After a morning full of ziplining at Big Pines Ziplines I decided to stop at Mountain Top Cafe for lunch. This place is literally the definition of “don’t judge the book by its cover” as from the outside it leaves a little to be desired. Once you walk in however you will feel like you entered a mountain lodge and the food will make you forget about the exterior in an instant, I promise you.
- Hours: 7AM – 8PM
- Cost: 8-12 dollars for lunch
I knew I was in for a treat when I walked into the restaurant and they had a free bin of old National Geographic magazines to read while waiting for your food, I mean that is just cool.
When I entered the main room it was decent size with about 12 tables and a few couches near a fireplace, which I imagine to be roaring on a cold winter night.
I was seated fast and immediately went about selecting my lunch from the normal diner type food options on the menu. There was a lot to select from with an emphasis on burgers and sandwiches and I ended on a chicken pesto sandwich with my vegetarian friend Zac choosing the veggie wrap. Both entrees came with a side choice and I got onion rings and Zac got sweat potato fries.
The food was out in 10 minutes and even the presentation was impressive to me. The portions were generous and the food was flavorful.
I loved the pesto to go with a well prepared chicken breast in my sandwich and Zacs veggie wrap was like a massive burrito. The sweat potato fries were the winner for side choice as well.
If you get nothing out of this post though remember this, you must order the blackberry pie. This pie was literally amazing, I could have just stopped for it and I would have been happy. Zac and I both agreed it was one of the best pies either of us had had in a long time, make sure you order it.
All in all the spot is a great place for lunch just like the Grizzly Cafe in Wrightwood. Look past the outer view and I guarantee you will be glad you did. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.