Around a year ago the Grand Dame of Yosemite “The
Ahwahnee Hotel’s” name was changed to “The Majestic
Yosemite Hotel”. You may say a rose is still a rose by any
other name, but the food is still not good, IMHO worse.
It’s sad, the beautiful room I’d give 5 stars for ambiance
and service dishes up mediocre food. The Ahwahnee
grand dinning room is certainly an American icon, another
American icon is a classic Cheese Burger with Fries. It
stand’s to reason you would expect exceptional food
in such surroundings. We lunched there in December
of 2014, before the name change. The Burger and fries,
were “OK” then, but I went back hoping for improvement.
Unfortunately the food was a disappointment. The hand
pressed 1/2 lb. burger, is not local grass fed beef as before
Coast is $15.50 plus .75 cents for cheese. The ground beef
did not have the “maillard reaction” which makes a nice
outer crust on the meat and juicy inside. A strange pickle
was speared on top, perhaps house made but so large and
tough it could not be sliced with my butter knife. The few
bits of pickle I was able to hack off, fell out as soon as I
lifted the sandwich. The fries seemed institutional not the
steak cut as before.
An american classic burger should give an umami mouth
feel and a bit of juice dripping down your chin is perfection.
This comes from meat juices mixed with pickle, fresh
tomato, red onion, crisp lettuce, melted cheese,
condiments and a toasted bun.
How to improve:
- House made ground beef, blend of chuck & steak.
- Hand pressed as it still is, charred and pressed.
- Grill toast the brioche bun.
- House made pickles sliced.
- House made condiments ketchup, mustard and mayo.
- Fries; In house cut shoestring, sweet potato or steak cut.
Below is my post from before.