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Sonic

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 8, 2012 - 04:04pm PT
http://www.dirtbagdiaries.com/webpage/the-shorts-the-mobil

Dont know if any of you guys listen to the dirtbag diaries, but this one will appeal to many climbers here!

Praising thanks to the Mobil in Tuolumne!!!!!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Mar 8, 2012 - 04:06pm PT
Nothing wrong with it, but you do pay a premium (for gas and food).
micronut

Trad climber
Mar 8, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
Mango chutney fish tacos and a cold red brew in my blackened tape residued hands after a successful mission in Tuolumne is one of life's finer moments. Praise be to The Mobile. Hail hail.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 8, 2012 - 05:32pm PT
Premium for gas but the food is an excellent value for what you get.
bobinc

Trad climber
Portland, Or
Mar 8, 2012 - 05:43pm PT
Just remember-- Lee Vining is right in the "middle of nowhere"... so expect to pay for being there, too.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Mar 8, 2012 - 05:45pm PT
It's all about the musica and the dancing for me. lynne
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 8, 2012 - 05:46pm PT
Just remember-- Lee Vining is right in the "middle of nowhere"... so expect to pay for being there, too.

Amen brah... A... MEN.

This is a god fearing town these are god fearing people!


Welcome to Lee Vining


DMT
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Mar 8, 2012 - 06:24pm PT
Just remember-- Lee Vining is right in the "middle of nowhere"... so expect to pay for being there, too.


Since I'm thirty years away from my senior pass, I'd rather pay to get into Tuolumne ;).

Nothing against the food, the music, and just maybe a little against the crowds and price on my part. I try to make my gas last through that area, they gouge the crap out of you in those towns. But, yeah, if I have the shillings to spare, the Tuolumne Mobil is pretty cool for where it's at.

Please let me know if I haven't prostrated myself appropriately, and I'll try harder next post, lol!!!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 8, 2012 - 06:29pm PT
No the Whoa Nellie Deli is YuppieLand and while the food is good the crowd MUST BE MOCKED.

Mocked I tell you.

They make legendary mock lobster tacos I hear.

DMT
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Mar 8, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
Hahahaha! Okay, the mocking will proceed, Dingus. I'm a bit suspicious now of Donini though, I thought his type was supposed to be on a fixed income and napping during daytime television. Instead, he's climbing and eating better than a much younger man.
bobinc

Trad climber
Portland, Or
Mar 8, 2012 - 06:50pm PT
I only get there every couple of years, and it's usually after a fun day out. I'm gonna pay about the same for that caliber of food in the city but I get to look at Mono Lake as the sun goes down for free.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 8, 2012 - 06:54pm PT
Go ahead and mock us, that is if you're having as much fun as we were when this was taken :)

Credit: Fluoride

Just a couple of crazy kids each with grown kids of their own, drawn together along with other friends, spur of the moment, around the granfalloon of the Mobil. I was nearly drowned a couple of hours before, so thought a clean shirt was in order. Lynne, just always looks that good!

Oh Werner, (below) you tease!
WBraun

climber
Mar 8, 2012 - 07:06pm PT
Cliche hangout, the "in people" club, I totally avoid that place.

There's a way better place across the street deep in the sage brush ....
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 8, 2012 - 07:13pm PT
Long Live Mono Cone !

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 8, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
I wouldn't mock yall, you're my friends!

DMT
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 8, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
And we all resemble that remark, dingbro, cheers!
micronut

Trad climber
Mar 8, 2012 - 08:22pm PT
My homage in video to Tuolumne Days and Mobile nights

http://vimeo.com/15521454
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Mar 8, 2012 - 08:32pm PT
sometimes those mango fish tacos and some live music just sound a bit more appealing than basic camp glop.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Mar 8, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
Ah but Werner-the "in people's" idea of trash is another man treasure-going to be some serious dumpster diving this season. Are you certified?
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Mar 8, 2012 - 09:55pm PT
You can get four dinners over at Niceley's for the price of one at Whoa Deli.



