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Where's the best place in Truckee for dinner?

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  1. I like Stella and Dragonfly. Moody's used to be great but their star chef left. The menu has been dumbed down. Maybe it's still good but I haven't been there.

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    1. re: RevrendAndy

      Just checked their menu and *I* think it's terrific. Not dumb-downed. But I've only eaten lunch there over the years. We actually stopped going (not overtly but just never seemed to go in) because the menu never changed. I like what I see and will make a point to go. Owner/"celebrity chef", Mark Estee, now has Burger ME in Truckee and Reno and our fave, Campo, on the river in Reno. Actually heading there in about an hour :)

    2. I have a North Lake Tahoe query also, so appreciate any recs. What about Incline Village, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista places for lunch??

      1. Sunnyside Resturant and Lodge. Outside seating next to the water, food selection very good.

        1. Reviews:

          River Ranch (resort) Restaurant in Tahoe City was good (but the elk meatloaf was horrible; the fresh halibut and roasted elk were wonderful), nice setting right on the river, good wines, very casual. The outdoor dinner area is really close to the lunch area full of families and rafters.

          The Wild Goose is permanently closed and used for private parties only.

          Stella was fabulous! Menu, wines, setting! Hard to find as they aren't allowed a sign on the road. Outside of Truckee by the Brockway Golf course on the Cedar House Sport Hotel grounds. stellaculinary.com

          Moody's in Truckee - good appetizers, good wines, good bar. Lunch and dinner menus looked nothing like we remembered so we didn't eat there.

          Old Town Grill in Placerville is one of our favorite places! Incredible malts, great bison burgers! Very tiny place with upscale food.

          Would have liked to try Christy Hill and/or Sunnyside in Tahoe City and Soule Domaine in Tahoe Vista but all were booked up.

          1. Didn't see th OP in time! We love Bite in Incline Village and Dragonfly in Truckee. Even with Mark leaving Moody's its still good. Actually, Truckee has quite a few decent restaurants on the main drag.

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            1. re: nancyhudson

              Nancy, we haven't been to Moodys since they reopened. Kinda stopped going cause it seemed the menu never changed. Do you like it, I gather? We're HUGE fans of Mark's Campo in Reno. BTW, Burger ME (ME stands for Mark Estee!) in Reno and Truckee are great. All freshly ground meat delivered daily.

              We've long been fans of Pacific Crest/Bar of America. Pizzas, soups, fish and chips. Like it all.

            2. Just back from dinner at WestShore Cafe and Inn in Homewood - North Shore Tahoe - very lovely setting and very nice dinner. Large patio deck over the water, elegant indoor seating all in the old Tahoe Lodge style. Friendly service.

              It adds up pretty fast for two but we had: beet salad (good); caesar salad (excellent); halibut with quinoa (good); skirt steak and fries (excellent); lemon cake and salty carmel popcorn ice cream brownies (both good but over-large portions) and two glasses of Betts and Scholl Cabernet -- and a late summers eve to watch the sun go down under cozy heat lamps (priceless). Total $149.00

              Nice lively crowd, "country club" casual - Tuesday eve - mid-September.

              1. these reviews sounds fabulous! Why can't there be anything like this in South Tahoe!! Just changed our upcoming ski trip from N.Tahoe/Squaw. to S. Tahoe/heavenly, as Vail just purchased my co. and i now ski there for free. bummed about food choices there::(( ....any ideas?

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                1. re: foody63

                  South Lake Tahoe could be in a different part of the country for all the relevance it holds for me. It's emphasis, IMO, is the casinos and Heavenly. There is a place, Riva Grill, where we had a really enjoyable lunch a couple of years ago. It's owned by the people who own Gar Woods, Caliente and Pacific Crest/Bar of America. I believe there are post on South Shore.

                2. I apologize for attempting to hijack another discussion, but I posted my question on the SW Board and haven't gotten any responses. Thought maybe I would have more luck here:
                  I will be at a meeting, staying at the Hyatt at Incline Village at the end of April/beginning of May. Some meals will be provided at the meeting, but I want to make the most of my other meals (some lunches and some dinners). Looking through the old posts, some of the places that look most interesting to me are:

                  Soule Domain
                  Bigwater Grille
                  Are these still good? Anything new to consider? Also, I'm looking for a place for a Saturday night, Monday night, and Wednesday night. Are any of these closed on Mondays? Wednesdays? Any close after ski season?

                  T's Rotisserie
                  Sunshine Cafe

                  Any other suggestions for newer places?

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                  1. re: mountaincachers

                    Check my reply on the March in Incline Village Post. It may be helpful.

                    I would steer clear of Fredrick's and Soule Domain but would add Jackrabbit Moon to the dinner list. The bar at Lone Eagle Grill in the Hyatt is good but the formal restaurant is really expensive and not worth the price. T's, Sunshine, and Austin's are all fine for lunch.

                    1. re: RevrendAndy

                      What?! Steer clear of Soule Domain - we love it! To each their own, I guess...

                      1. re: nancyhudson

                        Glad to read this! We haven't been in quite a while but it had been our go-to for something nicer. We do house exchanges and I'd always recommended it. Did talk to a meet-on-the-street visitor who had been there and liked it a lot.

                        1. re: nancyhudson

                          I've been there a couple times and have found it inconsistent. Maybe I ordered the wrong dishes.