Whether you’re headed to Tahoe this winter season to ski, snowboard, sled, or just take in the scenery, you’re likely to work up a mighty appetite. Here are seven North Lake Tahoe restaurants for grabbing a bite.
Café Zenon: While the kids skate on the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park ice rink, adults sip classic whiskey drinks at town hotspot Café Zenon. Chef Suzanne Nguyen puts a Vietnamese spin on lunch and dinner items such as a Vietnamese French dip, which artfully combines brisket, a French baguette, and pho broth, or the oven-roasted chicken with kimchi, arugula, and potato. Look for mac ‘n’ cheese for the kids, fun bar bites, and an eclectic breakfast menu, available on weekends.
Fireside Pizza Company: Palisades Tahoe skiers warm their toes around fire pits on the patio at Fireside Pizza Company, where the spectrum of pies varies from the Big Mountain—piled with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, and Canadian bacon—to the Pear & Gorgonzola with red onions. Gluten-free eaters in your group? Options are here, along with salads and pasta, with or without gluten.
Bridgetender: Tahoe City’s Bridgetender, the go-to place for mouth-stretching burgers and waffle fries, also serves breakfast on weekends. The menu is no yawn. In addition to traditional ‘cakes and waffles, it boasts the offbeat Shark’s Loco Moco (sticky rice, a burger patty, an egg, and homemade gravy), bacon-wrapped tater tots (served with blueberry maple syrup for dunking), and the Groomer’s Last Pass (a 24-ounce Olympia Tall Boy and two strips of bacon) for "shifters" who groom the slopes all night.