Big Bear Recs - one last try
I posted a rec request for the Big Bear - Lake Arrowhead area a week or so ago and only one poster had a suggestion. I've since found a number of restaurant names that seem possible in BIg Bear itself, so I thought I'd try one more time and list the names. Maybe it will jar someone's memory.
Looking for a nice dinner spot for re-union with a friend and his wife who are driving in for a wedding in Big Bear this weekend.. Here's the list (I think they're all still open):
Barnstorm Cafe (CH rec from previous post))
Stillwell's (Northwoods Resort)
The Blue Whale
Old Country Inn
North Shore Cafe
Nottingham"s (Robinhood Resort)
The Captain's Anchorage
Thanks for any help. I'll post on the place we do try.
Sorry to say, the pickings are below slim in Big Bear. The food served in most places just doesn't stand out.
AVOID STILWELL'S AT ALL COSTS. It's awful!
There is a sushi place up there that is passable, but expensive.
If I were you, and you are staying in a cabin of rental with a kitchen, buy or bring some good food and cook a meal.
Otherwise, your best bet is to find a nice resort hotel and eat there.
I heard there's some place with really good Pot Pies on the North Shore, but I ever tried them...probably advertised in one of the visitor's papers.
paoli's! great red checker italian.
their pizza is pretty great! i like it better than the LA pizza places i've tried -- the usual pizza chains, cpk, domenicos, petrillos.
another poster mentioned in the past that she/he didn't like the other pasta dishes, but i don't think she/he had the pizza, so it's probably a one-item place.
All of Paoli's food is "fine." Nothing is inedible or fantastic, but after a day of skiing, it's a nice place to go for pasta, pizza and red wine.
Old Country Inn is heavy Germanic food, and if you don't have reservations, there's usually a significant wait. good martinis.
I had decent King Crab legs at the Blue Whale -- it's a nice setting, with decent food.
All of the above places are appropriate for kids as well, and The Blue Whale has a kids' menu.
In many years of eating at Big Bear I have not had horrible meals, nor have I had anything particularly noteworthy.
Noting your need for a nice dining place in Big Bear, my Grubchoice last time, the Barnstorm Café, may be a bit too downhome for you.
Heres my take on your list:
Barnstorm Café best food choice, but ambiance is kinda Holiday Inn coffee shop
Mozart's Bistro enjoyed several dandy meals here 2 yrs ago, but last year thot the wheels seemed to come off. Cant recommend any more.
Stillwell's bad, bad, bad in each & every sense of the word
The Blue Whale nice place, nice setting, truly homogenized food at premium (for BB) prices.
Old Country Inn nice watering hole, but food German-ish far from exemplary
North Shore Café no se. Has long been a must try, but havent
Nottinghams again, very bland food.
The Captain's Anchorage prob best of the worst. Decent steaks & fish in funky, Tam OShanter-esque setting. Tchotchkes, button Naugauhyde. As Big Bear as it gets. [Another good local bar. BB does way better at bars the aforementioned Old Country, Whales Tail, Murrays, among others -- than dining rooms.]
Since this has turned into a BB roundup, a few others are worth a Grub mention:
Cowboy Express (from 1st post) steaks, steaks, pls only steaks. Good beef, always properly charred. If a poly picnic table on the deck is available, nice way to spend an evening.
Grizzly Manor (also from 1st post) one of the absolute best lumberjack bkfsts youll eat anywhere. & a hoot to boot. Mostly bkfst closes at 2. Bring a book.
Firehouse Ribs, Big Bear City lots of rib joints hiding out in BB. Firehouse is best of bunch, altho sauce at the biker bar mid-BBBlvd (Suzies? Sallys? Sandys?) is terrific. Unfortunately their cooking is, um, distracted.
Vintage - the "special event" resto for locals. Not so special.
Ah, Judy. Thx for stimulating my wine-addled mind. Mozart's Bistro, which I mentioned in my prior post, is now indeed Mandoline.
Unfortunately, we seem to disagree on its chowworthiness. We Grubs thot the Mozart gang's attempt was superior to Mandoline incarnation. YMMV. I guess Mozart failed cuz it's tough selling that-there fancy food to the good ol' boys.
If the Iron Squirrel is still there, it is/was considered a better eating establishment, on the main road right in town. White tablecloths. I've had good Chinese lunches at the place out at the airport, upstairs. Actually has fish tanks with lobsters and crab. The consenses is right, though, pretty sorry state for fine food. In Arrowbear, had good sandwiches at Blondies. Enjoy the fresh air and pine trees, and pack it in I always say.
I was in BB a couple of weeks ago and tried a new BBQ place that ROCKED. Of course I cannot remember it's name, but it's on Big Bear Blvd. right across the street from Snow Summit, and next door to the American Legion. Awesome baby back ribs. And I dream about the cheesy potatos...
My husband grew up in Big Bear, and his family is still there. I was there over Christmas and there is a great new barbeque restaurant in town. It's all wood smoked barbeque, and both the pulled pork and the pulled turkey were amazing.
Jasper's Smokehouse and Steaks www.jasperssmokehouse.com
Definitely worth stopping at!