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South Lake Tahoe? [Long]


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South Lake Tahoe? [Long]

christinet | | Nov 5, 2002 06:14 PM

Took last minute trip up to South Lake Tahoe--to test drive new Marriott Timber Lodge Resort. Unfortunately, forgot to check board for tips for dining on the Road to SLT/ Sacto to SLT/Highway 50? IS THERE ANY GOOD UP TO DATE REVIEWS/IDEAS, A LINK ANYWHERE OR DOES ANYONE HAVE SOME GOOD TIPS?? We plan to return soon. As in past trips to Tahoe, visions of a stop at Ikeda's to stock up on breakfast goodies/pie/coffee/snacks, since Marriott stay was in brand new 1 bdrm/bath villa with have fully equipped kitchen-must provide your own salt/pepper, sugar, tea/coffee), fireplace, vcr, washer dryer etc.) and lay low. Forgot Ikeda's located off Highway 80 on way to NORTH Tahoe, not SOUTH. OOPS! Starving, but recalled tip on Apple Hill food, so we pulled off at at Camino turnoff and got apple doughnuts at Apple Hill Farm--greasy, no apple or any taste at all [made Krispy Kremes and esp. Bob's Donuts look great]-big disappointment. So, we continued on Hwy 50 towards SLT with NO food game plan--very unusual for us. Luckily,recalled post about Ernie's on left on Emerald Bay Blvd(by KMart, before you get to the Y/Lake)for breakfast. Old style diner like cafe. Had very good Ernie Scramble (tomatoes, bacon,onions and plenty of cheese) and a Denver Omelette. Home fries were good---but skip cake-like biscuit (saw it go into microwave to heat up). Also, even the specially requested French Roast coffee is not SF standard-strong enough. Instead had hot chocolate (came with big dollop of whipped cream. Pies looked good as did huge burgers and lunch menu. Everyone very friendly. Breakfast around $17. Food went downhill (and not on skis) from there. Tried several restaurants including Broiler Room at Caesar's which had been reco'd for prime rib/steaks---expensive and no way to get in without reservation--ditto Evans. Ended up at one block away from Hotel at Hard Rock for a large Cobb salad and cheeseburger, both very good [we were starving again by then, maybe the altitude?]despite being at rear of VERY SMOKE FILLED (don't they have filter machines in casinos in SLT?) Harveys. Raley's Grocery Store (across street from Marriott)was a lifesaver, so we enjoyed some great "time in" remainder of weekend. Marriott lobby has marketplace deli and Starbucks [overheard "barrista" saying she had just finished her training, since it all just opened 11/1]. Plan to return soon, so any ideas, on SLT area or road up appreciated!! THANKS!!