As the much-loved mustached “Parks and Recreation” character Ron Swanson once said, “There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.”
Indeed, crispy bacon, towering stacks of buttery pancakes and lacy-edged eggs with just the right amount of yolk run can set things right in the world, so kick off your day of adventures with a balanced breakfast from one of these super six Tahoe-Truckee brunch joints.
Heidi’s Pancake House / South Lake Tahoe
Heidi’s Pancake House has been serving up breakfast in South Lake Tahoe since 1962. Inside a yellow Swiss chalet decked in antiques, dig into the eatery’s signature buttermilk pancakes heaped with hot strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or crispy bacon bits. Sample Swiss crepes, crisp Belgian waffles, an array of eggy dishes or meat-heavy entrees like steak and eggs, corned beef hash or chicken fried steak.
3485 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe
Zephyr Cove Restaurant / Zephyr Cove
At Zephyr Cove Resort’s cozy cabin-inspired restaurant, choose from a unique variety of breakfast options, like the smoked salmon benedict, potato and chorizo breakfast burrito, or steel cut oats with tart and dark cherries. With a large stone fireplace and views of the lake and forest, it’s the perfect South Shore spot to chow down on a full stack of blueberry pancakes with a side of cherrywood bacon.
760 U.S. 50, Zephyr Cove
Log Cabin Caffe / Kings Beach
The Log Cabin Caffe serves up wholesome home cooking with a twist. Lobster benedict, goat cheese omelette, lemon poppyseed waffle and chicken fajitas egg scramble are just some of the creative concoctions coming out of this longtime family-run restaurant (since 1981) in Kings Beach.
8692 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach
Old Post Office Coffee Shop / Carnelian Bay
Inside a former post office in Carnelian Bay, enjoy a classic diner breakfast with build-your-own scrambles, benedicts and burritos. For sweeter options, opt for the banana walnut pancakes or bacon waffle. If you’re really struggling that morning, turn things around with the Hangover Helper, a hearty mix of eggs, biscuits, gravy, sausage and potatoes.
5245 North Lake Tahoe Blvd., Carnelian Bay
Fire Sign Café / Tahoe City
At Fire Sign Café on the West Shore, it’s all about quality ingredients and made-from-scratch dishes. Choose from a variety of scrambles, omelettes and benedicts crafted with freshly-smoked salmon, Gouda, kielbasa, and more. Granola waffles, huevos rancheros with homemade chorizo, and a fresh Bloody Mary are other must-try menu items. The restaurant also caters to the specialty diet with gluten-free options and a tofu substitute available for all dishes.
1785 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
Marty’s Café / Truckee
Enjoy an American breakfast with a French twist inside an old train station in Truckee. Marty’s Café is known for decadent dishes like the mushroom, bacon and Brie omelette and French toast topped with caramelized banana and chocolate fondue. The restaurant’s granola is made in-house and even it’s standard egg and cheese bagel sandwich is jazzed up with tomato, spinach, mushroom and Swiss chard.
10115 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee