Sierra Scoop: March 2019
The latest food and drink news from Tahoe and Truckee
Written by Suzie Dundas
Winter 2019 was a doozy in Tahoe, so you’d be forgiven if you haven’t been able to explore the food-and-drink scene in the area as much as in past years. But while the roads still may be covered in snow, the region’s restaurant scene is heating up, with big moves around the lake. It’s been a time of celebration as many Tahoe restaurants celebrated significant anniversaries, and Tahoe brand DRINK COFFEE DO STUFF won a 2019 Good Food Award from the not-for-profit Good Food Foundation.
DRINK COFFEE, DO STUFF
If the snow has been keeping you away, you may have missed the opening of the Tahoe Tap Haus in December 2018. The new business is a partnership between five Tahoe business owners, three of whom — Mark Gogolewski and Melissa and Steven Siig — own the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema next door. According to Melissa, the new venture is designed to be an extension of the cinema, offering a place to meet up and enjoy a drink before or after a show. They currently have 16 beers on tap as well as a full menu, including everything from haus- made hummus to burgers and Indian-inspired naanwiches served on tandoori bread.
Photos By: Ryan Salm
Tahoe Tap Haus:
475 N. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City
530-584-2886 • Tahoetaphaus.com
Also new in Tahoe City is Goose & Chey’s, opened by husband and wife team Greg and Cheyenne Goossen (hence the name). The casual restaurant serves what Greg calls “American comfort food with a healthy twist.” Though it only recently opened, the idea had been in development since summer 2018, when the couple and their three sons moved to Tahoe City. They’ll plan to have frequent live music — much of it from Cheyenne, a guitarist and singer herself.
Prime Rib French Ddip with hand-cut fries. Photos courtesy of Goose & Chey’s.
Loaded House Salad with a rainbow of fresh vegetables and house-made dressing. Photo courtesy of Goose and Chey’s.
Goose and Chey’s
877 N. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City
(530) 807-1003 • Find Goose & Chey’s on Facebook
Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique, also in Tahoe City, announced the continuation of its late-spring farmers’ market cooking classes, which invite participants to join chef Dale at the local farmers’ market before returning to the restaurant for a multi-course cooking class. Sign up in advance for the small-group classes on the website or by phone.
Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique
640 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City
530-583-5700 • Wolfdales.com
Fans of Incline Village’s Lone Eagle Grille will want to be sure to stop in for one last spring meal before the restaurant’s dining room temporarily closes for renovations the week of March 24. A small menu still will be available in the Lone Eagle Lounge during that time. The lakefront restaurant’s kitchen will receive an update with an expected reopening on the evening of March 29. A series of Wine Make Dinners running through the spring also has been announced.
Lone Eagle Grille
111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village
775-886-6899 • Loneeaglegrille.com
In South Lake Tahoe, Social House is redefining late night, as its deli transforms every evening into the 1920s-style Community Speakeasy, complete with vintage-inspired cocktails and performances.
1001 Heavenly Village Way, Ste. 3, South Lake Tahoe
530-539-4746 • Socialhousetahoe.com
It’s not all just about openings, though. While Truckee unfortunately will be losing Treat Box Bakery at the end of May as its doors are shut after 40 years, several staples of the dining scene are celebrating anniversaries.
- Truckee’s Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar celebrated 30 years in February 2019, as did Tahoe City’s Gar Woods Grill and Pier.
- Four restaurants have an extra decade on them, with Fire Sign Café, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique, Jake’s on the Lake (all in Tahoe City), and Jason's Beachside Grille (King’s Beach) each celebrating 40 years of service in late 2018 or early 2019. Here’s to 30 – or 40 – more!
Suzie Dundas is a Lake Tahoe-based freelance writer. She writes about everything from adventure travel to social media and inspired food and drink. You can find more of her work at Suziedundas.com.