After reading some nice comments we decided to stop at Jantz for lunch on the way to the Merced River Canyon to check out the wildflower displays. Got to Atwater just before Noon - there was only a short wait before we were seated by our waitress. I went for the BLT with a basket of butterhorns and SO went for the popular chicken salad with a cup of potato / green bean soup. for drinks we had iced tea and fruit punch (there's a story here but you'll have to wait for it ) refills are available for free on the drinks. SO wasn't so happy with her choices: the soup was watery and not particularly interesting. The chicken salad on a white roll had a texture almost like deviled ham - she was imagining chunks of chicken. My BLT was more successful: tasty bacon, toasted bread and enough tomato/mayo to keep things moist. The butterhorns were a bit too soft and fluffy - entemenn's are rustic compared to these. But the place was full and there was always a short wait for the lunch hour - they obviously know their customers. this is a style of food that's comforting too many I'm sure but I fall outside that group.
However, they do much better with the pies! Wednesdays is free slice of pie day/ I went for the cream of coconut and SO had the boysenberry pie. Thoroughly enjoyed mine - silky smooth coconut cream and whipped topping. Some toasted coccnut flakes on top. The berry pie filling was good =- not overly sweetened but I did find the pie crust a bit doughy. On the other hand , the pie crust on the coconut pie was a bit crispy and dry. (didn't sog out though ) This business is operated by Mennonites - the waitresses are friendly and efficient. The decor is understated - dark wood booths and mustard/golden walls with simple decorations. Would probably pass on the lunch menu but I'd go back for the baked goods. Ramon's Taco Truck is too close by - would make that my go to spot for lunch on the way to Yosemite NP.