October will mark my 3rd visit to this gem of a Los Angeles suburb, so I thought I’d share my guide to great eats & treats! The small town, which lies 30 miles east of Los Angeles, is known as “the land of trees and PhD’s,” because of the seven undergraduate and graduate institutions within city limits. Graham attends Western University of Health Sciences in nearby Pomona, so when he’s in class and off studying during my visits, I walk into the “village” and hit up the following spots.
Auggie’s Coffee – this hybrid coffee & ice cream shop in the Claremont Packing House is the coolest. In addition to the most gorgeous penny-tile backsplash, they have almond milk honey cinnamon lattes and homemade gluten free muffins that are incredible. I had a blueberry one every day of my trip. They’re that good.
I LIKE PIE – You bet I do! But seriously, that’s their name! And I was thrilled to learn that this sweet & savory pie place has a new gluten free variety every single day, all in the cutest little personal sizes. I had a cup of blackberry amazingness.
Sanamaluang – This is probably the best and most affordable Thai restaurant I’ve ever been to. And it’s right off of the 10, so if you’re passing through, don’t miss it. Seriously though – for $7 you’ll eat THE best-tasting pad thai for three days. I also love their rice dishes and bubble teas, of course.
Heroes and Legends – Ready for some real food? This pub is it! Their burgers are great and the fries are even better. You can throw peanuts on the floor and you’ll definitely have leftovers.
Bardot – Feeling fancy? Bardot is more of an upscale spot, with a swanky bar and the most inviting outdoor patio you’ll see. I had the mussels and they were divine.
P.S. Check out this public art and those palms!
Also add Mt. Baldy at sunset to your list of must-sees!