What’s for dinner?
How about a heaping helping of philanthropy?
The Mexico Cafe and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association is hosting a fundraiser at the restaurant today (December 8) for San Bernardino Police Officer Gabe Garcia, who is recovering after being shot back in August.
All tips and donations will be given to his family to help with his rehabilitation.
It’s the first weekend in December, and that means it’s time for the Indio International Tamale Festival!
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (December 6) and Sunday (December 7). It takes place in downtown Indio, between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard, along Miles Avenue, Towne Street, Smurr Street and Requa Avenue.
Del Taco recently introduced three Fresca Bowls, each priced at $4.
The Pollo Asada Grilled Chicken Bowl includes lime rice, black beans, grilled chicken, pico de gallo salsa, onions and cilantro.
The Fire-Roasted Veggie Bowl includes lime rice, black beans, green chile sauce, pico de gallo salsa, onions, cilantro and fire-roasted corn, red and green bell peppers and poblano peppers.
Redlands’ Taco Shack, 510 E. State St., is hosting a fundraiser for the Redlands Police Department’s narcotics K-9 unit beginning Monday (August 11) and ending August 30.
As part of the fundraiser, guests can make a donation and have their names placed on the walls of the restaurant.
The fundraiser will culminate with an event beginning at noon on August 30, during which Police Chief Mark A. Garcia will volunteer in a demonstration as the department’s patrol dog “takes a bite out of crime.”
Congratulations to two restaurant chains that turn 50 this year: Del Taco and Black Angus.
Black Angus has kicked off a yearlong celebration with a classic cocktail menu, featuring timeless libations such as Rob Roy, Old Fashioned, Sidecar, Whiskey Sour and Vodka Gimlet.
In addition, the classic cocktails are available for just $5 with the purchase of any entrée on Tuesdays. The steakhouse also will introduce limited time entrées and seasonal desserts throughout the year.
Del Taco, of course, was born in the Inland Empire, and is intertwined with the histories of Baker’s Drive-Thru, Taco Bell, Taco Tia and Naugles.
Congratulations to our friends over at Ontario’s Dragon Loco Chinese Mexican Fusion, who are celebrating the restaurant’s second anniversary today (May 25)!
Guests have several deals to choose from, including $1 chorizo “Juantons,” 99¢ tacos (teriyaki, kung pao or BBQ) and buy-one-get-one-free burritos.
If you haven’t tried Dragon Loco, this is a perfect opportunity to do so at a bargain price.
Dragon Loco is at 2509 S. Euclid Ave., just south of the 60 Freeway. Anniversary specials are valid from 1 to 6 p.m.
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Tamale fans can rejoice in the fact that the Riverside Tamale Festival is back for a second year of entertainment, family fun, contests, and of course, tamales!
The festival will take place once again at White Park, 3936 Chestnut St., in downtown Riverside.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19.
Although National Chip and Dip Day is Sunday (March 23), Rubio’s Chip and Dip Day is being celebrated on Friday (March 21).
At participating locations, guests will be able to purchase an order of guacamole and chips for just $1 on that day. No coupon is needed, but as per usual, the offer can’t be combined with other discounts.
Inland Empire Rubio’s locations include Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Ontario, Chino Hills, Adelanto, Riverside, Hemet, Norco, Corona, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Murrieta and Temecula.
The big news this week is that Taco Bell is launching its new breakfast menu nationwide in March.
The Mexican fast food chain, already popular with night owls, is looking to capture the early birds as well.
New items include the Waffle Taco (imagine a folded version of a Jack in the Box waffle sandwich), a breakfast burrito and an A.M. grilled taco.
For those who were waiting, the Chipotle at Upland’s Crossroads Colonies has opened.
Thursday’s (February 13) opening followed the recently-opened Panera Bread and Pick Up Stix.
Next on the list: The Habit Burger Grill.