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Restaurant at Convict Lake (longish review).

Janet | Feb 17, 200307:31 PM

Don't be fooled by the rustic looking cabins (athough we enjoyed our stay in them...), the restaurant is wonderful. We ate there Sunday night; its been awhile since I had a meal that good.

Started with the roasted garlic appetizer (sweet and carmelized) served with toast and asiago cheese. Both my husband and I had the house soup: braised beef and barley with watercress. It was perfect for a cold night! For entrees he had the pork chop in a peppercorn/dijon sauce (with mashed potatoes I would have killed for!); I had lamb shank so tender the meat fell off the bone before I even touched it. What we both really liked was the details: fresh baked bread, and vegetables perfectly cooked (including wonderful roasted red onions...). We split a creme brulee for desert. A lot of folks were eating bananas foster; the presentation looks good, but I don't like bananas, what can I say?

BTW, they have a great wine list, with a wide variety of bottles and prices. We settled for a glass of Dry Creek Merlot...we were only able to get a late reservation (last minute) and the round of martinis by the fire in the bar pretty well did us in...

Anyway, if you're anywhere in the Mammoth area, check it out. Look for the Convict Lake exit a few miles south of the south end of the Mammoth Lakes Loop. I'm too tired to figure out links, but I'm sure a yahoo search of the Restaurant at Convict Lake will turn up details.....Dinner for two with a shared appetizer and desert, soup for both, entrees, and two drinks plus one glass of wine around $110 including tax and tip. We definitely felt we got our money's worth. Afterwards we toddled off to bed, pausing just long enough to watch the full moon over the aspens and listen to an old hoot-owl. What could be better than that?

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