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Big Oak Entrance

Great dining options are scarce in these parts. For options beyond the places mentioned below, ask around town for further recommendations -- just don't expect to discover the next Chez Panisse.

Burgers & Bullets: The Iron Door Saloon -- Walk through the English iron doors that were shipped around the Horn, and step into a bar that has been serving whiskey to thirsty travelers for more than 150 years. Built from solid blocks of granite, the Iron Door Saloon is a must-stop on your way to Yosemite. They say Black Bart enjoyed a tumbler or two here and put a few bullets in the walls to keep the locals jumpy (keep looking). Thousands of dollar bills are tacked to the ceiling, and a stuffed buffalo's head hangs on the wall to remind guests of the house special -- a thick, juicy, charbroiled buffalo burger served with pickles, tomato, onions, and house-made coleslaw. Espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes are available as well. At 18761 Main St. in downtown Groveland, it's open daily for lunch and dinner (tel. 209/962-8904; www.iron-door-saloon.com). Live music acts (with both local and national artists) regularly play at the saloon -- a remnant perk from the days when the owners used to work for concert promoter Bill Graham.

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