Mountain Musings


Eat It


The restaurant business is a tough nut to crack. They come and then they go, and I’m not sure why. Several longtime restaurants have bitten the dust in the last couple of years. Maybe folks aren’t eating at restaurants as much as they used to because everything is so expensive these days. About 10 years ago, we lost Burger King in Lake Arrowhead because, I’m told, the owner was a little hard to get along with.


Next, it was the A Burger in Crestline, reportedly due to the owner’s declining health. Too bad – Liz was a one-of-a-kind lady who had a mind of her own and often let you know what she thought about local and world affairs. Plus, she made a heck of a good cheeseburger. I’m told family members plan to reopen the place but it’s gonna need a bit of fixin’ cuz it’s a bit of an eyesore. But do we really need another burger joint? I think it would be a good location for a combination Wienerschnitzel/Dairy Queen, even if the ice cream is made out of yogurt.


Have some more yogurt, have some more Spam, it doesn’t matter if it’s fresh or canned, just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it, don’t you make me repeat it. Have a banana, have a whole bunch, it doesn’t matter what you had for lunch, just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it. (“Eat It – ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic- 1984)


More recently, we lost the Subway restaurant in Lake Arrowhead Village. Now that was a surprise but, not to worry, there’s another one in Crestline that I like to go to for dinner or a light snack.


Have a big dinner, have a light snack. If you don’t like it, you can send it back. Just eat it, eat it, eat it, get yourself an egg and beat it…


What we really could use is a Sizzler, where you can get a pretty darn good steak dinner for a reasonable price, which a lot of us old codgers appreciate, not to mention their salad bar is to die for. And I know just the location – this is a no-brainer, it’s the former Burger King that’s been sitting empty for nearly a decade.


Would someone please open a Sizzler in Lake Arrowhead? It would be centrally located, plus I wouldn’t have to risk my life go to the one down on Waterman in San Bernardino, which is ranked as the most dangerous city in California and number three in the entire U.S.


OK, here’s another idea. We haven’t had a decent fried chicken joint up here since Pioneer Chicken opened in Blue Jay back in the 80s or Chicken Smith’s, which was upstairs above Lakeview Realty in Crestline.


Have some more chicken, have some more pie, it doesn’t matter if it’s broiled or fried, Just eat it, eat it, eat it. Have banana, have a whole bunch, it doesn’t matter what you had for lunch. Just eat it, eat it, eat it.


Keep it flyin’, Uncle Mott