Loma Linda’s Kool Kactus Cafe has served its penultimate lunch service.
The longtime Mexican food restaurant quietly closed about a week and a half ago.
Owner Carole Inman closed the restaurant in order to focus on her existing catering business, aptly named “Catering by Carole,” and a new sauce and seasoning business.
A visit to the old Kool Kactus website now leads to the catering business.
Fans of the cafe have one last chance, however, to get a fish taco, or perhaps a squash burrito or spinach mushroom enchiladas.
Kool Kactus will have its grand finale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday (November 9), and will have its regular menu, including its usual Friday-only fish tacos.
Kool Kactus Cafe is at 24957 Redlands Blvd.
For more information, click here for the Facebook event page.
You can thank (or blame) the San Francisco Giants’ Angel Pagan for this one.
Because Angel stole a base during game two of the recently concluded World Series, Taco Bell will be giving away a Doritos Locos Taco to anyone who visits a participating location between 2 and 6 p.m. today (October 30).
Yeah, it’s a pretty tenuous link between a stolen base and a “stolen” taco, but whatevs.
Click here for more information.
Taco Bell locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.
Imagine the Eiffel Tower.
No, not the one in Las Vegas. The one in Paris.
Now imagine a burrito that’s nearly one and a half times as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall.
That’s what was created Sunday in Fontana as part of Cardenas Markets’ sixth annual Festival Cardenas at Auto Club Speedway.
The lengthy burrito — filled with sections of carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, chili verde and chicken — beat last year’s version by 500 feet.
By no means a world record (which appears to be a 8,076-footer made in 2004 at the Nevada State Fair), but still enough to serve 6,000 people.
Michael Nolan, reporter for The Sun, documented the event, complete with video of the burrito’s construction.
You can read her article (and view the video) here.
San Bernardino Police and Animal Control officers, along with San Bernardino City Shelter staff, will be helping serve customers at the Mexico Cafe, 892 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino.
The “Paws for a Cause” event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, October 15, in support of the Helping Every Animal League.
The organization is dedicated to helping San Bernardino City shelter animals.
The event will also give attendees a chance to meet the San Bernardino Police Department’s K-9 Unit.
H.E.A.L. will also be accepting donations of dog and cat food, kitty litter, bleach, dog and cat treats, newspaper and sturdy shower curtains for use at the shelter. The items can be dropped off at the restaurant.
For more information, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
author of “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America,” will speak at 2 p.m. tomorrow (September 8) at the Upland Public Library’s Carnegie Cultural Center, 123 D St.
The free program is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
And if you can’t make tomorrow’s date, our friends over at the Ontario Now blog have informed us that he will also be speaking at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 18 at the Ontario Senior Center, 225 E. B St.
Arellano is also editor of OC Weekly, author of the “Ask a Mexican!” column and book, and was the subject of this New York Times interview conducted at Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino.
The visits appear geared toward his “Ask a Mexican!” column and book, but I’m sure you can certainly ask a Mexican about Mexican food.
Arellano will also be signing books at the events.
Click here for information on tomorrow’s talk in Upland. For more information on the Ontario visit, click here.
Mitla Cafe, which kicked off its 75th anniversary celebration with a concert earlier this summer, is celebrating again!
The restaurant survivor is hosting a concert and community celebration from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 8.
Headlining the concert is Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band, with special guests the Jim Muoz Jazz Ensemble.
Also participating are the Sinfonia Mexicana and the Youth Mariachi Academy.
Tickets, which include dinner, entertainment and dancing, are $30 per person, or $240 to reserve a table for eight.
To reserve, call 909-888-0460.
Mitla Cafe is at 602 N. Mount Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino.
Another Wednesday, another Baker’s Drive-Thru 60th anniversary 60¢ deal!
Today’s (July 11) coupon deal is for a bean, rice and cheese burrito, which some of you may have gotten one (or two) for free a couple of weeks back.
We really like Baker’s BRC burritos, and think they’re made even better by substituting green sauce for the red.
You can find today’s coupon by clicking here.
As with all Baker’s coupons, you can either print the coupon or show it on your mobile device.
The usual restrictions apply: There’s a limit one 60 BRC burrito per coupon, one coupon per person or per car, and the offers are not valid with other coupons, discounts or coupons, although Baker’s often suggests on Facebook that you pair 60th anniversary deal with their other current offer, $1 iced tea. Go figure.
To catch all of Baker’s frequent deals, be sure to “Like” them on Facebook.
Baker’s Drive-Thru locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.
Taco Bell, known lately for its lowbrow items such as the Doritos Locos Tacos, has gone highbrow.
Today (July 5), the fast food chain launched its new “Cantina Bell” menu of fresh-Mex bowls and burritos.
The menu additions appear to be an attempt to take a bite out of sales from rivals Chipotle Mexican Grill and Qdoba Mexican Grill.
The new entres sell for under $5, less than comparable items at either Chipotle or Qdoba.
Taco Bell is promoting the new entres with a buy-one-get-one-free coupon, valid today through Saturday (July 7). The coupon can be found on the chain’s Facebook page.
Taco Bell locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.
San Bernardino’s Mitla Cafe, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, made a bit of a splash yesterday in a New York Times interview with Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.
The interview took place at Mitla.
Mentioned in the article is the fact that Glen Bell (of Taco Bell fame) used to operate a burger stand (currently home to Amapola Rico Taco) across Sixth Street from Mitla.
According to Arellano’s research, Bell would frequently eat at Mitla and would see the long line of customers at Mitla’s walk-up window. He persuaded the owners to show him how the tacos were made and came up with a tool that would streamline the tortilla-frying process.
The following year after opening his burger stand, Bell began selling tacos.
And the rest, they say, is history.
It’s a great read.
Click here to read it for yourself.
This one hurts.
The San Bernardino La Costa Ostioneria, 464 S. Mount Vernon Ave., has closed.
In a city full of Mexican restaurants, La Costa, housed in a former Dairy Queen, was our top pick for authentic Mexican fare and delicious seafood.
Not sure exactly when it closed, but the most recent review on Yelp is from the end of January.
I realize there’s another location in Redlands and although I believe the two restaurants were connected at one time, they haven’t been for a long time.
I’m really going to miss La Costa. Somebody let us know if Lupe and crew surface somewhere else.