» The Town «
Idyllwild has a darling town center with little shops, restaurants with live music and deer statues everywhere.
We visited the center for dinner the first night and lunch on our second day.
We opted for the fast food the first night at a restaurant called CJ. It’s a family owned dive with everything from Mexican food to American food. I ordered a Hawaiian burger and John ordered the breakfast burrito. I don’t know if it was just because I was hungry from the hike or what, but it was really good, very tasty. Everything was fresh and crispy from my burger to the fries and they used real eggs in the breakfast burrito because you know some places put that egg substitute instead. The owner and his daughter were very nice even though we came close to closing (They close at 5pm).
For lunch the following day we ate at Idyllwild Bake Shop & Brew. I had seen it on Yelp and it has a 5 star rating, this establishment bakes all it’s goods in-house and they have local beers brewed with some interesting flavors (cereal stout anyone?). We ordered a pair of sandwiches, chicken pesto avocado and BBQ chicken, which also includes a bag of chips, and though they appeared to be small, they were quite filling.
There is also a small cinema that only shows one movie at a time three times a day (3pm, 4:30pm, 7pm). John and I are movie goers but wasn’t interested in watching Inferno, the third installment of the Da Vinci’s Code series. I would love to go next time to see how big, or small, the theater is.
A hidden gem for John was a small shop with sports memorabilia. We were passing by and saw that this store had 1990s NBA player cards, along with baseball and football cards. John being a basketball kind of guy, I purchased him two player packs for a dollar each.