Coachella travelers can find good eateries along the way

Fillet of sole at the Centro Basco hotel and restaurant in Chino, Calif.
Fillet of sole at the Centro Basco hotel and restaurant in Chino, Calif. centrobasco.net

The big Coachella Music Festival happens this weekend. And if you’re heading out there, you may want to stop at some restaurants along the way.

KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with David Allen, a columnist for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, He writes and blogs about restaurants around the border of L.A. and San Bernardino counties. Allen says one of the restaurants drivers might want to consider stopping at is Ramon's Cactus Patch. The owner, 96-year-old Ramon, has run the restaurant since 1937. Allen describes the restaurant as a "time machine."

“It’s in a 1962 model home for a subdivision that was never built so it’s a very quirky setting," said Allen. "There’s a cactus garden out front and the inside is these old wooden booths that are from the Hotel Orange where he had his first location in Ontario in the 1930s."

Another restaurant with a long history is Centro Basco in Chino. The Basque restaurant opened in 1940 and Allen said it originally catered to clientele that included cow milkers and sheepherders. In fact, the restaurant offers a "sheepherders lunch."

“You take a seat at a very long table, and I guess for a flat fee around $15 they bring out platters of food that people pass around just as if you’re eating a family style meal," said Allen.

Allen also recommends Vince's Spaghetti in Ontario, a place that KPCC's Steve Julian used to visit as a child.

(Audio: KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Columnist David Allen about Inland Valley restaurants).


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