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Top Choice American in Sunnyside

Fire Sign Cafe

For breakfast, everyone heads to the friendly Fire Sign for down-home omelets, blueberry pancakes, eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, fresh made-from-scratch pastries and other carbo-loading bombs, plus organic coffe…
Top Choice Californian in Truckee & Donner Lake

Moody's Bistro & Lounge

With its sophisticated supper-club looks and live jazz (Thursday to Saturday evenings), this gourmet restaurant in the Truckee Hotel oozes urbane flair. Only fresh, organic and locally grown ingredients make it into…
Top Choice Italian in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

Cafe Fiore

Upscale Italian without pretension, this tiny romantic eatery pairs succulent pasta, seafood and meats with an award-winning 300-vintage wine list. Swoon over the veal scaloppine, homemade white-chocolate ice cream …
Top Choice American in Tahoe City

Dockside 700 Wine Bar & Grill

On a lazy summer afternoon, grab a table on the back deck that overlooks the boats bobbing at Tahoe City Marina. Barbecue chicken, ribs and steak light a fire under dinner (reservations advised), alongside seafood p…
Top Choice New American in Tahoe Vista

Rustic Lounge

Part of the va-va-va-vooming of Cedar Glen Lodge, this cozy wood-paneled restaurant and fireplace wine bar serve artisanal cheeses, locally-sourced produce and meats, free range chicken and hormone-free meats. Stand…
American in Lake Tahoe Northern Shore

Old Post Office Cafe

Head west of the town of Tahoe Vista toward Carnelian Bay, where this always-packed, cheery wooden shack serves scrumptious breakfasts – buttery potatoes, eggs Benedict, biscuits with gravy, fluffy omelettes with lo…
Fast Food in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

Burger Lounge

You can’t miss that giant beer mug standing outside a shingled cabin. Step inside for the south shore’s tastiest burgers, including the crazy ‘Jiffy burger’ (with peanut butter and cheddar cheese), the zingy pesto f…
Vegetarian in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline


Cheerful chatter greets you at this energetic, mostly organic cafe that gets extra kudos for its smoothies. A healthy menu will have you noshing happily on satisfying soups, rice bowls, sandwiches, burrito wraps, te…
Pub in Tahoe City

Bridgetender Tavern

Après-ski crowds gather for beer, burgers and chili-cheese or garlic waffle fries (mains $8 to $14) at this woodsy bar. In summer, grab a seat on the open-air patio.
State Park in Lake Tahoe Eastern Shore

Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park

Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park is the east shore's biggest draw. Summer crowds splash in the turquoise waters of Sand Harbor. The 15-mile Flume Trail, a mountain biker's holy grail, starts further south at Spooner Lak…