Some restaurant sites are cursed. You know what I mean. Once a building is tainted by terrible food, it just seems that all new restaurants that try to open in that space are doomed to fail.
So when I saw that The Warming Hut was opening where a so-unfortunate-it-shall-not-be-named restaurant used to be, I felt regret for this new place, fearing it would always be overshadowed by the painfully mediocre (at best) food and service that came before.
If you're looking for a quick, filling, yummy meal to take back to Sonenalp, Salsa's might just be the best option in town. Be sure to go there hungry, but don't go in a hurry. There is usually a line, and food is made to order so it isn't the fastest meal in America. But its worth every second.
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.
I'll never forget the time my girlfriend told me, "You should check out the bowling alley. It just opened and its really cool." Yah, right, I thought to myself. How cool could a bowling alley possibly be? But you know what? She was right.
Check out those photos. Looks like an old fashioned, independent grocery, right? Well, that's cause that's exactly what it is. Though the building is older, this family-run business has easy parking, fresh groceries and a convenient diner just next door. Inside the store, the staff is friendly, the selection is amble and its a lot less crowded than the large chain stores in Bishop and Mammoth. The prices aren't bad, either.
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If you're looking for a kid-friendly spot with good pizza & wings and great drinks, put the Mammoth Rock-n-Bowl bar at the top of your list. It's not the bowling alley food you're used to, I promise.
With a fine dining restaurant upstairs, and a shared kitchen, I should have known. Not only is the food really good compared to most bowling alleys, but it has one of the best views in all of Mammoth.
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When we're in Mammoth we are always looking for somewhere new to grab lunch so we can get on with our adventures. One afternoon this summer, when I picked up my fisherboy from the fishing Crowley, we decided to stop in for lunch at Crowley General Store.
We've passed Ranch House Cafe probably 1 million times. Seriously. But we're always in a hurry to either to get Mammoth, or to get back to our normal life in the desert. But on every pass of the Ranch House Cafe we had noticed a parking lot loaded with tractor trailers, campers, and pick up trucks so we figured the food must be either amazing or terrible.
On our latest trip we had gotten a late start out of town so by the time we got to Olancha, our bellies won out and we stopped in. Truthfully, there's not much else to eat unless you want a bag of Takis from the gas station. So we asked ourselves, how bad could it be?
Let's just say, this was a really nice surprise. Its simply comfort all around. Comfort food, comfortable staff, comfortable place. Sure, the building is rustic and the bathrooms aren't new. The decor isn't exactly modern with its plaid curtains and farm implements rusting outside the window.
But if you are looking to fill your belly, have a laugh with a friendly server, and enjoy the only shade within what feels like 1000 miles, this is a great stop. Everything is clean, the food is good and the staff is very welcoming. Its a diner, so don't expect gourmet fare, but the BLT is just what a BLT should be and my family loves the burgers. And don't miss the iced tea.
Ranch House Cafe
441 N. Hwy 395; Olancha, CA 93549
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