Whether you’re heading out to spend your day on the slopes snowboarding, skiing, or sledding, or just looking for a way to warm up during a break or at the end of the day, Big Bear and the surrounding area have a restaurant providing a warm meal that’s sure to please even the pickiest of taste buds this winter. From breakfast favorites like pancakes and waffles to soul-warming traditional Italian foods, the only challenge to finding a warm winter meal is deciding where to eat in Big Bear.
Oakside Restaurant & Bar
Start your delicious warm winter meal with loaded potato skins, roasted Brussels sprouts, or Oakside street tacos. Try the half rack of baby back pork ribs, slow roasted in house-made BBQ sauce, or the macadamia-crusted filet of Alaskan halibut finished with a passionfruit beurre blanc. Vegetarian options include a sweet chili Thai veggie bowl packed with mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and edamame over jasmine rice, and the Korean beef and Teriyaki chicken bowls, both made with meatless soy vegetarian beef or chicken with mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and edamame over jasmine rice. Choose from 10” pizzas like lobster pizza with a house-made pink vodka sauce and topped with chunks of lobster, basil, tarragon, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese, or the “Butcher Shop Pizza” with pepperoni, Cajun sausage, prosciutto, mozzarella and parmesan. Grab something quick like a buffalo chicken sandwich or French dip or choose the chopped American Wagyu steak burger or an Impossible Burger. Choose your favorite whiskey to washing things down. They have your favorite Jack Daniel’s, as well as selections of Scotch, Irish, Japanese, and Canadian brands.
Italian favorites ooze with warmth and flavor from the beginning of your meal to the last bite at one of the best places to eat in Big Bear. Whet your appetite with warm bruschetta on ciabatta toast, calamari, sample the soup of the day or their restaurant’s signature New England clam chowder. Take your pick of three types of lasagna or go for the vegetable-stuff cannelloni. Pasta options include lobster ravioli topped with garlic, parsley, basil, and tomatoes in a pink cream sauce. Go traditional with spaghetti Bolognese, a mix of Angus ground beef, tomatoes, garlic, and shallots that is sauteed in red wine and tomato sauce served over spaghetti noodles. Gluten-free and vegan kale mushroom ravioli topped with vegan pesto cream sauce, Roma tomatoes, and roasted pine nuts satisfies everyone’s tastes. There are several pork, chicken, steak, and lamb dishes to choose from, like chicken Marsala, or the roasted five-spice pork tenderloin topped with brandy-Dijon cream sauce, charbroiled rack of lamb, or their ‘surf n’ turf’ meal of a 6 oz. Filet mignon topped with garlic-herb butter and served with a 7 oz. lobster tail. Finish the meal with housemade New York-style or peanut butter cheesecakes, warm lava cake, and more.
Turn up the heat in more ways than one this winter at Sonora Cantina. Start with breakfast dishes like chorizo and eggs, chilaquiles, or huevos rancheros, all served all-day long! Enjoy homemade soups like menudo served with all of the traditional garnishing or albondigas – a meatball and vegetable soup made with homemade meatballs. Pick from traditional Mexican combos like shrimp tacos, chimichangas, or the fajita burrito combo, all served with beans and rice. Take the staff’s advice and order one of the house specials like traditional Mexican carnitas prepared with lean pork and the cantina’s secret ingredient, then grilled and served on a sizzling pan, or their arroz con pollo, another traditional Mexican dish that includes seasoned chicken, green tomatillo sauce, and melted cheese. If you’re really hungry – and they mean really hungry – step up and attempt the “Big Juan Burrito,” a seven-pound burrito stuffed with four different meats, a selection of cheeses, beans, and rice. Finish it in 45 minutes or less and earn bragging rights, as well as a t-shirt declaring your win.
Teddy Bear Restaurant
Start your morning out right with a breakfast to warm you up and fuel you up for a day of winter fun in Big Bear. From eggs and omelets to waffles and pancakes, there’s something for everyone. Try a “south of the border” breakfast special like Machaca – two scrambled eggs with shredded beef, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes with hash browns and corn or flour tortillas, or a breakfast burrito stuffed with shredded beef or chorizo, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, two scrambled eggs and cheese. There’s classic French toast or the breakfast staple can be made with cinnamon raisin bread. Come back later and warm up with homemade soup or chili. Choose any of the 100% Angus beef burgers like the avocado bacon burger, the teddy bear burger, or the bear burger – a double-meat/double-cheese burger.
Warm Winter Comfort Food in Big Bear
From a cozy one-bedroom to cuddle up with your sweetheart to a sprawling five-bedroom for your large family to find warmth this winter, Big Bear Vacations has a vacation rental that is just right for you and your group. After a warm winter meal at one of our local restaurants, try your hand at your favorite in a fully equipped kitchen. Curl up and relax in front of a fire or enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom. Choose a premium rental for perks like a private hot tub, flat screen TVs, or a game room.
Contact us today to start planning a winter vacation to remember for years to come!