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Bear Wallow Café is owned and operated by three generations of Vada Davis' family — four, if you ask Davis' son-in-law, Jeff Harper, who jokes that "the baby is the boss." The family-friendly restaurant serves up comfort food, such as hamburgers, chicken-fried steak, tacos and chili. When you visit, Harper says, make sure to leave room for Bear Wallow's homemade pie. Here are some of his other thoughts:

What do people love most about the café?
Almost 90 percent of the things that we sell, we make in-house. We're not one of those places that orders everything from [a distributor] and just heats it up and sends it out.

Describe the restaurant's atmosphere.
It's like going home to your grandma's house. We've got pictures on the wall of patrons from years past, hunters and fishermen. We're not a very big place.

What pie is the best?

Our strawberry-rhubarb is excellent. All the pies are made from scratch with a little extra helping of love — that's what my wife says. She's the "pie queen."

What is "Men in Aprons"?
It's an annual event where people from the area volunteer as servers. We usually get quite a few guys to do it — these big, old logger guys wearing these flowery aprons, trying to figure things out. We donate all the tips and part of the proceeds to a person [in the community] who needs help. Last time we did it, a girl was dealing with cancer, and we helped pay for [her treatment]. —Kayla Frost

Bear Wallow Café is located at 42650 U.S. Route 180 in Alpine. For more information, call 928-339-4310.

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