Picking your spots

posted Oct 10, 2012, 3:12 PM by Paul Wagner
If you have ever taken a long backpacking trip, you have probably dreamt about food--especially the meal you are going to eat once you get back to civilization.  Pizza, hamburgers, steak, cold beer, salad....they all seem to find a place on the menu, once you get started on the idea.  Shoot, we know people who have spent most of the last night of a trip talking around the campfire about what they are going to eat the following day at the nearest restaurant. 
And speaking of restaurants, there are a few that have quite a reputation among backpackers as well. The gas station at Lee Vining, the Old Priest Grade Inn, Pizza in Yosemite Valley all have their advocates.  We've come to really like Patty's Gourmet Cafe between Sonora and Columbia. 
But there is one restaurant that stands out in a completely different way.  We have eaten there at least five times in the last ten years, and every single time it has been worse than disappointing.  Sometimes the service has been absolutely rude and incompetent--waiting forever for a table in an empty dining room.  The last time we had perfectly nice service, and absolutely dreadful food--cold food without even a hint of sauce or seasoning.  And the amazing thing is that this restaurant is pretty much the only show in town in a National Park.  You'd think they'd want to do better.

It's the restaurant at Grant Grove Village in SEKI.  We can only wonder what amazing arrangements have been made to make sure that it has been so bad for so long. 
Anyone else have a least favorite place to eat?  Let us know, so we can avoid it!