Tucked away in Big Bear Lake, Mill Creek Manor Tea Room invites visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of the city during afternoons of tea and homemade treats. The quaintness begins at the front door, which is the same shade of baby blue as the shutters above. Inside, gifts and knickknacks surround circular tables that are perfect for chatting with friends or gifting as frisbees to a friendly giant. Once you're seated, servers deliver pots of tea accompanied by soups, salads, and hot and cold sandwiches, as well as desserts and fresh-baked berry scones served with clotted cream and jam.
The Wine Room?a cozy and rustic spot tucked away inside Wolf Creek Resort?invites guests of the resort and wine-drinking visitors to enjoy sips of vino alongside illuminating tips from the staff. Take a tour of the private vineyard, enjoy snacks from the kitchen, or even sip on a craft brew on an easy chair next to a roaring fireplace. Regularly scheduled live entertainment enlivens the space with the sounds of laid-back tunes.
For Gourmet Pizza Shoppe owners Bill, Don, and Scott, the standard assortment of pizza toppings isn't enough. Though pepperoni, sausage, and black olives are certainly part of its repertoire, the trio also stocks exotic ingredients such as mashed potatoes, peanut butter, and crabmeat?making a total of more than 120 toppings. Strewn across dough made fresh each day, these morsels form custom build-your-own pies or dozens of specialty pizzas, ranging from classic eggplant parmesan to the out-there Mini Pearl, loaded with country gravy, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken.
At the downtown location, taps pour out more than 20 regional microbrews, including several from Redlands brewery's Hangar 24 and Ritual. After meals, customers can request six types of dessert pizzas to adorn the tables' green-gingham tablecloths or their imaginary pet dragons' green-gingham tongues.
Moms Country Orchard provides Oak Glen residents with a healthful harvest of locally grown, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Nestled amid the San Bernardino Mountains, the orchard specializes in hard to find heirloom varieties, all of which are grown without the use of commercial pesticides, fertilizers, or sacrificial brussels sprouts. Savor the seedy stuff with favorite apple varieties such as red delicious, gala, granny, and arkansas black. Apple varieties can be mixed and matched and purchased in one-quarter-peck bags ($8), half-peck bags ($10–$12), half-bushel boxes ($32–$38), or full–bushel boxes ($50–$60). Like the popularity of rhinestone jeggings, Moms' stock changes with the season, welcoming winter by stocking the shelves with in-season citrus such as oranges, grapefruits, and blood oranges (all $1–$2 per pound), and vegetables such as beets, carrots, and bunches of fresh greens ($2) can be found at various times throughout the year. Regardless of the time of year, all Moms’ produce is sustainably grown with an adherence to a strict natural preservation program to minimize harm to the planet and their customers.
The Fat Greek's mad culinary scientists dish out a menu stuffed with inventive hybrids of Greek, Mexican, and American fare. Enjoy a bevy of classic Greek dishes, including the traditional gyro sandwich wrapped in a warm pita ($6.35), the falafel salad ($7.95), and a smattering of Mediterranean dips ($6.75). Since Mexican food also embraces flat breads, tasty meats, and children's hearts, The Fat Greek splices the DNA of these culinary cultures with items such as the gyro burrito, brimming with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce ($4.99). The Fat Greek Burger also follows this avant-garde sensibility by grilling up a 1/4-pound patty and topping it with a heap of gyro meat and tzatziki sauce ($4.99), instantly qualifying it for a Pulitzer Prize in meaty nonfiction. While edifying palettes with worldly flavors, customers can keep their pita chutes properly lubricated with a selection of Greek wines and beers.
Ever since Scavella's Cakes and Bakery opened in February of 2013, the shop's bakers have crafted desserts that look as good as they taste. Among their specialties are fondant wedding cakes and specialty cakes embellished with custom designs. They also bake individual desserts such as cupcakes, brownies, cannolis, and gluten-free cookies.