Monday will bring us a new barbecue restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga: Joey’s. This joint already has locations in Pomona, Upland and Chino. It’ll be the fifth eatery dedicated to barbecue, following Red Hill, Lucille’s, Dickey’s and Famous Dave’s. (Am I missing any?)
Five barbecue restaurants, with three new ones in the last year … that’s impressive. It’s like the new frozen yogurt.
on Foothill Boulevard near Klusman, sits on what I believe to be a
stretch with the best restaurants in the city. Victoria Gardens fans
might vehemently object, but Route 66 between Vineyard and Archibald is
home to some pretty awesome restaurants, especially if you’re like me,
constantly hungry and poor. Coffee Klatch, In & Out, Pho Ha, Taco Hut, The Deli and Felipe’s are all outstanding. Maybe Joey’s can soon join that list.
John has told you his tale of Mill Creek Cattle Co., and I shall now share with you my own experiences with this legendary place of flavor, and, most certainly, meat.
My apologies to my vegetarian and vegan friends in advance, I’m going to wax carnivore for a moment.
As the name implies, Mill Creek Cattle Co. is true to form in both food and decor. Stuffed deer heads on the wall are a testament to the fact that MEAT is served here, not quivering blocks of pale tofu and the like. You want meat? You’re gonna get meat. The rustic cowboy and indian art on the wall says so, too. This is BBQ. This is WESTERN.
Let me start by saying I’m not a huge BBQ person. I don’t eat a lot of red meat in general.
However, I will likely be returning to the Mill Creek Cattle Co. in Redlands.
After a suggestion from a reader, reading about it in the Redlands Daily Facts, and hearing the owners talk about it on Allan Borgen’s radio show, Bren and I were just too curious not to give Mill Creek a try.
So on a recent Monday, we went.
It’s a pleasant enough place — a brand-new building — with lots of western-style decor.
We stepped up to the register and ordered. I opted for the “Real Deal” turkey sandwich with sweet potato fries and a soda. Bren ordered the Triple
Threat Treat BBQ platter.
We sat down and almost immediately, our food was brought to the table.
Got a press release today from Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. They’re opening a new restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga, but the press release failed to mention specifically where or when.
A quick look on their Web site, however, brings up an address: 9670 Haven Avenue, which is just north of Fourth Street.
On that same page, I saw that they’ve already got a store in Chino at 11971 Central Avenue, and are planning to open in Fontana (16391 Sierra Lakes Parkway), Ontario and Corona.
Don’t know what it is about all these new barbecue places springing up all over, but in today’s economy, I’ll welcome any new business.
Especially ones that offer free ice cream!
If any of you Dine 909ers have been to the Chino restaurant (or any of their other locations) and want to share your experience; or if you have any more info on the upcoming locations, feel free to email us or leave a comment. Thanks!
So, you’ve got your Babe’s Slim Pig N’s in Redlands and its sow-sister Babe’sBabe’s Bar-B-Que Grill and Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage.
You’ve got your Famous Dave’s in Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga.
You’ve got your mom-and-pops, like Bobby Ray’sBar-B-Que in San Bernardino andGram’s Mission Barbeque Palace in Riverside.
And beginning Monday, you’ve got another choice:Virginia Barbecue
. A small chain with restaurants in Virginia (betcha could’ve figured that out), Maryland, Delaware and Michigan, will open its first California store right here in the Inland Empire.