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The 18 Hot Spots for Eating & Drinking in Mammoth, Dec 2015

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Welcome to Curbed Ski's list of the 18 Best Ski Town Hot Spots, our answer to any question that begins with, "Can you recommend a restaurant in...?" This highly elite group covers 18 restaurants and bars in ski towns across North America, spanning myriad cuisines and collectively satisfying all of your dining and drinking needs. Every couple months we'll be adding places that were omitted or have stepped up their game. Have a tip? Let us know here.

Recently updated in our series of "Eater Ski 18" maps is Mammoth Mountain. Southern California's most popular ski destination is experiencing a resurgence of new restaurants, bistros, and brew pubs with carefully crafted menus and beverage pairings both in the resort village and in the surrounding town of Mammoth Valley. Check out our list of of the best eating and drinking establishments for the ultimate apres ski, the perfect breakfast on the go, or the ideal gourmet romantic dinner—we guarantee you'll find somewhere new and exciting for your next visit this winter.

Please note that the establishments below are not listed or ranked in any particular order. Did we forget your favorite place? Send us an email or let us know in the comments.


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Skadi Restaurant

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Restaurant Skadi has reopened after a two-year hiatus in a new location with Chef Ian Algeröen back at the helm. Featuring upscale mountain-themed fine dining in a very intimate atmosphere with an open kitchen. Standout entrees include crispy skinned Norwegian salmon, the pork belly confit with roasted tenderloin as well as locally sourced venison sausages as an appetizer. Skadi offers a large selection of wines to complement the menu as well as beer. Due to the small dining area, reservations are a must.

The Restaurant at Convict Lake

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If you're looking for a romantic après ski dining experience, you've found it. A short ten minute drive from Mammoth Lakes, the rustic cabin ambience features wood floors and beams and a comfortable bar lounge and dining area looking out over the scenic lake. The dinner menu includes a fair amount of local produce with high-quality meats including lamb and grass-fed beef—attention to detail is notable. Finish off with the bananas fosters flambéed tableside.

Mammoth Rock Brasserie

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Located in old Mammoth above a bowling alley, this casual upscale restaurant focuses on locally-sourced, seasonal French food. Starters include the expected escargot and French onion soup done well. The meaty main dishes include popular bone-in Rib Eye and Elk Medallions. Expect a visit from attentive Chef Frederic Pierrel at some point during your meal and enjoy the amazing views of the Sherwin range, reason enough to come in.

Whitebark at the Westin

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Located in the Westin Monache Resort hotel and within walking distance of Mammoth Village, the Whitebark Bar and Lounge has an ideal atmosphere for après ski as well as late night drinks. The bar menu standouts include Kobe beef or Bison short rib sliders as well as truffle fires and flavorful Moroccan veggie tacos served from 4–10 pm. The lounge also offers a full sushi bar, the best in Mammoth in our opinion. Whitebark also includes a formal dining area, but we love it for the lounge.

Mammoth Tavern

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The rebirth of the old Mammoth Tavern operated by a local husband and wife team is now catering to more youthful crowd with affordable high-quality food and an upbeat staff. The menu runs the spectrum from pub burgers to fondue and rib eye steaks. The Tavern also offers an abbreviated late-night menu through 11pm. It’s worth a visit just for the lively mountain town atmosphere and inventive craft cocktail menu. Seating is available at the lively bar or surrounding table service.

Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop

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This is the go-to spot for burgers and BBQ in Mammoth Village. Seating is available at tall tables in the sports bar or in the open dining room. This large casual restaurant is great for big groups. While you can’t go wrong with the corn fritters, half BBQ’d chicken, or St. Louis Spare ribs, we’re also fans of the pulled pork sandwich. This is the perfect hearty comfort food after a long day on the slopes.

Toomey's

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This is the place to go if you’re looking for a casual atmosphere in Mammoth Village with stellar food. Owned by Chef Matt Toomey along with his wife Mary, the restaurant opened in 2011 and expanded within the first year. Menu highlights include the popular wild buffalo meatloaf, fish tacos, Ahi salad, and excellent specials. Breakfast offerings include island style pancakes and French toast as well as a grab ’n’ go breakfast burritos perfect for the gondola ride up. Toomey’s also offers local beers on tap and wine.

