Running Bear Pancake House

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On a quiet street in West Yellowstone, Running Bear Pancake House is an ideal spot to fuel up before or after a day at the park. I recommend breakfast because the portions are huge, so you’ll likely have leftovers. If not, you can get a box lunch on your way out.

The breakfast menu has something for everyone. Do start with a house-baked pastry. The cinnamon roll, dotted with pecans andserved warm, is not too sweet: a great breakfast appetizer, especially good with coffee made using local Hell Roaring espresso beans.

Trout is a big deal here; it is caught in the rivers flowing through the park. A beautiful pink color, it’s served simply, with a touch of salt and pepper. Add a few over-easy eggs and you’ve got a healthy way to start the day.

The seafood omelette is packed with shrimp and shredded crab and held together by melted Swiss. The eggs are fluffy, and the plate also holds a little cup of sour cream — unexpected, and delicious. Hash browns are fresh and buttery, but could be crisper.

Drizzled in a rich, savory gravy, moist meatloaf packs just the right amount of onion: an uncommon breakfast choice.

Buckwheat pancakes are thick and hearty, presented with a big dollop of whipped butter on top. Buttermilk pancakes are fluffier, served with maple syrup and what seems to be pourable huckleberry jam. The latter is delicious, and a little goes a long way. You can get the pancakes in singles, doubles, or triples. If you’re really famished or want to share, go for the Hungry Bear: a stack of four.

A family-run restaurant since it opened in 1965, Running Bear is simple and charming. The space is covered in stuffed, painted, and framed bears — an homage to the black bear who accidentally locked itself in the back room one evening in the 1960s.

Our waitress, Vivien, was busy and bubbly, happy to accommodate a few special requests and excited to hear we were traveling by RV. She has her own fifth wheel, lovingly called a “dollhouse,” and wished us the best on our journeys ahead.

What to Eat
Running Bear Pancake House, Cinnamon roll
Cinnamon roll
Must-Try
The right way to start breakfast: a glazed pecan cinnamon bun.
Running Bear Pancake House, Buttermilk pancakes
Buttermilk pancakes
Must-Try
Buttermilk pancakes are thick and hearty, served with salty whipped butter.
Running Bear Pancake House, Rainbow trout and eggs
Rainbow trout and eggs
Rainbow trout is caught in nearby streams.
Running Bear Pancake House, Seafood omelette
Seafood omelette
Seafood omelet, packed with crab & shrimp, served with sour cream.
Running Bear Pancake House, Buckwheat pancakes
Buckwheat pancakes
A small side of buckwheat pancakes.
Running Bear Pancake House, Homemade meatloaf
Homemade meatloaf
Meatloaf for breakfast? In West Yellowstone, anything is possible.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday6am - 2pm
Monday6am - 2pm
Tuesday6am - 2pm
Wednesday6am - 2pm
Thursday6am - 2pm
Friday6am - 2pm
Saturday6am - 2pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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