THIS IS “LOU EDDIES” PIZZA IN SKYFOREST ~ LAKE ARROWHEAD

In RECENT NEWS:  Lou Eddie’s was just named one of YELPS top 100 places to eat in the US!  They made number 72! Here is the link to read more: http://officialblog.yelp.com/2015/01/yelps-top-100-places-to-eat-in-the-us-for-2015.html 

Have you seen the flashing PIZZA sign on Highway 18 and Kuffle Canyon? Well that is Lou Eddies Pizza and if you have not stopped in to try out this delicious new restaurant then I suggest you Stop, Drop and Pizza!

This February, 2014, marked the one year anniversary for Lou Eddies Pizza!

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Ed Hillary and Louise York are the creators and masterminds behind this delicious pizza establishment.  After Eddie decided his life as a Chemist did not suit him, he started working in restaurants and never looked back.

It took Lou and Eddie 3 years to open their doors, but once they finally did, the line out the door to order Pizza has not stopped.  You might have noticed first off how small the seating area is, but do not let that stop you from ordering.  Lou Eddies does not have table service, so make sure that you order first and then grab a seat from one of their many locations they offer throughout the grounds.  There is seating in the main restaurant, if you grab a bar stool you can watch your pizza be hand made and cooked!  There is also a Saloon downstairs with ample seating or you can grab a picnic-table outside when the weather is not so frightful! 😉  There is of course “Take Out” so that you can just order in, pick up and take home!

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One thing I love about Lou Eddies, besides the Deer Meadow Pizza (I add bacon) $14.50… Is the fun vintage style décor that they have going on.  They have these awesome lamp shades that are made out of olive buckets from Italy, the bar stools are the old stools from the Lake Arrowhead Yacht Club and the bar top is reclaimed bark beetle wood from Ponderosa Logs.

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Lou Eddies is focusing on getting as many local vegetable and meats as they can.  Right now on special they have a Hot Rocket Pie, it is a Sriracha & Wild Arugula pizza that has fresh Herbs from Running Springs and Sriracha cured bacon jerky from Arrowhead Jerky Works.  I heard it is DY-NA-MITE!  Lou Eddies also offers soups and salads for those who want to skip the pizza.

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New this year is the BREWERY!  YAY! We love beer, or well I do anyways! 😉  But for those of you who are craft beer lovers, Lou Eddies is brewing up some tasty beer in their Saloon!  The equipment arrived last week (May 29) and Eddie is ready to start brewing.  The beer will be up and running soon, so keep an eye out for the release!   Not only does Lou Eddies have a saloon but they also have a wide variety of craft beers on tap and in bottle.

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Lou Eddies is Open 362 Days A Year, Located at 28561 Highway 18 in Skyforest, CA:

11:30 AM – 8:00 PM DAILY

Dine In or Take Out or Picnic in the Park!

For more info on Lou Eddies and to see their menu, visit their webiste at http://loueddiespizza.com/

{Stay tuned for a blog on Willow Woods Park that will be released nest week}

Pictures provided by yours truly, Michelle Calkins Realtor.

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This is STONE CREEK BISTRO, Home to the Duck Fat Fries ~ Aqua Fria

From DUCK FAT FRIES to FRENCH PRESS, this Bistro is serving an upscale, full-service menu sure to shake your taste buds!

Have you been to the new restaurant Stone Creek Bistro that’s sits in the tiny town of Agua Fria?  If you have not stopped in to try out this new restaurant then let me tell you that you are missing out!  Stone Creek Bistro is about to have their 1 year Anniversary on July 29 and the community is thriving off the good food and fun atmosphere they have provided. Image From the front page of their website: {We feature seasonally driven produce, locally sourced dairy and meats, and house-made desserts, all created with love and passion by chef Sam Perry. Our menu is moderately priced, with an eclectic mix of regional American comfort food and traditional French bistro cuisine. We use time-honored recipes as well as some cutting-edge molecular-gastronomy techniques} Image Image For those of you who have experienced the “New American/ French Spice/ Southern Flair” that Stone Creek is cooking up then I can bet I am making your mouth salivate just by blogging about this 😉

If you have not had the chance yet to try what Chef Sam Perry is dishing up, then I suggest you stop what you are doing and make a reservation tonight! Two of my favorite dishes are the Ahi Tuna Tartare Appetizer $14 and the Braise Lamb Osso Bucco $29!

