With the colder weather coming into the Tahoe area, starting your day out with a good breakfast/brunch is par for the course in this land of mountains, biking, hiking and high altitude. There are many places around the lake where you can pick up a hardy (and inexpensive) breakfast. These are the top five:
This restaurant in between Tahoe City and Homewood has been rated one of the best breakfast places on the lake. It’s located right next to the Tahoe House Bakery and that might account for the excellent bread, muffins and buns offered during breakfast. The place can be full and there will probably be a line, but the warmth and comfort of their stacks of blueberry pancakes, Baker’s Benedict (with sausage patty), and their Greek Omelet (with feta cheese, olives and spinach) will make up for it. The Fire Sign serves up great coffee, tea, hot chocolate with whipped cream and fresh squeezed orange juice. A meal with all the fixin’s will cost about $12-$14 per person.
Yes, it really is an old post office. This little place in Carnelian Bay on the North Shore is also a cozy hangout with some great food options. Try any of the omelets like the Veggie Omelet with avocado and you get a side stack of pancakes included. Their Crab Cake Benedict is a pleaser as well as the French Toast. The prices are great with most items only costing about $8-$10.
Heidi’s is an old-Tahoe local hangout. This popular place in South Lake Tahoe is great for both breakfast and brunch as well as some lunch thrown in. Heidi’s is not afraid of a little fat and grease and the Bacon Waffles and the Bacon Pancakes.
This very popular place in Truckee has become even more popular after being featured on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay on the Food Network. Their menu features 62 different types of omelets so it’s okay to get overwhelmed. Ask any of the staff for a recommendation. Along with their great egg dishes (try the Forest Gump with shrimp or the Hangover Helper) they also serve “the usual breakfast” like Nanna’s Famous Biscuits & Gravy and the Queen Victwa which is an extra thick French Toast stuffed with cream cheese and crowned with fruit. The Squeeze In offers an early bird menu between 7-8 a.m., but you must be an EggHead Club member. The early bird dishes run about $6-$7. For non-EggHeads, omelets run about $10-$12.
If you are in a hurry to get to the slopes or the hiking trails and you want a quick and filling breakfast, go to Rude Brothers Bagels on the South Shore. Their selection of bagels is a little overwhelming, but I highly recommend the Pesto Bagel or the Everything Bagel – both with cream cheese. You can also pick up a bagel with your choice of eggs, meats and veggies. Their breakfast burritos are good too. Rude Brothers also has some great fair trade coffee and tea. Their prices are moderate with a bagel and coffee costing around $6-$7.
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