1. Chad
    Chad August 12, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Good ideas Ray……I’m on the train up to Merced as I write this.

  2. Steve Piccinati
    Steve Piccinati August 12, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I realize that my suggestion is outside of Yosemite, but it is a great dining option on the way into or out of the Park – it is the Tioga Gas Mart & Whoa Nellie Deli. The food is absolutely delicious and creative wtih generous portions at reasonable prices. It’s at the intersection of Tioga Road (Hwy120) and Hwy 395. I would recommend this place to anyone!
    Happy Trails!!!

  3. Larry Beck
    Larry Beck August 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

    These are all wonderful eateries Ray! The one thing I remember about MTR is that, at breakfast, you could pick off the menu or just have one of everything. Then, like you mention, the sandwich table! I walked out of there with a 5 lb sandwich!

    Thanks for the memories! 🙂


  4. Jim
    Jim August 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I just ate at VVR. The burger for lunch and BBQ for dinner were great. I was amazed to get food that good, that far from civilization. Now I think food tastes better when you have been eating trail meals for a few days. So I am sure my taste buds were skewed. It would be interesting to try VVR for a regular meal, without 3 days of eating dehydrated food. Another thing about VVR is the people that work there and the hikers are fantastic.
    Thanks for the great blog.

    1. Bill Heiser
      Bill Heiser August 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      I second Jim’s comment about VVR. I was there in 2012 arriving in the morning for a resupply pickup. I stayed for lunch which was so good that I decided to stay for dinner. It was excellent too. It was well worth the dark hike back to my campsite at Mono Creek.

  5. Arla Hile
    Arla Hile August 12, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Wait, what about the Portal Store? Sure, if you’re not hiker-hungry, the food is so-so, but it’s the go-to place for immediately after your hike when you want a burger RIGHT NOW. Best of all, I guarantee you’ll still have room for another meal in Lone Pine.

  6. Victor
    Victor August 13, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Another good thing about these stops is the beer. Mammoth Brewing Company is a microbrewery whose beers I haven’t found anywhere but the Mammoth Lakes area.

  7. Paul Fretheim
    Paul Fretheim August 22, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I live in Independence and teach in Lone Pine. The couple who own and run Seasons also own one of the most popular goumet restaurants in the theater district of Manhattan. They fell in love with Lone Pine after coming out to hike in the Sierra some years ago and decided to transplant Seasons to Lone Pine.

    I eat there often. I travel a lot and if there is a better restaurant I haven’t found it yet!

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