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

SuperTopo staff member
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.

Social climber
Mar 25, 2008 - 05:39pm PT
Fresh Ketch.
dave goodwin

carson city, nv
Mar 25, 2008 - 06:33pm PT
What no mention of Sprouts? Maybe I am biased because my friend Tyler owns it but this is my favorite spot.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 25, 2008 - 06:39pm PT
Sprouts is there on the list. and my favorite. eat there way too much
Ricardo Cabeza

Mar 25, 2008 - 06:43pm PT
Sprouts is already on the list.

How about El Papagayo for mex/american at the last minute before heading out of town?
Either that or a pint of booze at Roadrunner.

Social climber
Mar 25, 2008 - 06:44pm PT
Yellow Sub, if they still exist.

Scooza on Ski Run, if they are still there. Great Italian food, better than Tep's.

Hoss Hoggs for pork.

Colombo's for burgers if they are still around.

Mountain climber
Mar 25, 2008 - 07:19pm PT
Tortilla Flats in Placerville on Main Street has great mexican food and margaritas. Good stop on the way down the mountain.
Radical Radtke

Trad climber
lake tahoe
Mar 25, 2008 - 08:58pm PT
Downtown cafe has to be on the list.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 25, 2008 - 10:16pm PT
Note to self;

Avoid South Lake Tahoe unless I want to get fat.
(correction; fatTER)
Tahoe climber

Trad climber
a dark-green forester out west
Mar 25, 2008 - 10:31pm PT
Best pizza = Tahoe pizza co! Wheat crust!

Good beer - Mt Tallac - is there

Boulder climber
Mar 25, 2008 - 10:48pm PT
You can always find a great burrito at Corey's place!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 26, 2008 - 12:22pm PT
now we're talking. i updated the list at the top. will add more of your suggestions today. working from Wide Awake Cafe right now. best coffee ive probably every had
Standing Strong

Trad climber
a spaceship built for two
Mar 27, 2008 - 12:47am PT
sorry if repeat but YES on SPROUTS the best place ever, when it's still light you can get your food and then go have a picnic on the beach, and ALPEN SIERRA coffee shop... totally awesome, lots of light, good place to do homework.

EDIT awesome, both already on the list...
ryan makes coffee.

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Apr 3, 2008 - 05:24pm PT
Thanks for the nod to our coffee. I manage Wide Awake and want to let you folks know that dirtbags are welcome here. Soon we'll have some guidebooks on the shelf (hint, hint Chris. want to donate one?) and I'm always happy to sit down and talk shop or climbing with anyone. Ask for Ryan if you stop by. And we have free wireless, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a beer/wine license on the way.
And if anyone else get's the opportunity to take the Woodfords tour with Dan, do it. It's a good one.

Mountain climber
San Francisco, CA
Feb 9, 2009 - 09:21pm PT
Our favorite restaurant in South Lake Tahoe is defintitely Cafe Fiore! Delicious pasta dishes, great choice of wine, good service!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2009 - 12:47pm PT
Hi Ryan

Thanks for putting together such a great cafe! Definitely the best coffee i have ever had. I think a big part of that is how you make each cup to order. Wide Awake Cafe was the first place I ever saw do that. Now i see other coffee shops in the Bay Area will do that if you request it but they usually charge you extra. Right after I went to Wide Awake I went out a bought a ceramic coffee cone like you guys use. awesome.

I will definitely donate some guides. what is the address to ship them?

PS: please open a wide awake in Mill Valley or Southern Marin. Yes, we have a lot of coffee shops. but none of them are really nice to hang out in AND have great coffee AND have great food.
Jerry Dodrill

Sebastopol, CA
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:58pm PT
Is Sprouts still around? Heard a rumor.

Feb 10, 2009 - 01:07pm PT
By far the best pizza in South Lake is Lake Tahoe Pizza Company. It is on 50 before you get to the Y. Been going there for over 20 years and it is the best. Amazing crust, quality ingredients and opens at 4pm, so no lunch.

