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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Oh Queso-Closed

Oh Queso
14270 Chino Hills Pkwy Unit E
Chino Hills

While I enjoy reading David Allen's column every week, I really look forward to his Restaurant of the Week feature.  Last week his Restaurant of the Week was at Oh Queso.  I was expecting Mexican food, so I was shocked to read that David went there for the burgers, on a recommendation from a friend; who said Oh Queso serves an excellent burger.

Located in the Stater Bros. shopping center, the same center as the closed Wing Wing BBQ restaurant I reviewed back in 2007, Oh Queso is good sized restaurant.  There is one long communal table down the middle of the restaurant, about 8-10 tables along the wall and two flat screen TV's on the walls.  When I went they were showing the Dodgers losing to their hated rival, the Giants. 

Fish taco- $3.25- Hand-breaded cod in a flour tortilla served with cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro and a chipotle sauce.  When I saw this fish taco on the menu, I had to try it.  The piece of cod in this taco is huge, maybe twice the size of other fish tacos.  The batter was crunchy, maybe a bit too thick.  But, don't think this was all batter and a small amount of fish, there was plenty of cod inside the batter.  The fish was tender and moist, but this lacked seasoning.  I thought it was bland, even the chipotle sauce didn't help the blandness.

Bacon Cheeseburger, $6.50, Patty on top of a toasted bun with apple wood bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and a special sauce.  WOW, just wow!  This was an amazing burger.  The burger is made with “6 ounces of fresh ground chuck and brisket beef.”  The bun is a toasted egg bun and holds up to the juicy burger and toppings very well.  The burger was cooked perfectly, medium rare and was very juicy.  You will need and use a lot of napkins for this burger.  The bacon was perfectly cooked and the special sauce-a thousand island style sauce added a subtle flavor, not an overpowering flavor.  I loved this burger and for $6.50 a steal of a price.

Service was very good.  The young lady who took our order was very nice and friendly.  You order at the counter and your food is brought to your table. While we were eating she came and cleared the plastic basket that had my fish taco, while she was cleaning up the dining area.  She asked us how we liked the food; we loved it, and really made us feel welcomed. 

So, does Oh Queso have the best burger-fast food or diner style restaurant, in the Inland Valley?  The burger at Oh Queso is better than a regional chain like, The Habit, or a national chain like Red Robin, or non chains like The Back Abbey; especially if you compared prices, $6.50 at Oh Queso compared to $11 in 2009 at The Back Abbey.  I haven't tried places like Eureka or Rounds.  I really liked the burger here at Oh Queso and would come back anytime.