Lake Tahoe Essentials

Do as the locals do with helpful essentials you must learn when visiting Lake Tahoe. Be in the know, and enjoy some of the area's best offerings and hot spots.

Photo by: Cedar House Sport Hotel Located in the Cedar House Sport Hotel, Stella is one of the best places to enjoy a fancy meal in the Lake Tahoe area.

Food and Drink Essentials: Best Places to …

Buy Fresh Fish and Meat

Overland Meat & Seafood
2227 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Find high-quality cuts of meat and fish at Overland Meat & Seafood. A local hot spot, Overland prides itself on freshness and variety. They also have a great selection of wine and local products.

Photo by: Tahoe South Pick up some local food or artisanal treasures at one of the many farmers markets in the Lake Tahoe area.

Buy Organic Veggies

Farmers' Markets
There are many Farmers' Markets in Tahoe throughout the week, making it easy for you to stock up on fresh local produce and goods.
Tuesday: South Lake Tahoe, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the American Legion and in Truckee, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Truckee River Regional Park
Thursday: Tahoe City 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Commons Beach Road and North Lake Blvd.
Friday: South Lake Tahoe 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Ski Run Blvd.

Drink Some Coffee

I.V. Coffee Lab
907 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, NV 89451
I.V. is a newly opened, locally owned, European-style coffeehouse with delicious homemade treats. There's free Wi-Fi and friendly surroundings to work in and hang out.

Enjoy Happy Hour Deals

10096 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161
Pianeta has great drink and appetizer specials in a cozy, Italian-inspired environment. Try the caprese salad and great wines for just $4.

Cafe Del Soul at Mont Bleu Casino

55 U.S. 50, Stateline, NV 89449
Pick up a Player's Club card and enjoy $1 tacos and margaritas from 1 p.m.- 6 p.m. every day. It's one of the best deals on the lake and the tacos are dang good.

Buy Wine

Truckee Winery
11467 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA 96161
Not only is the wine worth a try, the atmosphere at Truckee Winery is down-home fun. Enjoy a picnic or choose from a variety of food available, and spend an afternoon with friends and family. The Truckee Winery has a nice outside grassy area with tables, bocce ball and badminton.

Drink Beer

Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company
475 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA
Try an array of local handcrafted brews and pair with a burger and sweet potato fries or flat-bread pizza. The Brewery has cheap happy hour specials too and a solid outside deck for people watching.

Photo by: Cedar House Sport Hotel Chef Jacob Burton of Stella balances fresh produce grown from the Cedar House’s gardens with simple ingredients, creating food that's warm, comforting and inviting.

Go Out for a Fancy Meal

10918 Broackway Road, Truckee, CA 96161
The highly raved-about Stella is not to be missed. This upscale establishment goes above and beyond with its quality and preparations. Located in the Cedar House Sport Hotel, Stella stands out from the rest with its own garden, creative take on food and overall savoriness.

Have Sunday Brunch

Fire Sign Cafe
1785 W Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145
Yummy omelets and eggs Benedict. Try the coffee cake of the day with your mimosa. Fire Sign has a fun, casual feel and is located directly across the street from the lake on the West Shore.

Eat Vegetarian

Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe
3123 Harrison Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Sprouts has lots of tasty veggie options and a super-friendly staff. The portions are big and leave you feeling full and guilt-free. Sprouts also has an extensive fresh juice and smoothies menu and locally brewed coffee to get you going.

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