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Fairly brief and not encouraging North Tahoe notes...

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Fairly brief and not encouraging North Tahoe notes...

susancinsf | Nov 14, 2004 01:02 AM

Several fairly recent threads have commented on the lack of really good dining options at Northshore, other than Le Bistro and a few others... A quick trip up there for Veteran's Day appeared to bear that out.

I stayed at the Hyatt, and met sister Janet for some R and R at the Spa, preceeded by snowhoeing (it looks like mid-winter up there, great snow!). They still have some very good off-season rates. Well, the spa is really wonderful. Highly recommended. As for the Hyatt itself: the remodel makes it almost a new hotel (last time I stayed there was probably five years ago), but the food is just plain tired.

Thursday night I had prime rib at the Lone Eagle Bar. I've had a pretty good brunch there, but can't recommend it for dinner, even in the bar. Yes, it has great atmosphere, (or did until the live entertainment started, but if you like to dine with a singer who goes around to tables and uses tapes to accompany himself, kareoke style, perhaps you would like it), but the food just wasn't worth the price. Prime Rib is the same price ($29.95)in the bar as in the resto, and while it was a fairly generous cut, there wasn't much flavor to the beef. The accompanying mashed potatoes were much too salty. Even the wine selection by the glass was disappointing.

Janet had been interested in going retro and trying the fondue place next to the Hyatt for dinner, but it was closed while we were there: Thursday was the end of their vacation and they had a private party Friday. My idea was to treat her to dinner at Le Bistro , but when the weather turned threatening and something unexpected came up in Reno, she took off before dinner last night, and I didn't have the energy after all that exercise and spa-ing :-) to try it on my own. Big mistake, as I settled for quite mediocre food in the Hyatt's lower end dining room in the main hotel.

Best meals of the trip were meatloaf sandwiches that Janet brought along as a picnic when we went snowshoeing, and the tacos coming and going....

Next time, I will stick to my plans and try Le Bistro.

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