoyed the meat-lovers lasagna…it was delicious!

We found out that the restaurant (formerly Angelo’s) will be celebrating a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (April 14).

DJ Danny will provide the music and they will have an open buffet, so you can try the delicious lasagna for yourself. You could even order one (or more) of their 135 varieties of martinis.

For more information, visit their website, Facebook page or follow ’em on Twitter.