I think that most of us can agree that a good portion of the reason why we travel is to EAT! The past month or so before we left for vacation, I had been doing a very strict 1200 calorie a day diet (it is almost bikini season people!!)–so you can imagine how much I was looking forward to eating vacation food. And, like they say, California delivered some of the best meals I have had in a long while. So, here are some travel eating tips if you find yourself in Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, or Sonoma County anytime soon!
Lake Tahoe was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Despite it being a bit chilly both days we were there, we managed to stay warm sailing and hiking, and eating some great food. Pizza was first on our list and we found a great little spot called CB’s Pizza and Grill on the North Shore where we were staying. This joint was recommended to us by our cabin staff, and they were right on the money. The lasagna pizza was killer–and if you check them out on Yelp, you will see that their burgers are also one of their specialties. Also, believe it or not, the homemade chips and salsa were killer. The service was also fantastic.
The next day, before our sailing trip, we were craving Mexican and found this cute restaurant known for its tequila selection, The Blue Agave Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. Who doesn’t want a margarita before getting on a boat? 🙂 The food here was mediocre. My shrimp fajitas were pretty good–with a lot of flavor; however, some of the other menu items such as the enchilada and the tamale were a little bland. BUT, this was one of the best margaritas I have ever had. My suggestion? Check this cute waterfront siesta out in the evening for pre-cocktail and apps before hitting up your dinner–somewhere else.
Now, let’s talk about the real food in Tahoe: Spindleshanks American Bistro and Wine Bar. This place is quaint, dimly lit, romantic, and the food is incredible. I hadn’t had a meal this great in a long time. We started off with some local wine, of course, and ordered the Pan Roasted Artichoke to start. This was the most incredible artichoke I have possibly ever eaten. It was whole, steamed, and then garnished with parmesan, sundried tomatoes, and the most amazing aioli on the planet. This artichoke is what foodie dreams are made of. AND, it was only ten bucks.
Then came the main dishes and they were beautiful. The presentation was simple, classy, and made my mouth water. I ordered the Pan Fried Rainbow Trout with a Mushroom, Potato Cake, a Bacon Spinach Sautee,
& a Roasted Garlic Beurre Blanc ($19.00). My boyfriend ordered Ginger Lemongrass Brick Chicken with Asian Slaw & Mushroom Potstickers ($21.00). Flavor explosion. Great service. This was exactly what I was looking for! Each of these dishes had texture to die for and flavor components that were very well thought out. This chef gets my 2 thumbs up.
On the way out of Tahoe the next morning, we decided to eat breakfast at The Old Post Office, which we had heard a few rumblings about. And since breakfast/brunch is my favorite meal ever–I wanted some eggs benedict! This place is super cute, the service was prompt and pretty okay, and the food was what you would expect from most diner type places. This definitely seemed like a locals diner though, and I could tell right away that most of the tables were regulars. So, that is always a good sign. Also, the hollandaise sauce I have to say, was pure heaven. A little citrus in hollandaise never hurt anyone! I would recommend this place for a quick, decent breakfast.
All in all, the food in North Tahoe was great–just what we were looking for and full of flavors that compliment snow or sun. If you find yourself there–make sure to check some of these great places out!