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South Lake Tahoe report (long)

Deelish | Feb 7, 2004 08:10 PM

Thank you Chowhounds! Four of us had great meals in and around Stateline due to your raves.

We loved the Red Hut (both locations) for breakfast. The french toast made from any bread (about 6 choices) was a hit. The omelets were perfectly filled and sized and the hash browns had the right amount of crispy, crunchy outer layer. Even the oatmeal was well cooked and presented with sides of raisins, brown sugar, and milk. Coffee was not good.

Dinner at Sato on highway 50 was terrific. The miso soup was good but the green salad was up a notch with a lovely soy ginger dressing. Sashimi was very fresh and large pieces were served. The seaweed salad was the star of the meal for it was larger than usual and served on a bed of greens with a mouth-watering sesame dressing. The entrees of unagi donburi, salmon teriyaki, chicken katsu were all fresh and well prepared. They even accomodated our low carb vegetarian diner with a large bowl of miso soup with tofu and vegies.

Second night we splurged at Evans American Gourmet Cafe on Emerald Bay Rd. In a cozy little house they put out lovely, but pricey meals. We were greeted with a lovely creamy chicken liver-apple pate and croutons to begin. Starters included a caesar that was a little wilted and over dressed, but strongly flavored with mustard and anchovies, potato-leek soup had roasted garlic which made it sing, a personal size pizza topped with sun dried tomatoes, basil and garlic was exceptional. Entrees tried were yummy seared scallops on buckwheat fettucine with puddles of smoky butternut squash puree and a poached salmon filet with lentils and asparagus on a bed of spicy greens. Both entrees were well executed with top ingredients. We tried their signature frozen white chocolate mousse with raspberries and a lemon cake with lemon curd and raspberry sauce. The desserts did not impress. They were pouring good Monterey County wines by the glass as house wine and also a house champange by the glass, a nice touch. Service was attentive, friendly and not rushed even though they were crowded and understaffed.

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