Check out the menu of practically any restaurant located in Bishop, California to see where the bread, pastries or rolls are sourced from. You'll most likely see the product originates at Great Basin Bakery, a local Bishop bakery that also doubles as a fine restaurant.
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Photo: It's 3:30 in the afternoon on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, and I've arrived at Great Basin Bakery, located in Bishop, CA, a half hour before closing time to enjoy a late lunch or early dinner, whatever you want to call it. It looks like the guy walking his dog is looking at the "OPEN" sign in the window.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, or as some refer to it as a deli, you'll notice a rack of bread for sale and a pastry counter, and lots of customers, who are mostly Bishop locals. On this mid-Wednesday afternoon, the restaurant was beginning to "thin out," but if arrive during peak morning hours, especially on weekends, you'll find that Great Basin Bakery will be a busy place.
Photo: Lunch is served anytime the restaurant is open, but there is also a limited breakfast menu that mostly includes bagels and egg sandwiches. I started at the lead item on the menu, "Mt. Tom Turkey" sandwich, and didn't get any further. I also requested "Soup of the Day," but unfortunately, due to the late hour of my arrival, they were out of soup. They make a pot of soup in the morning, and when it's gone, it's gone.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, and pass the rack of bread, and the pastry counter, you'll come to the order counter, where a friendly gal will take your order. Great Basin Bakery operates "taqueria style," in that you choose your menu selection at the order counter, pay for it, and when your order is ready, it will be brought to you.
I couldn't resist the "urge" so I went with the "Mount Tom Turkey" sandwich. Too bad they were out of soup...
Photo: After placing my order, I took a seat at a table and was able to get a good look at the classic dining room. By this late hour, the restaurant wasn't busy, but if you plan to stop by in the morning, you'll have lots of company. View is looking from the rear of the dining room towards the entrance, with the order counter to the far left of the photo.
Photo: The kitchen and bakery are open, so you can watch the friendly staff in action. At this hour just before closing, the bakers had gone home, and there were only a few staff members making sandwiches and performing housekeeping duties.
Photo: Anna, my friendly server, and maker of fine sandwiches, puts the final touch on my "Mt. Tom Turkey" sandwich. All ingredients are fresh, and you can watch the staff make your sandwich. I am a super-fan of open kitchens!
Photo: Meet Anna, my friendly server, who brought my sandwich to me with a smile, but who also made it. Such a friendly person and a great server/sandwich maker! All of the staff members at Great Basin Bakery are friendly, and made me feel at home.
Photo: Thanks, Anna, for snapping my photo, as I prepare to enjoy a delicious turkey sandwich. My only regret is that the restaurant was out of soup. As I mentioned before, I arrived a half-hour before the closing time of 4 o'clock, so if they still have soup in the pot, count yourself lucky.
Photo: My "Mt. Tom Turkey" sandwich. The menu describes the sandwich as, "Turkey, lettuce, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion and chipotle mayonnaise." You have your choice of fresh, in-house baked sourdough, multi-grain bread, French or sandwich rolls. I chose sourdough for my bread, as it's my favorite variety of bread. Isn't the presentation beautiful?
This is one GREAT sandwich! All ingredients were fresh, especially the in-house baked sourdough bread, and skillfully put together. There was a LOT of meat, but not so much to overpower the tomato, lettuce and other components, which complimented the turkey and helped to make this a DELICIOUS sandwich.
The name "Mt. Tom Turkey" is definitely a pun, as most everybody knows a "tom" turkey is a male turkey. Unless you're a Bishop or Inyo County local, you may have never heard of the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain named "Mt. Tom." So, when you combine a great turkey sandwich with a local mountain, you get a "Mt. Tom Turkey" sandwich.
Photo: Close-up of half of my "Mt. Tom Turkey" sandwich. The sandwich was delicious, and tasted even better than the beautiful presentation, as seen in the photo.
If you're a lover of a local, home-grown bakery, with an open kitchen, friendly staff, and ... by the way... serves great sandwiches, you just have to love Great Basin Bakery, and your "Mt. Tom Turkey" sandwich, along with everything that comes with it. The aroma of freshly baked bread and the amazingly friendly service only adds to the flavor of the delicious sandwich, and the ambience of the Great Basin Bakery dining experience. For fresh bread, pastries and delicious sandwiches, all served with a smile, I recommend Great Basin Bakery, located in Bishop, CA.
Great Basin Bakery
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