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Are you interested from "getting away from it all," yet you want to enjoy a delicious burger?  Jones Store, located at Beasore Meadows, east of Bass Lake, is such a place, as you're enjoying the Sierra National Forest, at the 6800 foot level, good food, friendly folks, and you're not hindered by electricity, telephone, or cell service.

As with all of my reviews, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  If you want to "get away from it all," but yet enjoy delicious food, Jones Store is the place to be.  Besides great food, basic grocery items, and camping supplies, Jones Store offers tent camping, cabin rentals, showers, and gasoline.  The gasoline is quite uniqe, as you pump your gas from a vintage globe pump, which gets it's supply from a barrel.  The globe pump and the barrel can be seen just above the truck in the photo.

Have you ever pumped your gas this way?  You guess how many gallons you need, and then you pump the handle until the globe is full of how many gallons of gas you need.  The gas is pumped into your tank by the force of gravity.  This is low-tech and old-school at it's best!  Jones Store features the last operating globe pump in California.

Photo:  Early Monday afternoon, August 22, 2016, and Jones Store is full of many customers, including a few bikers from nearby Oakhurst.  Note the wood-fired grill to the left of the photo, and the many outdoor tables.  Jones Store caters to weddings, and many other events that cater to folks who desire their event in a very rustic setting.  Jones Store is located about 20 miles east of Bass Lake, at the 6800 foot level, in the Sierra National Forest.  

Photo:  Jones Store has been around for 100 years or so, and was founded to supply the ranchers in the area of Beasore Meadows, and today, nothing much as changed, as there are still cattle, and cattle ranchers.  The current building was built in 1954, and is as rustic as it gets.  The restaurant/store is on the first floor, and the owners live above it all.  On this early Monday afternoon, there were many visiting bikers, which is always a sign that the restaurant serves great food.

Photo:  Can you say rustic?  Looking from the rear of the store/restaurant to the counter.  The bar stools are cut cedar logs, cut from local trees.  If you like trees, you'll note that Douglas fir, insence cedar and lodgepole pine trees inhabit the local area.  Jones Store features a bar, and a couple of tables inside, but if you like to dine outside, the options are nearly endless.

Photo:  The menu makes a "fast food" restaurant look huge, as the menu is small.  When you visit the area, you'll realize the menu is quite "realistic," considering the remote location of this restaurant.  Note the price of hamburgers and cheeseburgers are identical.  Really.  Have you ever seen that before?

Photo:  The combination store and restaurant is "old school" to say the least, as the current store was built in 1954, and hasn't been updated since.  Gee, I was 2 years old when this store was built.  However, it's clean, rustic, and the staff and patrons are friendly.  The biggest concern was keeping the pesky mountain yellowjacket insects outside, which proved to be an impossible task, considering the door was left open to allow the balmy 70-degree temperature in the restaurant.  

Photo:  Besides a restaurant, Jones Store offers many grocery items, which centers on canned food, soft drinks, and beer.  The staff and patrons are very friendly, and the prices are very reasonable.

Photo:  Meet DeeDee, the owner of the restaurant, along with her husband.  DeeDee took my order, "personed" the bar, while her hubby cooked my burger.  DeeDee and her husband own the resort, and it's good to get to know them, as they're great people, they don't overcharge, considering the remote area, and they make a great burger.

Photo:  Thanks, DeeDee of taking my photo, as I toast the camera with a Coors beer, taken from the vintage refrigerator to the right of the photo.  Other vintage refrigerators can seen to the rear of the photo.  Everything about Jones Store is rustic, including the refrigerators.

Photo:  I ordered a cheeseburger from the compact menu, and it came with a bag of potato chips.  I ordered a beer - of course - on the side, which was extra.  Interestingly at Jones Store, a hamburger and a cheeseburger are the same price:  $9.00 at this writing.  With the pricing in place, who would order just a plain hamburger?  

I was surprised, as I expected my cheeseburger to be served on a round bun.  It wasn't ... Surprise! ... It was served on a dutch crunch roll.  The meat patty was LARGE, something like a half pound or so.  The half-pound burger was served on a dutch crunch roll, along with sliced tomato, onion, pickel, and lots of cheese.  Jones Store didn't skimp on cheese, as there was a lot of cheese on my burger.  Great burger!

Photo:  After a couple of bites, I just had to take a phoeo of the cross section of this delicious burger.  When you're east of Bass Lake, and heading up the Beasore Road, a.k.a., FR 7, check out Jones Store.  Keep in mind the restaurant is very seasonal, as it is closed for the winter, beginning in early October, when the first snow falls.  Jones Store usually opens up in early June, when the snow melts.  Keep in mind, even during the late spring into early fall, the hours are sporatic, so be prepared for anything when you're visiting this beautiful part of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The cheeseburger was delicious, the service was excellent, and the staff, and other customers are as friendly as it gets.  Not to mention the rustic atmosphere and the country charm, which seems to make the outstanding cheeseburger taste even better.  If you love a great cheeseburger, country charm, friendly staff, and breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountain scenery, you owe yourself a trip to Jones Store, at Beasore Meadows.

Jones Store
Forest Route 5S07
Bass Lake, CA 93604

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