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Last Drop Café

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119 Harvard Ave., N, Claremont, CA

They feed the village at the Last Drop Café, and that’s not an understatement. Anyone who’s hip to the Claremont scene will tell you that the place to go for a breakfast sandwich and a nice cup of coffee is the Last Drop Café, and that’s probably why their line is out and around the corner every morning. The 20 minute wait is definitely worth it,once you’ve taken a bite of their toasted parmesan cheese bagel topped with bacon, ham and eggs, then smothered in melted provolone and cheddar you’ll be coming back morning after morning. The Last Drop Café also serves up the freshest cookies, homemade each morning and paired perfectly with any sandwich you order.

They’re also more than just good breakfast too; their chicken salad sandwich is something out of this world. The Last Drop Café is like family, their tiny little hole in the wall shop hides how huge they are in this community, from charity fundraisers like “Shoes that fit” to participating in all the local events the Last Drop Café is truly a member of our community.

 

50-Fifty Asian Fusion CuisineImage result for 50-fifty asian fusion

201 North Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, CA

This summer, treat yourself to something fun and exciting! 50-Fifty Asian Fusion Cuisine was founded by Joyce Patra, who was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. After studying in Thailand and Australia she moved to America and opened her first restaurant back in 2003, called the Bangkok Blue Thai Cuisine in La Verne. Her expertise in hospitality shows through the moment you step in. The staff is courteous, quick and kind. Treating yourself to a glass of wine and some curry is an excellent treat that is done just right. The atmosphere and setting of 50-Fifty make it perfect for a get together with a few socialites during your next trip to the Claremont Village or the perfect place for a summer date. The vegan dishes are also some of the best you’ll find in the Village.

 

Juancho’s Mexican GrillImage result for Juancho's mexican upland

2802 South Milliken Ave., Suite B, Ontario, CA

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2440 W Arrow Route, D, Upland, CA

Juancho’s Mexican Grill has been serving authentic south of the border cuisine for over 20 years. Their first location opened up in Ontario, and second location in Upland. Their bottomless taco lunch buffet can bring spice and flavor to any hum drum week day routine with their fresh salsas, choice meats and house made corn tortillas. The atmosphere is quaint and festive; the staff is incredibly inviting and friendly as well, however the true star of the show for me is their cocktail menu. There’s hardly any better way to beat the summer heat than with an ice-cold beer, or better yet a perfectly blended margarita.

 

Charlie’s Stars and Stripes All American Deli & BarImage result for Charlie's stars and stripes

296 N 2 nd Ave, Upland, CA

Every day is the 4 th of July at Charlie’s Stars and Stripes, in Downtown Upland. The restaurant formally known as the Aria was renamed after Charlie Hendrix, a brave US soldier who gave his life for our country while serving in Iraq back in 2012. Patriotism is the key word when stepping into this open and sunny corner deli. Their craft burgers and sandwiches have been given some cute patriotic nicknames, but don’t let the whimsy fool you, these sandwiches are serious. Good portions served on artisan bread rolls, from Jalapeno Cheese, to Sourdough they will fill you up and have you coming back for more. Again, their full-service bar is an excellent night cap to a hot summer night, from which I usually order a crisp pineapple cider to go with my usual Corned Beef sandwich served with fresh homemade chips.

 

Cask’ n Cleaver SteakhouseImage result for Cask and Cleaver

8689 Ninth St., Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Year after year the Cask’ n Cleaver gets voted the “Best Steakhouse” by reviewers all over the Inland Empire. Since 1967 they’ve been serving up only top choice Midwestern corn-fed beef, aged to perfection for the best flavor and tenderness that you can find. Their top cuts of beef are part of a tradition that you find at very many places this day and age. Still family owned and operated by Linda and Chuck Keagle, the Cask’ N Cleaver is an old-world steakhouse, the kind of place that every new trendy barbecue joint is trying to imitate, but can never beat. Coming in for dinner is a great choice but their lunch menu is something you’ll want to check out too. From their salad bar, to their top sirloin the lunch menu has become a local favorite as well as a family tradition.