TheTool
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Mar 8, 2012 - 10:46pm PT
i went into the chevron up the street thinkin it was the famous whoa deli,

there sits a hot lamp over some 3 day old pizza slices,

i'm startin to think the place is over hyped,

but i made it into the right place and had food with all the right people,

clean people, important people, outstanding people, above average people, tired people, people who you get stuck behind on the way up the hill,
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Mar 8, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
what, you don't like the e-coli lettuce in the steak cesear?

it was the high elevation creating internal pressure,

not the food,
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Mar 8, 2012 - 11:04pm PT
http://thesheetnews.com/?s=mobil&x=0&y=0
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Mar 8, 2012 - 11:07pm PT
Not much has changed for me over the years....

2006: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=193569

2008: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=642292&msg=642803#msg642803

2009: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=917059&msg=917065#msg917065
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Mar 8, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
so the guy who burned up, is he ok now?

gas was cheaper than the chevron but i could not get the bugs off the car due to a seemingly lackluster approach to windshield water, wtf, over?

i drop 20 bucks for food and 40 for gas but they can't spring for $0.02 worth of soap, jus sayin,
David Wilson

climber
CA
Mar 8, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
the food at that mobile station is over rated and expensive.

also, that station is an example of development on the outskirts that ultimately should be avoided to preserve the fabric of our towns
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Mar 8, 2012 - 11:38pm PT
Musta driven by that place no fewer than 100 times - between home (Mammoth) and the Meadows/Valley . . . and the only time we stopped was at 3am for their 24 hr gas pumps. Always seemed to be in just the wrong place. . . I mean, on the way in, yer hyper to GO and on the way out. . . ummmmm. . .yer hyper to go, too.

Never felt like I was missin' much, I guess.

?
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Mar 8, 2012 - 11:43pm PT
it is nice to see a place like the deli when most towns like that have nuthin to offer but fat chicks and meth heads,

i mean you won't see a place like that in yucca valley,

just a cornacopia of bad fruit,
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Mar 8, 2012 - 11:57pm PT
Heh. The place has got something going for it, it's either complete adulation or acrimony.

I'm going to give a shout out to Pop's place in Bridgeport while we're talking East side. Pop doesn't gouge you on price, and you get a whole mess of decent food without waiting a half hour just to order. And you got the hot springs only minutes away!
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Mar 9, 2012 - 12:10am PT
The food is more than fine for the price/location. A cold beer on the lawn on a summer night after a day in TM--maybe some music--there are worse things. Some take their too cool for school thing a little too seriously.
Hankster

Social climber
Zakynthos
Mar 9, 2012 - 12:25am PT
Cliche hangout, the "in people" club, I totally avoid that place.

Exactly why I love that place Werner!! Excpetin' for the you not being there part.. and the not having any windshield washer fluid.

Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Mar 9, 2012 - 12:25am PT
It's true, some are just not prostrating themselves before the ballyhooed deli hard enough. I'm sure their experience of the sierras will be tacky and cheap at best.
dr. juicer kaniglio

Trad climber
san diego, ca
Mar 9, 2012 - 12:40am PT
The Mobil kids know how to fu'kin party!! Their early season party this last year was one of the most memorable of the summer for sure! Post office Mike DJ'd. Was anybody else in attendance that night. Theres alot more going on at the Mobil than overpriced food..
Randisi

Boulder climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:16am PT
At what point did climbers become yuppies?
BooYah

Social climber
Ely, Nv
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:25am PT
It's just another gas station, with a couple of extras. Fine place, but praise?
Not quite. You ever been to Ely?
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:27am PT
Never understood the big deal. Food was fine but expensive. I remember sitting there eating and watching the owner (or manager) walking around killing flies on the tables with a fly swatter and not wiping the tables. Sure I expect that in Mammoth but not near Lee Vining.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:56am PT
I remember being at the Mobil one summer evening in 09' . We had climbed Cathedral that day, and stopped in after for a beer . The Adam Burns band was playing a Michael Jackson song, maybe Billie Jean . Turns out it was a tribute to MJ , who had died earlier that day. The Mobil was a weird place to step into a world without Michael Jackson ... and now we have lost Whitney :(
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 9, 2012 - 02:13am PT
At what point did climbers become yuppies?

