Grizzly Cafe at Angeles Crest Highway

It’s been awhile since me and Lerry had a good canyon run and what better time to do it during the summer? It was also a great time to test out my new 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6r… so we headed down to Angeles Crest Highway (started in La Canada) and headed out for one of the best rides ever with some people from OC Moto (Orange County Motorcycle Group).

The bikes parked in front of Newcombs

The bikes parked in front of Newcombs

So many bikes here... crazy!

So many bikes here... crazy!

We first stopped by at Newcombs to take a break. There were TONS of bikes here (mostly cruisers) and seemed to be quite busy since this is usually a biker stop like Cook’s Corner. Judging from their service and their hot chocolate since the last time I’ve actually walked in here, this place is better avoided. Its’ very expensive ($2.00) for a packet of hot cocoa that they diluted with water, VERY disgusting, but it was snowing outside and I was on my old SV650s so it was freezing and anything hot was welcoming. To all you bikers out there, keep riding up ACH and go to Wrightwood if it’s open, it’s way more scenic, less touristy cars, and some crazy curves 🙂

My fellow friend Eddie suggested that we eat at this place called Grizzly Cafe, and me being a skeptic of mountain food (That Newcombs’ cocoa was scarring) I still decided to try it since it had some pretty good reviews on Yelp.

Arrival at Grizzly Cafe

Arrival at Grizzly Cafe

VIP Parking at Grizzly!

VIP Parking at Grizzly!

When we arrived there wasn’t that many people which was strange for a Saturday, I suspect they are more busy on Sunday since it’s a local favorite. We were given VIP parking right in front of the restaurant (a perk for bikers) and was seated immediately right when we walked in. The waitress immediately gave us menus and asked us for drinks, she must have known that we were dieing of thirst after riding for 65 miles straight in the baking hot sun dressed in leather and armor. Special kudos to the waitress, she automatically separated our checks without us even asking, gave me TWO drinks at a time since she knew I can down the Arnold Palmers extremely fast, and brought out the food as soon as it was ready so the food wouldn’t sit and would be more fresh. This place had excellent service!

Beef Dip and Potato Salad with a side of Au Jus

Beef Dip and Potato Salad with a side of Au Jus

The meat was surprisingly juicy and tender! The bread also was great for soaking up all of the au jus ;)

The meat was surprisingly juicy and tender! The bread also was great for soaking up all of the au jus 😉

I ordered a Beef Dip with a side of Potato Salad and a Arnold Palmer (half iced tea/half lemonade). I was really skeptical on ordering the beef dip since most places who serve beef dip sandwiches usually use very dry and tough meat and dry and use the au jus to give it flavor and moisture. FORTUNATELY this place had one of the best beef dip sandwiches I’ve ever had! The beef was at a perfect medium  so there was still pink throughout the meat. The meat was from a high quality slice of beef and was cut very thin thus giving it a very nice tender chew while being extremely flavorful. The meat was served on a light and fluffy roll which soaked up the au jus served on the side perfectly. The au jus was very beefy and flavorful and added more moisture to the meat, it was simply a very well made beef dip! It was $8.99 which was relatively reasonable since they were located all the way up in the mountains and considering they didn’t skimp out on the quality of ingredients.

Sorry the pictures came out with a red tinge since we were sitting underneath some red umbrellas.

Sorry the pictures came out with a red tinge since we were sitting underneath some red umbrellas.

The potato salad was full of sweet dill pickles and topped with a sprinkle of paprika. The potatoes were cooked perfectly and the salad itself wasn’t overbearing with mayonnaise and was very mild. The potato salad overall was very well constructed but probably could’ve used something to flavor it up a bit (probably some lemon or dill to make it more bang?)

From Left to Right: Lerry, Me, Josh, Stefan, Stormy

From Left to Right: Lerry, Me, Josh, Stefan, Stormy

So if you’re ever near Mt. High or riding through the beautiful scenic road of Angeles Crest, I suggest you come here to chow down on some traditional American food done right at a bargain price, I definitely will frequent this place on my rides through ACH!

Grizzly Cafe

1455 State Hwy 2
Wrightwood, CA 92397

(760) 249-6733

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~ by Clifton Su on July 12, 2009.

One Response to “Grizzly Cafe at Angeles Crest Highway”

  1. omg what a cute placeee! and you all look like raccoons in the last picture muahaha =]

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