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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Today’s the day to try and snag a Never Ending Pasta Pass

Never Ending Pasta PassAre you an Olive Garden fanatic?

If you are, then you probably already know what this post is about, but just in case you don’t, read on.

The divisive Italian chain is bringing back its frenzy-inducing Never Ending Pasta Pass.

With it, guests can enjoy the chain’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl as many times as they like for seven weeks — October 5 through November 22.

Let’s do the math: Lunch and dinner every day for seven weeks is 49 days, times two meals…that’s 98 meals if you went for lunch and dinner every day of the promotion!

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Subway, King Taco, others offering Los Angeles County Fair deals

Los Angeles County Fair Juicy'sWant to visit the Los Angeles County Fair and get a ride wristband for just $25?

Simply head to any participating Subway restaurant.

You gotta be willing to play hooky on Thursdays, because that’s the only day the offer is good.

Still, it’s a tremendous deal, considering the wristband alone is normally $50 by itself.

Click here for a list of participating locations, which includes most Inland Empire restaurants.

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Fall has, um, fallen at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean Fall Open HouseOne peek at the calendar and one can see that the autumnal equinox is still a couple of weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf from rolling out its fall beverages.

This year’s fall flavors are Pumpkin, Pumpkin Chai and the new Salted Butterscotch (or butterscoth, whatever).

The flavors are available in lattes and Ice Blended drinks.

The chain is hosting a fall open house from 2 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (September 10) with small (12-ounce) fall beverages for just $2 at participating locations.

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Victoria Gardens McDonalds’s celebrating grand opening today

Victoria Gardens McDonald'sThe new McDonald’s at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga will celebrate its grand opening from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. today (August 27).

The event will feature free small iced or hot coffee and snack-size Oreo McFlurrys from 4 to 7 p.m. There will also be a $1 Egg McMuffin vs. $1 Big Mac challenge, with proceeds supporting the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House.

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The Cheesecake Factory offering half-price cheesecake slices today and Thursday

National Cheesecake Day 2015National Cheesecake Day is officially Thursday (July 30), but The Cheesecake Factory’s celebration is so big, it stretches over two days!

Today (July 29) and Thursday, dine-in guests can get any slice of cheesecake for half price.

In addition, the chain is hosting a “Say Cheesecake” contest, with a top prize of $1,000 cash.

Inland Empire locations include Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside and Rancho Mirage.

For more information, click here.

Half-price lasagna at Brio Tuscan Grille on Tuesday

Brio Lasagna Day 2015Who doesn’t love lasagna? It’s got everything: Pasta, cheese, meat, sauce, all conveniently arranged in delicious layers.

It’s really a meal in itself.

Tuesday (July 28)  is National Lasagna Day and in celebration of that fact, the fine folks at Brio Tuscan Grille — whose Rancho Cucamonga location is one of just two in California — is offering full orders of their delicious lasagna for half price.

All day, while supplies last.

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Wienerschnitzel celebrates anniversary with 99¢ hot dogs

Wienerschnitzel anniversaryWienerschnitzel is celebrating its 54th anniversary — Der fun since ’61, right? — tomorrow (July 19), but its the chain’s fans who are getting the presents.

You see, guests can get an original chili, kraut or mustard dog for just 99¢ at participating locations on that day.

While you’re there, you might as well pick up an old-fashioned sundae — the Tastee Freez deal of the day — for just $1.99.

Wienerschnitzel locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Claremont Restaurant Week begins tomorrow

Claremont Restaurant WeekWednesday evening was the big preview for Claremont Restaurant Week, and if the samples served during the kickoff is any indication, this is going to be one great culinary adventure!

Nearly two dozen restaurants have great prix fixe menus lined up for the third iteration of the event, which starts tomorrow (July 10) and runs through July 19.

Even restaurants beyond Claremont — including Pappas Artisanal in La Verne and Upland’s Pine Haven Cafe and Nuno’s Bistro & Bar — are getting involved.

Head over the jump for a list of participating restaurants.

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$2 small Ice Blended drinks at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf today

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf open houseThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is hosting another of its occasional open houses today (May 21) from 2 to 6 p.m.

At participating locations, guests can get a small Ice Blended drink for just $2.

The coffeehouse is using the event to promote customizing Ice Blended drinks with the addition of extra coffee, cookies or chocolate covered espresso beans. The chain is also offering its version of an affogato, with an espresso shot poured over an Ice Blended drink…yum!

Inland Empire Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations can be found in Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Redlands, Fontana, Chino Hills, Riverside, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Lake Elsinore, and Temecula.