Aproximately 1980
BooYah

Social climber
Ely, Nv
Mar 9, 2012 - 02:19am PT
I ain't no goddam Yuppy. Up yours.
I'm a cowboy. Climbing is an extra bonus.
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Mar 9, 2012 - 03:03am PT
Matt Tooney is no longer the Mobile chef, he left and opened a place in Mammoth, however its in the Village, ek! Here is his menu:

Breakfast

Coconut Mascarpone Pancake

Two of the fluffiest pancakes you’ve ever had with Mascarpone and Toasted Coconut $8.95

Island Style French Toast

Extra thick Golden Brown and Real Sweet with Whipped Butter and Maple Syrup $8.95

Breakfast Burrito

Eggs, Bacon, Potatoes, Veggies and Cheese. Grab n’Go $8.50

Egg Sandwich

Bacon Egg and Cheese on a Bagel $7.95

Smoked Trout Bagel

Smoked Trout with Capers, Onion Tomato and Pesto Cream Cheese $9.95

Bagel with Cream Cheese $4.00

Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit $6.50

Apré Ski Appetizers

Baked Brie

French Brie baked in puff pastry topped with Apricot, Citrus, Berry Glaze, French Baguette & Fresh Fruit $11.95

Pan Seared Ahi Tuna

Spicy rubbed, seared rare Ahi with Sushi Rice, Seaweed Salad, Wasabi Cole Slaw & Balsamic-Sesame glaze $13.95

Oysters Rockefeller

Eastern Blue Point Oysters, Spinach Puree, Roasted Garlic and Bacon Market Price

Crab Cakes

Maryland Blue Crab, Pan Seared with Chipotle Aioli and spring mix salad $13.95

Humus w/Vegetables & Pita Bread

Creamy Bean Puree with Fresh Vegies and Pita Bread $10.95

Two Fish Tacos

Baja Style with Corn Tortilla, Spicy Cole Slaw and Black Bean Puree $11.95

Two Carne Asada Tacos

San Diego style with Avacado Salsa & Black Bean Puree $11.95

Lobster Taquitos

3 Taquitos, Black Beans, Avacado Salsa & Salad $13.95

Angus Beef Sliders w/Fries

3 Angus Beef Sliders, Caramelized onion, cheddar Cheese & BBQ Ketchup $10.95

Entrees

World Famous Caesar Salad

Hearts of Romaine w/Classic Homemade Dressing $7.95

With marinated skirt steak, fresh grilled salmon or Pan Seared Ahi Tuna $15.95

Fresh Organic Spring Mix Salad

Seasonal fresh vegetables, roasted garlic, balsamic, olive oil dressing $7.95

Add Pan Seared Ahi Tuna or Fresh Grilled Salmon $15.95

Seafood Jambalaya

Shrimp, scallops, fresh fish, king crab, Andouille Sausage $18.95

Wild Buffalo Meatloaf

Extra lean buffalo w/caramelized wild mushrooms, onion & Roasted Peppers w/house peppercorn au jus $18.95

Grilled Pork Rack Chop

Mustard crusted, slow roasted then grilled w/citrus, berry glaze, garlic mashed potatoes & Fresh Veggies $17.95

Baby Back Ribs

Southwest rubbed back ribs w/caramelized onion, fresh blackberry bbq sauce, garlic mashed potatoes & fresh veggies $17.95

Filet Mignon

10 oz. tenderloin, cooked to rare, just finish at home in oven, or we will cook it for you as you like it. Served w/house peppercorn aujus, garlic mashed potatoes & fresh veggies $19.95

New Zealand Elk Rack Chop

Grilled elk chop w/mushroom aujus, garlic mashed potatoes & fresh vegetable $29.95

Desserts

Killer Carrot Cake

… absolutely the best Carrot Cake you will ever eat! $8.95

Multi-Layered Chocolate Cake

… with Wild Berry Coulis, Chocolate Sauce & Fruit $8.95

Cheesecakes

… Ask at the counter - Different Flavors all the time $6.95

Chocolate Brownies Ala Mode

Warm Double Chocolate Brownie with French Vanilla Ice Cream $6.95

Bananas Foster

Flaming Bananas, French Vanilla Ice Cream – New Orleans style! $8.50

Beverages

Fine Wine & Local Beer

“To go” all day long . . . ask any of the staff for our recommendation

Coffee - Espresso - Latte - Cappuccino - Mocha - Fresh local-brew coffee

Green Monster

Puree’d Fresh Green Veggies, Frozen Fruit, Flax Seed & Soy Protein $6.50
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Mar 9, 2012 - 03:54am PT
no capers, dang it!

who invented those things, a guy with no taste buds?

a waste-water treatment plant supervisor/welder/fabricator?

man, when i get oprah rich, it's gonna be alaskan salmon on the hobachi every dang night, i Love that stuff,

no pink slime in the salmon, right?

is this the pink slime thread or did i 4/20 that also?



