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Oct 16, 2009 07:16 AM

Jack Rabbit Moon Reborn - Incline Village, Lake Tahoe

After a long hiatus, Jack Rabbit Moon has returned to Incline Village. In it's heyday, this was one of the best restaurants on the north shore, serving up cutting edge, contemporary cuisine. Frederick's took over the space and was a worthy replacement.

After a number of years in the bay area, Amy, the chef/owner has opened a small wine bar serving appetizers and gourmet paninis. They offer a very interesting mix of wines by the glass and bottle, at extremely fair prices. There is also a full bar.

I started with a delicious butternut squash soup, topped with creme fraiche and roasted pumpkin seeds. The soup was velvety and full of flavor-not too rich. I paired this with a Pine Ridge Chenin-Viognier, which worked beautifully.

I continued with a prosciutto di parma panini with garlic artichoke hearts, greens, and dijon gruyere cheese spread. The bread was crispy and brushed with olive oil before pressing. Great sandwich. I sampled a Slovenian tokay, and it was a good match. Slovenian wine? In Tahoe? That's what I'm talking about!

The other selections of apps and sandwiches look terrific. They have only been open a week and I'm sure they will be tweaking their menu, possibly adding some dessert.

This is an exciting new addition to our small town.

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  1. I hate panninis but I'll give them a try.
    Andy, you didn't give the address or the approximate location.

    1. Sorry about that. I slipped.

      They are on the southwest corner of Hwy. 28 and Village, in the former Quiznos across from Starbucks.

      1. Thanks for this. I seem to remember an ad in the Sierra Sun. Do they serve lunch and dinner?

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        1. re: c oliver

          At this point in time they aren't open for lunch. I imagine that could change with a good ski season and a thriving business.

          I ate there again last night and the concept has already changed. They still had pretty much the same starters, but only offered 2 paninis and a slew of entrees, all of which looked really good. We only had a salad and a couple paninis. They also offered 1 dessert-a delicious coffee mocha milkshake. I suspect it was too much work and too time consuming cooking all those paninis at the last minute. It's probably easier to do advance prep(like short ribs) and just finish the dish before serving. The creative juices of chef Amy were also probably bubbling over. All entrees were under $30.

        2. Jack Rabbit moon is the hidden gem you hope to find in Tahoe. The decor is elegant and pleasing the wine list is very well thought out, interesting selections from all corners of the globe fleshed out with favorites from Napa and Sonoma. Effortless excellence is the program at Jack Rabbit Moon. The meal began with a special...the most unbelievable hand made dungeness crab ravioli draped in a citrus beurre blanc that I have ever had, followed by an entree that sets a new bench mark for a classic dish... chicken enchiladas.... When was the last time you were blown away by a dish? my most recent meal was a revelation on all counts. I once had the oportunity to have Jaque Pepin teach me how to make an omlette.. nothing outrageous, eggs, creme fresh and osetra caviar... a perfect combimnation of ingrediats presented by a master in his craft. I will never forget the how delicious that omlete was. I will never forget Amy's Chicken enchiladas. clean bright flavors perfectly balanced and a delight to taste. I live 3 hours from Incline village and I can't wait to get back up to the mountains to taste everything else on the menu. This is the most excited I have been about food since my last trip to Gary Danko. You have to check this place out.