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Mammoth report

Debbie W | Aug 23, 2006 04:25 PM

The third leg of our summer vacation last week was Mammoth. Husband has a client who has a condo that we get to use for free, so we try to get up there once a summer for some fishing.

Two breakfasts at Breakfast Club, our favorite. Eggs, sausage, omelettes, biscuits, hash browns, all satisfying as usual.

Dinner #1 at Roberto's. We hadn't been there for a few years, since before they built the upstairs bar. Arrived after 7pm on Friday night to a really long wait, which we expected. Spent the wait drinking margaritas and chatting with a really nice bartender. Once downstairs it was combo plates all the way - beef taco and cheese enchilada for me, beef taco and chile relleno for husband. These hit the spot, with the tacos being especially enjoyable. With the combo platters come soup or salad - husband got salad, basic Mexican joint salad, eh. I had albondigas, too salty, couldn't really deal with the broth but I enjoyed the meatballs. Enjoyed the experience more than expected, and Roberto's will go onto the rotation.

Dinner #2 at Angel's. The food isn't the greatest but overall this is our favorite joint in Mammoth. My brother was motorcycling back to his house in San Leandro from Iowa, and we convinced him to overnight with us on Saturday night. The wait, for Angel's, wasn't bad enough. Just long enough for us to get the attention of the woefully unorganized bartender, get some beers, and get the bar tab paid. We all got the tri tip dinner. They were out of baked potatoes! The tri tip was decent, sides were adequate, not one of our better dinners, food-wise, at Angel's but still we will return again and again.

Dinner #3 at Lulu. This was new to us, as the restaurant in the hoity-toity-for-Mammoth Village just opened last November. Apparently it's a branch of a little restaurant group in S.F. but since I live in L.A. it wasn't on my radar. Nice room, especially for Mammoth, quite upscale atmosphere. We especially liked the look of the bar and next time we might eat in there. For drinks, husband had Fat Tire and I tried one of the specialty cocktails called Ginger Snap which was supposedly Southern Comfort, Amaretto, lime and ginger ale. It tasted mostly of Amaretto, probably wouldn't get it again.

As explained by our server, Lulu is a shared plates type of place, but actually the menu was a bit of a mish mash for that because there are entrees that seem to not be designed for sharing. But we went the sharing route, getting a "choose 3 from the list" combo antipasto platter and a couple of pizzas. Antipastos were adequate - roasted beets with ricotta salata and walnuts with the latter two ingredients basically pulverized, cucumber/tomato salad with red chile and mint, with the red chile and mint undetectable, and house cured salmon crostini which were nothing special and small at that. Pizzas were pretty decent. One was housemade pepperoni and sausage, the other was wild mushrooms, fontina and another cheese, and truffle oil. Thin crispy crust. Would definitely give the pizzas another try. The restaurant was less than half full but it was Sunday night in August, not exactly the busiest time in Mammoth. I'd bet at the height of ski season that Lulu will be hopping, because it aspires to be a more sophisticated dining experience than previously found in Mammoth. Hopefully the execution will improve because they've got a good location and free parking underneath the Village complex which is also a nice change for Mammoth.

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