Randisi

Boulder climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Mar 9, 2012 - 07:44am PT
At what point did climbers become yuppies?

Aprosimately 1980

Nah. Too many climbers were still driving junkers then.

I think it might correlate with lycra and sport climbing.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 9, 2012 - 11:01am PT
That was the year I first became aware of climbers in full-on winnebagos in the Lodge lot.
On one occasion Cilley and I walked between two such rigs and he muttered,"Climbers have way more money than they used to," Not that either of us, did...
WBraun

climber
Mar 9, 2012 - 11:03am PT
They're all yuppies now.

Every single one of ya.

Except Todd Gordon and Tucker ...... :-)
khanom

Trad climber
The Dessert
Mar 9, 2012 - 11:31am PT
I'll say it again: If you really have to eat out Tioga Pass Resort has FAR superior food. The Mobil is over-priced, low quality, and poorly executed. Strictly for music and meeting friends!
Urizen

Ice climber
Berkeley, CA
Mar 9, 2012 - 12:04pm PT
And what's up with those half-pint beers at full pint prices? In plastic cups? No class at all.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Mar 9, 2012 - 12:59pm PT
The MoMart is a fun place to hang out, but on the way back to Reno you definitely eat at the Jolly Kone in Bridgeport. That town's one saving grace in terms of a business
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:07pm PT
Not many foodies here, sounds like Subway is upscale on the taco.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:10pm PT
The MoMart is a fun place to hang out, but on the way back to Reno you definitely eat at the Jolly Kone in Bridgeport. That town's one saving grace in terms of a business


It's good too. I like Pops though, because Pops himself is a nice old man. Not like the salty old curmudgeons we get around here ;).

Not many foodies here, sounds like Subway is upscale on the taco.
Lol, I'm not sure much if anything on the Eastside would even rate amongst real foodies.
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:10pm PT
The food is pricey but good, the atmosphere is fun and there is usually a mixture of people there. Definitely not all yuppies. Some aging hipsters, biker folk etc.

No windshield washer soap does seem like a glaring oversight, but after a five hour drive from the Bay Area, I'm pretty stoked to pull in there and get some grub and a beer before heading to the hot springs to throw out a bag..

That place could be a lot worse. Heck, I saw a wedding happening there once, them couldn't a been yuptuals...

Flame on..
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:29pm PT
The MoMart is a fun place to hang out, but on the way back to Reno you definitely eat at the Jolly Kone in Bridgeport. That town's one saving grace in terms of a business

I have to pass through Bridgeport and continue on to Walker, for the best barbecue on the east side... Mountain View Barbecue. The Walker Burger ain't bad either and they have a KILLER picnic area to boot.





I grew up in the south and I pursue good barbecue like a hound dog pursues staynk! This is some of the best barbecue in ALL the Californias. All of em. The inside of the place is beautiful, that bar is a piece of art and you can even scratch your exploits out on the chalk board in the bathroom like I always do (summits and spring descents, haha)

You will typically seem them rated 5 stars out of 5, on most folks reviews. Truly good food.

Owner is a good bloke too, ex-Marine I think.

Sorry Bridgeport. Yer also-ran.

DMT
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:30pm PT
Is barbecue a noun or a verb?
Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
Yes.

I finally tried those fish tacos at the Mobil. Kinda bad, really. Back to the Mono Cone.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 9, 2012 - 01:50pm PT
Is barbecue a noun or a verb?

Yes.

Any other questions?

DMT
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Mar 9, 2012 - 02:03pm PT
seems like every time i drive through Bridgeport EVERYTHING is closed. So you either eat in LV (I like Nicely's too) or get hosed and wait to eat in SLT.
otisdog

Big Wall climber
Sierra Madre & McGee Creek, Ca.
Mar 9, 2012 - 03:04pm PT
Yup...Mono Cone was already closed, Mobil was overrun, and Nicelys was full of Euro-peons, big line out front. Snuck in the side door...
khanom

