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La Promesa in South Lake Tahoe

testrep00 | Jan 1, 200804:50 PM

La Promesa
Mexican food and bakery
3447 Lake Tahoe Blvd. #4
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 541-2019
Located within the Long’s Drugs shopping center
- mexican
-breakfast, lunch , dinner
- credit and debit cards
Just returned from a winter trip to South Lake Tahoe and we discovered La Promesa, a great Mexican restaurant and bakery. Their food is authentic and the prices are incredibly reasonable. The décor is modest and the small place is busy with a diverse customer base (mostly locals and blue collar workers) and some tourists- just like many of the authentic Mexican restaurants in East Los Angeles and the Mission District of San Francisco. We had lunch for four and our bill was under $25. The restaurant is family owned and operated and the salsas are excellent (try the homemade red spicy sauce). Their self-serve salsas included homemade red and green salsas in addition to the fresh onions mixed with habanero chile or sliced cucumbers or radishes. For breakfast we ordered the Chilaquiles $6 (scrambled eggs with cheese and red salsa), tamales $6 and a Pambazo $6, a chorizo sausage and potato Torta smothered with red salsa (first time ever I had tried this kind of Torta). For drinks we had Sangría Señorial, a refreshing non-alcoholic soda drink and some homemade hot Champurrado, a special hot chocolate thickened with masa and flavored with piloncillo. The Champurrado is not listed in the La Promesa menu, but the regular customers were ordering it with the pastry and baked goods. The service was friendly and Jose, the owner came to our table to ask if everything was good. Overall, we had a great breakfast. We will certainly return to this restaurant on our next trip to South Lake Tahoe.
In sum, La Promesa is a great choice for a simple, straightforward Mexican breakfast for all types of budgets.
By the way, the next day we ate lunch at the Baja Fresh in the Raley’s supermarket. The food at Baja Fresh was mediocre at best, the place was dirty and the floor looked like it had not been cleaned in weeks. Also, their credit / debit cards machine was not working so they only were taking cash. The salsa bar was messy and understocked. Not a good experience at this Baja Fresh this time.

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