From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.
Voted Best of the IE in Inland Empire Magazine in 2010, the lime-green-walled Chef Tim's features classic barbecue and Southern-style soul food. Paint a meatsterpiece on your tongue with a slab of ribs (half rack $12, full rack $21.99) and a whole chicken ($9.99), or confuse your taste buds about the time of day with chicken and waffles ($6.59). A shrimp po' boy sandwich and one side ($6.59) treats food tanks to a helping of sea-meat, and a create-your-own-combo meal, such as a two-piece entree and two sides ($7.99), lets diners choose from entrees such as rib tips, fried chicken wings, and fresh catfish, and forces them to marry two sides, such as cornbread, hushpuppies, or red beans and rice. After the main culinary event, wrap sweet teeth in a peach cobbler ($2.89) championship belt.
For many, barbecue is more akin to fine art than it is to food. If you’re one of these true believers, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is your needle in a haystack. Shack only serves certified humanely raised meats and every sauce is a delight to the senses. All the meats at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit are smoked on-site to ensure everything is done exactly the way it should be to preserve that authentic Texas flavor. With sides and desserts that will make your mouth water just as much as the meat does, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is certainly an experience and not to be missed. So get there early and stay late to experience the best barbecue that Rancho Cucamonga has to offer. One taste and we’re sure you’ll agree that Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is the place to be.
What’s the best way to find world-class barbecue? If you’ve got the time and the means, you could travel around sampling the best barbecue from places like the Carolinas, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and all points in between. If your time is at a premium and you can’t quite swing a complete tour of the southern United States right now, you could just travel down the street to Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. Founder Craig Hofman has brought together the best flavors and methods from all over the South for the dining enjoyment of Rancho Cucamonga residents and visitors. Take a trip to the South without crossing the Rockies. Take a trip to Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que.
Famous Dave’s is the story of an underdog. A Native American influenced by Deep South barbecue, Dave was determined at an early age to serve the best BBQ in America. Stop in and experience a true ‘feast’ as the servers bring out the BBQ Feast available for one, two or four people. Famous Dave’s serves barbecue ribs, brisket, and chicken, but they are also known for their catfish, chicken tenders and chopped pork. Choose from a wide variety of barbecue sauces designed to fit anyone’s palette. Top it off with Dave’s vodka-based Smokin’ Tea (or regular tea) and you’ve got a meal. Famous Dave’s is open every day for tasty, southern-inspired food.
Hawaiian style barbecue done fast is Aloha Kona Hawaiian BBQ’s specialty. The casual eatery serves Luau-quality food and Hawaiian-style hospitality to students and other Rancho Cucamonga residents. Diners can expect fast service and tasty, reasonably priced and filling food at every visit. The portions are large, so come ready to eat! If you can’t finish your food, it’s not a problem! Aloha Kona serves their dishes in handy to-go containers. Aloha Kona Hawaiian BBQ is open every day from 11am-9pm. The busiest time is during lunch, but there’s plenty of parking for those needing to grab their food and go.