Don’t forget to ask about the “Blue Plate Special.” Image Image Stone Creek Bistro is Family owned and operated, literally almost every employee is a brother, cousin, spouse or parent!  The chalk art on the walls and menu boards are hand drawn by Sam’s wife Jamie Perry.  Sonny Perry Sr. can be seen greeting all who come in, he is also the one who does all the beer and wine ordering, and if you were wondering… yes the beer and wine selection is just as good as the food! Image Image I am such a huge fan of the Interior décor.  The chalk board menus, the lighting and the pallet walls are just the perfect modern touch!  Sonny built the bar top with his own hands out of his garage, and all the tables came from local antique stores. Image Image

Stone Creek Bistro Hours are:

Dinner hours: Tues – Thurs 5pm – 9pm Fri & Sat  5pm – 10pm  Sun: 5pm – 9pm

For reservations call: 909-337-3663 ( Reservations are highly suggested)

Coming this Summer ~ Outdoor Patio!

For more information on the Stone Creek Bistro and to see their full menu, visit their website at http://www.stonecreekbistro.com

Pictures provided by yours truly: Michelle Calkins Realtor

This is PAPAGAYOS Mexican Restaurant in Lake Arrowhead

I am sure you have all seen the iconic round building that sits in the middle of the Lake Arrowhead Village… If you have not, then you have not been to Lake Arrowhead.  Let me introduce to you the famous Lake Arrowhead Papagayos! I may be biased to the establishment because after I first moved up here to Lake Arrowhead, they were the first place to give me a job!  I bartended at Papagayos for 5 years/4 summers and I loved every shift I ever worked!  No matter if you are a first time visitor or a regular local, you will be treated like family!

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Papagayos opened their doors in 1983 at its original location in Agua Fria.  In 2005 Papagayos made the big move to the iconic round building in the heart of the Lake Arrowhead Village!  The following summer, Papagayos opened their lake side patio and to this day is still family owned and operated.  In 2012 Breakfast was introduced and is served on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.  Papagayos is known for their annual Cino De Mayo celebration, their mascot Clyde the Parrot and the ever memorable or not so memorable One Step Margaritas!  If you have ever had a One Step, then you know what I am talking about.  I had a customer ask me once what kind of truth serum I poured in the margarita… Still one of my favorite comments about the One Step to this day!

Regardless of the weather outside, you will feel a sense of escape when you walk through the front doors.  A quote from one of Jimmy Buffett’s songs greets you when you walk in the door, “Change Your Latitude!”  You might even notice a few other Jimmy Buffett quotes on the walls, or maybe see if you can’t find the lost shaker of salt! 😉

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No matter what time of year or what the weather is like outside you can count on Papagayos to stick to their operating hours.  I am a sucker for the summer time weather and the atmosphere on the patio, but winter time snow days are also one of my favorite times to sit inside and watch the snow fall!

Papagayos Operating Hours are:
Mon – Fri: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Phone: (909) 337-9529

Sundays on the Patio you can find live music being played by Tim Grossman from 2-6.

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For more info on Papagayos, visit their we-site at  http://www.papagayosonline.com/
You can also visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Papagayos83

If you happen to snap any pictures of you and your friends enjoying your time at Papagayos, make sure to hashtag: #PapagayosLakeArrowhead #PapagayosPatio #Partio and #LakeArrowhead

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Below you will see the Patio Bar!  The Patio Bar has been open since 2008, there you can get Papagayos street tacos and nachos.  This is one of my favorite summer time hangouts!

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These Pictures were taken by yours truly, Michelle Calkins