Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday…hello Shiki Sushi!

Shiki SushiThe former Ruby Tuesday location on San Bernardino’s Hospitality Lane has been vacant for about three and a half years.

That’s finally changing as construction is actively going on in the building at 996 E. Hospitality Lane.

Shiki Sushi, currently at the end of a strip mall (1760 S. Tippecanoe Ave.) just east of the old Ruby Tuesday’s, will be moving to the larger, standalone location.

No time frame is given for the move.

New Asian dining choice in San Bernardino

Chow Phở has opened recently in the space previously occupied by El Gran Burrito and Amapola Rico Taco at 1060 Harriman Place.

According to Yelp reviews, the restaurant features a variety of Asian dishes, starting with Vietnamese (obviously) and including Thai and Chinese cuisines.

You can check out the disparate reviews (one five-star, one one-star) here.

SBPD K-9 fundraiser is today at Mexico Cafe

Today is the ninth annual Dollars for Dogs fundraising event at San Bernardino’s Mexico Cafe.

Money raised during the event will benefit the San Bernardino Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

SBPD officers will be serving customers and K-9 dogs will make an appearance at the restaurant.

Click here to read Michel Nolan’s article on the event from the San Bernardino Sun.

The Mexico Cafe, 892 E. Highland Ave., is open until 10 p.m.

Mongolian Bar-B-Q in San Bernardino closed due to health violations

Update: The restaurant is back open already!

This is not an April Fool’s joke.

San Bernardino’s Mongolian Bar-B-Q, 1488 E. Highland Ave., has been shut down by the county health department due to a rodent infestation, according to a health department official.

During the restaurant’s recent inspection on February 19, the inspector noted:

“Observed mice droppings on top of canned foods. Ensure to continue the use of pest control. Ensure to seal holes in walls behind ice machine.”

The inspector also noted that the restaurant complied on the same day.
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Tequila-pairing dinner tomorrow at the Pines Steakhouse at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino

San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino’s Pines Steakhouse is hosting a three-course Herreradura tequila-pairing dinner tomorrow night (March 7).

First course, paired with Herradura Silver, consists of a strawberry and queso fresco salad with a mint lime vinaigrette and tortilla soup.

The entrée is a petite filet mignon with grilled Mexican white shrimp, served with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. It’s paired with Herradura Reposado.

Dessert is Mexican chocolate molten cake, served with vanilla ice cream, and paired with Herradura Anejo.

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Cal State San Bernardino expands food truck offerings

Cal State University San Bernardino has been hosting food trucks for a while now, and they must be popular, because the school is expanding the number of days the trucks will be on campus from two to four days a week.

The school is also adding an Inland Empire-based truck, Pearson’s Louisiana Cajun, to the mix.

Returning are Calbi BBQ and Crepes Bonaparte.

The trucks park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Coyote Bookstore (just to the left of the main University Parkway entrance).

The trucks are open to all, but you’ll need a parking permit to visit them, or risk getting ticketed. A one-hour pass can be had for $2.

For updates, “Like” Sodexo CSUSB on Facebook.

Head over the jump for the new schedule.

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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile coming to Highland Walmart this weekend

Perhaps you missed your opportunity to “ketchup” with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to get a wiener whistle when it was in San Bernardino for the Route 66 Rendezvous last year.

You’ve got another chance this weekend as the Wienermobile will be making an appearance at the Highland Walmart (which technically is in San Bernardino).

You’ll be able to “meat” hotdoggers Jess Grillin’ and Tailgating Theresa, who will bring the iconic vehicle (which is one of six traveling the U.S.) to newly remodeled store, 4210 E. Highland Ave.

The pair will be handing out coupons for $1 off Oscar Mayer Select meats and, of course, the whistles, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (February 9) and Sunday (February 10).

Steak dinner for 1¢? Happy anniversary, Sundowners!

Sundowners Family Restaurant, home of insanely cheap food, is having an insanely cheap deal tomorrow (November 24) to celebrate its 31st anniversary: A half-pound sirloin steak dinner for a penny!

Of course, you have to buy one sirloin steak dinner at the regular price of $6.59 to get a second one for a penny, but still,two steak dinners for $6.60 is just plain crazy.

The dinners include Sundowner toast and your choice of baked potato, French fries, rice pilaf or mashed potatoes and gravy.

The offer is not available for take-out. Sundowners is cash only.

Sundowners has two locations: 1131 S. E St., San Bernardino and 8983 Sierra Ave., Fontana. Both are open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Thanks to sports writer Marc Garcia for the tip!

Food trucks return to Cal State

Earlier this year, we had a blast checking out a trio of food trucks (Calbi, Crepes Bonaparte and Brats Berlin) which were visitors to the Cal State University San Bernardino campus.

I was wondering if the trucks would be returning in the fall, and it turns out that two of the three are!

The schedule is pretty simple: Crepes Bonaparte will be serving on Tuesdays Thursdays and Calbi will be serving on Thursdays Tuesdays.

Here’s the exact dates:

  • Crepes Bonaparte Calbi: September 25, October 9, 16, 23 and 30, and November 6, 13, 20, 27.
  • Calbi Crepes Bonaparte: September 27, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, and November 8, 15 and 29.

The trucks will park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the Coyote Bookstore, which is just to the left of the main University Parkway entrance.

If you want to print out a schedule to hang on the fridge, you can find one here.

For updates, follow Sodexo CSUSB on Twitter or “Like” ‘em on Facebook.

Update: It appears that, despite what the schedule says, according to the trucks’ schedules, it’s Calbi on Tuesdays and Crepes Bonaparte on Thursdays. Of course, that’s subject to change.

Battle of the Food Trucks tomorrow at the Inland Empire Art Institute

The Art Institutes’ food truck is doing battle with some of the Southland’s best food trucks, and one of the events is taking place right here in the Inland Empire.

Students from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of California – Inland Empire are going head-to-head against the Hawaiian Filipino cuisine of Truck Norris.

The showdown takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (September 5) at the Art Institute of California campus, 674 East Brier Drive.

Judging the competition will be chefs and James Beard Award-nominees Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who you might recognize from the Food Network show, “2 Dudes Catering.”

The public is invited to the free event, which will also include other food trucks from which you can purchase tasting-size portions.

Similar events will take place at Art Institutes’ campuses in Santa Monica, Santa Ana and San Diego.

At the later stops, students will be competing against God Save The Cuisine, India Jones Chow Truck and Piaggio Gourmet on Wheels.

For more information, click here.