There aren’t too many brunch / breakfast options in Big Bear Lake - for that matter it’s a small town there aren’t too many of any kind of options - but you might find yourself thee anyway taking advantage of the lake, the alpine slide, the clean air etc. - which means you probably will need a decent place to put food in your mouth to start the day. The Alpine Country Coffee Shop will take care of that for you. We settled here on Easter Sunday after a small amount of research ruled out the giant pancakes at Grizzly Manner and the “German Specialities” (which we read as potato pancakes...) as both of those restaurants we’re closed.
I ordered an egg-white omelette with cheese and onions. It was the perfect size and they did the egg whites just right. (If you’re an egg white eater you know how easy it is to get an order of those cooked by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing so kudoes to the Alpine Country Coffee Shop for getting this right.
The hash browns though we’re a little undercooked and the biscuit which I had for the bread-side was also undercooked. That’s a step better than the fast food or chain diners who microwave their biscuits, but they advertise biscuits and gravy as a house specialty on their menu so would have been nice if that had been completely baked.
My wife had Huevos Rancheros with extra corn tortillas and she found it to be a good basic interpretation of the dish.
The coffee achieved the status of “drinkable.” Not the browned water that some places serve but not quite the bold and robust blends we prefer.
The staff was VERY friendly and the place had a very local feel - though not particularly nicely appointed it was cozy and a legitimate local dining experience. We’d probably try one of the other restaurants assuming we weren’t there on a national holiday, but if they weren’t an option, the Alpine Country Coffee Shop would do the job.
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