San Bernardino’s Third Thursdays Food Fest returns today

SB Third ThursdaysFood trucks are once again rolling in to downtown San Bernardino today (April 16) for the city’s Third Thursdays Food Fest.

As usual, the trucks will be parked in the City Hall parking lot on the south side of Court Street, between D and E streets between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Scheduled to serve:

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McDonald’s brings back fried pies, McCafé Social Hour BOGO

McDonald's fried apple pieBe still my pre-myocardial infarction heart…fried pies have returned to Southern California McDonald’s locations!

The ubiquitous burger chain swapped out its fried pies for a more health-conscious baked version back in 1992 (although I remember getting one at the downtown Riverside location years after that, and apparently, they’ve continually been available at the Lakewood Boulevard location in Downey), but now they’re back.

And will be through the end of the year.

The chain is currently offering apple and cherry fried pies.

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Discount tickets available this weekend for inaugural Inland Empire Salsa Festival

Inland Empire Salsa FestivalPre-sale tickets are available for the inaugural Inland Empire Salsa Festival.

The event — scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 at White Park in Riverside — features salsa tasting and competition, a beer and wine garden, and live entertainment, including host Jordin Sparks, Baby Bash and A Lighter Shade of Brown.

If you’re interested in going, though, you might want to purchase your tickets this weekend.

You see, general admission tickets are available on the event’s website for $10 (plus $1.54 service fee). The site is also offering early bird discount tickets (through May 1) for just $8 (plus $1.43), a decent bargain. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.

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San Bernardino food truck lineup features new names

Third Thursday Food Fest March 2015Tomorrow (March 19) is the return of the popular downtown San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest, and this month’s lineup features some new trucks.

Joining for the first time are the Lobos Truck, Belly BombZ and San Bernardino-based Brätworks.

Returning are Crepes Bonaparte, the Grilled Cheese Truck, My Delight Cupcakery, Piaggio on Wheels, and Street Foods Co.

Attendees will receive a free sbX ride voucher with a meal purchase from any of the trucks.

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Get your free cone at Dairy Queen today

Dairy Queen Free Cone DayDairy Queen is celebrating its 75th “Fanniversary” by giving away small vanilla cones at participating locations today (March 16).

The chain is also collecting donations for Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals.

Inland Empire Dairy Queen locations include Ontario, Colton, Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, Bloomington, Rialto, Chino Hills, Montclair, Yucaipa, San Dimas, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Norco, Murrieta, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Palm Springs, Temecula, Ludlow, Baker, Anza, Bermuda Dunes, Yermo and Needles.

Claremont Pie Festival returns Saturday

Saturday (March 14) is Pi Day, and the city of Claremont is again celebrating the day with the Claremont Pie Festival.

The event features pie baking and eating contests, pie making demos, pie tastings, a vintage apron exhibit, a pie recipe card hunt, kids’ apron decorating and an apron parade, along with classic cars, live music and vendor booths.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Village.

Headquarters for the festival is the I Like Pie Bake Shop, 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., naturally.

Click here for more information and contest forms.

San Bernardino Elephant Bar to be reborn as Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant

Jiro's Japanese RestaurantWe’ve been watching construction going on at the former Elephant Bar at 1050 E. Harriman Place in San Bernardino and had figured out it was going to be Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant, but then San Bernardino Sun reporter Ryan Hagen came along and filled in the blanks for us.

The new restaurant is expected to open in May.

We’re thinking it should do well, since there hasn’t been a Japanese restaurant in the Hospitality Lane area since Yamazato of Japan closed in December 2008.

And, no, we’re not counting Seattle’s Best Teriyaki.

Read Ryan’s article here.

Fontana’s Tio’s Mexican Grill goes upscale with new addition

Tio's Grille and CantinaFontana’s Tio’s Mexican Grill, 16953 Sierra Lakes Parkway, just went upscale with the addition of Tio’s Grille & Cantina next door.

The new place — which had its grand opening on Saturday — looks amazing!

It’s truly a family affair, as the owners’ niece, who operates designstiles, created the look.

You can check out the pics (from Sabra Lattos Photography) here.