Grizzly Cafe in Wrightwood: Homemade Potato Chips in a Mountain Lodge

When people think of Wrightwood, mostly it is for the winter time and the ski resort Mt High, but during the summer there is a plethora of things to do there as well. Some of my favorites include Big Horn Mine, Mt Baden Powell and zip lining with Big Pines. I am always trying to find good places in town for food though and it doesn’t get better than Grizzly Cafe, located right on Highway 2.

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  • Hours
  • Cost – $8-12 for lunch

You won’t miss this cafe when driving up Highway 2, it is right on the left side of the road. On the weekends there are usually a lot motorcycles as it is the end of Highway 2, which is very popular for motorcycle clubs.

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The interior is exactly what you would expect for a dinner in the mountains with a woodsy cabin vibe. If you look closely you will even see that the moose head over the bar moves, caught me off guard at first.

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There is also a small store with lots of the aforementioned style trinkets and decor.

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The lunch menu is like most diners with a ton of things to choose from, but what sets Grizzly cafe apart is the fact that the food is super fresh and unique. The standout for me being their home-made potato chips and salsa, which are ridiculously good.

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For lunch I decided on the Hot’n’Rowdy sandwich. It was a roast beef sandwich with pepper jack cheese, jalapeño and grilled garlic sourdough bread. It was an amazing flavor with a little burn but not too hot. I really enjoyed it. I got sweet potatoes fries as well which was a nice break from the spicy sandwich.

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Amie opted for the veggie sandwich and was very happy with it as well. It had everything from sprouts to avocado on it and was better than the vegetarian options at normal diners.

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Also of note, they have a ton of gluten-free options which is great for people with that allergy.

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If you are in Wrightwood you can do worse than a visit to Grizzly Cafe. I really enjoyed it and will be going again in the future when hiking in the area, especially for the fresh potato chips.

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