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May 7, 2008 12:06 AM

Oakhurst, Yosemite Trip report - El Cid, Pizza Factory, Sunday Brunch, Hitchin Post

We drove up from San Diego and stayed in an excellent Bed & Breakfast called the Sierra Mountain Lodge in Ahwahnee (about 9 miles outside of Oakhurst).

After reading this board, we had plans to try the Three Sisters and Crab Cakes, but we ended up coming back from Yosemite too late and a little too grimy from hiking each night.

However, we did have a chance to try some perhaps more casual places. Perfect after a day full of long hikes.

I do second other recommendations on this board for El Cid, where our margaritas were strong, the tortilla chips were spicy, and my Machaca with eggs was seasoned just right.

The owner greeted guests at the door and the staff was friendly and attentive.

We also stopped at the Pizza Factory, where our Hawaiian pizza definitely hit the spot.

Perhaps our most unusual find was Ahwahnee's own Hitchin Post, recommended to us by our B&B owners. It's a bar so they're open until 2 am, even on Sundays and the food they serve is high quality and fresh. We had a burger and fish and chips and were impressed with both choices. And it's perfect if you're into getting a little taste of local color. Plus, you don't have to rush back from the park to change and eat.

Perhaps the most disappointing part of our eating experience was the Sunday Brunch at the Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite. It's a bit overpriced for what it is, although I suppose it's not bad considering the location, the history of the place, and the amazing dining room. We sat right next to one of the giant windows overlooking the valley floor and I did love the mini fruit tart and creme brulée desserts.

As for those undertaking the long drive from SoCal along the 99, I can recommend a stop at Apple Annie's (in Tulare) if you want to avoid the standard McDonald's pit stop (we got a kick out the toy train doing circles around the ceiling and the boyfriend definitely enjoyed the Ms. Pacman they had in the lobby). I had the Valley Special and a slice of apple pie with apple pie ice cream. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to eat there, but it was a good alternative to the chains.

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  1. Thanks for the report! Hubby and I always enjoy El Cid after a day of visiting Yosemite or Bass Lake. Ahwahnee food is probably way overpriced for what it is, but I think you are really paying for the scenery and having a higher level of cuisine/service in the middle of a National Park. We like to grab a snack in the bar with a glass of wine, but don't really eat in the restaurant.

    And of course, next time you are coming up the 99, maybe you should stop in Fresno, more choices than Tulare! We would be happy to recommend something.

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    1. re: glazebrookgirl

      Went to Yosemite, stayed in Oakhurst.

      Day 1: Went to Crabcakes. The crab cake appetizer was good. I had the blacken halibut entree, it was bland and not blackened but pan fried. Was not very satisfying. The mash potato was eh. And what is with that cabbage!!! ick Disappointing! Give it a 2 star. For $55 for 2, it was pricey for a not so great meal.

      Day 2: Oka Japanese Restaurant, this was better than day 1. The stir fry snapper was very authentic chinese. And we had 2 rolls. They were good for oakhurst. I give this a 3.5 star.

      Day 3: Went to Dicicco's...and we had the calamari which was excellent with the tomato sauce. Nice and tender and not greasy. Yummmmmmm!!! I had the chicken broccoli alfredo which was great too. My friend had the pasta combo (lasagna, ravioli, and spaghetti) All was good! The portion was large, neither of us was able to finish our entrees! 4 stars!!! If we had eaten there on day 1 we probably would have gone back for another meal!!!

      Day 4: Mountain House for breakfast...had the mini breakfast with bacon, egg, and humongous french toast was ok ...but they have to get rid of the flies in the restaurant. The service was very very slow!!! 2.5 stars....

      ratings are out of 5 stars.

      Don't go to crab cakes... pricey and not that great!!!

      1. re: Chocaholic

        Which Dicicco's did you eat at? We've always loved the ones in Fresno and Clovis, especially the Calzones. My wife brings them home sometimes when she gets off work early.

        1. re: Bakersfield Hound

          Ate at the Oakhurst one near the Comfort Inn. Just googled it.. must be this one... ( 40282 Highway 41; Oakhurst, CA 93644, United States
          (559) 641-5588)

          Ohh I can still remember the spaghetti sauce for the calamari... it was so good... I can have one for lunch!!!

          That Crab Cakes restaurant was so mediocre... I wud not recommend anyone go there. There service was good, but that was about it...If I go back to Oakhurst or Fresno, I wud definately go to DiCicco's!!! And try everything on their menu!!

          Oh yeah, I've also gained 2 lbs since the trip!!!! wahhh!!!!

          In Yosemite Park, I ate at Curry Village at the Taco stand and the the taco supreme...of course I shared it but it was really good for park food. I didn't get the usual hot dog or burger!!!