Since it was too late to ride up into the park without worrying about deer on the road late at nite, I asked the ladies at the KOA for some suggestions for dinner. They suggested going to Mariposa … 7 miles away. Savoury or Happy Burger were the two eateries they suggested. (No pizza delivery and I was tent camping so I had nowhere to cook my own food.)
BTW… Did you know Mariposa is Spanish for “butterfly”? In my post about riding to/in/out of Yosemite… you will see this little tidbit was an appropro item to learn.
I rode into Mariposa and parked in front of the 49er Club… The 49er is the oldest bar in California (??) or at least Mariposa! I decided to walk around before dinner. Mariposa is a cool little town. Many old buildings from the 1800s… The Mariposa Hotel Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places No. 91000560.
I started out at Yosemite Gifts. Incredible jewelry everywhere… wow. Most had the label Su’s Creations. The opals, lapis and the black pearls caught my eye. Antique books, Indian kitsch & jewelry, old sign reproductions and of course Harley chotchkies adorned the walls and shelves of the many rooms in this store. They were also selling flags for Memorial Day.
I ended up walking around town looking at/photographing the old buildings, which was much needed after riding all day. I gave some serious thought to the local pizza joint as it was packed but I decided on Happy Burger instead.
Happy Burger is a 50s diner with more choices on their menu than I could possibly ever remember to cook!! The sign and menu tout “Largest Menu in the Sierra”! 12 pages!!!! The menu had burgers, Mexican (The tacos were good but not quite what I ordered/expected.), salads, every type of fried stuff, baked potatoes and ok…
A fried cheescake burrito!!! OMG! Cheesecake wrapped in a flour tortilla, slathered in butter, deep fried, dusted in powdered sugar AND topped with your favorite sundae toppings. HOLY MOLY! I have to believe the creator of this “dessert” was stoned OUT OF HIS MIND when he concocted this gut exploding, ass growing, artery popping heart attack on a plate??????
(ok…. Upon further inspection there is a bowl of steamed broccoli buried on the menu… phew!)
Happy Burger’s interior is covered in old album covers… the Fonz and Judy Collins stare down at you from the ceiling. Guy Fieri from the Food Network would love this place for his show Diners, Drive Ins & Dives.
The back patio has a karaoke machine with a golden fuzzy bear in a red cowboy hat who acts as your host…. $.25 and you can sing some little ditty with said bear. As there really is no amount of Cap’n Mo that can get me to sing karaoke… I refrained. The kids next to me can’t wait to finish dinner and start singing…. On that note… I am so outta here!!
I rode off to the KOA, crawled into my sleeping bag and fell asleep… visions of Half Dome still dancing in my head!
Oh yeah… The campground has a few bullfrogs living at the pond. So, be prepared for being serenaded by bullfrog song… sometimes duelling bullfrog songs… which sounds nothing like Duelling Banjos!
Mariposa, CA: www.visitmariposa.net/facts.htm
Happy Burger: www.happyburgerdiner.com