Diner in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

Ernie’s Coffee Shop

A sun-filled local institution, Ernie’s dishes out filling four-egg omelets, hearty biscuits with gravy, fruity and nutty waffles and bottomless cups of locally roasted coffee. Toddlers can happily munch the ears of…
Cafe in Truckee & Donner Lake


This beatnik, bare-bones industrial coffee shop serves Italian gelato, delectable pastries and home-brewed kombucha. Go for tantalizing breakfast crepes and overstuffed panini on herbed focaccia bread, or for a jolt…
Diner in Tahoe City

Rosie’s Cafe

With antique skis, shiny bikes and lots of pointy antlers belonging to stuffed wildlife mounted on the walls, this quirky place serves breakfast until 2:30pm. The all-American hodge-podge menu is all right, but the …
Cafe in Tahoe City

Dam Cafe

Right by the Truckee River dam and the Fanny Bridge, stash your bikes in the racks outside this cute cottage and walk inside for a breakfast burrito, ice-cream fruit smoothie or pick-me-up espresso.
Cafe in Tahoe City

Syd’s Bagelry and Espresso

A handy spot on the main drag serves bagels and locally roasted coffee, plus smoothies and breakfast burritos made with organic produce.
Diner in Truckee & Donner Lake

Squeeze In

Across from the Amtrak station, this snug locals’ favorite dishes up breakfasts big enough to feed a lumberjack. Over 60 varieties of humungous omelets – along with burgers, burritos and big salads – are dished up i…
Diner in Kings Beach

Log Cabin Caffe

Come early (especially on weekends) to join the queue for the North Shore’s best breakfast. Eggs Benedict, whole-wheat pancakes with hot fresh fruit and cranberry-orange waffles are just a few highlights from the hu…