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Let’s Dine Out TV

| March 29, 2013

Let’s Dine Out Show featuring AJ Bariles Chicago Pizza in Yucaipa plus the 2013 Intl. Pizza Expo.

Join food critic Allan Borgen and watch “Let’s Dine Out Show” Fridays @6:30pm

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Let’s Dine Out TV

| March 29, 2013

Let’s Dine Out TV show visits Harvard Brickyard Bar and Grill & Los Vaqueros Mexican Food in Hemet.

Join food critic Allan Borgen and watch “Let’s Dine Out Show” Fridays @6:30pm

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Let’s Dine Out TV

| March 11, 2013

Let’s Dine Out TV show visits The Deli in Rancho Cucamonga & Honey Baked Ham Cafe in Upland.

Join food critic Allan Borgen and watch “Let’s Dine Out Show” Fridays @6:30pm

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Let’s Dine Out TV

| March 11, 2013

Let’s Dine Out Show visits Lordsburg Taphouse in La Verne & Magdalone’s Restaurant and Lounge cuisine in Upland

Watch food critic Allan borgen eat his way through the IE Friday nights 6:30pm on KVCR PBS ch. 24

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Let’s Dine Out TV

| March 11, 2013

Let’s Dine Out Show visits Magnone Trattoria in Riverside abnd Maria’s Mexican Kitchen in Corona.

Watch food critic Allan borgen eat his way through the IE Friday nights 6:30pm on KVCR PBS ch. 24

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Bravo Burgers Review

| September 2, 2012

 

Bravo Burgers in Redlands

Bravo Burgers in Redlands

Over the past 7 years, I have seen many changes take place at Bravo Burgers, some good, some not so good. The biggest areas of concern have been around consistency of the food and staff not always sending drive thru customers away with their correct orders. It appears now that things have greatly improved and these key areas do not exist as frequently as they once did. I base my feelings on observations and talking to many customers who frequent here often. With that said, let’s talk food!

Like most fast food restaurants, the menu is large featuring a huge array of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. One of their popular items to enjoy in the morning is their Bravo Breakfast Burrito $7.99. This stellar burrito features a two scrambled eggs, crisp hash brown potatoes, cheddar & jack cheese, and bacon, ham and breakfast sausage which is all stuffed in a large flour tortilla. The combination of all of the ingredients really worked well together and the burrito was delicious and can easily be shared. Adding some of their salsas from their salsa bar is also a nice addition.

The next three items included Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger $5.89, the Hot Pastrami Sandwich $5.99 and the Tuna Sandwich $5.25. The cheeseburger consisted of a charbroiled 1/4lb. burger, American cheese, two strips of very crisp bacon, avocado, Thousand Island dressing, lettuce, a slice of tomato, onions, and a pickle on a toasted whole wheat bun. The burger was juicy, nicely seasoned and quite delicious, especially if you have it with their seasoned fries, fresh fried zucchini or onion rings. The Pastrami sandwich was also a good choice! The fairly large roll was stuffed, and I do mean stuffed with a massive amount of tasty pastrami that was not overly fatty and came with mustard and pickles on the roll. The last order on this flight of dishes was the Tuna sandwich made with Albacore tuna, mayo, and celery and served on your choice of bread with lettuce and tomato. I love tuna and this rendition was very good. Next time, I would order it with onions and a slice of cheese for an extra layer of flavors.

Before I talk about a few other items I ordered, I must give credit to the cooks who seemed very organized, worked fast and seem to have good teamwork ethics while the servers were friendly and very efficient. Although you order your food at the counter and the food is brought to your table, the servers are very accommodating if you needed anything extra.

The last of the items that I ordered were the Boneless Chicken Plate $7.69, a hefty portion of boneless dark meat chicken marinated and charbroiled and served with a sampling of onion rings, fries and zucchini, and a dish that is perfect for those thinking of going on a diet the next day, the eye popping Bravo Fries $6.29, a very large bowl filled with layered with fries and cheese and topped with your choice of meats (I chose Carne Asada), chopped tomatoes, onions, sour cream and guacamole. This was absolutely messy, oh so fattening but delicious and addicting. This is perfect dish to share and one dish that you will get stares from other customers when it arrives at your table.

