Bridgeport Inn, located in the Mono County of Bridgeport, CA, has been in place since 1877, and rightly bills itself as the "Historic Bridgeport Inn." You can relax in a vintage hotel room, quench your thirst at the full-service bar, or if you're a "foodie" like me, you enjoy a great meal at the inn's fine restaurant.
As with all of reviews that I publish, 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: Historic Bridgeport Inn is located on Main Street, in Bridgeport, CA, which happens to be the county seat of Mono County. You can stay in the Victorian hotel, or at the co-owned motel next door. Note the covered and glassed-in patio in the front of the building that faces Main Street. It's a good thing the patio is protected from the elements, as Bridgeport happens to be one of the coldest towns in the state, with winter temperatures frequently dipping 20 or more degrees below zero.
Today is Thursday, April 11, 2019, a little before 8 in the morning, and I'm in the mood for breakfast!
Photo: The restaurant's dining room is vintage Victorian, complete with period furnishings and high ceilings. The windows in the background look out the enclosed patio, on to Main Street. In keeping with the rural location of Bridgeport, country music was playing the background.
Photo: There's a white board near the entrance to the dining room where the daily specials are posted. Cheesecake sounds great for breakfast, but I prefer eggs and gravy.
Photo: The breakfast menu is small, but covers all bases. I looked it over, but I'd heard about their famous chicken fried steak - one of the "House Specialties" - so I went with that, as I can rarely pass on a breakfast that features chicken fried steak.
Photo: After placing my order, I had a few minutes to look around, and I took a peek into the office, complete with Victorian furnishings and a coal-fired stove. Doesn't the lap top computer look a little out of place?
Photo: At the rear of the restaurant, there's a door with a window, where you can take a peek into the kitchen, and watch the staff at work. I never pass on a kitchen shot when given the opportunity.
Photo: In addition to the fine restaurant, the inn features a full-service bar, across the hall from the restaurant. If you choose to do so, you can enjoy your meal at the bar, as this couple was doing, along with the mixed drink of your choice, if that's your pleasure. I love the combination of the Victorian bar and the high definition television monitor. 1877 meets 2019 at Bridgeport Inn!
Photo: Meet Brenda, my friendly server, who brought my breakfast to me with a smile. Good thing I'd finished exploring the inn, as my breakfast arrived in only about 10 minutes after placing my order.
If you look out the window, you'll see the enclosed patio, complete with stools that face Main Street, so you can watch the "goings on" of downtown Bridgeport - population 500 - as you enjoy your meal. The patio isn't heated, and there were diners enjoying the view on this chilly April morning.
Photo: Thanks, Brenda, for taking my photo, as I prepare to enjoy a delicious breakfast. As I previously mentioned, my breakfast arrived rapidly; note my iPhone on the table, as I was still taking notes when my breakfast arrived.
Photo: My breakfast of chicken fried steak, two eggs, homestyle potatoes, along with toast, that makes Bridgeport Inn Restaurant famous, among travelers and locals alike.
I can understand why Bridgeport Inn Restaurant's chicken fried steak breakfast is famous in the eastern Sierra region as it's simply delicious! The steak was battered just right - not to much or too little batter - and fried to a perfect golden brown. It was topped with thick gravy with chunks of meat... just the way I love it! The knife was purely ornamental, as the steak was so tender I cut it with my fork. Delicious!
You get a choice of hash browns or homestyle potatoes; when Brenda mentioned pepper and onion are available with the homestyle, my mind was made up. Like the steak, the potatoes were fried to a light golden brown on the outside, and chewy on the inside. Yes, you could taste the pepper and onion which complimented, rather than overpowered the great potatoes.
Eggs over easy are my de facto standard when it comes to eggs, and I wasn't disappointed, as they were fried perfectly, although one of them had a little yolk peeking out, which didn't distract from the goodness. What more can I say about the sourdough toast except that it was delicious?
No wonder Bridgeport Inn Restaurant is famous for the breakfast, and especially their chicken fried steak, as this breakfast was great! At $16.95, it had to be, but like gasoline, nearly everything, including food, is expensive in Bridgeport due to the relatively remote location.
When you're in the mood for a great breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you enjoy dining in a Victorian dining room, in a historic hotel, plan to visit Bridgeport Inn Restaurant when you're enjoying the beauty of the eastern Sierra.
Bridgeport Inn Restaurant
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