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Restaurant upon departing Yosemite enroute to SEKI

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Restaurant upon departing Yosemite enroute to SEKI

Yeah, we are finally getting to see Yosemite! Could you please recommend a good place to stop for Lunch upon departure from Yosemite? I will also need to pick up a few groceries for 2 nights in SEKI. Thanks for all your help on this forum, it was invaluable in planning this trip.

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1. Re: Restaurant upon departing Yosemite enroute to SEKI

I've never driven this route directly, but since no one else has answered yet, I will take a stab at it.

It looks like the best route will be Hwy 41 down to Fresno and then Hwy 180 into SEKI. I don't see any roads that would allow you to bypass Fresno and stay in the hills rather than going all the way down into the central valley.

Fresno is a decent-sized city, so I am sure you can find a variety of grocery stores there. Vons is a big grocery chain - there is one off Hwy 180 and Clovis. There is another off of Hwy 41 and Ashlan. There is also a Trader Joes and a Whole Foods off Hwy 41 if you are looking for a more specialized grocery store.

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2. Re: Restaurant upon departing Yosemite enroute to SEKI

If you want a buffet lunch, Chukchansi casino has a reasonably good buffet.

http://www.chukchansigold.com/

In Oakhurst , which is closer to Yosemite than Chukchansi, its average lunch food. Perhaps Crabcakes

http://www.crabcakesrestaurant.com/index2.htm

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3. Re: Restaurant upon departing Yosemite enroute to SEKI

Crab Cakes is the place I was going to recommend - and you can get groceries in Oakhurst too. Have always wanted to visit the casino, though.

The advantage is that it's much cooler/nicer up in Oakhurst than in Fresno. It's 101 in Fresno as I type this (and it always comes as a shock after being higher up). You go to eat lunch, your car is 130 degrees when you return (even with windows slightly open - and there's very little shade). Same thing while you're in the grocery store (and so your groceries start heating up until you get cooled back down).

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4. Re: Restaurant upon departing Yosemite enroute to SEKI

I swear you will not die in Fresno. Yes, its hot, but you are from Texas! You will have to drive through Fresno via highway 41 to the 180. You could stop in Oakhurst for groceries, but I would recommend waiting till Fresno in case you don't have cooler/refridgeration. Off of the 41 you have choices.

1. Trader Joes exit at Bullard avenue.

2. Sprouts exit at Friant. (there's a costco right there if you have a membership and need gas too) Its new.

3. Food Maxx exit bullard as well, across the street from Trader Joes.

Further south the stores are not as nice and further from the freeway. PM me if you need anything else.

in addition to crab cakes (I have not eaten there), there is El Cid for Mexican. If you have time, you could sidetrack to bass lake (about 15 min. from the highway) to Duceys on the Lake for a nice lunch on the deck overlooking the lake. I did that last week when I dropped off my son at camp in Fishcamp, and it was quite nice.

Once you get on the 180 there's not much. There is a nice veggie stand in Centerville (on the right side). If you have time, Cat Haven is fun on the way in Dunlap.

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5. Re: Restaurant upon departing Yosemite enroute to SEKI

Oakhurst is in the lower foothills and gets weather only a couple of degrees lower than Fresno. Today Oakhurst was roughly 100 degrees.

I'd probably second Ducey's at Bass Lake, we stopped there and ate lunch on the deck overlooking the lake two weeks ago after being up on Tioga Road.

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6. Re: Restaurant upon departing Yosemite enroute to SEKI

It's 96 degrees (almost) in Oakhurst right now and 102 in Fresno. Maybe it's the culture shock of coming down out of the thicker trees that makes Fresno seem hotter (it does have way more food options than Oakhurst).

I had forgotten Ducey's (service can be a bit slow - but it is definitely more scenic than anyplace in Oakhurst or Fresno).

There's some restaurant in Fresno with great parking and a western theme that we stop at when we do stop with the entire family in Fresno. Wish I knew the name.

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7. Re: Restaurant upon departing Yosemite enroute to SEKI

Not sure which restaurant you are thinking about with the western theme, I can think of several that might be classified that way.

Maybe Yosemite Ranch, Cool Hand Lukes or maybe even the Cattlemans on 99 in Selma.

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