Dining in Big Bear
by Trish Gordon
its population, Big Bear has more Mexican restaurants
per capita than your average city on the Baja. A
locals favorite is El Jacalito, (909) 878-2131
located just past the entrance to Pine Knot Blvd., the restaurant is known for its Cadillac
margaritas and whole fried tilapia. Plus there are
steaming bowls of menudo for the Sunday morning after
a night of excess.
La Montana, (909) 866-2606 on
Moonridge road, offers Mexican food in a festive
setting, including patio seating.
For fish, you can't get fresher than Sushi and believe it or not, even
being close to 100 miles from the ocean, Big Bear's Sushi Ichiban (909) 866-6413 restaurant has great sushi. Ichiban also has lots of Japanese
including Udon soup and calamari salad.
For Chinese food, look no further
than the Mandarin Garden, (909) 585-1818 in Big Bear City. Located away
hustle and bustle of Big Bear (well, on a busy weekend anyway), the restaurant
overlooks the landing strip and hangars of the Big Bear airport.
For continental cuisine, head downstairs from the Mandarin
Garden to the Barnstorm Café, (909) 585-9339. Fresh food tastefully prepared is the specialty
here, along with a quiet atmosphere that's the perfect antidote to
a busy day on the slopes or in the Village shopping.
Its Friday night and you just drove all the family
up the hill and everyone's
cranky, tired and famished. Pizza fits the bill and Maggio's (909) 866-8815
is the locals favorite. Located in the Von's shopping center, the pies
are good and there are delicious antipasto salads on the side, as well as
the ubiquitous pitchers of beer.
If you're walking in the Village
and the mood for good Italian strikes, head to Venice restaurant (909)
and their fine Italian dining. Everything's made from scratch and it tastes
it, plus they have some outdoor seating so you can watch the world go by.
You might be surprised to realize that fine dining is available in the
land of hiking shoes and fishing poles. Madlons, (909) 585-3762, located
Bear City, specializes in special occasions. Madlon and her staff go out
of their way, whether it be an anniversary or birthday, or even just a much
break from the kids, to make your dinner delicious and romantic. Try the
duck or lamb - they're delicious.
No matter what you are in the mood for, Big Bear Lake has a restaurant to suit
your fancy. So loosen your belt and prepare to feast!
Andy Devine had a restaurant in Big Bear in the 1940's