Trad climber
The Dessert
Mar 9, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
The Mountain View BBQ in Walker is always worth a stop. Yum!
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Mar 9, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
Definitely not all yuppies. Some aging hipsters


quote of the day!!!
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Mar 9, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
that was exxon, menso,
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 9, 2012 - 11:57pm PT
Booyah...I ate at that mezican place on 6 in Ely last week......Thumbs down...It took 20 minutes to get a cup of coffee at the McDonalds..Those workers looked like they hadn't slept in weeks...? What's up with the pink house in McGill...? RJ
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 10, 2012 - 12:05am PT
Just outside of Tonopah? On the eastside?
Defunct cathouse, for reals!
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Mar 10, 2012 - 12:05am PT
oh, BP is cool, but dang that exxon that happened 3300 years ago, hello,

rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 10, 2012 - 12:10am PT
Jaybro...They once served fresh sushi there...RJ
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 10, 2012 - 12:15am PT
Is that a euphemism?

That's pretty wild, actually!
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Mar 10, 2012 - 12:56am PT
all goes in the same place

Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Mar 10, 2012 - 02:03am PT
Meh… I’d rather go say hi to Ed at the market and grab a burrito, some fresh guacamole, a quart of whole milk, and some Tasty Bites.
KF

Trad climber
Sausalito, CA
Mar 21, 2012 - 01:35pm PT
It's always a pleasure to stop at the MoMart. If I'm there, it means I have just finished, or am on my way to, an adventure.

Scrubber

climber
Straight outta Squampton
Mar 21, 2012 - 02:12pm PT
Thanks for that great video Micronut. I missed it up until now. Can't wait to get back down there.

K
Bryon Martin

climber
Ca
Mar 21, 2012 - 07:53pm PT
I'm just glad nobody has mentioned the Tiger Bar. If the Mobil's Patchouli-and-Patagonia horde ever takes over that venue, the East Side may as well be the West Side. E Clampus Vitus!
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 21, 2012 - 09:38pm PT
Jim,

You should set these guys straight on just how "fixed" your income is.
and partner

Trad climber
Leavenworth, WA
Mar 22, 2012 - 06:31pm PT
grease , sugar, refined flour, saturated fat GOOD! yummy!
-however, with brain cancer upon us... I prefer natural, etc.,
which this ain't. Mortality brings a different view of things, mate.
odiddave
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Mar 23, 2012 - 01:29am PT
Credit: pyro
i love that place soo much me and my girl skipped out of town to have sum lunch...
Credit: pyro
DUHhh! their closed for the season!
we got back home and had lunch at the beach.
good place during the season :)
Tobia

Social climber
GA
Mar 23, 2012 - 08:47am PT
Seems like I filled up with gas at this place. I don't know if the Mobil was there the last time I was in Lee Vining.
Credit: Tobia
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Mar 23, 2012 - 10:54pm PT
http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/2/prweb9237250.htm

"From 2006 until the recent opening of Toomey’s Carry-Out, Toomey famously delighted Mammoth regulars with his gourmet food served in out-of-the-box settings, such as his original Whoa Nellie Deli, a seasonal pop-up restaurant attached to a gas station that grew into a local landmark. His patrons quickly became loyal followers and friends who returned time and time again for signature dishes including Coconut Mascarpone Pancakes, Lobster Taquitos, and Toomey’s own favorite: the Green Monster Smoothie. "

Toomey has closed the Whoa Nellie Deli to focus his attention full time at Toomey’s Carry-Out

So some got their wish. Back to hot dogs....

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 23, 2012 - 11:05pm PT
There goes the neighborhood.
BuddhaStalin

climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 24, 2012 - 12:15am PT
Definitely with Russ on this one, Ive been over the Mobil for quite some time. After falling prey to the fad and spending sh#t tons of money in there, their sh#t is overpriced even by LV standards and they treat everyone like a bunch of euro tourists. Whoever is patronizing your place, you should at least fake being nice for crying out loud. TPR, nicelys, and mono mart get my $ these days. Mono mart has the bomb burritos always ready anyhow. Waaay better. Patronize them instead
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Mar 24, 2012 - 12:26am PT
Thinking about it, I believe the TM gets hyped because it is decent food where one might expect crap. That, and everybody goes there so it must be awesome, right? I've been eating so ridiculously good/bad the past week in Austin that the mobilmart looks like a kindergarten joke right now.
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Mar 24, 2012 - 12:36am PT
revisionism is in vogue this month

the Mobil had legitimately good food; I don't recall flinching at the prices either (can't say I'm a dirtbag these days though)

