Sonic Drive-In offering 79¢ Junior Deluxe Cheeseburgers on Thursday

Sonic 79¢ Junior Deluxe CheeseburgerGet paid on Friday and are looking to make your lunch money go a little further on Thursday?

You’re in luck. Simply head to Sonic Drive-In this Thursday (January 14) and order some Junior Deluxe Cheeseburgers for just 79¢.

You can order up to five burgers — definitely enough to tide you over until Friday.

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Winter beverage open house at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Thursday

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf winter open houseOn Thursday (January 14), The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will be showcasing its winter beverages by offering them at a very special price.

From 2 to 6 p.m. at participating locations, guests can choose from a small hot or iced Hazelnut Americano, Mexican Chocolate latte or Iced Blended or hot chocolate for just $2.

Inland Empire locations include Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Redlands, Fontana, Chino Hills, Riverside, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Lake Elsinore, and Temecula.

For more information, visit the open house’s Facebook event page.

2015 restaurant gift card bonus roundup

Uh, oh. What do you get that food-lover in your life for the holidays?

How about a gift card to their favorite restaurant? That’s something you know they’ll enjoy.

Plus, there might be something in it for you. Many restaurants are offering bonuses for gift card purchases.

You can pass the bonuses along to the recipient, or…keep ’em for yourself.

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf debuts cookie butter beverages, hosting open house Thursday

Coffee Bean Cookie ButterApparently, cookie butter is the new pumpkin spice.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has debuted its new holiday beverages: Cookie Butter Latte and Cookie Butter Ice Blended.

The new beverages are made with espresso, brown sugar and gingerbread, and topped with cinnamon sugar.

Also returning for the holidays are the chain’s Winter Dream Tea Lattes, Peppermint Mocha Lattes and Ice Blended drinks, Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Red Velvet Hot Cocoa.

The Coffee Bean will be showcasing the new cookie butter beverages, as well as the Winter Dream Tea Lattes and the Peppermint Mocha Lattes and Ice Blended drinks during a holiday beverage tasting event from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday (November 5).

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Inland Empire again ranks low for foodies

Once again, a website has determined the Inland Empire is a wasteland for foodies.

As you may recall, back in 2013, the real estate site Movoto posted on its blog — known for its myriad “top ten” lists — a list of “America’s Worst Cities for Food Lovers,” based on such criteria as food trucks, ice cream shops, caterers and gourmet grocers per capita.

Guess what? San Bernardino was at the top of that list.

Recently, in conjunction with World Food Day (October 16), the personal finance website WalletHub took the 150 most populous U.S. cities and ranked the “Best and Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet.”

Surprise! San Bernardino wasn’t at the bottom of the list. That distinction goes to another Inland Empire city: Moreno Valley.

However, San Bernardino didn’t rise too far from the bottom, ranking number 137.

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Inland Empire Restaurant Week returns today

Inland Empire Restaurant Week is back again!

The 10-day celebration of local restaurants begins today (October 16) and runs through October 25.

The concept is simple: Participating restaurants are offering specially-priced prix fixe lunch and dinner deals to entice diners.

Prices range from $10 to $20 for lunch and from $20 to $30 for dinner.

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Safe Halloween coupon books available now at Baker’s Drive-Thru

Baker's Drive-Thru Safe Halloween 2015Many people look forward to Halloween every year.

For a lot of people, it’s their favorite holiday.

They like the decorating, the dressing up and all the rest of the spooky fun.

We look forward to Halloween because it means the return of one of our favorite fundraisers: Baker’s Drive-Thru Safe Halloween coupon books.

Each coupon book only costs a dollar, but contains coupons worth hundreds of dollars.

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Where to celebrate National Coffee Day tomorrow

Tomorrow (September 29) is National Coffee Day and several chains are offering freebies and deals in honor of the occasion.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is giving guests a free Original Glazed doughnut and a free 12-ounce cup of coffee at participating locations. The Inland Empire’s sole Krispy Kreme is at 4485 Mills Circle in Ontario. For more information, click here.

Dunkin’ Donuts is giving guests a free medium hot or iced Dark Roast coffee tomorrow. Inland Empire locations include Upland (355 S. Mountain Ave.) and Barstow (1611 E. Main St.). Click here for more information.

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Where the new Inland Empire Aldi and Grocery Outlets will be

After losing most of our fresh & easy stores here in the Inland Empire, we’re glad to see another couple of discount grocery stores expanding into the area.

Both Aldi, which is related to Trader Joe’s, and Grocery Outlet have announced plans to expand into Southern California.

But will there be a store near you?

We’ve got a list of forthcoming locations here in the Inland Empire.

Take a peek over the jump to see if one will land in your neighborhood.

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