Cracker Barrel breaks ground on first California location

It’s finally happening.

Construction is underway on California’s first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which will be right here in the Inland Empire, at 11612 Amargosa Road in Victorville.

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Victorville Steak ‘n Shake delayed slightly, set to open Monday

Victorville Steak 'n ShakeThe High Desert seems to be kind of a testing ground for restaurant chains. If a chain only has one California location, it feels like it’s usually up in the High Desert.

When Golden Corral returned to the state, it first showed up in Hesperia.

California’s first Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers was built in Victorville.

The first civilian-accessible Dunkin’ Donuts in the chain’s recent return to California was in Barstow.

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Half-price shakes Saturday at Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Winter SolsticeSonic Drive-In is celebrating the winter solstice Saturday (December 21) in typical Sonic fashion: With half-price shakes all day long.

It’s a perfect way to to treat yourself for getting your holiday shopping done.

You will have your holiday shopping done by Saturday, right?

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Victorville Marie Callender’s gets a new look

High Desert folks…if you’re looking for a more comfortable place to enjoy some comfort food, you might want to stop by the newly-remodeled Marie Callender’s, 12180 Mariposa Road, Victorville.

The restaurant unveiled its new look last month.

Of course, it’s also conveniently right off the 15 Freeway at Bear Valley Road for those Vegas road trips.

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John’s Incredible Pizza offering Christmas Eve specials

Want to spend Christmas Eve with your family, but don’t want to cook?

Then pack the kids in the car and head to John’s Incredible Pizza, for another incredible holiday buffet deal.

How does $6.99 for an all-you-can-eat buffet and beverage sound?

Slaving over a holiday ham is quickly losing its appeal, huh?

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John’s Incredible Pizza scares up Halloween buffet deal

John’s Incredible Pizza Co. has scared up a incredible deal for Halloween diners.

Anytime today (October 31), you can indulge on John’s all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta, soup, salad and dessert buffet with a beverage for only $6.

If that weren’t enough of a deal, you’ll also receive a $5 Fun Card.


John’s has three Inland Empire locations:

  • Montclair: 5280 Arrow Highway
  • Victorville: 14766 Bear Valley Road
  • Riverside:  6187 Valley Springs Parkway

To get the coupon, click here.

Food trucks headed up to the High Desert this weekend

High Desert foodies, you can stop feeling left out!

The first-ever High Desert food truck festival will be part of this year’s Stater Bros. Route 66 International Festival (not to be confused with the Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous, duh), which takes place this weekend.

The Taste of 66 Gourmet Food Truck and Wine Festival is rolling into the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds from noon to 6 p.m. Friday (August 10) and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday (August 11).

The event will also include a visit from celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffmann from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Kids five and under are admitted free.

The event is being put together by our friends at I.E. Gourmet Food Trucks, who have 18 trucks scheduled for Friday and a whopping 32 trucks scheduled for Saturday.

It’s looking to be a pretty good lineup…click here for more information.

Follow the jump for a list of scheduled trucks.
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Wienerschnitzel grand opening in Victorville tomorrow

Calling all High Desert hot dog aficionados!

The Wienerschnitzel at 12951 Hesperia Road in Victorville will be celebrating its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (August 20).

They’ll be offering buy-one-get-one-free chili dogs during the grand opening.

They’ll also have a ribbon cutting ceremony, a hot dog eating contest (winner gets free chili dogs for a year and an iPod), raffles and a prize wheel, a bounce house, a DJ and free cake!

French toast smoothie or horchata shake? You decide!

Making my way back from Las Vegas last night, I suggested we stop at Sonic in Victorville — since it’s a rarity here in Southern California — and grab a snack.

To my delight, I saw they had a Sticky Bun Dough Blast. Of course, I was curious to know if it was good or not, so I asked the lone carhop, the very helpful K3vin. He said it was pretty good, so I decided it was worth a shot.

I’m very glad I did.

Sonic’s “Blasts” are their equivalent of a McFlurry/Blizzard/etc. — ice cream with candy or other sweet treats blended in. The Sticky Bun Dough Blast has bits of sticky bun dough — sweetly cinnamony with a hint of maple syrup flavor — and praline pecans blended throughout and sprinkled on top, with a dollop of whipped cream. What a delicious treat!

Of course, at 578 calories for a regular size, it’s not something you want to have every day, but as a very occasional treat I’d have to say it was worth the extra calories.

I just couldn’t decide if it tasted more like French toast or horchata. You’ll have to try one for yourself and let us know. Don’t wait too long…the Sticky Bun Dough Blast is only available for a limited time.