The Mulehouse Cafe isn't easy to get to... Unless you're already hiking, fishing or hanging around Red's Meadow Resort. But if you're headed there, make it part of your day's plan and don't miss having lunch at the Mulehouse.
The decor is just about what you would expect .... lots of wood paneling, a cast iron stove, rustic murals of mule teams, ancient maps, historical photos and mounted trophies.
But we don't go to the Mulehouse for the people watching or the decor. We go there for the authentic, old-fashioned diner food which is exactly that -- authentic and old-fashioned and served by some of the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet. Take time to talk to the ladies and you'll hear how the staff lives in RVs, cabins, and huts for the summer-- some without electricity-- and leave just in time to get out of the Meadow before the road is too icy to pass. Once you've ridden that road once, just imagine how terrifying it would be if it were covered in ice.
Favorites for our family are the BLT and the burger, both of which are really great. For sides, the kids opt for chips while I usually get potato salad. And like any good diner, everything comes with at least one dill pickle spear. I do wish they had french fries, but I get that they are somewhat limited by the remoteness of their location.
Don't miss the milkshakes, but also don't order one for everybody. These are soda-jerk milkshakes, served in the huge silver blender cup you've seen in movies set in 1950. So eat lunch, take a hike out to the falls, then come back and order milkshakes as an afternoon treat before you hop on the bus back to Main Lodge.
Mule House Cafe
Old-fashioned, classic diner
Red's Meadow Resort
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.