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!

Five Guys opens in north Fontana

Here’s one that came out of the blue.

Happened to spot this post on Google+ earlier today.

See….Google+ is good for something.

The latest Inland Empire Five Guys Burgers and Fries is at 15218 Summit Ave., Fontana, in the Falcon Ridge shopping center.

So, head on over and pile your burger high with toppings.

And eat some peanuts while you’re at it.

The new location is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

In other Five Guys news, the on-again, off-again location in Hesperia (12795 Main St. in the High Desert Gateway shopping center) is on again, according to the chain’s locator map. The once-planned Victorville location is still off.

Food trucks coming to Fontana Saturday

The fourth annual Fontana Arts Festival is this Saturday (July 28), and while I’ll probably enjoy browsing from the 50 artist booths and watching several performing artists, including the Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Cheng-Hsin Chinese Zither Orchestra of Los Angeles, you know what I’ll be most interested in.

Food trucks!

Our friends over at I.E. Gourmet Food Trucks are bringing three trucks to the event:

Oh, and did I mention it’s a free event?

We are so there!

The Fontana Arts Festival takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fontana Park, 15556 Summit Ave.

For more information, click here.

Roundup of recent closures

Even as there are new restaurants popping up here and there, closings also seem to be happening fairly regularly.

In downtown San Bernardino, long-time (since 1953) establishment Nena’s Mexican Restaurant (their website is still up), 642 N. D St., has ceased operations.

The restaurant, which was sold by Nena herself a few years ago, had recently only been open at lunchtime and for special events.

At one time, the eatery was home to many a county employee birthday lunch. We used to do the same for Sun staffers, too, when we were still located downtown.

I can think of only three other sit-down restaurants downtown — Molly’s Cafe, Yum Yum, and Mardi Gras — when once there were many.

Speaking of Sun staffers, former Sun staffer Julie Farren wondered about a frequent haunt, Casa Sanchez, at 265 W. Highland Ave., in San Bernardino.

The restaurant closed abruptly and already has a real estate advertising banner stretched across it.

Signs advertising restaurant specials still hang in the window, but nothing to indicate why they closed.

So, if your dream is to own an old-school IHOP restaurant, now’s your chance!
Continue reading

Moonshine meetup in Fontana, Temecula

46301-midnightmoon.png

NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson will be making a pair of appearances in the Inland Empire this week.

So what does this have to do with Dine 909?

Johnson is also part owner of Piedmont Distillers, a North Carolina-based craft spirits distillery.

In other words, he’s a moonshiner.

He’s meeting with fans in celebration of both the introduction of his legal moonshine here in California and this weekend’s final Pepsi Max 400 at the Auto Club Speedway.

He’ll be autographing bottles of Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon and the limited-edition Midnight Moon Hall of Fame Collector’s Series at Stater Bros. markets in Fontana and Temecula.

From 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (October 5), Johnson will be at the Stater Bros. in the Sierra Crossroads, 11225 Sierra Ave. in Fontana. From 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday (October 6), he’ll be at the Stater Bros. at 31813 Temecula Parkway in Temecula.

For those of you unfamiliar with moonshine, “Midnight Moon is made from American corn, 80 proof and triple-distilled to deliver an ultra-smooth, clean tasting spirit that is often preferred
over the world’s best vodkas,” according to a press release.

The Midnight Moon Hall of Fame Collector’s Series was created to commemorate Johnson’s induction into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this year. Each of the six unique bottle designs features a collage of historic photos that document his racing career.

Drinking and driving don’t mix, but Johnson is proof you can have a successful career in both.

Oh, Babs… It could happen! It could happen!

I’m sure Edie, the Egg Lady, would be aghast at the recent turn of events involving her precious ova.

But we here at Dine 909 want help calm your fears over the Salmonella outbreak.

Let’s look at the facts. Nationwide, an estimated 1,300 have been sickened, including as many as 60 people in Los Angeles County.

