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TAHOE/INCLINE VILLAGE -BEWARE/TAKE FOOD (long)

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TAHOE/INCLINE VILLAGE -BEWARE/TAKE FOOD (long)

christinet | Jun 23, 2004 11:08 PM

Dining scene more disappointing than ever, here are two places to skip. Will probably pack picnics/food from Ikeda's for next trip, or rent a condo with kitchen.
Dinner #1- LA FONDUE
BIG DISAPPOINTMENT! Former owners sold to couple who own other restaurants in area and their lack of attention shows. Waitresses don't care about food/service,are very unwelcoming (and we had a reservation!) and sullen about the poor quality of the meals. VERY HOT/stuffy inside. Given heat of the day/restaurant, last thing you want to do is sit next to a table with folks popping very small portions of meat into hot bubbling oil. Even in winter, hot oil permeating the air in small space doesn't work. Ordered Wiener Schnitzel...$20.00, came with small salad of baby greens which was ok--but oddly served in a compote glass or soup (folks next to us said soup inedible) Weiner Schnitzel was small flattened pork VERY crisply deep fried, served with no lemon wedges, or ligonberries, but with the most sorry looking excuses for potato pancakes we have ever seen!! Burnt black completely around the edges, totally flat/greasy. Commented to waitress, she said she would replace them, but only if she could get the cook to understand her, since they didn't speak English. 20 minutes later, out came EXACT inedible duplicates!
Dinner #2: Lone Eagle Grill, Hyatt Hotel
Despite staying at Hyatt, and call early in the week-rez taker playing the "5:30 or 8:30 game"-only rez we could get was 5:30 --told they were overbooked. Upon arriving, restaurant empty, even at 7:30 only 25% full. We dined at this restaurant last year, and found NO improvements. We will not go back again . "Greeter"/Seater very sullen (tried to seat us at only table adjacent to roaring fireplace-it was 80 degrees, despite empty restaurant. Requested and got larger view table), as was our waitress (recognized from last year)---what is it with the servers in this town? Food overpriced--few options other than v. expensive steaks ($32 and up), lobster, duck and heavy items. Wondered what children in the room were eating? Received amuse, which was ONLY delicious item of the night---when we commented to waitress about how good it was, she made a cryptic snide remark it would never make it to the menu if the chef had his way ?? Waitress made big thing about ordering wine, sent over wine "steward/grapes on vest", only friendly gracious person we encountered, who admitted wine list lacking/overpriced. We ordered wine by the glass from her, but it never came. Sometime during service, waitress again asked if we wanted wine, so we had to order again. Begin to realize evening dining experienc going downhill! "Laura Chenal goat cheese salad" nicely dressed, but very small serving of a few green leaves, spirals of carrots and tiny bit of goat cheese. Bread basket saved us, with couple of hot french rolls. New York Steak covered with tasteless red wine sauce totally obliterating good taste of beef (had not noticed sauce mentioned on menu, waitress scornful when asked), accompanied by some sort (again what's with this place and potato prep?) of slimey greasy potato gratin? pancake? Didn't ask. Waitress continued curt service/comments. When manager happened by, we mentioned our displeasure. She spoke to waitress, who then became so patronizing, obtrusive and unpleasantly sweet (tip or lack thereof time)couldn't wait to get out of there. NEVER AGAIN!!!

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