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Jan 17, 2009 11:24 AM

North Lake Tahoe Favorites?

Dear Hubby and I are going to North Lake Tahoe for a week in early March. In the past we've stayed in SLT, so don't know much about NLT (other than Moody's in Truckee, which is one of our favorites!) What are your favorites in the area?

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  1. I don't know if Christy Hill is still there but we used to love it. It's right on the water in Tahoe City and the sunsets are incredible. Great wine list too as I recall.


      Above is a link to an article that appeared in our little local paper last spring. Not sure about its accuracy as to HH deals and such but it is a pretty comprehensive list. Sol y Lago has closed and Fiamma may or may not be open. In winter some of the places are open for dinner only.

      Christy Hill is still here. It's been several years since I've been but it is good although not expensive.

      One of our favorites for a nicer dinner is Soule Domain that almost right on the CA/NV line. Darling little log cabin, great food. Speaking of logs cabins, there's a great breakfast place in Kings Beach - the Log Cabin. On the west shore is Sunnyside which has certainly the best view of the lake. But I'm almost positive it's not open for lunch so view is probably irrelevant. Good fish tacos, seared ahi --- not a fish place; those are just two that I can remember :) In Tahoe City across my the Safeway and up on the little hill is Sawtooth Ridge Cafe. Open for breakfast, lunch and some dinners. Really good with some different dishes than usual and really good sweet potato fries at lunch. In Boatworks Mall is Jakes on the Lake. A great view, open for lunch and dinner. We usually eat in the bar. In Kings Beach is Jason's - also on the lake. We've never had dinner there but good burgers for lunch. In Truckee right across the street from Moodys (where Paul McCartney "jams" when he's in town!) is Bar of America/Pacific Crest. I've liked everything I've ever eaten there especially the fish and chips which are golf ball sized nuggets with perfect batter. At the Hyatt at Incline Village (has a casino since it's in NV) there's the Lone Eagle Grille for fine dining --- although with people coming off the slopes you'll see plenty of jeans and sweaters and nothing dressy. It's really super, right on the lake and has a big wine list. Across the street from the Hyatt on Country Club Drive is Austin's. Great burgers, HUGE salads (they toss at the table) and THE best buttermilk fries with aioli you ever tasted. Oh, yeah, and you want a really good burrito, there'a little hole in the wall in Kings Beach, La Mexicana. They just have a few stools at the counter so we always take ours home. They microwave great. About $6 for one big enough to feed 2 normal people!

      I hope that gets you started. If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to post back. We don't get a lot of requests :)

      1. We recently had a great meal at the River Ranch. If you go, ask for a table looking over the river. A good place for lunch or a casual dinner are 50/50 Brewing Company in Truckee. Their beer is quite good and so is the food. The Irish bar at Squaw is also fun and the food is good. I think that they occasonally have live music.

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        1. re: baseballfan

          I never made it back home this summer, but I really wanted to try big water grill after reading this post: Lone Eagle Grill is another family fave. Will you head into Truckee? Dragonfly and Plumpjack are our faves up there. Will you be heading to South Shore at all?

          1. re: enbell

            We love Moody's in Truckee, but we're getting lots of other good suggestions for there, too. We probably will circle the lake at least once and could end up in South Shore.

        2. Oh, I forgot about the Bridgetender. It's on Hwy 89, just after you cross Fanny Bridge. We've like everything we've had there but the rib basket with cross-cut fries is the best. Mmm. Oops, re Christy Hill, I should have typed it is expensive.

          1. Moody's is still great and one of my favorite restaurants in Lake Tahoe. Also in Truckee, Dragonfly has great fusion cuisine. I love Plumpjack Cafe in Squaw. River Ranch has a beautiful setting on the river. They cook game particularly well.

            Christy Hill and Wolfdale's have wonderful settings on the lake in Tahoe City and serve very good food.

            Tahoe Vista has Spindleshank, for American, and Old Range, for the top steakhouse around.

            Caliente, in King's Beach has authentic Mexican food, not your typical tacos and burritos and smothered cheese. Great drinks. Fun place.

            Incline Village also has some of the best restaurants on the lake, including Big Water Grille, Le Bistro, and Fredericks. Crust is a nice casual place serving American tapas.
            I have found Soule Domaine to be inconsistent.

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            1. re: RevrendAndy

              I forgot about Le Bistro - it's been a few years but we always have had excellent meals there with service and a wine list to match.

              1. re: RevrendAndy

                I haven't been to Caliente since no one I've spoken to thought it was worth it. With $14 cocktails, a couple we know went to dinner there and it was $100. Not what *I* call "authentic Mexican food." It's owned by the Gar Woods guy and I've not been impressed with their food either.

                Sorry you've had inconsistent results at Soule Domaine. You're the first person I've ever heard who didn't just love it. Poor you.

                1. re: c oliver

                  My SO and I went to Soule Domaine last year and had a less than stellar experience. I'm not sure if it's because we went early in the evening, but the place had 4 tables seated on top of eachother and it was so quiet anyone at any of the 4 tables that spoke was heard. Our waiter had that pompous I am culinary or local attitude. My SO couldn't take it, so we ended up taking our entrees to go and heading back to our house to eat. The food was really top notch but the atmosphere and waitstaff were not inviting.

                  1. re: runningforfood

                    I'm SO sorry and SO surprised. When we and others that we know have been there the service was a nice part of the great dining experience. Do you live in the area? I'd sure encourage you to contact the owners (brothers) and tell them about this. They've had this restaurant for a long time. I'm sure they'd appreciate the feedback.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Agreed. (I have a place around the corner, and find their establishment to be most gentile, and smart.)

                      Every once in a while, something fails, but Soule Domain is normally spot-on.

                      1. re: Brent Courier

                        We have a friend who pet sat for us last summer. A number of her friends joined her and Soule Domain was their best meal --- and they live in SF so aren't pushovers. They're coming back this summer and will repeat, I'm sure. As you say, anyone can have an off night but that too bad when it DOES happen. I too have found their service to be the perfect mix of welcoming but not over the top. BTW, we live in Cedar Flat between Kings Beach and Tahoe City. Do the Biltmore breakfast regularly although their prices have gone way up. But we use points so who cares???