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Our Hidden Gem – Daddy O’s Rockin Café

909 Magazine

Nestled in the heart of historic Downtown Upland is a true hidden gem — Daddy O’s Rockin Café. During April 2014, owner and operator, Sheri, decided to leave her corporate life behind to serve the community some good old-fashioned cooking served up with a side of nostalgic Route 66 atmosphere.

Daddy O’s is named in honor of Sheri’s dad. She wanted to bring in that warmth and nostalgic glow that you can only get from family. From Grandma’s secret recipes to the loving way the entire staff treats you, Daddy O’s will make you feel like you’re at home with family every visit.

People travel from all over the 909 to enjoy Daddy O’s amazing “Big Daddy” cheeseburger, and “Grandma’s” chicken sandwiches. Each day Sheri handpicks the quality, farm-fresh ingredients to make sure they are fresh and healthy. The meats are purchased from an experienced quality butcher and nothing is ever delivered frozen.

The choice is yours when it comes to what seasonings you want on your burger.  Choose Sheri’s grandmother’s secret herbs and spices, or opt for a lower-sodium alternative. Whichever you select, your burger will be served piping hot on a freshly-baked bun that is also the product of a well-guarded family secret.

In addition to serving up her family favorites, Sheri has collaborated with healthcare professionals to create heart-healthy and kidney-healthy menu options that still pack a punch when it comes to flavor. One such item is a high protein, low sodium burger that is as delicious and juicy as the classic Big Daddy. Sheri also created the perfect mouthwatering vegan patty, developed from a modified version of her mother’s recipe for a lactose intolerant friend.

I personally had the opportunity to stop by and try out the vegan patty before it hit the menu. The flavor was out of this world. Even if you don’t have diet restrictions, Daddy O’s vegan burger is a much healthier option for lunch that still delivers on flavor.

So the next time I’m in for lunch, enjoying a delicious hand-pressed burger or vegan burger with hummus, I hope to see you too. Daddy O’s is a hometown, real kitchen experience that’s hard to find anywhere else.


Daddy O’s Rockin Café is located at

228 N 2nd Ave, Upland, CA 91786

See their updated hours on Yelp.com