One week before our own dineLA launches on July 15, Claremont kicks off its first-ever Restaurant Week from today through July 16th. Home to the seven Claremont Colleges, a botanic garden covering 86 acres, a bustling Sunday farmers market and Ben Harper's Folk Music Center, Claremont is looking to expand its reputation beyond being labeled the city of trees and PhDs. For the next eight days, 20 restaurants are offering prix fixe menus for $20, $30 and $40. From Portuguese favorites like bacalhau de natas at Euro Café to traditional Afghan dishes like kabuli pilaf at Walter's, it's a good time to taste what's cooking 30 miles east of downtown L.A.
Jessica Koslow Organic beef slider at Packing House Wines
5. Aruffo's Italian Cuisine:
Jessica Koslow Chocolate crème brûlée at Aruffo's
Nearly thirty years ago, two 22-year-old sweethearts decided to start a restaurant. Today, Aruffo's is still open for business seven days a week on Yale Avenue in Claremont Village, and owner Valerie Aruffo still greets and seats her customers. The three-course lunch and four-course dinner ranges in price depending on the main course, which could be pasta swirled with homemade basil pesto or chicken breast sautéed in fine Marsala drinking wine (rather than the more commonly used cooking Marsala wine). The featured dinner dessert is one of Aruffo's most requested: a decadent chocolate crème brûlée with fresh berries. 126 N. Yale Ave., Claremont; 909-624-9624.