THE BACK ABBEY, THE CLAREMONT COLLEGES
128 N. Oberlin Ave.
There ain't a whole lot of gastropubs on this list, but we make an exception for the Back Abbey because a) that's the kind of town Claremont is, and b) it's that good. Excellent burgers with an extensive and varied beer list—no, the Abbey's not a stopover-on-the-way-to-the-football-game sorta place, it's a park-your-ass-there-for-lunch-and-whoops!-it's-dinner-time sorta place. Expensive, but if you're driving to the Inland Empire to go to In 'N Out, you're a moron. [Website: thebackabbey.com]