Staying in El Portal for 6 nights. Nothing affordable in the Park and I keep checking. Trying to decide if I should book Yosemite View Lodge (YVL) which has a kitchenette and cook meals vs staying at Cedar lodge and eating in the Park. Don't want to spend money on lousey overpriced dinners in the park. Question: how is the food in the park (not including at the expensive hotels)? I figured we could cook up a pot of chili at YVL since it has a kitchen. Is YVL really worth $45 more than Cedar lodge?