Once upon a time, I knew nothing of the gastropub deliciousness of The Eatery. I was living in a dark, empty world, devoid of creative moutainside eats.
But as so often happens in fables blessed with an extraordinarily fabulously happy ending, destiny intervened ... and so it happened that as my gangley crew of 4 boys, Todd and I scrambled onto the gondola one day we joined a single young woman who until then was blissfully enjoying the ride alone. She could not help but cry out (probably because as they were racing to get into the gondola were stabbing her with their ski poles and knocking her around with their bulky boots). "My, what a huge crew you have."
And thus began my friendship with Kelly, who works at The Eatery and introduced me to its great delights.
Since then, we've only been to The Eatery a million and one times. It is truly our favorite place to eat in all of Mammoth, and the one restaurant we never miss -- except on holidays, when the line to place your order can be ridiculously long and they sometimes even run out of certain menu items. This is the place where we celebrate birthdays, share bites with friends, and send our guests to have a delicious meal. When I am on death row one day, this is where I will order my last meal.
There are a few things you should know before you go:
1) The Eatery and Mammoth Brewing share a building but are separate businesses.
2) To order beer, go to the bar which is a super-hard right inside the front door.
3) To order food, get in line under the food menu board which hangs from the ceiling. This sits almost in the center of the first floor, between the bar and the kitchen and just past the retail area. When the place busy, we divide and conquer, with one person ordering beer and one person ordering food.
4) There are 3 levels of seating, plus a nice garden area. We like to sit upstairs in the winter because the views of the Sherwins are amazing. There is also a bar upstairs, which is open sometimes during busy season but not in off hours. Of course, the garden seating is fantastic in the late spring, summer and fall.
5) The menu is seasonal. Some of our favorites are poutine, burger, farmer salad. Honestly, you can't go wrong. An important menu tip is that they can usually arrange for special dietary needs. The husband limits carbs, and they can always come up with something delicious that will work for him.
Mary Beth is the owner of Adventure Refined, where she offers true luxury Mammoth Lakes homes to guests. In her spare time she runs a ranch, loves a test pilot, and raises 4 boys & a Rhodie rescue.