Family and friends, here’s the new place to stop while on your way to Mammoth. It used to be Amigos in Bishop was the spot, but since they had a change in ownership the place hasn’t been the same. So now you can just stop in Big Pine at Copper Top and drive straight through Bishop!
Here’s what we love about Copper Top BBQ: First and foremost the food is delicious. It has a small focused menu, which is a very smart way to manage the business. The Santa Maria Tri Tip and pulled pork were excellent. The owner, Hank, is always present and so is his son, Matt. They put their heart and soul into it.
What I appreciate is how they put some thought into what they are doing. The
pit is in front of the building and is a focal point. They cook over red oak. I really love their slogan: Food Makes Friends. The price on the menu includes taxes, “What you see is what you pay.” The hours are Wed- Sun, 11-7. One needs a break, especially in the restaurant business. I applaud him for closing two days a week.
There are many mediocre restaurants in the Eastern Sierra, and many nice ones. But the nice ones are expensive. At the Copper Top you’ll get a quality meal at a fair price. And you’ll be helping a small guy succeed in the tough restaurant business. Hank’s background is in the dairy business. In the mid 90’s he moved to Bakersfield to work for John Deere selling equipment to Caltrans and the DWP. His oldest son is a CHP officer based in Bishop. He moved here to be closer to his grandchildren. When you stop in, ask him about them. He’ll show you pictures and speak with admiration. I’m really pulling for Hank to succeed. I’ve been there and empathize with want he’s trying to accomplish.
Please give the Copper Top BBQ a try.