Restaurant Guide–San Bernardino/Riverside

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Cathedral City

Bonta–68510 E. Palm Canyon Dr. (German & Argentinian) Dinner only (closed Mon).  It is strange to have a restaurant that serves both German and Argentinian food, but reviewers say both are good (the husband is Argentinian and the wife is Austrian). (1-15-19)

Colton

Ravi’s–1091 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. (Indian).  Family run restaurant with very good food.  Thali is good. (11-13-15)

Corona

Corona Tofu–1380 W. 6th St. (Korean) Open Daily.  A legitimate Korean restaurant that serves the “real thing” (as good as in Korea town in LA).  Tofu soup is good. (12-13-15)

Loma Linda

A Dong–25685 Redlands Blvd. (Cambodian).  Vietnamese restaurant that supposedly also serves Cambodian food (but this isn’t reflected by Urbanspoon reviews).  Food is also supposed to be very good (maybe the best Asian restaurant in the San Bernardino area). (11-13-15)

Note: Loma Linda is well known for having a large vegetarian population, but I could not find a large number of vegetarian restaurants listed.  One of the most mentioned is Tess’ Place, but it does not have particularly good reviews.  The best bets seem to be Thai and Chinese restaurants in Redlands and San Bernardino (I do not have any information about vegetarian dishes at the Asian restaurants in Loma Linda).

Montclair

Szechuwan Garden–8851 Central Ave. (Chinese) Open daily (open until 9:30 pm).  In a search for an actual authentic Chinese restaurant in the Inland Empire I found this place–supposedly has very good Sichuanese food that will save you a trip to Monterey Park.  Menu sounds good, and food looks good. (12-13-15)

Palm Springs

El Mirasol–140 E. Palm Canyon Dr. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Maybe the best Mexican food in Palm Springs. Seems to be California style. (1-15-19)

533 Viet Fusion–1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr. (Vietnamese) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Good Vietnamese restaurant with interesting dishes (seems to be a little pricey though). Some say Rooster and the Pig has better Vietnamese food, but it is only open for dinner. (1-15-19)

Jake’s–664 N. Palm Canyon Dr. (American) Open daily except Tue dinner and Sun dinner.  Upscale soup and sandwiches with items such as Hangar steak and eggs sandwich. (1-15-19)

Lulu California Bistro–200 S. Palm Canyon Dr. (American) Open Daily.  Has an array of upscale American food. Featured on Gil’s Blog (some dishes that look good include oven roasted turkey and filet mignon. (1-15-19)

Pomme Frite–256 S. Palm Canyon Dr. (Belgian) Open daily (dinner only).  Pommes frites, stroganoff, chicken vol au vent. Some reviewers say the main courses are the best items here (not so much the pommes frites, salads, etc.). (1-15-19)

Shanghai Reds Bar & Grill–235 S. Indian Canyon Rd. (Seafood) Dinner only (open daily).  Known for its fish tacos. This is probably a good place to get good food and not spend as much money as at the average Palm Springs restaurant. (1-15-19)

Sherman’s Deli & Bakery–401 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way (Deli) Open daily 7 am to 9 pm.  Gil describes this as “an old-fashioned kosher-style Jewish deli to which savvy patrons pilgrimage from all over the world.” The food seems to bear out the claim. (1-15-19)

Rancho Mirage

Catalan Mediterranean–70026 Hwy 111 (Spanish) Dinner only (closed Mon).  Spanish tapas restaurant (one reviewer said they have a two course fixed-price menu for $25). Almost all reviewers give it five stars. (1-15-19)

Francesco’s Cafe–72047 Dinah Shore Dr. (Persian) Closed Sun.  This is an Italian and Persian restaurant, but reviewers recommend ordering from the Persian side of the menu. Ambiance is like a down home diner (but one reviewer said they charge $23 for a dinner–would probably be for something like the lamb chops). (1-15-19)

Redlands

MU Restaurant–309 W. State St. (Thai) Open daily except Sat. lunch.  Vegetarian Thai food that many say is very authentic.  Note: closed between 2:30 and 5:00 in the afternoon. (11-13-15)

Riverside

Anchos Grill–10773 Hole Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Probably California style.  Fresh tortillas.  Popular on Chowhound. (11-13-15)

Best Thai–1735 Spruce St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Very good reviews.  Seems to be authentic. (11-13-15)

Las Campanas–3649 Mission Inn Ave. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun lunch.  There are some reasons this probably should not be on my list (it looks expensive, you probably need reservations, and I don’t know if it is truly authentic). The reasons maybe it should be on the list: whether or not it is authentic, it looks like high quality food (and it probably is authentic) and I’m looking for places that will provide a unique and memorable experience with Mexican food (and this may be one of those places). The reviews look hopeful that this is a good place, though. (12-13-15)

San Bernardino

Happy Family–2150 S. Waterman Ave. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Vegetarian Chinese food that reviewers say is quite good (even those who do not normally eat vegetarian).  Has a few meat items also. (12-13-15)

Temecula

Pamir Kabob House–41257 Margarita Rd. (Afghan) Closed Mon.  Family run restaurant with very good food.  Pamir special kabob is a popular dish in Afghanistan.  Try the cherry blossom tea. (12-13-15)

Upland

Ashirwad–583 E. Foothill Blvd. (Indian) Closed Sun lunch & Mon.  Vegetarian Indian restaurant with very good food (and reviewers seem to know Indian food).  Masala dosa is recommended, but has a wide variety of good dishes. (12-13-15)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Riverside)

Eater Los Angeles (Palm Springs Restaurants)

Gil’s Thrilling (and Filling Blog)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp

Yelp (Wayne W.)

Zomato (Inland Empire)

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