Also mentioned was Placerville...right across the street from the Cosmic Cafe is the best breakfast joint anywhere...Sweetie Pies. Wins best breakfast, desserts, etc. every year for over 17 years. Everything, and I mean, everything, is homemade...cinnamon rolls, pies, all kinds of breads. Gotta admit it's my mom's place but try it it will not disappoint. Portions are very large, I recommend going with a few friends and ordering an omelette (turkey and asparagus with hollandaise sauce or veggie are great), french toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and then all sharing it! They also serve lunch which is excellent also...quiche, real turkey and cranberry sauce on homemade whole wheat bread...can't go wrong! Many a dirtbags frequent there. Had some guys in years ago that had come back from desolation and they couldn't quit "mmmmming" through their whole meal! Oh yeah, and named one of top five breakfast places in Sunset Magazine!

Also in P-ville, if you want a great teriyaki bowl go to Teriyaki Junction on Broadway (McDonalds, Starbucks, Rite Aid shopping center). They make their own teriyaki sauce chocked full of veggies and slow cooked for 9 hours.

Casa Ramos in pville is much better than Tortilla Flats...and awesome margaritas!

If anyone wants more Tahoe/50 corridor recommendations, just email me...happy to help!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2009 - 12:53pm PT
I just found out Wide Awake is closed.... Nooooooo
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 12, 2009 - 02:04pm PT
what (if any )guide book for woodfords?
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2009 - 02:32pm PT
old Woodfords guide


new one still in the works

Trad climber
the jeep
Feb 12, 2009 - 02:55pm PT

Social climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 11, 2009 - 09:11am PT
Another Sushi place to add to the list: Naked Fish Sushi - Extensive sake selection, some fun menu items like the tempura cheesecake. Somewhat pricey but we went for Sushi Happy Hours (Mon-Thu. 5-6:30) - rolls just $3!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 11, 2009 - 09:33am PT
Slightly OT, but since we're talking Sushi, and the north side of the Lake isn't that far away... Hiro Sushi in King's Beach(?) is one of the best, anywhere this side of Nature....

Trad climber
Kennewick wa
Aug 11, 2009 - 09:47am PT
There was a Taco place in SLT, near state line, next to a 7-11. I don't know the name (or if it is there). Really good tacos, simple but good. Never tried anything else. Is Sprouts still there? What is in the original AlpenSierra coffeehouse? I haven't been up there in 5 years.
Eric McAuliffe

Trad climber
Alpine County, CA
Aug 11, 2009 - 10:40am PT
the naked fish is killer sushi in SLT, great scene and super fresh fish. I always say don't eat raw fish if you cant see the ocean, but they do really great there...


Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Aug 11, 2009 - 11:13am PT
Another vote for the Naked Fish! Free oddball sushi bomb shots, entertaining staff at the sushi bar, and great fresh food...


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 11, 2009 - 11:30am PT
Did they close, Wes?

Aug 11, 2009 - 12:57pm PT
Not in South Lake proper but that german place down by Pollock Pines (Saint Pauli something?) is GOOD as is the breakfast joint in Silver Fork.

Gym climber
Covina, CA
Aug 14, 2009 - 07:19pm PT
Izzy's Burgers Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We stumbled across it while we were at our friends Tahoe Wedding. Best Burgers on the west coast!!!!!!!

South Lake Tahoe, CA
Aug 21, 2009 - 12:21pm PT
All locals know there area lot of marginal restaurants in SLT, but also some absolutely incredible ones.


Orchids Thai - has to be one of the best thai places in california, i've had a ton and very few are on the same level with this place...can't seem to go a week without it.

Naked Fish Sushi - happy hour is amazing 5:00 - 6:30 mon-thurs , this is the ONLY place in town with good, city quality fish.

Los Mexicanos Taqueria - little known place on herbert ave, near ski run...has great everything, don't go to taqueria jalisco unless you enjoy burnt bad, americanized food and a stomach ache.

Burger Lounge - Incredible burgers and fries, soooo good.

Divided Sky - probably the only bar in town if you are into good beer (they have pliny the elder now!!) , and the sandwiches/salads are incredible...Brian's place kills it!

Of course, morning coffee @ Alpen sierra/Alpina cafe is a must.

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