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Lake Tahoe and Reno - one week

Hi guys. I've been searching, reading, and searching some more! We will be in Lake Tahoe for a week. We are not limited to Lake Tahoe though. I mean, we drive a bit over 2hrs for bbq now. I guess I'm looking for those restaurants that you would take out of town visitors to, the places locals love. No tourist traps. We love all cuisines, hole-in-the-wall, high-end, food trucks, chef-owned, etc... We are 2 adults and 2 kids if that helps any. We will spend a day in Reno so anything there would be helpful as well. Also, we will have a kitchen. Is there a grocery store we should not miss? Oh and is there a brunch spot in Lake Tahoe that is recommended?

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  1. Oh yeah and is there a local dish we should not leave without trying?

    1. Check out posts from myself and Steve Timko, who's a very respected hound. Steve has more knowledge of Reno, I'm based in Tahoe.

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      1. re: RevrendAndy

        Thanks I did my research on RevrendAndy and Steve Timko! LOL. The posts by you guys is exactly what I was looking for. A few things are pulling me in already... the housemade charcuterie at Moody's, sweetbreads at Baxter's, and so on. For Reno, we are flying in and out of there... I may go with 775 Gastropub. I would have loved La Vecchia, but they don't serve lunch on Saturdays. Is it worth the drive back into Reno on another day? BTW, we are staying at High Sierra Lodge.

        Question for Reno peeps... (Steve T or others) are the tortas at Las Palomas made with telera bread or bolillo bread?

        Hubby and I once had a fantastic grilled veggie sandwich in Big Sur (from the Big Sur deli) and we can't seem to find another like it. If anyone has recs on one, we'd be happy to test it out. It was pretty basic actually, grilled zucchini, grilled red bell pepper, grilled shrooms, grilled onions, artichokes, fresh tomato, cheese (gouda), pesto on sourdough. It was warm and perfect after that hike.

        Also, I'll keep looking, but would like artisan spots for bread, cheese, dried/cured meats. I saw one post about a spot in Truckee so I'll research that one a bit more. Thanks again!

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        Las Palomas
        1435 S Saint Francis Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505

        1. re: isabel13

          Las Palomas is not bolillo, I know that. So I'm guessing it's telera? I don't know. Another great torta place is Panderia Azteca Mexico that just opened in Sparks at Prater and McCarran. They sell boillio, but the sandwiches I had I believe were telera.
          I'd recommend Fifth Street Bakehouse on Fifth Street near Keystone. Small menu but well done.

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          Las Palomas
          1435 S Saint Francis Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505

          1. re: SteveTimko

            I prefer Telera from most torta applications, but bolillo for fajita and carnitas. So I guess it depends on what I'm in the mood for. I did notice 5th street Bakehouse in one of your other posts. It will probably be the go to place on our way out of Reno for a quick grab and go. Thank you for all of your input.

          2. re: isabel13

            I was thinking the place in Truckee was Florian's but yelp and others indicate it's closed. Does anyone have any info on that?

            I really like Village Market but I think the Raleys in Incline is really top notch when it comes to chain groceries. Far better than the Safeway in Kings Beach.

        2. I believe you're in Incline Village for your stay - my home town. Love, love Art's next to Village Market for cofee and Mexican-themed breakfast - not of the beans, rice, huevos rancheros type, but breakfast burritos, tacos, enchilads - pork chile verde tacos...yum! The Village Market is outstanding, too, if you're doing any cooking-in. Small and independent-not in the style of Whole Foods, but has some nice organic produce and a beautiful butcher shop. I'm a fan of Bite, a small plate spot on Tahoe Blvd., in the strip mall next to the movie theater. And also next to the theater is T's Rotissiere - another mexican-style spot. Where you're staying is The Lone Eagle - not a fan, really, of the restaurant however the bar overlooks the lake and has a great outdoor firepit for lake side cocktailing. Enjoy your stay - so, so much snow and abudant sunshien in the forecast.

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          1. re: nancyhudson

            Sunshine Bakery had been a great deli for prepared foods with everything made from scratch. They were in the process of changing ownership when I left for the season last fall. Nancy, have you been there recently and if so are they up to their previous standards or dumbing things down to pare costs, which happens so often?

            1. re: RevrendAndy

              I checked out Sunshine Bakery online and saw this sandwich on their menu for this week : Turkey w/Cranberry Cream Cheese/Avocado on Pretzel Roll
              Everyone seems to be doing Pretzel Rolls these days, but I have not seen it with Turkey and Cranberry Cream Cheese, then the extra fat (creamy-ness) from the Avocado, sounds appetizing. Will be on my 'look out' list! Thanks.

            2. re: nancyhudson

              Thanks Nancy. I'm sure we will be visiting Village Market, we love having snacks around (read: don't have to wake up too early to feed the kids). I've saved off their phone and hours.

              1. re: nancyhudson

                Re the Hyatt, I've had many years worth of great breakfasts in the cafe' and, though we never do the buffet, it looks terrific. Certainly worth a walk through. Love T's. We STILL haven't eaten at Art's --- maybe when you're back. And we haven't eaten at Bite. Haven't eaten at Austins (across the street from the Hyatt) recently but have always had good food and certainly kid friendly.

              2. Just curious -- why is this thread on the Southwest board?

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                1. re: pikawicca

                  Reno is part of the Southwest board; we were moved from the California board about a year ago.

                  1. re: nancyhudson

                    But hopefully OP is also looking on the CA board for Truckee, Northstar, etc. This decision still makes me crazy. I don't understand why they couldn't have noted "Nevada except for Reno." But it's been proven time and time again that *I* don't get to make the decisions :)

                2. Another Incline local checking in. Austin's is great for comfort food but be patient, the wait can be long. I really enjoy T's, Thai Recipe, and the Vietnamese place in the Christmas Tree Plaza (the new owner says she will be adding curries too, since she's Sri Lankan). Bite's is fun, but as the name implies, it's small servings. I love Greg's Green Balls there - seedless grapes wrapped in goat cheese and rolled in pistachios. Their Ahi sliders are also excellent. Agree with breakfast at Art's - their quiches are great. It's more of a place where you pick up quick breakfast items rather than a sit down and order eggs and hash browns place. For a major splurge, the Big Water Grille.... mmmm.

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                  Big Water Grille
                  341 Ski Way, Incline Village, NV 89451

                  Christmas Tree Restaurant
                  455 N Woodland Rd, Lakeside, AZ 85929

                  Thai Recipe
                  901 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451

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                  1. re: AhhTahoe

                    Oh! I forgot about Asian Noodles Too in Christmas Tree Plaza ... love that place, especially the Pho!

                    1. re: nancyhudson

                      According to Yelp, Asian Noodles Too recently changed hands and is now run bya Sri Lankan couple.

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                      Asian Noodle Bar
                      318 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102