The Whisper House celebrating first anniversary today

Whisper House First AnniversaryClaremont speakeasy The Whisper House is celebrating its first anniversary today (July 15) with food and drink specials and a Bottle Logic Brewing takeover.

The eatery will open at noon and will offer $2 short rib sliders and $2 beer specials until 4 p.m.

Fundamental Observation, Darkstar November and Leche Borracho will be available during the tap takeover, which will also incorporate a “steal the glass.”

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Del Tacos testing new ‘platos’ at select Inland Empire locations

Del Taco recently introduced its new platos at select locations in San Bernardino, Redlands, Colton, Loma Linda and Riverside.

The platos come with a choice of either a wet burrito, two fish tacos or two street tacos, plus cilantro lime rice, beans and chips and salsa.

Prices range from $6.49 to $7.49.

It appears to be a second go-round for Del Taco’s platos. They were also tested about a year ago in the Sacramento area.

If you’re interested in trying them for yourself, head to one of these locations:

  • Colton: 834 W. Valley Blvd.; 1010 E. Washington St.
  • Loma Linda: 24898 Redlands Blvd.
  • Redlands: 1624 W. Redlands Blvd.; 602 E. Redlands Blvd.
  • Riverside: 3487 Arlington Ave.; 4407 Brockton Ave; 6333 Riverside Ave.; 1255 University Ave.; 3199 Van Buren Blvd.
  • San Bernardino: 272 E. 40th St.; 2665 S. Waterman Ave.

Jack in the Box testing “brunchfast” items

Jack in the Box brunchfastJust what is “brunchfast”?

Is it too late for breakfast, but too early for brunch?

Or is it brunch, but more breakfasty?

Only Jack in the Box can tell.

Like Taco Bell’s Fourthmeal, Jack in the Box’s Brunchfast is a completely artificial construct designed for one thing: Sell more food.

Co-worker James Williams happened upon a Jack in the Box in Moreno Valley at the end of April which was testing several Brunchfast items.

It turns out it was one of nearly 20 locations in Riverside County testing the items.

But just what is on the Brunchfast menu? A returning Munchie Meal entrée, a couple of new sandwiches, a new plate, and some new sides.

Specifically, the new menu includes:

  • Brunch Burger (one of the original  Munchie Meal entrées): The burger comes on a croissant and is topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg. It’s $3.99 for the burger and $5.79 for the combo.
  • Bacon & Chicken Brunch Sandwich: This sandwich comes on an English muffin and includes a fried chicken patty, also topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg. The sandwich is $4.49 a la carte and $6.29 for the combo.
  • Sourdough Omelet Sandwich: The sandwich includes eggs scrambled with peppers, topped with ham and cheese. Unsurprisingly, it’s on sourdough bread. It’s $3.49 for the sandwich and $5.29 for the combo.
  • Southwest Scrambler Plate: Consists of eggs scrambled with peppers, homestyle potatoes, and includes a croissant. It costs $4.59.

The combos include one side and either a regular hot coffee or fountain drink.

Choice of sides include the already-on-the-menu mini pancakes ($1 for 8), and the new homestyle potatoes ($1.99) and orange cranberry muffins (3 for $1.49).

Brunchfast beverages include the previously-available iced coffee ($1.99 for regular, $2.99 for large), and the new blood orange fruit cooler ($1.49 for regular, $2.19 for large).

Will the new items get a wider release? Ask the guy with the round white head and pointy hat.

Requiem for Jason’s Deli

A moment of silence, please.

The Riverside Jason’s Deli has closed.

We were big fans of the restaurant, and appreciated its strive to use ingredients free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and colors. Oh, and the free ice cream. In fact, we even named it a Dine 909 favorite.

However, I can’t help but feel that the location was doomed from the start.

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Mt. Baldy Fire Department fundraiser returns Saturday, with a twist

Mt Baldy Fire Department fundraiser 2016Saturday (June 25) marks the return of the annual Mt. Baldy Fire Department fundraiser.

However, this year, instead of the usual steak fry, they’re doing things a little differently – it will feature food from a small gathering of food trucks and craft beer from a handful of local breweries.

Food trucks scheduled to participate include the Rolling Sushi Van, Bacon Nation, the Eat ‘Em Up Truck and Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice.

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Here’s why you probably won’t be going to this year’s Tour de Fork

First, the good news: Victoria Gardens’ Tour de Fork is back for a fourth year. The event is one of our favorite Inland Empire food events.

Tour de Fork, which features sampling from restaurants, breweries and wineries from Victoria Gardens and beyond, isn’t one of our favorites just because of all the delicious food and drink. A full 100% of ticket sales benefit local charities. This year’s event benefits the Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation and the Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation.

Now, the bad news: If you don’t already have a ticket, you won’t be going this year. The event, which takes place June 23, is already sold out.

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CREAM celebrating grand opening in Ontario Saturday with free ice cream sandwiches

CREAM OntarioWe’ve been eagerly anticipating the opening of both Noodle World Jr. and CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) in the Daybreak Plaza on the northeastern outskirts of Ontario Mills, and the first one out of the gate will be CREAM.

The gourmet dessert shop — which features super-premium ice cream, cookies, ice cream sandwiches, shakes, sundaes and more — will hold its grand opening from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday (June 4).

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Steak ‘n Shake coming to Riverside; hiring event Wednesday and Thursday

Ever since Steak ‘n Shake opened in Victorville a few years ago, we’ve been waiting for more locations here in the Inland Empire.

The chain has been ever so slowly opening locations here and there in Southern California.

A Santa Monica location opened in October 2014. A Burbank location followed at the end of last year. A location opened in Aliso Viejo on Monday.

Now finally, a Riverside location is set to open this summer.

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