Dunk into the Fonduta, a Northern Italian-style fondue made with truffled Fontina cheese and served with a house-cured dry salami and black bread at this slopeside trattoria (formerly The Yodler). Easy to locate, the restaurant is adjacent to the Main Lodge at the base. Mammoth Lakes, California | 760.934.0636
Mammoth's rowdiest spot for happy hour also serves good steak and potatoes.
A good spot for happy hour, group dinners, or late-night drinking, Whiskey Creek, on the corner of Main Street and Minaret Road, is a steak-and-potatoes kind of place in a rustic mountain setting. After skiing, go to Whiskey Creek for one of Mammoth’s rowdiest happy hour spots, where between 4 and 5:30, you can get four dollars off pitchers of beer (try an ale from Mammoth Brewing Company) and half-priced bar menu snacks like spicy chicken wings, artichoke dip, or calamari. Or go for dinner for menu items like bacon-wrapped meatloaf.
A French restaurant with 10 tables, lake views, and delicious wild blueberry tarts.
If you’re looking for fine dining in Mammoth, look no further than the Lakefront Restaurant, which is tucked inside the Tamarack Lodge, on the shores of Mammoth’s Twin Lakes. The French menu—crested by chef Frederic Pierrel, who was trained at France’s Institute Culinaire de Gerardmer—would make Julia Child proud: a fromage de France sampler, escargot Bourguigno, elk medallions au Poivre, filet mignon grilled aux deux sauces prime beef tenderloin. But it’s also inspired by the restaurant’s eastern Sierra locale, with local and organic produce, seafood, and wild game.