Luna Grill opening in Rancho Cucamonga today

Mediterranean chain Luna Grill will open its fourth Inland Empire location today (March 6) in Rancho Cucamonga.

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Reservations available for Mes Amis’ Opus One wine pairing dinner

Mes Amis Upland wine pairing dinnerUpland’s Mes Amis restaurant is hosting its inaugural four-course wine pairing dinners on Jan. 22 and 23.

Two price levels are available: $75 and $125.

The $75 dinner features a selection of Lebanese wines, while the $125 dinner features the recently released 2012 Opus One.

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Wok N’ Grill expands to Redlands

Wok N’ Grill has opened a second location in Redlands.

The fast food restaurant specializes in Chinese food and Mediterranean entrées, as well as burgers, sandwiches, hot wings and more.

The new location is at 1596 N. Orange St., the latest in a long string of restaurants to occupy the A-frame building.

Wok N’ Grill’s original location is at 905 N. Waterman Ave., San Bernardino.

For updates, “Like” Wok N’ Grill on Facebook.

Next Let’s Dine Out Grub Club venue announced


Allan Borgen and Jeff Williams’ Let’s Dine Out Show has announced the location for its next Grub Club outing.

It’s good news for those who are curious to try Persian cuisine.

The event will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at Upland Kabob, 733 N. Mountain Ave. in Upland.

The dinner costs $23, which includes tax, tip and non-alcoholic beverages. Reservations, which are limited to 100 guests, are required.

Items on the evening’s menu include: Dolmeh (stuffed grape leaves), hummus dip, tabbouli salad, chicken kabobs, lamb shank, sereshk polo (saffron and barberries aromatic rice), gormeh sabzi (Iran’s national dish), Persian rice pudding and baklava.

These events typically sell out, so if you want to dine out with the Let’s Dine Out crew, make your reservation ASAP.

Call 909-713-GRUB (4782) to reserve your spot.

For more information, including a full menu, visit their Facebook event page here.

First bites: Euro Grill

I’ve been wanting to try Euro Grill in Redlands for a while now.

Monday I finally got the chance.

They specialize in pizzas, pasta and Mediterranean dishes: falafel, gyros, kabobs, shawarma and the like.

Befitting the name of the restaurant, their pizzas are named for European cities and their pastas are mostly named for European countries.

For my first visit, I decided to try try the “Spain” pasta.

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First bites: Phoenicia

Spurred on by a “Grand Opening” ad (although I think they’ve been open a while) in The Sun, I wanted to check out Phoenicia, which has two locations in Redlands.

So, after going to hear Dustin Lance Black speak at the University of Redlands, a friend and I went over to the Orange Street location (near Trader Joe’s).

Phoenicia bills itself as having Greek and Lebanese cuisine. The ad mentioned a falafel sandwich combo ($5.95), which is what I ordered.

My friend ordered one of the specials, the lamb plate ($8.95).

The Orange Streeet location is a decently-sized restaurant, and a fairly well-appointed for a place where you order at a counter and the food is brought to your table.
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Join the Grub Club for an Afghani feast

Allan Borgen and Jeff Williams of the Let’s Dine Out show on NewsTalk 590 KTIE are hosting a Grub Club event at Afghan Palace Cuisine, 8685 Base Line, Rancho Cucamonga.

The event, a 17-course feast, will take place at 5 p.m. January 31.

17 courses? Wow…that’s like eight meals rolled into one!

Cost is $22.95, which includes tax, tip and beverage.

Seating is limited and reservations are required by January 28. R.S.V.P. to Allan Borgen at 909-910-3463.

For a “taste” of what to expect, you can read Allan’s review of Afghan Palace Cuisine here.

Upland reviews, times two

It’s Friday, and you know what that means…

Elaine Lehman stayed close to home base this week and went to Giuseppe’s on Euclid in Upland.

Giuseppe’s is unique in that they offer both Italian and Persian cuisines.

Elaine went out of her sphere of familiarity and opted for Persian.

She ordered the Koobideh kabob special and liked it.

So next time you’re in the mood for a little hummus with your ravioli, you know where to go.

Click here to read more about Elaine’s experience at Giuseppe’s.

Allan Borgen mixes things up this week and discusses the breakfast items available at Buckboard Barbecue and Grill, also in Upland, on Foothill Boulevard.

I’ve heard Allan talk about Buckboard before, and if I remember correctly, he’s even broadcast his radio show from there.

So it’s no surprise that he enjoyed their breakfast offerings, giving them them four of five stars.

If you’re thinking of heading over there to check out their breakfasts for yourself, you might just want to click here first.

Click here to read the entire review.