During our trip to Big Bear, California, we stopped by for lunch because it was close to our cabin and had some surprisingly good food. It looks like a typical tavern with its dingy dark interior and has a menu to match the tavern motif — filled with burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and a few entrees. But the execution of the food sets it above similar spots of that ilk.

Nicely presented in a sort of stacked lattice formation, the garlic herb breadsticks ($6) provided plenty of crunch to go along with a spicy marinara sauce. The heirloom tomato salad ($9) was a solid dish where each component shined. The prime rib dip ($10) was full of thinly shaved beef expertly seasoned —  peppery and savory with plenty of depth that was only enhanced by the au jus and crispy, yet chewy French roll. The bison black bean chili ($11) was meaty and rich, but lacked the spiciness that many would desire.

Despite a menu that doesn’t sound daring, the thoughtful presentation and solid execution of dishes make this a worthy spot  to dine if you’re in Big Bear.

4 Stars

42172 Moonridge Rd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 366-0871

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