Can you guess the most common question we're asked at the Front Desk? Okay, there's driving directions but generally it has to do with food. Most people just want to know one thing: where can I get a great breakfast (insert lunch/dinner depending on the hour).
Food. It's a big part of our vacations – from fueling up for a day on the slopes to a filling our bellies before a long bike ride or hike to Shirley Canyon. Don't worry; we have you covered on our favorite spots. Here are our top three:
Yes, that long time famous Squeeze In, the one featured on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives' with its sunshine logo hanging above the doorway. This breakfast favorite is a tight squeeze on the weekend, packed to the gills with locals and tourists alike in its long, narrow café (it's only 10 feet wide!). With its no-nonsense friendly vibe – guests are encouraged to sign their name on the wall – everything about Squeeze In quietly screams ‘laid back local' and you'll always leave smiling. They're known for their deliciously large omelets and side sauces. And don't forget to order the nacho sauce and their mimosa for good measure.
Opened in 2010, Coffeebar quickly established itself as the primo espresso joint in Truckee (Tahoe House will forever remain king when it comes to their Swiss freshly brewed coffee by the cup). Serving high quality locally roasted espresso from Reno, inspired by the Italian coffee bars, touted as the ‘Ferrari of Coffee' their lattes will tempt you time and time again. The house-made pastries, crepes, and breakfast sandwiches stack up really well: high quality, local ingredients with a sense of Tahoe ‘cool.' If you want to know where all the regulars get caffeinated or don't miss out Coffeebar (and don't be surprised if you can't snag a seat in the summer or winter). Pack your puffy jacket and sit out like other locals!
Nestled on the West Shore of Tahoe, just a bit past Tahoe City, and nearly across the street from Sunnyside Restaurant, Firesign Café remains the most iconic breakfast/brunch spot after 40 years of serving up handmade comfort food. Known for their signature Eggs Benedict since 1978 it will always be worth the wait! We recommend going on a weekday (if you can) to beat the crowds. Don't be overwhelmed by the menu (they're huge) – you can't go wrong with the plethora of waffles (try the blueberry!), scrambles, huevo rancheros, breakfast burritos, as well as gluten-free, non-dairy, and vegetarian options. Hot tip: snag a seat on the deck in the summer time or early fall and enjoy the aspen view with one of their tasty bloody marys.