Sifting through the “Squaw Valley” alert on my Google Reader I came across this forum on the food-lovers website Chowhound.- It reads: I’m going in late June to Northstar at Tahoe for a wedding. Prior to the wedding day, I’ll have 2 1/2 days to explore the area — 2 dinners, 2-3 lunches or breakfasts. Any Chowhound recommendations for Northstar, Truckee, Lake Tahoe or Squaw Valley? Looking for fun, delicious places — any ethnicity is ok and price point is flexible. The responses pointed this person to places like Moody’s and Dragon Fly in Truckee, as well as the Plumpjack Inn in Squaw.- While these places are a little rich for most ski bums blood, I have had the chance to dine at each (mainly when my folks are in town) and agree that they are very good choices for those can fit them into their budget. Here’s a short list of some of my picks favorite great places to eat:
Truckee: Wild Cherries or Tacos Jaliscos for a quick breakfast/lunch, Casa Baeza for dinner (mainly because their margaritas are to die for, literally they could kill you). Squaw: To add to the list above, I would recommend Graham’s but it is rather pricey but have a great menu for special occassions.- Cornice Cantina has also grown on me.- Obviously Les Chamiox and the Blue Onion in the winter.- River Ranch also has some great food and one of the best Happy Hours in town. Tahoe City: Syd’s and the Dam Cafe in terms of sandwich/coffee shops.- The relatively new Fat Cat has really good food and very reasonable prices, not to mention the full liquor license that they pulled out of left field.- Also the Bridgetender is a Tahoe City staple.- River Grill has surprisingly good margaritas and a decent happy hour.- Blue Coyote serves the only mexican food in town. West Shore: Sunnyside is always a lot of fun and their 1/2 priced Fish Tacos on Wedesdays draws a big local crowd.- Fire Sign, just across from Sunnyside, hands down has the best breakfast in Tahoe. Past Tahoe City: Garwoods’ Wet Woody’s will creep up on you (you’ve been warned!) and it’s one of the best places to hang out at in the Summer.- Old Ranch Steakhouse serves the best piece of meat and is reasonably priced for a steakhouse.- The best part is that you get two meals out of it considering the portions are rediculously big.- Hiro Sushi has a $25 all you can eat for an hour deal and, in my opinion, makes some creative rolls that you can’t get anywhere else. Well that is pretty much a run down of the only places I eat. What have I missed? Let us know in the comments.