Part of the fun in visiting different locations is trying the local fare. Mr OCAnn and I took a trip to Mammoth Lakes to ski the behemoth this past weekend.
Here's the quick overview for anyone interested in what Mammoth eats.
Saturday, we stopped @ Eric Schat's Bakery (a "famous" local-chain) in Bishop before heading up the mountain: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5807...
For late lunch, we had chili size @ Burgers, a great, comfortable, casual Knowlwood-like restaurant: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/580725.
For dinner, we went to Nevados, an upscale (for Mammoth), local favourite: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/580735
Sunday, we hit the slopes, snacking & munching @ McCoy Station cafeteria. Wow. The food here is actually really good. Usually ski slope fare is passable, often akin to cafeterias in schools and major corporations, but we loved their cheese pizza and their chili (which you can dress up with bacon, green onion, cheese, sour cream, etc). Bags of chips can range from $1.50 to $4. There's a wide selection of food (salad bar, fresh grill, soup/chili bar, etc) and prices to match the altitude. If we had time, I would've like to have tried more of their offerings....
Sunday evening, we had planned and pre-paid a four-course dinner at Parallax (which is at the McCoy Station). For no reason and no notice, they cancelled dinner that evening. Mr OCAnn and I arrived ready for the champagne reception at Mammoth Mountain Inn, and after some prodding at the Front Desk, we were told that dinner that evening was cancelled. So we went to dinner at Whiskey Creek (which was our original dinner plan for Saturday night): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/580867 . We consoled ourselves in the beer and enjoyed a relaxed dinner.
There are a lot of other options w/i the Village @ Mammoth (pitas, pizzas, sushi, etc). I wish we had more time & more meals. For those with condos with kitchens, there's a Vons in town where you can stock up....
On our drive back to OC on Monday morning with chains, we had to make an urgent pit stop. We pulled off on one of the lonely, few-and-far-between roads and we found a gas station with a homey convenience store that also served as a quaint cafe. This place was heaven-sent. It had an old--but clean--restroom. And their cafe sold house-made baked goods (great choc chip cookies & banana nut bread, among others). And as we walked in shivering, fresh pizza from the oven was being pulled out (oh, the aroma!). They had a selection of veggie, pepperoni & cheese--all very delicious, considering that you're in the middle of nowhere. They had other items ready (chili, b'fast wraps, etc) too. There was a good selection of other items that you'd find in other gas-station shops, but if you're in the area and need to make a stop for whatever reason, this is the place. I *believe* it was off McGee. It's west of the 395 w/the gas station 1/4 mi down on the left.
Note: To avoid altitude sickness, be sure to hydrate PRIOR to heading up the mountain; this should greatly alleviate possible symptoms. And if you do get it, be sure to sip water throughout the day (and night); don't take gulps, it'll likely come back out more forcefully than it went in.
From this past weekend on, you'll need snow tires and/or chains. Flights are available btwn LAX & MMH starting 12/18. Travel safe & eat well! =)
Erick Schat's Bakkery
763 N Main St, Bishop, CA
6118 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA
6060 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA
1 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA
24 Lake Mary Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546