One of the highlights of vacations for us (at least, for me and the kids is doing breakfast), sure we do breakfast at home, but most often even on weekends, it is a rushed affair. Also, nothing remotely as elaborate as the breakfast/brunch fare we eat on the road. Among other places we tried this summer visiting Yellowstone National Park was the Running Bear Pancake House. In general, one of the highlights of traveling is always the food, even if it is generally of the unglamorous variety.
The restaurant entrance has bear paw tracks that are guaranteed to thrill most aspriring bear watchers. It took the kids sometime to realize that these were artificial paw prints.
The restaurant offers breakfast and brunch options all through the day, but also has dinner and sandwich selections, for other meal times. Other reviews do warn about serving sizes and I will assure you that they were not exagerating.
As we placed our orders, the kids were kept busy with coloring mats. The coffee, was fragrant and inviting. I will tell you if you have enough cups in the park you will make a mention of it. We all had eggs, and then the interesting highlights, were a non-traditional french toast that was made with zucchini bread. Even the father had to agree that this was good.
I did not want to miss out on the pancakes, so I ordered some buttermilk pancakes that were huge, and I shared them with the kids. They were soft and well leavened. Possibly, the mexican skillet eggs that I ordered were ok, not great. The salsa was out of a jar and there was too much cheese on the eggs. But this is a matter of preference and I am sure some would like it.
Service was good, friendly and efficient. I would highly recomment the place. It is comfort food done right and served with a smile.
Running Bear Pancake House
538 Madison Ave
West Yellowstone, MT 59758