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I'm planning a mountain biking vacation near Lake Tahoe for this summer. I know nothing of the area, and am trying to decide where to stay based on where the food is. North of the lake? South of the lake? Closer to Sacremento? Reno?

And then, after you've told me where to stay...tell me where to eat. (We'll worry about picking trails later after we get the important stuff figured out.) Thanks!

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  1. Danna, the sad truth about Tahoe is that the good restaurants come and go quickly. Last Summer I got a list of the good ones here, but when we got to Tahoe none of them existed anymore. I've chanced upon some greats, then found them gone when I returned a few months later. Always we've had better luck dining in Truckee.

    Our son recently stayed at the Marriott at South Shore and liked his room with a kitchen because he could turn out better food than any of the restaurants he had tried a couple of months earlier.(There's a Raley's grocery store in walking distance, with a credible deli and bakery. Get a loaf of the bakery's Rustic French bread and ask them to slice it, and get some fresh-sliced pastrami and Havarti cheese from the Deli. The deli tamales are gross! There arre several other dinner options I haven't tried. Most of the salads are okay.)

    There are a couple of chain mexican food places in the same complex as the Marriott, and both were really bad, on recent visits.

    For sure stay away from the buffets at the major casinos at South Shore.

    Too bad I'm more up on what's bad than what's good. We go to Tahoe a lot because we now live about 45 minutes away and often have houseguests who want to go. I'll be anxiously awaiting some dining recommends, even a good breakfast.

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    1. re: Bahb

      Bummer. We live in a food-challenged area, so I hate that my vacation spot suffers the same ills. Truckee looks pretty close on the map...what do you recommend there?

      1. re: danna

        Truckee
        Dragonfly
        10116 Donner Pass Rd
        Truckee, CA 96161
        (530) 587-0557
        Asian fusion food.

        The Fish Station
        10130 West River St
        Truckee, CA 96160
        (530) 550-9009
        American, seafood and sandwiches.

        South Lake Tahoe
        Heidi's Pancake House
        3485 Lake Tahoe Blvd
        South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
        (530) 544-8113
        Excellent breakfasts.

        Taqueria Jalisco
        3097 Harrison Ave
        South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
        (530) 541-6516
        Good Mexican food.

        Naked Fish Sushi Restaurant
        3940 Lake Tahoe Blvd Ste 3
        South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
        (530) 541-3474

        Orchid's Authenti Thai Food
        2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd
        South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
        (530) 544-5541
        Good Thai.

        1. re: RBCal

          Previous reports on this board have given Moody's and Cottonwood in Truckee pretty good reviews.

    2. Nikki's Chaat Cafe in South Lake Tahoe sounds interesting, but I still haven't eaten there yet.
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334554

      1. I have a vacation home in Truckee thus have tried most of the restaurants up there. In Truckee, Dragonfly for asian/california cuisine, Cottonwood is excellent and has a great view of downtown Truckee and Squeeze Inn for legendary breakfast and sandwiches(not open for dinner).

        I have had mixed results with the food at Moody's but it is a fun place for drinks. Another good place is the new Lodge at Tahoe Donner. It is up the hill on Northwoods and fun either in the bar or the main dining room.

        There are tons of bike trails all over North Lake Tahoe. Search Amazon because there are books devoted to trails in the Tahoe area. If you have time, the river rafting down the Truckee river from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows is fun. Also a ride up the tram to High Camp at Squaw Valley is great because it is so scenic. They have a pool, spa and the Olympic Museum up there. You can also go ice skating. Eat in the village before you go up as the food up there is not good. There is a fun Irish Bar in the village whose name escapes me right now. Good food, beer and fun ambience.

        Have a great trip....Tahoe is fantastic in the summer.