We have all heard it before, from health blogs and our mothers: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This carries even more weight when your daily plans include riding the ski slopes from first to last chair.
If you plan on having enough fuel to keep you going down your fifth bump run on Gunbarrel, you are going to need a big and healthy breakfast!
We are lucky in South Lake Tahoe to have many fabulous spots to choose from. No matter where you are staying in your luxury vacation rental, there is a good spot for some morning grub near you. Here are Buckingham’s five top breakfast spots.
5. Bear Beach Café
At Bear Beach Café you can enjoy your breakfast with a view of Lake Tahoe. This is your typical breakfast diner, with everything from pancakes, french toast and waffles to omelets and eggs benedict. Our favorites include the Emerald Bay Omelette and the Bacon Banana Waffle. The Emerald Bay Omelette is made with four farm fresh eggs, avocado, mango salsa, sundried tomato Hollandaise with some pico de gallo on top! The Bacon Banana Waffle is fairly self-explanatory, and as delicious as you imagine. Sit back, enjoy your view and have a hot breakfast prepared for you!
4. Heidi’s Pancake House
Don’t let their name fool you, they serve everything from 4-egg omelettes and stuffed crepes to – you guessed it – pancakes! Since 1964 this has been a popular spot, located in the middle of town and easy for everyone to access. The signature yellow Swiss chalet building is hard to miss, and there are always cars parked out front. The hardest part of your whole morning will be what menu item to order. Our favorites include the Bacon Stack of pancakes, the Alpine Waffle (complete with hot apple compote) or the Swiss Yodeler (eggs, bacon/sausage/ham and homefries or a pancake).
3. Red Hut Café
With three locations in Tahoe South, this family run diner has been in operation since 1959. The current owners have been running the café since 1984, and after their huge success have opened up locations in Carson City and Reno. The biggest location, on Ski Run Boulevard, also has a Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Parlor that your kids will love. Each Red Hut location serves breakfast all day, so you late risers won’t have to worry about missing the breakfast bell. Whatever you order, whether it be a Walnut or Coconut Waffle, French Toast or an omelet, you will receive a healthy portion. While you enjoy your delicious breakfast, you will love looking at all the old Tahoe pictures that cover the walls.
2. Driftwood Café
Located in the Heavenly Village, this is a favorite for those living and staying near the state line (and the employees at Buckingham). This is a family friendly diner, owned by a local couple since 1999. As it is walking distance to the Heavenly Gondola, many patrons will stop here for a breakfast burrito before heading up to Tamarack Lodge. The favorite breakfast items include your classic Eggs Benedict, a more Mexican fare of Huevos Del Driftwood, Wacky Waffles, and of course their selection of Outrageous Omelettes. Wash everything down with local coffee from Alpen Sierra Coffee. For those rushing to hit first chair at Heavenly, they also have to go options, like breakfast sandwiches and burritos! In our experience, it can get busy during the high season, but you will leave happy from friendly service and a yummy meal.
1. The Getaway Café
This is your spot for a hearty-portioned breakfast. Located in the town of Meyers outside South Lake Tahoe, The Getaway Cafe is the perfect spot to grab a bite on your way out of the South Shore before heading back home, if you’re heading west on Highway 50. Their mission is simple: great food prepared with fresh ingredients at an affordable price. Some of the menu favorites include Classic Eggs Benedict and the Coconut-Crusted French Toast. Don’t be discouraged if there is a line, everything is made fresh to order in a very small kitchen so sit back, relax and enjoy the conversations of the guests you are dining with; the food and service are well worth the wait!
Wherever you choose to consume your first meal of the day, we hope that you enjoy it! If you are wondering which location is closest to your luxury vacation rental, Contact Us and we will recommend one to you!