The Yodeler Restaurant & Bar

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This slopeside Bavarian restaurant is all about après and, if you make it, dinner. Located in the upper Mammoth Mountain base area, The Yodeler crowd celebrates a great day on the slopes in the casual indoor bar and dining area with a roaring fireplace or on the vast sun deck. Think big steins of Bier, German pretzels, and a zingy sausage sampler. Come dinner you'll find brats and Schnitzels.

53 Kitchen & Cocktails

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Located in Mammoth Village, 53 Kitchen & Cocktails features a beautiful, spacious modern interior. Highlights of the new American menu include the pretzel bread appetizer served with stout bacon cheddar dip and the California Cruiser chicken and waffle sliders. Specialties include two types of ribs and pan seared salmon. 53 includes cocktails in their name and their artisanal cocktail menu delivers. Be sure to make reservations on busy winter weekends.

Side Door Cafe

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This intimate little wine bar is tucked away in a quiet corner of Mammoth Village. Come for the wine and atmosphere, stay for the delicious savory crepes and assorted paninis. Side Door is also a great place to get a quick breakfast crepe and latte before jumping on the gondola next door.

Good Life Cafe

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A casual restaurant serving fresh wholesome food. We love it for their breakfast and brunch offerings. Good Life caters to a healthier crowd offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free alternatives as well as fresh squeezed juice. They also please the traditional breakfast crowd with large servings of benedicts and burritos. Don’t let the strip mall setting scare you away.

Campo Mammoth

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A buzzy traditional Italian restaurant in the village. This is the second location with the first one in Reno. Campo offers excellent wood-fired pizzas, fresh handmade pasta, and salads in an ultra modern environment. We suggest starting with the “Meat Ski,” a sampler board of artisanal salumi and cheeses.

Black Velvet Coffee | Espresso Bar

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True artisanal coffee and espresso in a minimal, yet welcoming environment. This brew will get you from Mammoth to the other end of the 395 in no time. Look for a new wine bar opening at the end of 2015 featuring offerings of boutique wines in a newly renovated upstairs space.

Mimi's Cookie Bar

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Mimi’s fresh made macaroons have been compared to those found in Paris and New York …and some are claiming they’re better. Mimi’s uses all natural and organic ingredients to create their custom cookies, cupcakes, and brownies fresh daily. Stop in for daily specials or call ahead for special orders. There are even plenty of gluten free options!

Petra's Bistro & Wine Bar

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Located in the Alpen Hof Lodge just across from the Village Gondola, this cozy bistro features a constantly changing seasonal menu focused on fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients. Chef Radisson Williams was previously part-owner in Pelly’s fish market, a North County San Diego institution. With that we recommend the seafood options including mussels, seafood cocktail appetizer and the main dish scallops paired with one of Petra’s expansive wine offerings.

The EATery at Mammoth Brewing Company

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Located inside Mammoth Brewing Company, The Eatery uses ingredients sourced from Bleu Market including freshly baked artisan breads, artisanal meats and cheeses and fresh seafood. The revolving daily lunch and dinner menu is posted at the front counter where you place your order including paninis and flatbread pizzas as well as salads and appetizers. Mammoth Brewing company beers are also fresh on tap.

Stellar Brew

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The locals gathering place featuring healthy breakfasts and lunches to stay or to go on your adventure. Offering strong coffees and espresso drinks, ready-made breakfast burritos and fresh baked muffins and pastries. Stellar is a Mammoth institution.

Nevados

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Nevado’s is a favorite dinner spot in town featuring a great bar, mountain views, consistent food and friendly service. A 3-course prix fix menu is available for $53. Popular entrees include the Veal Osso Bucco, grilled Filet Mignon, and the black pepper Venison. Nevados also features an extensive dessert menu—save room!

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Skadi Restaurant

Restaurant Skadi has reopened after a two-year hiatus in a new location with Chef Ian Algeröen back at the helm. Featuring upscale mountain-themed fine dining in a very intimate atmosphere with an open kitchen. Standout entrees include crispy skinned Norwegian salmon, the pork belly confit with roasted tenderloin as well as locally sourced venison sausages as an appetizer. Skadi offers a large selection of wines to complement the menu as well as beer. Due to the small dining area, reservations are a must.

The Restaurant at Convict Lake

If you're looking for a romantic après ski dining experience, you've found it. A short ten minute drive from Mammoth Lakes, the rustic cabin ambience features wood floors and beams and a comfortable bar lounge and dining area looking out over the scenic lake. The dinner menu includes a fair amount of local produce with high-quality meats including lamb and grass-fed beef—attention to detail is notable. Finish off with the bananas fosters flambéed tableside.

