If you think back about eating at your grandparents’ house, do you associate certain foods with the dishes they were served in?
In my grandma’s kitchen, there were two things that were made in a big white Corningware baking dish. You know the one, square ceramic with a blue cornflower design on the side. There was the dish I’d like to forget but can’t – tuna casserole with a potato chip topping. And there was tamale pie.
Long before the pink slime debacle, ground beef got a bad wrap. Other than its use for burgers and maybe cottage pie, it ranks pretty low on the beef totem pole. It’s a rarity on upscale restaurant menus, except in comfort food preparations or in ironic, hipstery reduxes of Hamburger Helper. But I’m ok with that, it keeps ground beef sacred in a way (yes, the sacred cow), as home food.
Spotted Bear is the kind of neighborhood joint I wish we had around the corner. The kitchen is right there as you walk in, and you’re as likely to be greeted by the chef as by the host. With Tofino being a beach town, you might expect seafood to dominate the menu, but Spotted Bear strikes a balance, offering up dishes that take advantage of the local seafood, with plenty of options for folks who aren’t so big on salmon and mussels (like me!).