The best food you'll ever find inside a gas station.
You’ve never seen a gas station quite like this before. If you’re driving to Mammoth from the north on Highway 395, you’ll pass a Mobile gas station in the tiny town of Lee Vining, near the shores of Mono Lake. Inside this Mobile station, you’ll find the Whoa Neli Deli, where chef Matt Toomey whips up fish tacos with ginger coleslaw, mango salsa, and Brazilian black beans. The menu also includes such specialties as wild buffalo meatloaf, lobster taquitos, and herb crusted grilled pork tenderloin.
Located on Mammoth Lakes’ main road, Angel’s Restaurant is tasty, authentic, and not overpriced. Named after a preacher, gold miner, and cook named Henry Angel, Angel’s specializes in wood fired barbecue—try the beef brisket dinner or the BBQ ribs. We also liked the shrimp po’ boy sandwich, the sweet potato fries, and the fried macaroni and cheese with smoked pork. Most dinner plates are under $15 (or go for their $5.99 lunch special) and they have dozens of bottled beers and a good selection of local beers on tap.
For a local’s favorite, casual lunch spot, go to The Good Life Café on Old Mammoth Road. They serve breakfast all day—try the eye opener, grilled Cajun mahi mahi with eggs, brown rice, and corn tortillas, or the gobbler benedict, eggs benedict made with turkey instead of ham. On sunny days, ask to sit on their outdoor patio. The menu is a mix of American (salads, burgers, and sandwiches), Mexican (burritos, enchiladas, Baja fish tacos) and California healthy cuisine (like the “healthy wrap” or the “living large salad”). They also serve beer, wine, and thick and creamy milkshakes.
Open from 6 am to 1 pm and located at the corner of Highway 203 and Old Mammoth Road, the Breakfast Club is where locals go to fuel up for a big day of backcountry skiing and where tourists go to grease over their hangovers. You can get a blueberry muffin or an egg-and-cheese breakfast sandwich to go or sit down and enjoy huevos rancheros, chocolate chip pancakes, or biscuits and gravy. They don’t take credit cards, so bring cash. This place is almost as good as the 1985 John Hughes movie starring Emilio Estevez and Molly Ringwald.