San Bernardino Tourism Blog
Where to Eat on Route 66 and The Mountains Beyond
April 05, 2018
Monique Carter


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The majestic mountains and inspiring deserts of San Bernardino County are best known for their scenic vistas and thrilling adventure offerings. But this rural Southern California region is also a fun and unexpected destination for a foodie road trip, especially for those looking for quirky and unique places to eat that are connected to California history.


Most people don’t know they can drive from the world-famous Joshua Tree desert to the San Bernardino Mountains (home of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear) in just an hour and a half.  Here’s a selection of top restaurants and best places to eat in the deserts and mountains of San Bernardino County.


Desert Diners for Quirky Roadside Eats: Mojave, Baker, Newberry Springs and Victorville


Roy's Cafe, Amboy, CA

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Opened in 1938, Roy's famous motel and cafe sign is a fixture of the Mojave desert and Route 66. While the motel is now closed, the cafe and gas station are still open for business. Roy’s is a piece of preserved Route 66 history and worth a stop even if only for the photo ops. Roy’s has become an icon for desert gas stops as its famous 1959 sign and exterior have been featured in movies and commercials. Some have likened a visit to this spot to a Twilight Zone episode.


The Mad Greek, Baker, CA

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The Mad Greek is a Greek diner in Baker (en route to Vegas) that was featured on the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives." Its eclectic and over-the-top Greek decor (think faux plaster sculptures and columns) is quite the juxtaposition to the desert landscape. However, the food is seriously authentic and delicious. The home cooked gyros and zucchini fries are the most raved about but the extensive menu boasts something for everyone. Don’t forget to order some Greecian baked goods and milkshakes to-go.


Bagdad Cafe, Newberry Springs, CA

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The Bagdad Cafe was the inspiration for Percy Aldon’s 1987 cult classic movie of the same name. The cafe is a destination in its own right, playing host to may European travelers traversing Route 66. It's an eclectic spot filled to the brim with international flags, movie paraphernalia, and quirky desert charm. Visitors often feel they’ve come to a catered movie set. Come for the buffalo burger at this wonderful and weird destination.  


Goody's Family Restaurant, Victorville, CA



For a great family-run diner just a short drive from the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville, visit Goody's Family Diner. The small but cozy eatery serves up satisfying diner-inspired dishes at reasonable prices. It’s the perfect local desert discovery as it’s always filled with locals and travelers alike. Try the hearty biscuits and gravy for breakfast, the tasty burgers, or a succulent BBQ sandwich.  Your belly will be full for until you’re ready for your next tasty stop.


Mountain Dining at Its Finest: Big Bear, Wrightwood and Lake Arrowhead Mountains


The Pines Lakefront, Big Bear, CA



This mountain restaurant has been on the same spot in Big Bear since the 1920s and still boasts and beautiful sweeping view of Big Bear Lake and the only restaurant in Big Bear with lakeside dining. Located at the end of Big Bear Village, The Pines serves up fine dining, classic American fare in a rustic mountain dining room or outdoor patio. While they're famous for their steaks, their full menu boasts classic dining options like Chilean sea bass, burgers, and a full breakfast menu on the weekends.


Blue Ridge Inn, Wrightwood



This mountain dining destination is one of the best fine dining options in Wrightwood and conveniently located downtown. The restaurant has been in business for more than 60 years. They're known for their prime ribs, steaks, and homemade pumpkin bread. This hidden gem boasts some of the best upscale dining in the mountains and keeps diners returning for more.


LouEddie’s Pizza, Lake Arrowhead

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Just 5 minutes from Lake Arrowhead Village, LouEddie’s is located in a historic Lake Arrowhead cabin setting surrounded by picturesque forest gardens, right near Skyforest and the newly-reopened Skypark @ Santa’s Village.  LouEddie’s serves up fire-roasted artisan pizza selections and fresh gourmet salads using only the finest locally sourced ingredients, and is a local favorite.


Bin 189, Lake Arrowhead

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Tucked away in Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, Bin 189 Restaurant offers upscale breakfast, lunch and dinner for hotel guests and non-guests alike.  The décor welcomes in the beauty of mountains with birch wood patina, a cozy stone fireplace and serene views of Lake Arrowhead and the surrounding evergreens. Enjoy live jazz, blues and piano performances in the lounge; pair a specialty cocktail, local wine or craft beer with one of the chef’s creative tapas-style sharing plates. Live entertainment is offered Friday and Saturday nights (musicians and schedules may vary), and a daily Happy Hour is offered from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Stay in the deserts or the mountains of Southern California

San Bernardino County boasts many different types of accommodations to fit any traveler’s needs. From hotels to Airbnb homes, campsites and cabin rentals, all you have to do is decide which accommodation type fit your style. Check out San Bernardino County accommodations here to find your perfect place to stay in the desert, in the mountains or anywhere in between.

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