We randomly saw The Grill in Lone Pine and decided to stop. It’s been a minute (ok, a lot of minutes) since I went to a new diner. It’s been hard on the West Coast because diners aren’t as common.
For those who don’t know, I went to over 300 diners when living in New Jersey. Why? Because it was a fun thing to do. I saw a lot of the state that way. You can read about my diner journey here.
These days, my goal is to go to a diner in every US State. I digress. None of that intro is about The Grill in Lone Pine.
The Grill (Lone Pine) Atmosphere: A
The Grill isn’t a big metallic diner but has a more casual mountain town vibe. There are about ten seats inside and another five out. You won’t din any booths and they are all wooden tables. You can see the kitchen staff working, and there is a small bakery at the front. If you are looking for a mom-and-pop vibe diner, it’s a great option.
It’s located right on the main strip of Lone Pine, so it’s hard to miss if you’re driving through. The one thing that does interest me about The Grill in Lone Pine is they don’t open until 9 am. It seems like the place that would open around 7.
It was already 5 pm, and I didn’t have coffee this time.
The Grill (Lone Pine) Food: A
The Grill menu has all you could want in a diner. There were so many options that looked good that I was between. A few items on The Grill menu that caught my eye are:
- Smoked Salmon Benedict: Two poached eggs on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce.
- Turkey Pita: Hummus spread, turkey, jack cheese, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, and greens
- Half Rack of BBQ Ribs served with mixed veggies.
You can find The Grill Menu on their Facebook page.
I decided on the half rack of ribs. Before our order, she mentioned the soup of the day was split pea soup. I can never say no because split pea and lentil are probably my favorite soups.
The split pea was tasty. It wasn’t as thick as other split pea soups but still good. I liked it and I would order it again.
The BBQ ribs were good. They were about what I expected to find for diner ribs. They weren’t falling off the bone, but they still tasted good. There was enough BBQ sauce, but not as much as I’ve experienced at other places. The veggies tasted great and might have been my favorite part of the meal.
The Grill (Lone Pine) Service: A
Our waitress was great, in fact, one of the best waitresses we’ve had at a diner. I have no complaints. She made the experience at The Grill in Lone Pine wonderful. You could tell the staff all got along and you could see them chatting and helping each other out.
For my ribs and split pea soup, it was $30. Not terrible, considering the amount of food I got.
The Grill (Lone Pine) Conclusion:
If you are looking for an excellent spot to stop, the Grill is a perfect option. It would be great fuel for climbing Mt. Whitney or heading up to Mammoth. We will definitely be back next time.
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Questions for you:
Have you been to the Grill in Lone Pine?
What is your favorite dinner?