Chef Tim’s closes

According to a post by Rancho Cucamonga reporter (and Dine 909 contributor) Wendy Leung in her RC Now blog, the barbecue and soul food restaurant Chef Tim’s closed late last month.

However, Wendy reports that Chef Tim is still catering and plans to open in another location.

Visit RC Now to read more.

Free Q at Temecula fresh & easy

OK, so it’s all the way down in Temecula, but it’s as close as it’s gonna get to San Bernardino County.

Grillmaster Bigmista will be sharing his grilling tips and serving up free barbecue samples from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (June 10) at the fresh & easy at 44060 Margarita Road (at De Portola Road).

In other summer food news, fresh & easy is currently having a summer side dish contest.

Submit your recipe (using only fresh & easy brand products, naturally) for the perfect summer side dish before September 9 and you could win the grand prize of: a new grill, a $500 fresh & easy gift card, and bragging rights when your side dish is sold in fresh & easy stores next summer.

Three finalists will win a new grill and a $100 fresh & easy gift card.

For more on what fresh & easy is grilling up for summer, click here. Click here for more information on the contest.

Iron Hog reopens

An email dropped in our inbox this week here at The Sun.

The “historical” (sic) Iron Hog Restaurant and Saloon has re-opened.

The structure was built in 1931 on Route 66 in Oro Grande.

It was featured in the movies Easy Rider, Poker Run and Erin Brockovitch.

Over the past 70-plus years, it has been (among other things), a biker bar, a strip club and a farm equipment sales office.

Now they’re serving up steaks and barbecue dinners. They have a vintage ladder fire truck and other memorabilia on display.

I’ve been past the building several times over the years and never really given it a second thought. It’s kind of off the beaten path, though it might make an interesting side trip on the way to Vegas.

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Calling all Daves…and Davids and Davys

Tomorrow (August 1) is Dave’s Day at Famous Dave’s.

If your name is Dave, David or Davy, you’ll get a free entre worth up to $15.

If your middle name is one of those, you’ll get half off your entre, up to $7.50.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David, however, is out of luck, since the barbecue restaurant isn’t offering anything for last names.

Both Inland Empire Famous Dave’s locations (in Rancho Cucamonga and Redlands) are participating in the Dave’s Day promotion.

Click here for more information.

Free chicken! Free chicken! Free chicken!

Well, the folks at KFC apparently haven’t had enough bad publicity lately, so today (October 26) they’re attempting to give away free chicken…again.

The caveats:

  • One free piece per customer (duh!).
  • The offer is only available at participating locations (ditto!).
  • The offer applies to grilled chicken only.
  • The free piece is the manager’s choice and may vary by location.

You don’t need a coupon, so if you’re willing to wait for a piece of grilled chicken, head on over to your local KFC right now.

Me? I had a late lunch over at Ontario Mills, but thanks!

Dickey’s to offer $1 sandwiches

For all the recessionistas out there (and you know who you are), Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
in Rancho Cucamonga is offering $1 sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. The eatery
on Haven and Fourth (actually, it’s Trademark but we’ll say Fourth) is
marking it’s 68th year since opening its first location in Dallas.

You can only get two sandwiches, that’s the limit.

Information: (909) 477-455

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Egg-citing BBQ event heading to the I.E.

Inland Empire EGGheads, rejoice!

The inaugural “Smokin’ It So-Cal Style” EGGfest is heading to Upland’s Cable Airport (1749 W.13th Street) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 19th.

What’s an EGGfest?

An EGGfest is an barbecue social event that showcases the Big Green Egg, billed as the “world’s best grill and smoker.”

The Big Green Egg is a ceramic cooker designed after 3,000-year-old Japanese “kamado” cooking pots.

EGGfest events, which are held throughout the country, are a chance for Big Green Egg owners to share food, recipes and techniques and to allow prospective owners and others to experience the Egg firsthand.
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Calling all Davids

… and Daves and Davys.

Famous Dave’s,
the barbecue eatery on 11470 Fourth St. in Rancho Cucamonga, is marking the chain’s 15th
anniversary this Monday (August 31 — the Redlands location is also participating Monday) by giving special treatment for anyone named
David, Dave or Davy. Dudes with this special name will get a free
entree with a maximum value of $15. Guys with those names as their
middle names will get entrees half off.

For everyone else,
there’s the “buck-a-bone” special, which is St. Louis-style ribs for $1
per bone with any entree purchase. There’s also $3 draft domestic beers
Monday through Thursday. These specials are good 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

restaurant opened its first location in Hayward, Wisc. in 1994 and
opened in Rancho last summer. There are now 175 locations across the

Information: (909) 481-2271

Joey’s to open in RC


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.  

Meeting the meat at Mill Creek Cattle Co.

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.
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