it always beat Mountain House or "Kamandu Curry" or white bread and jerky from the local gas station
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Mar 24, 2012 - 12:40am PT
A different vision from yours doesn't make it a revision. Eat where and what you like, I just don't count the TM as even close to what makes the region great. Drinking Mammoth 395 ale in Buckeye springs would be more like it. Climbing a peak with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich even more so. If I want posh eats, I'll go where they really know that sh#t. If I want the beauty of nature where even eating cold canned beans will taste like manna, I'll go to the Sierras.
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Mar 24, 2012 - 12:55am PT
TPR is way overpriced compared to Mobil- y'all just like to rep stuff cuz its not the in scene- bunch of hipsters
BuddhaStalin

climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 25, 2012 - 01:24pm PT
Nope, mr oaksterdam, youre wrong....its because they have the best meatloaf sammich, coconut cream pie,and they are personable and nice, not too cool to speak a syllable to you as they take your order and deliver your food.

Nice guess though. Keep trying, you'll figure us out. You know you wanna be half as cool as me. Its all about who appears cooler.
hossjulia

Social climber
Eastside (of the Tetons)
Mar 25, 2012 - 02:42pm PT
The Mobil is not in Tuolumne. It is a mile or so outside of Lee Vining.
The rest of Lee Vining is cool too, check it out sometine, OK? Especially the Mono Market. The deli case might surprise you.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 25, 2012 - 04:32pm PT
Oh come on Hoss...! You are a former employee and secret stock holder in the Mono Market so your opinion is slanted... but they do carry inner tubes for road bikes and their breakfast menu is great....RJ
Boomer

Trad climber
Reno
Mar 30, 2012 - 04:10pm PT
The Mobile; just another gourmet menu with the wafting aroma of gas pumps... Go to the Mono Cone for good eats, owned and operated by native locals!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Mar 30, 2012 - 04:12pm PT
Ahhhhhhhhhh. . . to have a MonoCone, right now. . . . YUM! XXXXL, freezing cold vanilla. . . . HohMahn!
khanom

Trad climber
The Dessert
Mar 30, 2012 - 04:52pm PT
How can you say TPR is over-priced when the Mobil wants $12+ for a sad, pathetic excuse for a fish taco?
BuddhaStalin

climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 30, 2012 - 05:21pm PT
^^^served with a side of spite
KabalaArch

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Mar 30, 2012 - 07:22pm PT
You ever been to Ely?

Yes, I have. 1st time, following a storm to Alta; the town was in a valley. 2nd time, I found a short cut on my way home from Moab: just a couple 3 miles N of the I70/I15 tee intersection is a Utah road which leads west to Ely, past Great Basin Nat'l Park, for about 200 miles.

It's a dirt road, all the way. New Ely, consisting of Fast Food/Gas Stations (Eat Here and Get Gas Fast!), is a reflection of "spot zoning," and the new cross roads are some miles from where the Harleys used to terrorize the citizens on their main drag.

It is a bit out of the way, though.

Dennis Domaille, owner of the Mobile, survived a year's worth of ICU and plastic surgery. Is, apparently, okay.

Our local "Chez Panisse" is at "The Restaurant at Convict Lake," 10 min. S of Mammoth, at the foot of Mts Morrision and Laurel. 4. Walk in, wearing whatever you're wearing. Expect to drop at least $75/person.
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Mar 30, 2012 - 07:50pm PT
Love the Convict lake restaurant. Show up late, all dirty from some adventure and get a nice steak and a bottle of wine. Ah...roll down to the tubs throw out a bag..
MisterE

climber
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
Bump

The best part of the trip to Tuolumne from the Eastside
The best part of the trip to Tuolumne from the Eastside
Credit: MisterE
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Nov 1, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
Yum, great place to stash on the way back to Canadia!
Outside

Trad climber
Truckee
Nov 1, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
last time I was there it was gross AND expensive, remember it being really good years ago and moderately priced.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Nov 2, 2013 - 02:25am PT
The sacred mart! I hold my tongue this time, I fear the wrath of your followers!
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Nov 2, 2013 - 04:14am PT
It is a convenient place to fill up the water bottles.

I think I've bought gas there once or twice and maybe a bottle of soda.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:56am PT
Here's a bone to chew on......

