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May 14, 2014 06:00 PM

Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park - Boysenberry Pie (summer dessert) for over 50 yrs - who's tried it?

I just read on Yosemite Blog that the Ahwahnee Hotel makes a Boysenberry Pie for summer!! Any hounds tried it?

Blog has pic & even a recipe to make your own:

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  1. I haven't been to the Ahwahnee in 16 years, so take this with a grain of salt--who knows what's changed in that time. But I've always felt that one goes to the Ahwahnee to eat in an amazingly beautiful space, and if the food is any good, well, that's lagniappe.

    1. Have not had the pie but after several recent trips to the Ahwanhee with many meals there, the food has been vastly improved since years past when it was quite abominable. They have their own baker and we found the desserts offered to be very good. Nice cookies for afternoon tea as well. I say, go for it.

      1. A late reply, but I was at the Ahwahnee last weekend, and made a point of ordering the boysenberry pie at the bar because of this post (apparently it's not seasonal?). Honestly, it was pretty darn disappointing. The filing tasted canned (which, given the season, makes sense), but it was pretty terrible. The crust was thick and doughy, and the slice was served next to a mountain of cool whip. Definitely not worth getting again, unfortunately.

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        1. re: verslibre

          Thanks for the update. It does look pretty generic and formulaic. Don't blame you for being disappointed and I hope you let them know. Hate to think they are going back to their bad old days again.

          I got the feeling from our last two visits that they were actually caring about what they were serving instead of just offering "food". And in this case just kind of food with unnecessary fake and drizzle fluff. That is so sad because good pie is so good and not all that hard if you just have the berries, sugar, flour and fat.

          1. re: glbtrtr

            FWIW, my fairly recent (October) brunch at the Ahwahnee was very good. To be honest, I didn't pay much attention to the desserts on the brunch spread: I was more interested in the roast beef and the blintzes. :-) Eggs Benedict were also quite good.

            After all, it isn't boysenberry season, as verslibre points out. How was the rest of the meal?

            1. re: susancinsf

              First meal was at the bar, and it was all pretty awful - crab/spinach dip was a puny amount of refrigerated mush accompanied by waaaay too many croutons, and their cocktails were just poorly made, tasted terrible and were way too strong (usually not a bad thing!).

              That being said, the meals we had in the main dining room was fantastic. For dinner, everything came out to our specifications - the prime rib was cooked perfectly, and the sides were delicious. Their triple chocolate bread pudding and chocolate flour-less cake were rich, decadent, and a great way to end the meal. The extensive wine menu was nice to see as well.

              We also went to the Sunday brunch, which was exceptional as always. My only gripe was that we came at 10 am, and they were already carting away the breakfast items and bringing in the more lunch-focused dishes (still good, but we came early for a reason).

              Basically, my take-away was to only go to the bar for beer or wine, not cocktails or food.