Panamint Springs Restaurant is the only restaurant located in California's beautiful Panamint Valley, and it's at least an hour from any other restaurant, campground, resort, or for that matter, civilization. Despite the fact that the restaurant enjoys a complete monopoly on dining for miles around, they offer delicious food, at fairly high, but reasonable prices, considering their remote location, on the western edge of Death Valley National Park.
Photo: Panamint Springs Restaurant, early in the morning, just after the restaurant has opened at 7 o'clock in the morning. It's a nice, inviting place to relax and enjoy fine food, in Panamint Valley.
Photo: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, my last night staying in the campground at Panamint Springs Resort, and I look out the window and see my server, Ingrid, chatting to a customer seated on the patio. On the many wonderful mornings and evenings enjoyed at Panamint Valley, you can enjoy your meal, or a beer or two, outside on the patio. If you prefer to dine indoors, you can sit at the bar, the dining room, or an additional dining room off to the side.
Photo: My somewhat indifferent server, Ingrid, chats with a customer, who she seems to know, as I sit at the bar. Perhaps she was indifferent to me because I changed my seating three times? That would not seem like too much of a problem, as on this early Wednesday evening in late September, the restaurant was not busy. I only found out her name from asking another server, as she refused to give me her name. Hmmmm...
Photo: My server, Ingrid, rose to the occasion to shap my photo, upon my request, with the burger and fries that I ordered. Thanks!
Photo: I was hungry, so tonight, I ordered the "Bacon Cheeseburger." You have the option of 1/3 pound or meat, or 1/2 pound; I chose the half-pound, as I was famished! The burger is served open face, and includes a mountain of perfectly cooked fries, along with very fresh garnishes, which is a treat, considering the very remote location of Pnamint Valley. Of course, as per the name, "Bacon Cheeseburger," you get applewood smoked bacon, and Wisconsin Cheddar cheese. Such a delicious burger at a great restaurant!
Now, let's go back to previous visits, starting with September 30, 2014...
Photo: As you open the main door to the restaurant, a friendly sign lets you know that the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is only $10.00, and Bloody Mary drinks are available. I really think I would have sprung for a Bloody Mary if I wasn't driving after breakfast. During our last visit to Panamint Springs Restaurant, back in November 2008, the restaurant offered menu selected choices for breakfast, but that seems to have been replaced by the buffet. No worries on my part, as on this Tuesday morning, September 30, 2014, I was hungry and ready to tackle the buffet.
Photo: The breakfast buffet is quite basic, but well-stocked, and the food is delicious. It's serve yourself, and all-you-can-eat, just the way a breakfast buffet should be. Coffee is available at the bar, again, it's serve yourself, and all-you-can drink. Like the food, the coffee is delicious. The door to the right of the photo looks into the dining room, which was mostly vacant, due to the beautiful morning, which was perfect to enjoy the gorgeous view of the Panamint Mountains from the front porch.
Photo: Anastasia was the only person working the dining room, which seemed to mostly be working the cash register. Since the buffet was self-serve, one staff member could handle the job.
Photo: The breakfast buffet is priced at $10.00, and it's all-you-can-eat food, and all-you-can-drink coffee. I was hungry, so I figured that I'd get my money's worth out of the buffet. In all, I enjoyed three "courses" of delicious food, and I-don't-remember-how-many mugs of delicious coffee. I camped at the resort's campground, and there's nothing that tastes better on a Tuesday morning in the desert than a plate of fantastic breakfast food, and a mug of delicious, hot coffee. First "course" consisted of scrambled eggs, juicy sausage links, and home style potatoes, seasoned with oregano and garlic. Fantastic!
Photo: It was such a beautiful morning - the temperature was in the mid-70's - that I chose to enjoy my breakfast outside, on the shady patio.
Photo: The view of the resort's campground, and the Panamint Mountains, as seen from the shaded patio of Panamint Springs Restaurant. I couldn't figure out what was better, the view, or the food? That's my white truck, as I was camped in the campground for three nights.
Photo: Second "course" included more sausage, eggs, a biscuit, and a rarity for me, pancakes. Hey, I figured as long as I could eat everything and anything, why not vary the fine cuisine just a little bit?
Photo: Last plate of food, but not the least, included more scrambled eggs, potatoes and three strips of bacon, and another mug of coffee. Everything was cooked perfectly, and was hot, and just plain delicious. If you're a big eater, or just plain hungry, this buffet represents an OUTSTANDING value! I spent around an hour on the porch, enjoying the view, and savoring the three platefuls of breakfast I enjoyed from the buffet.
Photo: Wednesday, October 01, 2014, was my last night at Panamint Springs Resort, so I decided to enjoy dinner inside, near the bar.
Photo: Despite the fact that I had lots of cold beer at my camp, I decided to treat myself to a 24-oz mug of draught beer, and my super-friendly server, Victoria, brought it to my table, with a smile.
Photo: Panamint Springs Restaurant's lunch and dinner menu offers a variety of tempting choices, such as burgers, hot dogs, fish, chicken pizza, appetizers, salads, and much more. It had been a long time since I'd enjoyed a basket of fish and chips, so that was tonight's dinner choice. I may have caught Victoria a little by surprise, but she knew the photo was coming. Such a great server, and a nice person!
Photo: By my request, Victoria snapped my photo, while I prepare to chow-down a delicious meal.
Photo: For $12.00, you get three large pieces of beer-battered fish, a mountain of fries, and a small bowl of creamy tartar sauce for enhancement. I didn't feel the need to use the supplied malt vinegar, as I'm not British. It has been a very long time since I've enjoyed such great fish and chips, and I can truly say that Panamint Springs Restaurant serves the best fish and chips that I've enjoyed during my travels to the Eastern Sierra.
I love this restaurant! Great food, friendly people, and a relaxing, distinctly, western atmosphere, and a gorgeous view of the Panamint Mountains make fine dining at Panamint Springs Restaurant a joy and a pleasure!
Panamint Springs Restaurant
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