There are legions of coffee lovers out there and places for them to gather in Truckee and beyond. But thanks to Cha Fine Teas, lovers of loose-leaf tea now have a place of their own in town. And while there are more than 60 teas available, the offerings don’t end there. Shoppers can sample teas or sit down with a hot cup of tea or chai as well as a cold glass of tea — shaken or sparkling. The menu also includes green tea smoothies with various flavors like Raz-Berry blend, butternut squash or carrot apple. Have a friend or family member who is a tea lover? Cha Fine Teas has gift baskets and accessories as well as spices, essential oils and items from local bakers. Look for classes too, like Tea 101. And, yes, coffee is available.
Moody’s in downtown Truckee is all about the three B’s — bistro, bar and beats. In fact that’s the popular establishment’s formal name: Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats (but locals just call it Moody’s). Occupying the lower half of the historic (and maybe haunted?) Truckee Hotel, you can hit Moody’s any time: lunch, happy hour, dinner or late-night grooving to live jazz. Not hungry enough for a full meal? Grab a place at the bar with a friend, order a craft beer or custom cocktail and share a selection or two off the small-plate menu. If a full dinner is the plan for the night, Moody’s dining room can accommodate larger groups of diners yet retains a cozy feel. Moody’s has emphasized farm-to-fork ingredients before it was a thing. And just like its food, the live music is tastefully curated and presented in the bar-and-lounge.
For visitors renting a place in Tahoe Donner or those hungry after hiking, biking or skiing, Pizza on the Hill in the Northwoods Clubhouse is the perfect place for tasty, convenient and reasonably priced food. Got kids? Even better, as Pizza on the Hill has plenty to keep them entertained in the game room. And while pizza is the star of the menu, there is a wide selection of menu items, including soups, sandwiches, pastas and salad bar. If you have a house full of hungry people but don’t want to traipse to a restaurant, you can order take-n-bake pizzas to slide into the oven at home. Order any of the pizza selections off the menu or create your own masterpiece. You can either call in your request or go into Pizza on the Hill, order your pie and then enjoy a draft beer or wine at the bar while waiting. Take-n-bake pizzas get $3 taken off the regular price. Happy hour specials include discounts on food and drink Thursday through Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. Pizza on the Hill also hosts fun evenings like trivia night.
If you’re looking for the quintessential Tahoe lodge with vaulted ceilings, natural wood and stone interiors and expansive windows looking out over mountain evergreens, the Lodge Restaurant & Pub in Tahoe Donner is the place. The Lodge has paired perfectly the Tahoe look and feel with classic menu offerings along with a fun pub atmosphere. Depending on the season and one’s mood, the evening could be spent with a dinner inspired by French and Pacific Rim cuisine or with one of 30 fine wines next to the fireplace. If catching a game on TV, a few beers and pub grub is the plan, then you’re covered as well. The Lodge Restaurant & Pub serves nightly specials, has a children’s menu and serves lunch in the pub. Guests can also sample creative selections from a seasonal drink menu. Happy Hour draws them in Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The deck at 1882 Bar & Grill is the only restaurant in Truckee where one can enjoy a drink and meal while overlooking the Truckee River. Of course that’s only going to happen when the weather is warm. During the winter 1882 Bar & Grill is a cozy place to enjoy barbeque, sandwiches, soups and salads. Located in downtown Truckee, 1882 Bar & Grill can... read more
The Alder Creek Adventure Center in Tahoe Donner is brand new with its grand opening in November 2015. And while its centerpiece activity is cross-country skiing, the state-of-the-art lodge is set to be open throughout every season. As the hub for Nordic skiing, the center offers ski rentals, wax and tuning services and lockers. There is also a shop selling Nordic gear and accessories. Non-skiers... read more
It’s hard to beat barbeque and beer after a long day shredding the slopes. And the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe nailed the concept with its Backyard Bar & BBQ on the slope-side back patio of the hotel. The goodness starts with wintertime ski-in/ski-out access, an on-site meat smoker, homemade barbeque sauces and a great selection of craft brews and specialty cocktails. Along with the barbecue... read more
With its spot on the main corner of downtown Truckee, Bar of America’s location alone draws people through its doors. After 40 years in business, however, there is more to the place locals call “B of A” than where it stands (and, yes, B of A was once a Bank of America). Sure, the historic red brick building and large windows are authentically inviting, but... read more
