Natural Eating at Lake Tahoe

Food — By christinanellemann on March 28, 2010 at 9:00 am

The inaugural issue of Edible Reno-Tahoe Magazine has just hit the newsstands and spring is on its way in the Sierras. Celebrate the season at the lake by eating at some of the natural and organic restaurants in the Tahoe area. Each of these restaurants endeavor to create their dishes using fresh meat and produce from local farms in the Fallon, Gardnerville/Minden, Reno and Placerville areas. Or try to purchase most of their supplies from local bakers and other vendors. Some of the fish even comes from the nearby Truckee River.

Try some of the local restaurants for natural or organic cooking:

4th Street Bistro. This great little find in West Reno is an elegant French style restaurant with a fully organic menu featuring fabulous food and wines.

Burger Me. This lively burger shop in Truckee was just visited by Guy Fieri of the Food Channel’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Their organic burgers, fries and salads are served with corn-based wrappings and utensils.

Manzanita Lake Tahoe. Named after the hardy little shrub that dots the Tahoe shoreline, this new restaurant at the Ritz Carlton in Truckee is getting rave reviews for its locally-based menu and its chef, Traci des Jardins.

Divided Sky. This restaurant and bar in Meyers near South Lake Tahoe has a reputation for a laid back local hangout. Their organic food and off the beaten path location may have something to do with it.

Sprouts Café. This vegetarian eatery in South Lake Tahoe is a local mainstay and while its food is not always local, it is fresh, healthy and inexpensive. Perfect just before hitting the slopes or hiking trails.

Lake Tahoe Farmer’s Markets

When summer starts heating up the area, the Farmer’s Markets come to town.
Bright colors of fresh vegetables, the scent of fresh herbs and the feel of the high altitude sun create a heady mixture.

The two main markets in the area are the South Lake Tahoe Farmer’s Market and the Reno Farmer’s Market. There are smaller markets throughout the area in Carson City, Reno, Gardnerville and Truckee.

So, when not eating at one of the area’s local restaurants, grab a basket and load up on the fresh produce of this bountiful mountain area.

Photos Courtesy of [basykes/Flickr]

Tags: Food, local, locavore, natural, slow food movement