Favorite food in South Lake Tahoe


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Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 16, 2008 - 10:04pm PT
I am updated the south lake tahoe climbing info page


and am putting my favorite food:
Breakfast: Ernie’s, 1146 Emerald Bay Road, (530) 541-2161
Breakfast: Red Hut Waffle Shop 2723 Lake Tahoe Blvd (530) 541-9024
Healthy Breakfast/Lunch: Sprouts, 3123 Harrison Avenue, (530) 541-6969.
Coffee: Alpen Sierra (free wireless), 3940 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 1 (530) 544-7740
Burgers: Burger Lounge 717 Emerald Bay Rd, (530) 542-4060
Burgers: Izzies Burger Spa, 2591 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, (530) 544-5030
Chinese: Hunan Garden, 900 Emerald Bay Rd. (530) 544-5868
Mexican: Papagayo, 3132 Us Highway 50, (530) 577-3344
Mexican:Taqueria Jalisco 3079 Harrison Ave, (530) 541-6516
Pizza: Bob Dog’s Pizza, 3141 Us Highway 50, (530) 577-2364
Fancy Seafood: The Chart House, 392 Kingsbury Grade (775) 588-6276
Seafood: Freshies, (great summer roof deck), 3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd (530) 542-3630
Sushi: Off the Hook!, 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Unit E, (530) 544-5599
Thai: Orchid Thai, 2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd., (530) 544-5541

Bar/Music: Divided Sky (free wireless), 3200 US Highway 50, (530) 577-0775

lacking is a mexican food place. any ideas?

Also, any other favorites?

Lastly, any body been climbing in south lake area? I am going to woodfords tuesday. should be nice and sunny. beats watching the snow melt
Ricardo Cabeza

Mar 16, 2008 - 10:44pm PT
Off the Hook gets my vote, need a belay slave in Woodfords Cyn on Tues?

P.S. What about Freshies? Good stuff there.

S. Lake Tahoe
Mar 16, 2008 - 10:59pm PT
Give El Papagayo a try in Meyers. Good burritos etc.. beer as well.

Also, for Thai, try 'Thai One On' on lower Kingsbury.

Blue Dog Pizza is fantastic. I wish the location were better. I have not tried the Blue Dog Pizza at the bowling alley yet.

Getaway Cafe in Meyers is also great if you feel like splurging.
Ricardo Cabeza

Mar 16, 2008 - 11:04pm PT
El Papagayo is good but not so much authentico. Tacos Jalisco (I think it's called) is pretty darn good. It's Blue Dog @ the bowling alley and Bob Dog in Meyers. I think the owners used to be partners and went their seperate ways. Both offer great pizza though.
Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2008 - 11:13pm PT
Good call on Freshies. Especially in the summer once their deck opens up. am getting a tour at Woodfords from Dan so not sure i am at liberty to invite more folks.

Here is more info on South Lake Tahoe/ El dorado Farmers markets that somebody emailed me (i think the person doesnt want their name posted)

if you're heading up hwy 50, you're basically hitting the jackpot because there is so much ag in el dorado county and there are lots of stops pretty much right off the highway, in apple hill.

the most simple instruction for people heading up highway 50 is to go to apple hill on their way up the hill - exit schnell school road in pville, turn left, and then turn right on carson road. you'll hit lots of farmstands and you can take that road up to camino and jump on the highway again there by the gas station / pizza place, since carson road runs paralell to the highway. how perfect is that? there are also several wineries and a couple of breweries up there. everything is very clearly labeled because it's a destination spot for agricultural tourism. you can also, when you get to the junction at high hill ranch, turn left on north canyon road and go to some of the places out there.

you can also stop in at the chamber of commerce on main street in placerville, and get a map of apple hill, and more info on ALL the county farms. the chamber commerce is about a quarter of a mile down from the cozmic cafe.

in placerville, on saturday mornings in spring thru sept there's a farmer's market across from the local organic cafe - the cozmic cafe (it's a pretty fun place to hang - they have alpenglow coffee - the tibetan monks are there right now - they did a mandala) the cozmic cafe is a great place to catch a bite if you missed the market and lunch, and there's always super cool stuff happening there and lots of fun interesting people who love to share info w/eachother about health and wellness hang out there. yoga classes and all sorts of fun stuff go on all the time, too, and free wireless.

