Big Bear Lake (moved from L.A. board)
I have heard really good things about Evergreen, but have not been myself. When we go, we always have happy hour at Old Country Inn - have heard they have good breakfasts. But for breakfast, my hands-down favorite is Thelma's - really good regular breakfast food. In Big Bear City. Kujo's is also good for sandwiches. Virginia Lee's (small stand, seasonal) has good hot dogs. Paoli's for your basic pizza/pasta. In the village. Been meaning to try North Shore Cafe and the Brewery. Have fun!!
Old Country Cafe
2 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801
41003 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
if you're in Big Bear you're probably not going to Lake Arrowhead for breakfast. maybe on the way home...
Teddy Bear restaurant for breakfast. it's a nice diner with lots of kids and couples and counter seating.
Grizzly Mountain Gourmet for good coffee, hot chocolate, croissants and soup/sandwiches.
Peppercorn Grille for lunch.
Second above rec for Himalayan/Nepalese restaurant for dinner. didn't try it but it looked intriguing.
Mandarin Garden at Big Bear Airport for dinner. It's a typical American-Chinese place like the kitschy-but-fine palaces on Pico, but grab a booth and enjoy the planes landing.
North Shore Cafe in Fawnskin for breakfast/lunch. It's lovely plus you get to drive the scenic North Shore.
Teddy Bear Restaurant
583 Pine Knot Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
553 Pine Knot Ave, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
If ya like pizza and casual Italian: Maggio's 42160 Big Bear Blvd, 909 866 8815. It's down the road about 3 miles in a shopping center w/Vons (I think) NOT in the village.
Good pizza and pastas! In the village: http://www.nottinghams.info - ask for the table on the left as you walk in- it sits in a private enclave w/it's own private window. And off the beaten Big Bearish track: http://www.himalayanbigbear.com/ - Tibetan/Nepalese
re: Kitchen Queen
Maggio's is indeed pretty good (by Big Bear standards, which might be setting the bar a bit low...) but I'd have to dissent on Himalayan. It's not exactly off the beaten track, as it's in the village, and when we were there in January the food was pretty grim: the "salad" was mostly wilted lettuce, and the tandoori/masala sauces were seriously over-sugared.