Located at the base of the Heavenly Mountain ski resort, the restaurant serves classic Latin dishes, as well as a nice dose of healthy options like kale salad to go along with their dynamo margaritas.
Azul Latin strives to use local. organic ingredients in their food and drinks — Photo courtesy of Azul Latin Kitchen
The restaurant strives to use local, organic and sustainable products whenever possible, and they use freshly squeezed juices and limes in their drinks.
Their prices are not your typical Tahoe prices, either. You can get a few tacos for under $10 and a heaping salad for around $13.
For starters, Azul Latin has their house-made chips ($3), with a variety of salsas including green salsa and pineapple-jicama pico de gallo. Also try the Shrimp Ceviche ($11) with jicama, cucumber, rotisserie roasted pineapple, cilantro and mint.
Their salads are Latin-like with a California twist. They include the Kale Caesar ($7.50 for small) with queso fresco, cumin Caesar dressing and avocado as an extra. The Quinoa Kale Salad ($8.50 for small) uses organic kale, cinnamon and cranberry quinoa, roasted corn and a cilantro lime vinaigrette.
On Taco Tuesday, happy hour tacos are available all day for $3 — Photo courtesy of Azul Latin Kitchen
The main dishes are an interesting mix of California cuisine meets Latin vibe and include the spicy Coconut Pork Taco ($4.75) with achiote and coconut milk braised pork, escabeche pickles, candied jalapeños, chipotle crema and cabbage. The Sonoma Goat Cheese and Sweet Potato Flauta ($13) dish has roasted sweet potatoes, goat cheese, black beans and green chili salsa.
The Baja Shrimp Quesadilla ($13.50) has roasted potatoes, green onions, Menonita and Oaxaca Cheeses and chipotle crema. The desserts are basic, with churros and a Tres Leche Cake with roasted pineapple ($8).
Azul Latin has some seriously big and tasty margaritas — Photo courtesy of Azul Latin Kitchen
Located in the Heavenly Village, Azul Latin Kitchen also has its share of special events. Live music is usually available daily (weather permitting), and the bar happy hour is every day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Wild West Wednesdays, you can get $3 shots of Jack Daniels and Fire Eater. That should keep you warm when the snow starts to fly! If not, one of the Heavenly Village fire pits is right outside.
The Heavenly Village is located in South Lake Tahoe, and it's home to several other restaurants, including the Driftwood Cafe and Base Camp Pizza. The Village also has some great shopping and a movie theater.
Of course, you can always take the Heavenly Gondola up the mountain for some winter skiing to enjoy the resort's ropes courses and climbing wall, too!