in south lake tahoe there is also a weekly farmer's market.




btw i think that one of your slt guides mentioned that there's a safeway off placerville drive - it's a BigLots now - but if they drive down the road a bit, there's a raleys. and going down a bit further there's an excellent health food store, Noah's ark - and you can shop there, then turn left and just follow the road back onto the highway. watch out for the chp because they're hiding out a lot trying to catch speeders thru the construction zones, particularly further down the hill by the casino - the speed limit thru there is 55. there is a new safeway but the intersection is a major hassle and they are more expensive and their natural foods section sucks!!! it's off missouri flat road, which is the exit before pville drive.

the grocery outlet up in the main part of placerville also usually has organic stuff as well - exit at schnell school, turn right, and then left on broadway and you're there. i just got a bunch of organic energy bars there. their freshness date is next month so i put them in the freezer.

for people headed to cosumnes gorge (i don't know why you'd want to go in summer except for maybe the swimming hole but watch out for snakes) - tomary's tomoatoes on pleasant valley road has local produce as well as all sorts of gorgeous rare tomatoes... the heirlooms are my favorite. they are also very pretty
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2008 - 11:19pm PT
Any one else been to Wide Awake cafe in South Lake? its a gem. just opened up in December. I hope south lake gets more cool places like this.


Just updated the food section with more restaurants. Keep them coming!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2008 - 11:20pm PT
Anyone going to Divided Sky for St Patty's?
Ricardo Cabeza

Mar 16, 2008 - 11:23pm PT
Chris, no worries dude! I was actually just trying to find a way to get info on Woodfords Cyn myself! In addition, I've found the Safeway at Sly Park to be easy, in and out. Of course, I'm usually going down the hill. If you check out any wine in Camino, my friends family, last name Chisano, no idea of the wineries name, make some good stuff! Check it out if you get a chance.

Edited to say that yes, this guy will be at D Sky on St Pattys day.

Las Vegas
Mar 17, 2008 - 01:51am PT
Taberna at the Lakesside inn has great Mexican food and $2 premium pints at the bar ,if you don't mind heading into a casino

chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Mar 17, 2008 - 02:32am PT
Is the Red Hut Waffle Shop- still around? Twenty sum years ago, it was the yummy deal.

Trad climber
St. Charles, MO
Mar 17, 2008 - 07:57am PT
Tacos Jalisco gets my vote.

Las Vegas
Mar 17, 2008 - 10:00am PT
Nita Red Hut still around with great food

Trad climber
Reno, NV
Mar 17, 2008 - 01:03pm PT
Tacos Jalisco has great Mexican food, but it is in Truckee, so it's a little bit of a drive from South Lake Tahoe.
Ricardo Cabeza

Mar 17, 2008 - 01:06pm PT
I was thinking of the Jalisco that is in SLT.

The one in Truckee is pretty much my all time favorite though.

Guess it's calles Taqueria Jalisco.

Las Vegas
Mar 17, 2008 - 01:16pm PT
The Squeeze In in Truckee is great to
Ricardo Cabeza

Mar 17, 2008 - 01:30pm PT
T's Burritos in Incline is the bomb. I think the actual name is T's Mesquite Rotiserie. I'm gonna have to get Mexican for lunch now.

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Mar 17, 2008 - 01:49pm PT
Burge Lounge > all burger joints
Tahoe climber

Trad climber
a dark-green forester out west
Mar 17, 2008 - 03:05pm PT
I like Izzy's better than Burger Lounge.

Good mexican in SLT = that place right by Sprouts (down the road just a bit towards the Y, by the mountain book store - I'm spacing the name of both the bookstore and the restuarant)
It's authentic and good pitchers of marg's
Cheap, too

Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 25, 2008 - 02:43pm PT
Thanks everyone. i have updated the page:


any favorite pizza places?
Ricardo Cabeza

Mar 25, 2008 - 02:46pm PT
Bob Dog. Best on the south end of the lake.
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