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I'm returning to South Lake Tahoe for the weekend after many years away and would love some restaurant/take away/shack/stand/what have you recommendations.
I did a search, but most of what I came up with was a little dated.
Things we always do:
The Hut: always, always for a late breakfast. Don't remember if it's really good or not, but it is a tradition.

A lumpia place we found like, ten years ago. Anyone know of one? It was near the shop/casino area and was made up of a stand mostly, IIRC. Any good lumpia still in SLTahoe?

A really good taco/burrito place with good tacos al pastor. Again, forget the name/exact location, but we've gone each time we've headed up that way and it's always still been there. They have lots of seating for the size of the place, you order at the counter and there's tv screens with soccer games going on in every corner. Really good, seems authentic. This is on the way into town (coming from SF), and next door to another restaurant, IIRC. Not quite a strip mall, but not standing alone. Anyone?

We are always looking for good sushi for my friends little girl. What is currrently good up there?
Any other recs are greatly appreciated. I can't wait to revisit the snow and sit by the fire in our cabin.
Sorry to be so vague, it's truly been awhile!

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  1. I have always liked Izzy's Burger Spa (on Highway 50, north side), although it's been at least five years since I was last there.

    FYI, there's not a lot of snow at the moment...and none in the forecast, either. *sigh*

    1. Next time I have a chance I'm checking out Nikki's Chaat Cafe in South Lake Tahoe.

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      1. re: SteveTimko

        hey, if you ever feel like a Sunday drive up there and a mini-chowdown, we're in.....especially if the weather stays the way it is. Can't ski or snowshoe, might as well eat :-)

      2. We've now eaten twice at Sala Thai, a Thai place on the lake side of Hwy 50 about 3 miles east of the Y (in the stretch before you reach Rufus Allen Blvd./Inn at the Lake). It is very good Thai food - highly recommended.

        1. Thanks for these suggestions! Noone can recall the taco place, huh? I really hope it's still there.
          This may seem like a silly question for this time of the year, but are there any Farmer's Markets in South Lake Tahoe? Even a small one would be a lot of fun to check out.
          And here's praying for snow!

          1. I think you'll have snow.
            We were up there last year and had fish tacos in a place near the lifts to Heavenly. No TVs that I recall. Is that what you meant? Probably not. Decent tacos, though.

            1. i grew up on the west shore of tahoe. last time i went to go visit, i had some very good sushi at Naked Fish sushi in south lake tahoe. worth the visit!

              1. One last plea before we leave tomorrow morning...
                No Farmers Market I asssume, any good natural stores/independent groceries?
                I hear it's very cold, icy and no snow :(

                Alas, it IS vacation and we will eat and play with gusto!

                1. I am Tahoe local and these are my recommendations for great food in Tahoe.

                  For my money the two best breakfasts in town are either Ernies, on the right hand side of Hwy. 50 before the "Y" as you get into town. Get there early, the wait can be murder especially on the weekend. Another breakfast favorite is The Driftwood Cafe, the original location is attached to the Driftwood Inn on Laurel Way (a small side street runs parallel to Hwy. 50 (Lake Tahoe Blvd.) just before the casinos. They also have a new restaurant which just opened in the Heavenly Center and can be seen from the Stateline Raleys parking lot as you face the gondola. Both, have great traditional favorites, biscuits and gravy, omelets, etc.

                  Unfortunately, I do not know of any place in town that serves lumpia or any type of authentic Fillipino food any more. There is really no good Chinese food either.

                  The newest, most reasonable and in my opinon best sushi in Tahoe these days is at Off the Hook. It is on the right side of Hwy. 50 (Lake Tahoe Blvd.) after you turn right at the "Y". It is in the shopping center with Whisky Dicks bar and the Fat City Food delivery company (great food delivery from 11-11, not the best pizza, best and biggest burgers in town). The owner used to be a sushi chef at another local restaurant, Waterwheel, but he left to start his own business. It is a local favorite for great food, reasonable food and the happy hour from 4:30-6 Monday through Thursday, select rolls up to $3.00, $2.00 saki, beers and appetizers. Try the Poki salad....

                  One of the best places for authentic tacos and burritos has to be Taqueria Jaliscos, a hole in the wall absolute favorite for locals with reasonable prices, large portions (burritos) and a terrific hand-cut salsa bar. It is on Harrison Avenue off of Hwy. 50 (Tahoe Blvd.), make a left hand turn as you head toward the casinos and it is directly behind Rojo's BBQ restaurant. And you may consider this odd, but my second choice for delicious, authentic mexican food is on the ground floor of the Lakeside Casino, it is called La Taberna, and let me tell you do not let the fact that it is in a casino put you off. Great authentic mexican food, start off your meal with the addictive tri-colored chips and salsa, they even have a traditional mexican goat dish on the menu if you are feeling really adventurous.

                  My final recommendation has to be for the Lake Tahoe Pizza Company, must try the whole wheat crust. The best pizza in Tahoe does not deliver, so be prepared to dine in, have a salad bar while you wait...

                  Hope this helps.

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                  1. re: tahoelocal1

                    tahoelocal I am or feel like a resident. I have camped at Tahoe Valley each year for 2 months from 1982 to 1995. I am now back looking around because of the fire locally. It looks to me that they are clearing Tallac Village as I type....Tell me oh wise one...and I mean that sincerely,,,,,that this hasn't ruined our most beautiful place in the world...We eat at Columbo's aand all places along by the Y....LOVE every one...You can email me or anyone locally can at earth (at) televar (dot) com

                  2. We had a first class prime rib dinner at Chart House (392 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline, NV , (775) 588-6276). We started the evening off with fresh oysters (with actual salinated, oyster liqueur still in the shells). Followed by a crunchy citrusy Chopped Salad, a juicy, succulent prime rib (as in right off the bone) with all the accoutrements (chives, fresh horseradish or horseradish cream) with sides of creamed spinach and a little mound of mashed potatoes with crispy thingies on top. Was in heaven!

                    1. Oops. Almost forgot the most adorable culinary experience next to a laundromat! of all places! It's a Wine Bar called "Apres" located at 3668 US 50 (207/664-4085) in the plaza that also houses Powderhouse Ski Shop. Atmospheric, with the latest European technology that allows you to sample a host of wines. A glass arrives actually in a very generous carafe, and the platters are also extraordinarily generous. We took the "Charcuterie" and ended up with three different platters for the price of one: first the truffle and fruit butter on toasted pita triangles that tasted freshly baked, followed by an excellent cheese and meats platter with memorable olives and then a third plate of exceptionally fresh, flavorful strawberries and dried figs and other goodies. Excellent value. And the host, LJ Martin, is a gentleman and a pioneer. I'd definitely go again.