This was one of the truly GREAT restaurant finds we made during our 2 week trek around California and the funny thing was that it was completely serendipitous. We were coming down from Yosemite on Highway 140 heading toward San Francisco. When we got to Mariposa, we were just taken aback by the palpable historic and quaint texture and energy of the town. We decided to stop for just a "few moments" to explore the funky shops on the side of the street and after getting into a great conversation with the Su Carney, the half-Korean (like me) owner of Yosemite Gifts, we realized it was already nearing sundown and we were hungry. Su recommended that we go down the road to visit her friend's restaurant, Savoury's. This was not only the best accidental find I've ever had among restaurants but it was one of the better restaurant experiences I've ever had period. The owner, Mariam, is a lovely woman and took the time to tell us the great story of how she came to start Savoury's. She had no formal culinary training. She just loved to cook and the food, which I would describe as New American, is simple yet beautifully prepared and presented. The atmosphere was wonderful. Apparently, she is known worldwide as travelers from as far as Europe put a trip to Savoury's on their itinerary any time they visit Yosemite. I will do the same.
By Chris Franek
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Mariposa, CA 95338, USA