Old Western-themed American breakfast with supersized portions and specialty belgium waffels

Bear Paw Cafe –

St. George, UT – Breakfast, American Diner – $ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Nicole O. - Pro SifterFeb 26, 2018

Overall 3.5

3

Food

4

Service

3

Ambience

4

Value

Overview

Bear Claw has long been a favorite for St. George locals. Known for their Belgian waffles, they have 20 pages of other menu items too. Most dishes on their menu are subpar, so choose carefully.

Value

While Bear Paw is serving up mammoth portions, they sacrifice on quality, scoring low on value for me. Fresh strawberries don’t come standard, you have to ask for those. Otherwise, you get high-fructose corn syrup fruit preserves. Their meats are low quality. Only a few menu items appear to be homemade, like the pecan waffle batter, crepes, and house fries.

3 most popular dishes

Pecan Vanilla Waffle, Bear Paw Eggs Benedict, and Bear Paw French Toast.

What I ordered

Pecan Vanilla Waffle, Bear Paw Eggs Benedict, and a Trapper’s Omelet.

Food quality

The quality of the food differed with each menu item on the plate.

Pecan Vanilla Waffles:
They tasted wholesome, complimented with fresh creme and fresh strawberries (ask for this). The flavor was unique, not too sweet, very nutty, but not too crunchy. The consistency was a bit dense, but I actually enjoyed the waffles. The sides that came with it is another story; Our scrambled eggs came overcooked. Some of my hash browns were cold and had the consistency of frozen potatoes. The meat quality was poor. All in all, the side items undermined the quality of the plate.

Bear Paw Eggs Benedict
The hollandaise sauce was watery and lacked acidity, making it taste like a flavorless thickened milk. This was supposed to be one of their better dishes and it lacked every element that would make it thus. The eggs and Canadian bacon were low quality and tasted old.

Trapper’s Omelet
Packed full of ham and various veggies(like zucchini and olives), it wasn’t something I would expect would go together but it blended well. The egg was overcooked, the cheese was a bit heavy and mostly unmelted. The vegetables were al dente. Had the egg and cheese been better prepared I would have enjoyed it more. I also prefer softer, smaller, sautéed veggies in my omelets. Many of the bell pepper chunks were fork size and uncomfortable to the pallet.

Ambiance

The space feels like an old 24/7 diner. We were placed in a corner where there was something spilled that had gone rancid. The ambiance is laid back and casual and the server was great. It’s also enjoyable to look at all of the artwork scattered along the walls.

What I liked most

The waffle. It appeared overcooked but was perfect and wasn’t heavy. Loved the nutty flavor added by the ground up pecans.

What I disliked most

The quality of meat, overcooked eggs, and the smell in our booth.

The verdict

If you come here, get the pecan waffle. Not much else worth getting. Also if you do come, get here early or come on a weekday. There are typically long lines for reasons unknown.

Overall 3.5

3

Food

4

Service

3

Ambience

4

Value

Overview

Bear Claw has long been a favorite for St. George locals. Known for their Belgian waffles, they have 20 pages of other menu items too. Most dishes on their menu are subpar, so choose carefully.

Value

While Bear Paw is serving up mammoth portions, they sacrifice on quality, scoring low on value for me. Fresh strawberries don’t come standard, you have to ask for those. Otherwise, you get high-fructose corn syrup fruit preserves. Their meats are low quality. Only a few menu items appear to be homemade, like the pecan waffle batter, crepes, and house fries.

3 most popular dishes

Pecan Vanilla Waffle, Bear Paw Eggs Benedict, and Bear Paw French Toast.

What I ordered

Pecan Vanilla Waffle, Bear Paw Eggs Benedict, and a Trapper’s Omelet.

Food quality

The quality of the food differed with each menu item on the plate.

Pecan Vanilla Waffles:
They tasted wholesome, complimented with fresh creme and fresh strawberries (ask for this). The flavor was unique, not too sweet, very nutty, but not too crunchy. The consistency was a bit dense, but I actually enjoyed the waffles. The sides that came with it is another story; Our scrambled eggs came overcooked. Some of my hash browns were cold and had the consistency of frozen potatoes. The meat quality was poor. All in all, the side items undermined the quality of the plate.

Bear Paw Eggs Benedict
The hollandaise sauce was watery and lacked acidity, making it taste like a flavorless thickened milk. This was supposed to be one of their better dishes and it lacked every element that would make it thus. The eggs and Canadian bacon were low quality and tasted old.

Trapper’s Omelet
Packed full of ham and various veggies(like zucchini and olives), it wasn’t something I would expect would go together but it blended well. The egg was overcooked, the cheese was a bit heavy and mostly unmelted. The vegetables were al dente. Had the egg and cheese been better prepared I would have enjoyed it more. I also prefer softer, smaller, sautéed veggies in my omelets. Many of the bell pepper chunks were fork size and uncomfortable to the pallet.

Ambiance

The space feels like an old 24/7 diner. We were placed in a corner where there was something spilled that had gone rancid. The ambiance is laid back and casual and the server was great. It’s also enjoyable to look at all of the artwork scattered along the walls.

What I liked most

The waffle. It appeared overcooked but was perfect and wasn’t heavy. Loved the nutty flavor added by the ground up pecans.

What I disliked most

The quality of meat, overcooked eggs, and the smell in our booth.

The verdict

If you come here, get the pecan waffle. Not much else worth getting. Also if you do come, get here early or come on a weekday. There are typically long lines for reasons unknown.

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