Mountain Top Cafe on Highway 138: Blackberry Pie Heaven

After a morning full of ziplining at Pacific Crest Ziplines, I decided to stop at Mountain Top Cafe for lunch. This place is 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. Here is all the information.

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  • Hours: 7 AM – 8 PM
  • Cost: 10-14 dollars for lunch
  • Location: 7637 CA-138, Phelan, CA 92371
  • Information from my visit in 2015

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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.

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When I entered the main room, it was a decent size with about 12 tables and a few couches near a fireplace, which I imagine to be roaring on a cold winter night.

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I was seated fast and immediately went about selecting my lunch from the regular 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 sweet potato fries.

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The food was out in 10 minutes, and even the presentation was impressive to me. The portions were generous, and the food was flavorful.

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I loved the pesto to go with a well-prepared chicken breast in my sandwich, and Zac’s veggie wrap was like a massive burrito. The sweet potato fries were the winner for side choice as well.

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If you get nothing out of this post though, remember this, you must order the blackberry pie. This pie was 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.

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All in all, the spot is an excellent 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.

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