The Mobil station and deli has been a huge success and I applaud them for it. It is unfortunate however that from a planning perspective the investment was made there away from the town.

Imagine the additional benefit Lee Vining would have gained if that same facility was right in town. It's called smart growth where improvements are made close to existing infrastructure to the benefit of the developer and the community. Having a walkable connection to other business's, housing and community assets would have been huge for Lee Vining. It is a piece of a sustainable strategy for having growth without sprawl.

I'm only pointing it out for the sake of awareness as it might relate to development within your own communities. I'm certain there's a huge back story to this particular development and lessons learned. I would be very surprised if there weren't advocates for a win/win particularly there in Lee Vining. Bottom line get involved, the planning process is a public one.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Nov 2, 2013 - 11:00am PT
Wonder how often accidents occur at the entrance?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 2, 2013 - 11:41am PT
There's no place like the Mono Cone.

There's no place like the Mono Cone.

There's no place like the Mono Cone.

Lloylloyd's oldold shoeshoes.
Lloylloyd's oldold shoeshoes.
Credit: mouse from merced
No fish taco either on land or sea
Could tempt me to pay twelve whole bucks to thee,
And for certain-sure not in Lost Lee Vee.

The back-story to the location is probably just simply to do with humongous amounts of tourist cars needing places to park while travelers are dining, or using the shitting facilities, or trying to sit next to Clint Eastwood's table.
WBraun

climber
Nov 2, 2013 - 11:43am PT
Girly men and women go there.

Real men eat roots and tubers in the Forrest above ......
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Nov 2, 2013 - 11:45am PT
Cursed be thee, Tuolumne Mobil!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 2, 2013 - 11:51am PT
They need a Vee-Soup Anderson's in LVee.

Goobers, not tubers, WB.


eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Nov 2, 2013 - 11:58am PT
The place sure caused an uproar on the Eastside when it first opened. They had a trapeze that pissed lots and lots of people off. I'm not sure what the story on land ownership and zoning is, but even reps from the INYO were involved with that fiasco.

I think the funniest thing, ever, was my mom (the head of the fiduciary committee for the thrift store that benefited the Mammoth Hospital) and all her little old lady "CastOff" friends would dress in the 9s and drive up there for fish tacos. They'd have the time of their lives. Everybody who worked there treated them like Royalty. . . and that's sayin' something.

The only time I ever stopped there was at midnight, to get gas.

HA!
TheMaster

climber
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
Isn't this ironic. A bunch of climbers praising BIG OIL.

By the way, it is the Tioga Gas Mart, not Tuolumne Mobil.

Tadman

Mountain climber
CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
After this....
After this....
Credit: Tadman
Tadman

Mountain climber
CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
THIS !!!
THIS !!!
Credit: Tadman
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:44pm PT
By the way, it is the Tioga Gas Mart, not Tuolumne Mobil.

Well. . . yeah. . . but that kinda goes without sayin', even though it was known, by the locals, as TheMoMart for a long time, too.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Nov 2, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
Isn't this ironic. A bunch of climbers praising BIG OIL.

Any climber who travels in an SUV, truck, or other vehicle with shitty gas mileage is by default "praising" BIG OIL.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
^^^Relax hypocrisy is part of the human condition.
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Nov 3, 2013 - 01:24am PT
did the original chef quit and open another restaurant in Mammoth?
Tadman

Mountain climber
CA
Nov 3, 2013 - 02:39am PT
Yep

http://dineries.com/ca/mammothlakes/toomeys/6085-minaret-rd/zoom?p=1
whitemeat

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Nov 3, 2013 - 10:01am PT
I too agree the mobil is tastey! but there is somewhere better! TPR (tioga pass resort) is of the same or higher quality, cheaper, and WAY closer to the east entrance of the park. it is way before the big grade. check it out, its the bomb and you dont have to be staying there to eat.

1 down side though: they close during the winter!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Nov 3, 2013 - 10:26am PT
but there is somewhere better! TPR (tioga pass resort) is of the same or higher quality, cheaper,

Not to mention just a little bit more atmosphere, eh?

It's almost like you can't even compare them.

TPR FTWFS! (ForTheWinFerSher)
Loose Rocks

Trad climber
Santa Rosa, CA
Nov 3, 2013 - 10:31am PT
Sounds a little more dine in like. Are they welcoming to people who might be a little hygiene challenged.
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