Robert Holmes

Everything from smoked buffalo to lobster taquitos

Sunset  –  June 2, 2005

Erick Schat’s Bakery. Generations of Eastern Sierra travelers have made a beeline to this block-long, Dutch-themed landmark, famed for its pies and its sheepherder bread. 763 N. Main St. at U.S. 395; 760/873-7156.

Mahogany Smoked Meats. A great place to stop for jerky, but carnivores will find so much more: smoked beef, buffalo, bacon, ham, sausages, and elk tamales. 2345 N. Sierra Hwy. (U.S. 395); 888/624-6426.

The Pony Espresso Coffee Company. Let the screen door bang behind you and settle down for a cup of coffee or a Loca-Mocha. Or head outside and sip your drink on the pleasant umbrella-shaded deck. $. 157 Main St. at U.S. 395; 760/932-7798.

Whoa Nellie Deli. Fill up with premium―at a Mobil station that whips up lobster taquitos and filet mignon. Dine inside, or outside on the lawn with its sweeping view of Mono Lake. $$. State 120 at U.S. 395; 760/ 647-1088.

Walker Burger. Between Bridgeport and Lake Tahoe, this roadside burger stand is enlivened by the collection of handmade birdhouses in the picnic area. Great big burgers and thick shakes too. $. 107008 U.S. 395, 35 miles north of Bridgeport; 530/495- 2219. ―Harriot Manley

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