Mammoth Rock Brasserie

Located in old Mammoth above a bowling alley, this casual upscale restaurant focuses on locally-sourced, seasonal French food. Starters include the expected escargot and French onion soup done well. The meaty main dishes include popular bone-in Rib Eye and Elk Medallions. Expect a visit from attentive Chef Frederic Pierrel at some point during your meal and enjoy the amazing views of the Sherwin range, reason enough to come in.

Whitebark at the Westin

Located in the Westin Monache Resort hotel and within walking distance of Mammoth Village, the Whitebark Bar and Lounge has an ideal atmosphere for après ski as well as late night drinks. The bar menu standouts include Kobe beef or Bison short rib sliders as well as truffle fires and flavorful Moroccan veggie tacos served from 4–10 pm. The lounge also offers a full sushi bar, the best in Mammoth in our opinion. Whitebark also includes a formal dining area, but we love it for the lounge.

Mammoth Tavern

The rebirth of the old Mammoth Tavern operated by a local husband and wife team is now catering to more youthful crowd with affordable high-quality food and an upbeat staff. The menu runs the spectrum from pub burgers to fondue and rib eye steaks. The Tavern also offers an abbreviated late-night menu through 11pm. It’s worth a visit just for the lively mountain town atmosphere and inventive craft cocktail menu. Seating is available at the lively bar or surrounding table service.

Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop

This is the go-to spot for burgers and BBQ in Mammoth Village. Seating is available at tall tables in the sports bar or in the open dining room. This large casual restaurant is great for big groups. While you can’t go wrong with the corn fritters, half BBQ’d chicken, or St. Louis Spare ribs, we’re also fans of the pulled pork sandwich. This is the perfect hearty comfort food after a long day on the slopes.

Toomey's

This is the place to go if you’re looking for a casual atmosphere in Mammoth Village with stellar food. Owned by Chef Matt Toomey along with his wife Mary, the restaurant opened in 2011 and expanded within the first year. Menu highlights include the popular wild buffalo meatloaf, fish tacos, Ahi salad, and excellent specials. Breakfast offerings include island style pancakes and French toast as well as a grab ’n’ go breakfast burritos perfect for the gondola ride up. Toomey’s also offers local beers on tap and wine.

The Yodeler Restaurant & Bar

This slopeside Bavarian restaurant is all about après and, if you make it, dinner. Located in the upper Mammoth Mountain base area, The Yodeler crowd celebrates a great day on the slopes in the casual indoor bar and dining area with a roaring fireplace or on the vast sun deck. Think big steins of Bier, German pretzels, and a zingy sausage sampler. Come dinner you'll find brats and Schnitzels.

53 Kitchen & Cocktails

Located in Mammoth Village, 53 Kitchen & Cocktails features a beautiful, spacious modern interior. Highlights of the new American menu include the pretzel bread appetizer served with stout bacon cheddar dip and the California Cruiser chicken and waffle sliders. Specialties include two types of ribs and pan seared salmon. 53 includes cocktails in their name and their artisanal cocktail menu delivers. Be sure to make reservations on busy winter weekends.

Side Door Cafe

This intimate little wine bar is tucked away in a quiet corner of Mammoth Village. Come for the wine and atmosphere, stay for the delicious savory crepes and assorted paninis. Side Door is also a great place to get a quick breakfast crepe and latte before jumping on the gondola next door.

Good Life Cafe

A casual restaurant serving fresh wholesome food. We love it for their breakfast and brunch offerings. Good Life caters to a healthier crowd offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free alternatives as well as fresh squeezed juice. They also please the traditional breakfast crowd with large servings of benedicts and burritos. Don’t let the strip mall setting scare you away.

Campo Mammoth

A buzzy traditional Italian restaurant in the village. This is the second location with the first one in Reno. Campo offers excellent wood-fired pizzas, fresh handmade pasta, and salads in an ultra modern environment. We suggest starting with the “Meat Ski,” a sampler board of artisanal salumi and cheeses.

Black Velvet Coffee | Espresso Bar

True artisanal coffee and espresso in a minimal, yet welcoming environment. This brew will get you from Mammoth to the other end of the 395 in no time. Look for a new wine bar opening at the end of 2015 featuring offerings of boutique wines in a newly renovated upstairs space.

Mimi's Cookie Bar