When one thinks dining, they may think of exotic cuisine, varied tastes, the frequented corner restaurant or even fast food… During a vacation, food can be either the highlight or the most stressful aspect. Have kids? Little ones? I am pretty sure you know what I am talking about when I say dining out becomes a family affair.
Finding family friendly restaurant options on your vacation can be a headache – especially with Fido! Pet friendly dining is too little and far between when you are trying to wrestle the kids into eating healthy or even just eating out. Fear not Big Bear Lake visitors – I have the perfect family friendly (along with some pet friendly!) dining options just for you. We have breakfast, lunch and dinner covered during your upcoming or current Big Bear Lake adventure. If you’re heading up for snow or for the sun during Big Bear’s one of four popular seasons, the activities kids can participate in are endless! After all that hiking, sledding or ski lessons the kids and bound to be looking for grub. Here are some personal family friendly places my kids enjoy every season.
The most important meal of the day is breakfast – it has been proven! For any active child or family, a hearty meal is the only way to start the day. We like to head over to Grizzly Manor Cafe when we visit Big Bear – it has the perfect local charm! The “decorated” walls keep the kids entertained and the snappy waitresses keep you on your heels. They are famous for their delicious extra-large pancakes. Warning: You will have to pour your own coffee, so don’t expect to flag down the waitress. The cafe is tiny – get there early especially for a family of 4 or more. Come, hungry – the portions are huge and meant to be reckoned with.
My kids love the different places to eat in Big Bear Lake – lunchtime is their favorite time! Amangela’s Sandwich and Bagel House offers indoor and outdoor seating along with kid-friendly food such as tasty sandwiches and chips. The owners are good people who serve quality ingredients in their food and use organic and fair trade produce as much as possible. Located in the The Village downtown, they are just a few blocks away from the lake and local movie theater for some after lunch entertainment. Another lunch and kid friendly option located near the ski resorts is also Bear Belly Deli – a custom sandwich shop with fresh meats and cheeses – and the selection is huge! Sometimes getting away from the crowds in The Village and ski resorts is a good thing, and this Deli sure fits the bill as both family friendly and delicious.
For an old west experience, check out the Cowboy Express Steakhouse located just a small drive west of The Village. They advertise some of the “best grub on the mountain” and have a sociable atmosphere and as far as I’m concerned, a really good menu selection for everyone in your family! If you have fussy children, they even offer semi-private rooms and fun decor for the entire family to enjoy.
What kid doesn’t like pizza? And games? And laser tag? Noble Roman’s Pizzeria located in Big Bear’s Funplex game and kid zone offers the yummy brand name pizza at a great rate, along with the games and rides, you can get a great package. The lazer tag arena will help you burn off the calories faster than you can imagine, and, couple it with addictive video games and you have a surefire winner for entertaining a kid of any age. Next door to the Funplex is the Bowling Barn which has glow bowling (in evenings) for the kids along with added bumpers if needed as well as regular bowling for the adults to partake in. You can also try the bar food from their mini restaurant and karaoke if the kids have a Nanny along, allowing the adults to make the most of your evening out in Big Bear Lake.
If all else fails and you’re hosting a lot of kids and adults, check out Big Bear’s own personal chef – with a flair of custom main courses and special desserts, you can’t go wrong! Chef Allan even caters to personal homes with kitchens.