Bravo also offers many “healthy” menu options like Grilled Fish, Turkey Burger, and the Boneless Chicken with steamed vegetables, fresh fruit and low-fat cottage cheese to name a few.

I am glad that this restaurant has made the needed changes and I look forward to coming back again and trying some of their other items including some of their healthier choices.

Address/Phone:

1911 Redlands Blvd
Redlands, Ca 92373
(909) 798-6378

Website:

http://www.bravo-burgers.com 

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 6 am to 9 pm
Friday & Saturday 6 am to 12 midnight

Price Range: $2.05 to $9.99

Rating: 4


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Citrus Deli Review

| September 2, 2012

There is nothing better than biting into a great sandwich, enjoying fresh and tasty side dishes and being able to purchase a meal without bankrupting your finances. One new deli that has everything a great deli should have is Citrus Deli located a few doors down from the Albertson’s market on Redlands Blvd. Once the site of a Quiznos sandwich shop, this family owned and operated restaurant is a shining example that if you start with quality products, the results will rise above the others

The menu is nicely noted on a blackboard with a variety of cold and hot sandwiches, salads, freshly made soups, wraps and Naan pizzas. For my first sandwich, I chose the Italian Sub and the Chicken Salad Sandwich. All sandwiches are available for $4.99 for a small sandwich and $7.99 for a large sandwich. You can personalize each sandwich with yours choice of rolls & breads, cheeses, meats, condiments and fresh veggies. You may think this is a clone of a Subway store but believe me when I tell you that the food served here has no resemblance to other large chain sandwich shops. The Italian Sub consisted of a large portion of sliced Italian salami, pepperoni and capicola, homemade Italian dressing and your choice of fillings. I choose lettuce, tomatoes, peppercinis and sliced onions. The sandwich was delicious while the soft hearty wheat roll really complemented all of the wonderful goodies that was stuffed inside.

The chicken salad Sandwich featured lots of moist white chicken breast meat tossed with celery, green onion and a special mayo sour cream dressing and was absolutely delicious.

Next came the popular Meatball Sandwich, meatballs smothered in a homemade marinara sauce with provolone cheese, the classic Reuben Sandwich, lots of slices of lean corned beef with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on toasted rye bread and the incredible Chile Verde Burrito. Now before I describe this burrito, you should know that owners Russell and Judy Barnes and their son Chris have competed and have won numerous awards for their Salsas, Sancho Blanco Chile Verde Sauce, and their zesty Chili and for their Red Chile Sauce.

They also won $10,000 at a celebrity food show completion and have been invited to compete in many national and world championship food competitions, so these people really know food.

The Chile Verde Burrito consisted of large chunks of pork smothered both inside the flour tortilla and on the top of the burrito with a fantastic green chili, garlic and tomato based sauce that was loaded with layers of flavors and a burrito that should not be overlooked.

Another unique item is their Indian Naan bread pizza that are made fresh from a local Indian restaurant and topped with your choice of creamy spinach artichoke spread with your choice of meats, cheese and veggies, a BBQ Chicken pizza with sliced red onions and cheese and a pizza with Italian Sausage, cheese and veggies. All three pizzas are enough for one person to devour and are only $5.49. I suggest getting the garlic Naan since garlic adds a nice delicate taste to all of the pizzas.

Other sandwiches I recommend include the ultimate simple comfort sandwich, the Peanut Butter Sandwich with sliced banana and honey on white bread, their delicious and mildly spicy award winning all meat Chili with cheese and diced onions and all of their wonderful freshly made side salads including their Cole Slaw with onions, dried cranberries, and roasted pecans, the fantastic Red Potato Salad with green onions, shredded cheese, bacon and homemade ranch dressing , the palate pleasing Macaroni Salad with sweet peppers, chopped olives, celery, onions and chopped pickles and the unique Turkey Waldorf Salad, chunks of turkey with apples, walnuts, cranberries and celery in their house creamy mayo sour cream dressing.

