Priest Station Cafe & Store: Stop by on the way to Yosemite


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Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 16, 2009 - 02:36pm PT
The Priest Station Cafe & Store is now open!

Priest Station was established by the descendants of the current owners, the Anker Family, in 1853 (The owners are the sister and brother of Conrad Anker).

It is open 11am-8pm and has a grill menu featuring lunch, dinner and homemade desserts. They also have some snacks and drinks if you just want to make a quick stop.

The location is on the top of the hill where Highway 120 meets the Priest Grade. This is about 5 minutes west of Groveland and a little over an hour to El Cap Meadow in Yosemite.

16756 Old Priest Grade
Big Oak Flat, CA, 95305

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The Menu

Here are some old photos of this historic property and a menu.


Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Sep 16, 2009 - 02:46pm PT
kewl, i thought that place was getting busy with something with the full patio.

good to know
Jerry Dodrill

Sebastopol, CA
Sep 16, 2009 - 02:46pm PT
Awesome! I'll check it out.

Will Father Conrad be there to bless our trips to Yosemite?

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Sep 16, 2009 - 02:49pm PT
cool, saw the activity there on my way home Monday. Next time I will swing in.

Trad climber
Sep 16, 2009 - 02:50pm PT
Awesome... used to go that way all the time when I was a Bay Area pod person. Hope to stop by someday.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 16, 2009 - 03:01pm PT
Noted the activity, will check it out!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2009 - 03:12pm PT
I got to be the first facebook fan... yes! Highlight of my day so far.

Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 16, 2009 - 03:13pm PT
At the brink of the abyss!
Well above where the brake pads smell bad?
Can you ride in those big water tubes down to the power generator? :-)

Trad climber
santa fe
Sep 16, 2009 - 03:15pm PT
Maybe a silly question, and I'm just trying to save time instead of looking it up ...

but is that on the way from San Francisco? Will I pass it while driving to Yosemite? (It's been 8 years since last I made that drive).

Trad climber
Mill Valley, CA
Sep 16, 2009 - 03:32pm PT
Yeah Brian...unless you think turning into the parking lot is out of your way.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Sep 16, 2009 - 03:35pm PT
So coming up the 5 from San Diego pro is not gonna have me make a connection with this great place. All the more reason I am growing more jealous of yo No Cal'ers. :DD

Trad climber
Sunnyvale, CA
Sep 16, 2009 - 04:18pm PT

Berkeley, CA
Sep 16, 2009 - 04:35pm PT
I think that place has some desserts with my name on it.

Trad climber
san francisco
Sep 16, 2009 - 06:13pm PT
Do you think that for those of us driving up late night from the Bay (ie: stuck in traffic getting out of here) that we can call in an order and they can leave it out front for us :) 8p closing is too early!
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Sep 16, 2009 - 10:38pm PT
BVB: "I'd hit that"
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Sep 16, 2009 - 10:44pm PT
Great. I was wondering when it would be open. Conrad has posted about the project in recent months. I will go, always!!

Peter Haan

Sep 16, 2009 - 10:54pm PT
Thanks chris and all of you for the positive comments and good wishes. In the second to last image the young girl with the braids in my grandmother (now deceased) and the last image is my aunt Anne, my dad Wally (holding a stick of wood) looking up to his grandfather Dan Corcoran.

Much as I wish I was there I'm in Montana with Jenni and the boys. I do get by twice a year and to get after the Capitan.

If you forget your super topo guide book Steve and Denise have them in stock. Hopefully we'll have tape and chalk in the near future.

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Sep 17, 2009 - 02:25am PT
With Priest Station now re-opening, Mountain Sage as a regional hang, and the Iron Door, I'm getting the feeling that the Hwy 120 corridor/Groveland area is entering a Renaissance period of sorts. Unlike Timid, I used to sometimes stop at the top of the grade to let my vanagon rest a while. Now I'll know to simply plan on a full pit stop at the cafe.

Trad climber
Mill Valley, CA
Sep 21, 2009 - 06:02pm PT
Jaybro, Em and I stopped by here this morning on our way out of the Valley. It was around 9am-ish as we pulled in.

We were greeted warmly even though they don't officially open until 11am. Jay and Em loved the freshly made muffins and we all loved the coffee.

Being winsome helped us to score some of the best scrambled eggs ever, and we sat outside and enjoyed our coffee enjoying the deck which offers a spectacular view. They don't really offer breakfast but our charm and saying we were climbers means something here. Em bought Conrad's book- I read the intro and can't wait to read it. sorry, thread drift although climbing related...

Anyway- stop by, they've done great with the place!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 21, 2009 - 07:59pm PT
What Daphne said. That's the place to stop.
Wit and a casual, thorough, attention to detail run strongly in that family.

You won't be sorry!
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