No cases have been reported in San Bernardino County.

A total of a half-billion eggs from two Iowan producers (initially Wright County Egg, now Hillandale Farms) have been recalled. This represents less than one percent of all U.S. eggs.

The recalled eggs were sold in California and 13 other states: Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

The basic advice?

If you’ve got eggs that have been recalled, don’t eat them!

Simple enough.

Return them to the store where you bought them for a refund.

Click here to read Jim Steinberg’s story on the recall and to find out which brands are affected.

Click here for more egg safety information.

Follow the jump to see San Bernardino County’s press release regarding the recall.

Update: A Fontana company is recalling 300,000 eggs related to the outbreak. Click here to read the story.

Continue reading

Loaf Love at Fontana Fiesta Foods Friday

After lamenting the lack of Loaf Love for the Inland Empire a few months back, it turns out that Tillamook will indeed be bringing some Loaf Love our way this week.

38664-LoafLove-thumb-250x216-38663.png

They’ve added two several Inland Empire dates to the Loaf Love Tour:

  • Noon to 7 p.m. Friday (March 19), Fiesta Food Warehouse, 16950 Foothill Blvd. (at Sierra Avenue), Fontana
  • Noon to 7 p.m. Monday (March 22), Fiesta Food Warehouse, 1578 W. Baseline (at Medical Center Drive), San Bernardino

Update: More dates have been added! Click here to see them!

It seems the modified VW microbuses will be flooring it in Fontana and steering into San Bernardino after all.

Unfortunately, no other Inland Empire dates appear to be scheduled during this “Los Angeles” leg of the Loaf Love Tour.

Coincidentally, on our trip to Costco the other day, we purchased some of that delicious Tillamook vintage white sharp Cheddar cheese. Mmm…tangy!

Did Dine 909 have any part in bringing the Loaf Love Tour to the Inland Empire? We’ll probably never know, but we’d like to think so.

You can thank us silently as you sample that yummy Tillamook cheese.

Pig out at the Pepsi 500

For those of you who love both NASCAR and food, have I got a deal for you!

As read in the number 3 item in Lou Brewster’s Fifth Gear column today, the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana is offering an all-you-can-eat “All Day Food Fest” pass for the October 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Pepsi 500.

The wristband pass, which will cost $35 for those 13 and over ($20 for those 12 and under), is good for one entre, one snack and one non-alcoholic beverage each time through the line at participating eateries.

Of course, this is above and beyond your entrance fee to the raceway.

Concessions include Canter’s Deli (Got that, Kristen? Now’s your chance!), Gordon Biersch, Woodie’s, the Dog House, RPM BBQ, and the All American Grill.

Click here to read the original press release.

Openings here (Redlands) and there (Fontana)

You would think that with the economy in the state it’s in now, nobody in their right mind would be opening new businesses.

Well, apparently restaurant owners are not in their right mind.

20967-Mill Creek-thumb-400x261.jpg

“Reader Bob” emailed us here at Dine 909 to tell us that Mentone’s Mill Creek Cattle Co. has expanded. Indeed they have. The sit-down restaurant now has a fast-food-type location, complete with drive-thru, at 2087 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands, just across California Street from the defunct Pharaoh’s Lost Kingdom.

So if you’re in the area (shopping at Wal-Mart, no doubt!) and are craving BBQ or burgers, be sure to check it out and let us all know how it was.

Thanks for the tip, Reader Bob!

Also, driving down Sierra Lakes Parkway in Fontana, I noticed that the Mimi’s Cafe at the corner of Sierra Avenue is soon to be open, and I also spotted the Dickey’s BBQ that is now hiring, so they should be open soon as well. Mimi’s is at 16933 Sierra Lakes Parkway. Dickey’s BBQ is just down the block closer to Citrus Avenue at 16391 Sierra Lakes Parkway.

Of course, the most surprising thing about this entry is not that there are three new restaurants in the Inland Empire.

It’s that Dine 909 has a reader!