They just added some cold refreshing Smoothies to their menu as well as some delightful rich slices of crumb cake, moist and tasty muffins and East coast favorite, large Black & White Cookies and Chocolate Dipped Macaroon cookies.

I have eaten here numerous times and have enjoyed every item I have ordered. Citrus Deli is truly a great restaurant to dine at or have them cater your next business or social event. In addition to delicious food, the portions are on the large side and the prices are very reasonable considering the quality of food that you get.

Address/Phone:
700 East Redlands Blvd
Redlands, Ca 92373
(909) 335-3486

Hours:
Mon-Sat 10:30am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 7pm

Price Range: $4.99 to $7.99

Rating: 4 ½


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El Tepeyac Mexican Restaurant Review

| September 2, 2012

Located next to Burlington Coat Factory in the Tri City Center in Redlands is a marvelous restaurant called El Tepeyac (no relation to the popular restaurant by the same name in East LA). This small clean family owned and operated restaurant serves an amazing array of delicious dishes from Mexico including Yucatan with each dish being distinctively different from other Mexican restaurants. Owner/Chef Audomaro Lugo and his talented cooks really know how to stimulate one’s taste buds while the portions are large and the prices are oh so reasonable. If you enjoy fresh home style Mexican food with that is both unique and exciting; you must come to El Tepeyac!

The menu is fairly large but it did not detour me from ordering a bunch of terrific sounding dishes. My first dish was the Carne Asada Fries $7.99, a large bed of refried beans topped with crisp French fries and smothered with cheddar and jack cheese, lots of tender tasty pieces of cut up grilled carne asada, sour cream, fresh guacamole and chopped tomatoes. The entire dish was excellent and a fun dish to share.

Next came the #8 Combination Plate with a nice cheese enchilada, a crispy shredded beef taco and a large Chile Verde with a green chili sauce, rice and beans. All of the items were delicious and one of the better combination plates I have had in a long time.

One of the newest dish items on the menu are the Empanadas $7.99, fresh masa stuffed with various choices of filling like cheese, chicken, pork, shredded beef, and shaped in a half moon and deep fried. The four large Empanadas were really a taste and textural sensation with the cheese, shredded beef and pork being my favorites. The exterior had a nice semi crisp bite to it while the fillings were very tasty. Fresh guacamole and a tangy green chili sauce came with the Empanadas and complimented the turnovers quite well.

Impressed so far, I just had to order more dishes so the Wet Mole Burrito $7.99 was my next choice. This unique burrito consisted of a large roll stuffed with chicken and rice smothered with cheese and then drenched in a rich complex tasting brown mole sauce with sesame seeds and sliced onions on top. This burrito was sensational and one you really must order! I could have bathed myself in this sauce!

Another creative and one of a kind plate was the Tortas Ahogadas $7.00. This unusual dish featured a large soft Mexican roll stuffed with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, avocado, jalapenos and a choice of meat topped with a huge amount of a delicious red chile sauce topping the Torta. The sauce soaked into the roll which resulted in a very delicious and messy dish but it was well worth all of the napkins I used.

Other items I tried and also enjoyed very much was their impressive zesty tangy Chile Verde Burrito $5.99 and their Special Fish Taco Plate $7.50, two double corn tortilla wrapped pan fried tilapia tacos with tartar sauce, shredded cabbage and pico de gallo and served with rice, beans and the most popular item on the menu which people come from all around for, the “Mother of all burritos”, the 18” El Tepeyac Burrito stuffed with rice, choice of meats and topped with a ton of melted cheese guacamole, sour cream and garnished with salad greens. At $19.95, this can easily feed 4 to 5 people and is an excellent burrito.

As you can tell from my review, I was very impressed with the food, service and prices and will definitely be coming back again to eat my was through the large menu. Happy Eating!

Address/Phone:
1458 Industrial Park Ave
Redlands 92373
(909) 307-0017

Hours:
Open Daily 10am to 8pm

Price Range: Rating: 4 ½

 
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Green House Chinese Review

| September 2, 2012

The Green House Chinese

While growing up in Los Angeles, one of my fondest memories was when my Dad would go to a nearby small take-out only Chinese restaurant and bring home some delicious freshly made to order classic Chinese dishes that my entire family just loved.

