My wife and I spent our 30th anniversary there last week.
We were looking forward to the hiking and exploring in the Sierra country and not really concerned about the accomodations.
However- as it turned out - our stay at the Lodge was so much fun that I have to tell somebody.
First - the restaurant: I must mention our server, Miss Kim, she was so funny and helpfull.
We really enjoyed her company at dinner time - thank you Kim!
Miss Pam took care of us at breakfast - making sure we had our coffee and also making certain that we would take the scenic hike before we ended our stay - the one that is just a mile or two behind the Lodge. We were going to skip it but Pam inststed and she was right!
All of the staff were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Park and it showed.
Now - the for the Best Part of Our Stay - Chef Brandon.
My wife and I had dinner in the Lodge shortly after we checked in. The soup special was broccoli with roasted gouda. It was Perfect. I mean we looked at each other like "what the ** just happened - this soup is amazing!"
The next evening - we decided to have a big dinner, stray off the diet plan a little maybe.... I was thinking rib eye....
Turns out the special was a pork tenderloin roasted with an orange marmelaide cilantro glaze and we could have sweet potato fries with chipotle ketchup. I had never had a meal so perfectly prepared in my life and I have been a few places.
Inspite of ourselves we finished the plate in embarrasingly short order. Miss Kim came by to check on us and we all laughed - "I know - its so good, right?" she says.... It was Epic.
Chef Brandon - thank you for the Best Dinner Experience Ever. And for the surprise creme brulee desert.
Les carottes sont cuites - we will never enjoy eating in fine restaurants again - they will only disappoint us.
If you plan to visit the Kings Canyon or Sequoia National Park - please do yourself a solid and go see Kim and Pam at the Grant Grove Restaurant...dont forget to ask about the Special of the Day - Chef Brandon will take good care of you.
And if you need accomodations - the John Muir Lodge is our new favorite place - I confidently recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
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