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Just back from Lake Tahoe (long report)

cookie d'oh | Feb 4, 200411:16 PM

I just returned from a week or so in Lake Tahoe. With a diverse group of diners (my toddler, my inlaws, etc.), we had some really good food experiences thanks to this board.

On our way there, stopped in Bishop. Dined at Whiskey Creek Restaurant, which, from my many travels through Bishop as a kid, I remember as being the nicer counterpart to the Copper Kettle coffee shop (I may be wrong, it's been a few years). Seated and served promptly, nice selection of wines by the glass and a taster of local microbrews that was fabulous. Great kids menu, and a very upscale grown-up menu, too. Can't remember the exact dishes, but we were very pleasantly surprised. Brought Shaat’s Bakery Chili-Cheese-Tomato as well as Cinnamon pull-apart breads up to our condo for snacking during the week.

We stayed in North Lake Tahoe between Tahoe City and Incline Village. Best meals overall in the area were breakfasts at the Blue Onion, the Old Post Office, the Log Cabin Caffe, and the Fire Sign Café (on the outskirts of Tahoe City towards the south shore.) Breakfast at the Blue Onion was food so good I wanted to cry – mine was a breakfast panini with brie, smoked turkey and eggs, husband had an amazing Belgian waffle that was like nothing I’ve ever tasted and will be in my dreams, inlaws had variations of crepes that were really good. Fire Sign Café had an artichoke-dill omelette that I ordered on two occasions (while my husband had the gouda scramble both times we visited.) Old Post Office has especially good breakfast potatoes and I loved the veggie scramble. All of these places are breakfast and lunch only, and had they been open for dinner, we’d have gone there in a heartbeat.

Dinners were less consistent. Mexican food at Hacienda del Lago (I think that’s the name) was not something I’d want to have again, though Blue Agave had good food and drinks (but really mediocre service and served coffee and tea lukewarm to be sent back and returned too late to be enjoyed. Oh well.) Lanza’s serves some pretty standard uninspired Italian food. Spindleshanks was warm and friendly and a little fancier than what we needed, but overall very tasty. Jason’s has a salad bar and a dinner menu that is a lot of bar food – nachos, cheese covered potatoes, fish & chips, chicken strips – the whole gamut of salty and fried. The Sierra Café at the Hyatt Regency Incline Village was pretty standard hotel coffee shop, though with a pretty lavish seafood buffet at dinner. My in-laws enjoyed Christy Hill on my mother in law’s birthday (we stayed in and had deli sandwiches from Safeway.)

The Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt was our fancy meal out to celebrate a few family birthdays. It’s a big, gorgeous lodge of a room that had my mother in law asking me to find more places like this in Los Angeles. Floor to ceiling (maybe 3 stories?) windows facing the lake, an inviting bar with lounge singer, great service, and very family friendly. French Onion Soup was a favorite, as were the Caesar salads. Main courses at our table included duck, lamb chops, and a couple of steaks. Everyone was happy, though if it were my kitchen, I’d do a little less sauce on all the meats. The breads were especially good, served with plain and curry butter, the latter of which was a big hit on the pretzel bread.

We skied at Alpine Meadows and though the food wasn’t much to write home about, the brownies at the Chalet Restaurant (mid-mountain) were generous in size and really hit the spot.

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