Finding a restaurant that still cooks classic Chinese dishes like that are almost impossible to find however, while cruising down Yucaipa Blvd. in search of my next restaurant to review, I stumbled upon a very small, kind of weathered looking Chinese restaurant that for some reason, beckoned me and my taste buds to try. The large “A” in the window from the Health Department was a reassuring indication that it was safe to eat the food although the sign and outside structure needed a little bit of updating.

Once inside the former Dairy Queen building, a burst of incredible aromas overwhelmed my culinary senses and brought me back in time to the small little Chinese restaurant my family brought food from, but could the food served here be as good? The answer is a BIG YES! I felt like I was in an episode of the Twilight Zone. Nothing fancy here, just great food!

I was greeted by three very charming and friendly owners Susan and Tony Ding and their son Scott who have operated this restaurant for the past twenty years. I was not only impressed with the aromas of the food and the owners, but also by a sign stating that if customers wanted any of the items on the menu with no salt, sugar, oil or corn starch, just let them know. How many restaurants would do that or you?

The menu features a nice selection of classic Chinese dishes that anyone who grew up in the 1960’s, 70’s or 80’s surely ate and enjoyed. Each dish is made fresh upon order and there are only a few tables to eat inside the restaurant (only seats about 13 people) so you can dine in, order your food to go, or use the drive thru for take-out.

For starters, I ordered the Wor Won Soup $3.99, a medium size bowl of piping hot chicken broth filled with pieces of chicken, shrimp, stuffed wontons, Chinese cabbage, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, carrots and canned mushrooms. The rich chicken stock was delicious as were the various goodies that were happily swimming in the soup. What a nice beginning!

Next came the half order of the Pu Pu Platter $5.99, and my all time favorite appetizer Rumaki $3.49. The popular Pu Pu Platter came with a large meaty Chinese sparerib; marinate Teriyaki beef on a skewer, one fried shrimp, two fried wontons, Paper Wrapped Chicken and a crispy triangular shaped fried Crab Rangoon. All of the items were excellent especially the Crab Rangoon and the sparerib. The 5 deep fried bacon wrapped chicken liver with a water chestnut was a real treat and was very good

Another wonderful and delicious appetizer was the Lettuce Wrap $7.49, three large crisp iceberg lettuce leaves served with a large portion of diced chicken with black mushrooms, onions, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and green onion wok’ed with a tasty dark soy sauce and served on a bed of white crispy fried rice noodles. The chicken mixture was very good but was a little too bland for my taste; however by adding some Chinese hot mustard, chili paste or Hoisin sauce into the mix, the dish really came alive. Speaking of coming alive, don’t be afraid to tell them the level of hotness you want in your dishes.

Some of the many entrees I sampled include the Kung Pao Shrimp $8.49, 14 large succulents shrimp with peanuts, onions, celery, baby corn, green pepper, bamboo shoots water chestnuts and carrots in a really delicious spicy Kung Pao Sauce, a half order of Pork Chow Mein $5.49, which comprised of crunchy combination of slices of pork, bean sprouts, carrots, celery, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots in a light tasty thick sauce and the extremely popular Tangerine Chicken $7.49, a huge portion of deep fried chicken tossed in a bright orange colored mildly sweet and tangy orange flavored sauce topped with green onions. I loved this dish and can see why this dish is such a hit with the locals who dine here.

Oh yes, the fresh Lo Mein Noodles with a ton of sliced beef $6.69 was yet another worthy item to order. Overall, I was very happy with the entire dining experience and now know the old adage “you can’t go back in time” is not true. Thanks to Susan, Tony and Scott, their food did bring me back to my younger years and you know I will be coming back here again and again.

Address/Phone:
34557 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa, Ca 92399
(909) 790-1240

Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 11am to 9pm
Saturday & Sunday 12 noon to 9pm

Price Range: $4.59 to $8.49

Rating: 4


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Listen Live

| July 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
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