Pomona Valley Mining Co.

Phew, it’s been quite a while since I last posted. I’ve been doing a lot of prepping for my upcoming European/Middle Eastern trip, so expect to see more travel-related posts coming soon. On a yummier note, I recently went to a local steakhouse called Pomona Valley Mining Co., which had an enticing and relatively inexpensive menu special: a cut of prime rib for $15.99.

Pomona Valley Mining Co., prime rib

For that price, you get a slice of beef that’s, by my estimates, around 12 ounces. It’s certainly big enough that you won’t feel ripped off. You also get your choice of side (mashed potatoes, potato wedges, or a baked potato), AND an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar.

For those who don’t know me, I prefer rare, bloody steaks. Unfortunately, by the time I ordered, the restaurant had sold out all of their rare cuts of prime rib. I got stuck with a medium, but it was still pretty tender and juicy. I’d say the quality is, at the very least, comparable to what you’d find in a hotel buffet in Vegas.

The potato wedges were cut very thickly. So thick, that in some bites, you can barely feel the crispy outside texture. My ideal potato wedge is fluffy on the inside, and crispy on the outside. But because there was so much potato in these thick cuts, the crispiness became less evident. However, the wedges that weren’t cut as large tasted excellent.

The salad bar was substantial. There were various types of chopped lettuce, which you could top with dressings (including Caesar), cheese, croutons, and all the other fixin’s. They had a few pasta salads, as well.

Pomona Valley Mining Co., salad

There were three soups: chicken noodle, cream of corn, and a beef something-or-other. I only got the chicken noodle, which was pretty good.

Pomona Valley Mining Co., chicken noodle soup

If all that wasn’t enough, the waitress was bringing mountains of cheese toast throughout our dinner:

Pomona Valley Mining Co., cheese bread

It’s warm, very cheesy, very delicious, and you can get as much as you want. The portions are generous–probably around 8 pieces per plate–but the upside is that you can take the rest home if you can’t finish them.

There’s one other thing this restaurant hypes: the view. Since I was with a party of six, and the maximum amount of seating at a window-side table is four, I missed out on the full experience. But from what I saw, it looked beautiful.

The view has a distinct, Southern California feel to it. The restaurant is perched on a hill right next to the 10 freeway, near the 10/57 interchange. A seat at the window will present you with views overlooking the wide expanse of urban landscape that is Pomona. Even from my spot, I was able to see ribbons of multiple freeway networks criss-crossing the sea of houses and industrial complexes that lay below the hill. It’s a view that wouldn’t seem out of place in a Hollywood movie.

Now, a few important notes regarding this special: Make sure you ask your server directly for the “$15 prime rib special”. It’s not found on the menu, nor on any sign boards. Even if you ask your server to tell you the day’s specials, he or she may not even acknowledge its existence unless you specifically mention this deal. We had to do this with our waitress, though I’m not sure if this will apply with every server. It’s also only available from Tuesdays to Thursdays. Nevertheless, a mere $15 for good quality prime rib, unlimited bread, and an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar is a steal.

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Written by Christian