One of my favorite spots in Mammoth Lakes is the Side Door located in The Village at Mammoth. Before I list all the reasons why I love this place, I must confess that my friends (Kathy & Shields Richardson) are the owners. That being said, I highly recommend visiting next time you are in town.
Shields and General Manager, Stephanie Jury, have done an amazing job of creating a welcoming environment for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The back and front are so different it is almost like being in two different places. The front of the restaurant and outdoor seating offers table service or to-go options. The back of the space offers an extensive wine bar in a relaxing and warm environment. The menu offers numerous options with focus on crepes, panini’s, salads and fondue. My favorite meals include the Caprese Panini, Cheese Fondue and Spinach Chicken Salad. My husband, John, loves the Hangman’s Crepe and Pastrami Panini. For lunch we enjoy sitting on the covered outdoor patio (heated in the winter) at the wine barrel tables with comfy large chairs. In the evening, we prefer sitting in the wine bar where we enjoy our dinner, cocktails and play dominos.
Speaking of cocktails, while I am not a big wine drinker, John loves to try a glass of whatever merlot or cabernet that is being served by the glass (the options change regularly). Depending on my mood, I enjoy one of their specialty martinis, a skinny margarita or the homemade sangria.
I almost forgot the best part…..DESSERT! The sweet crepes are a scrumptous end to a delicious meal. The Roadrunner (butter and cinnamon sugar) is my all time favorite!
This is a place to relax and unwind – if you are in a hurry come back when you have more time. Enjoy!