The Iron Door Saloon is the oldest continously operated drinking establishment in California, and is on the National Registry of Historic places, or whatever that list is called. It got its name from the iron doors at the front and back of the building, which were hauled up to Groveland via horse and cart in the 1800's. The idea being that if fire broke out, they could just shut the doors and keep the building from burning down. Um. Yeah.
Anyway, this is still a very lively bar, night club and restaurant. You can eat in the saloon, or to the building next door, to which it's connected, in a quieter atmosphere. However, if you eat in the bar on an evening when a band is going to play, they'll wave your admission charge for the band.
Favorite Dish: I had the fettuccini alfredo with chicken and veggies. Very good! Of course it was too much food and without a refrigerator and/or microwave in the hotel room, taking left-overs was out. It would be perfect to share with a dining partner though!
We ate here a few times, mostly on occasions when people were visiting and I must admit, I love this place. The setting is very nice--it's part of the old Wawona Hotel, which is beautiful and their Sunday brunches are very good...so is the lunch (the sandwiches aren't expensive, either)
The best part is every Saturday in the summer, they have a lawn barbeque, it's a good time
Favorite Dish: Everything is good, but I enjoyed the barbeques on the weekends
On the first night my girlfriend insisted on going in there and buying snadwiches even though we brought all the sandwich meats and bread. She wanted one least decent meal. She insisted on the prepackaged sandwiches that ranged from $4-$6. The sandwiches were NASTY. Maybe now she'll learn to listen to me!
The Loft, situated above Degnan's Deli, serves mostly pizza and beer, much like the Pizza Patio at Curry Village. The pizza here is better in my opinion, however, The Loft is only open to the general public during the summer months. From mid-October to about mid-May The Loft becomes an employee only hangout.
The Mountain Room Restaurant offers a selection similar to that of the Ahwahnee Dining Room, but at a cheaper price. This restaurant isn't as grand as the Ahwahnee Dining Room but does offer floor to ceiling windows of the nearby Yosemite Falls!
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