With its roots in New York City, Best Pies in downtown Truckee has the East Coast pizza style down. But from its expansive bar and cocktails to appetizers and specialty pies the New York-style pizzeria and restaurant has a distinctive Truckee flare. The Sicilian crust is thin and perfect for ordering a slice or two and folding in half New York City style. Bacon fiends... read more
California cuisine has long been influenced by its neighbor to the south, Mexico. Bill's Rotisserie is a delicious example of that Cal-Mex fusion. A big part of Bill’s success, as its name implies, is the rotisserie roasting of its chicken, pork and beef. And when we say beef, we mean tri tip. For some folks outside of California, tri tip may not be a familiar... read more
Blue Coyote is Truckee’s original sports bar with the numbers to support that fact: 12-plus years in business, 24 hi-def TVs, 13 beers on tap and open at 10 a.m. on Sundays during NFL football season. Along with a full bar, Blue Coyote’s menu is full of everything one would expect at a classic sports bar and grill. Start with huge nacho platters or spicy... read more
Got a hankering for a bison burger with sauerkraut, blue cheese, a side of garlic fries and a frosty pale ale? Burger Me in Truckee has it covered. While that exact burger isn’t on the fixed menu at Burger Me near downtown Truckee, it is one customers can concoct on their own off the popular burger joint’s list of mains and add-ons. With its super... read more
Café Spice hits all the trending healthy eating buzzwords — paleo, vegan, gluten free — but the proof, as they say, is in pudding. And in the case of Spice the proof is in the homemade rice pudding, which is, like pretty much everything on the menu, delicious. Spice sums up this newer Truckee restaurant perfectly, particularly spices from Asia, Middle East and India. Try... read more
Casa Baeza is old Truckee at its best: unpretentious, straightforward and partial to a strong adult beverage. The family owned Mexican restaurant serves up the standard staples like fajitas, enchiladas, rellenos, tacos and a variety of specialties such as steak ranchero. Prices are affordable when many local places have gone upscale. A little known tidbit about Casa Baeza is that breakfast dishes are served all... read more
Coffeebar has two locations in Truckee: the original location in historic downtown and the second in West Truckee. The downtown location is a bustling indoor-outdoor meeting place offering a variety of Italian-inspired espressos, caffé, specialty coffee drinks and teas. Visitors can also order kombucha brewed on-site as well as a selection of curated craft beer and wines from Italy. Hungry? The Coffeebar menu includes homemade... read more
If Truckee’s marquee landmark is a tad confusing, it’s understandable: Lit up at night above downtown in glowing red letters is a can’t-miss sign — “HILLTOP LODGE.” But if someone suggests having dinner and drinks at Cottonwood you’ll still aim for those neon lights. The Hilltop Lodge sign sits atop Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, which is perched on one of California’s original ski hills (hence... read more
While the Crescent Café is inside the New Moon Natural Foods store in Truckee, don’t write the café off as a place suitable for those who only eat veggies. Sure, the salad bar uses only organic produce, and the soup bar always has vegan and a dairy-free selections. But there are soups with meat, and it will be antibiotic and hormone free. The sandwich menu... read more
Coffee connoisseurs can get a high-grade fix at Dark Horse Coffee Roasters in downtown Truckee. Whether it’s cold-brew, pour-over or French-press, Dark Horse’s coffee is derived from beans roasted on-site in a building that can only be found in Truckee. Not quite a basement space, the everyday din is nonetheless left behind when entering Dark Horse and its foot-thick rock walls. Post-and-beam construction from timber... read more
Visit any resort town and you’ll find plenty of places serving a variety of craft beers and boutique wines. Truckee’s Drunken Monkey, however, goes one step more with its unique sake bar. Whether you’re a sake connoisseur or know nothing about the traditional Japanese rice wine, the sake menu is bound to not only please but also educate, so don’t be intimidated. Drunken Monkey also... read more
Locals know Earthly Delights from its days in downtown Truckee. And while the deli/market is now located in the Village at Northstar, loyal customers still make their way there for amazing baked goods, savory dishes and creative sandwiches. Earthly Delights really caters to every type of customer with every type of taste. Food items are vast and range from carry-out entrees, grab-and-go sandwiches to party... read more