Thank you all for great recommendations--food and sight seeing!. My family and I stayed at Tenaya Lodge and as noted by the Chowhounds, the dining was not a "foodie" experience. But, the Jackalope Grill serves a nice martini and our daughter enjoyed the Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
On Saturday, we headed down to the Valley and on our way back had a late lunch at La Cabana at North Fork. DO NOT take Road 222 to La Cabana. Instead, take Road 274 off of Highway 41--much quicker and 9 year old daughter not as prone to car sickness. But, La Cabana was worth the treck. My husband and father-in-law had the Sopes--with chicken and carne asada. The meat was luscious and the tortillas themselves were thick and just made.
My mother-in-law had the enchildada verdes--again wonderful. La Cabana must bake the enchiladas because the tortillas were crispy. The salsa verde had a nice kick and a lot of flavor.
I had the Chilaquiles. I'm not sure I've had a better version outside of Mexico. A bit of egg added to the salsa gave the dish a lot more heft. I loved it. The refried beans were perfectly done with a smattering of cheese sprinkled across the top.
Daughter had the cheeseburger. What can I say. Sigh. Needless to say after this meal, we headed home to Tenaya and indulged in wine and martinis for dinner.
On Sunday we ventured downt to the Valley floor again. This time for brunch at Ahwannee. What a spread. My parents-in-law and husband opted for the full on buffet brunch and Claire (daughter) and I went a la carte. Of particular note was the cheese blinzes. They got rave reviews from the entire clan. Such a beautiful setting with great food. Even though the buffet brunch was 32.00/pp, it was worth it just to relax in such a lovely place.
Again, thank you for the recs and I'll sure do the same if you venture to the SF Board and query about East Bay restaurants!