10Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Lake Tahoe

If you want to hit a breakfast spot that is a hit with the locals try several of these locations in Tahoe City, Homewood Carnelian Bay and Incline Village. The Fire Sign Café in between Tahoe City and Homewood is home to some of the best breakfast and brunch food on the West Shore. Also in Tahoe City is Rosie's Cafe with their large menu and great views of the lake. As you move farther north, try the Old Post Office Coffee Shop for their great pancakes, waffles and coffee. In Incline Village the Wildflower Café is a popular spot for omelets, egg dishes, bacon, and ham.

If you are in the South Shore for breakfast or brunch head over to the original Red Hut Café. The new one in SLT is also good, but the original is where all the locals head to for biscuits and gravy, omelets and great waffles. For something simpler go over to Rude Brothers Bagels for a breakfast bagel and some wonderful coffee.

If you are in Truckee, get in line for the Squeeze In, a popular weekend breakfast spot that has been featured on the Food Network and offers massive omelettes with various side sauces and salsa.

Heidi's Pancake House
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Heidi's is known in the South Lake Tahoe area for its delicious pancakes and Swiss-themed breakfast. Locals and skiers stop by this place to munch on some delicious sandwiches and burgers along with steaming hot coffee. For its regular guests,...  Read More

For over a quarter of a century, this cheery establishment has been serving three meals a day to crowds of tourists who leave full and happy. Rosie's breakfasts include items such as Eggs New Orleans, Bagels and Lox and Huevos Rancheros. You can...  Read More

The local, family owned Wildflower Cafe in Incline Village on the North Shore has been in this area for many years, and is known for their large portions and good breakfasts and brunch. Their dishes include items such as Cinnamon/Orange...  Read More

There are actually two Red Huts in South Lake Tahoe. The newer building is right in the middle of town, while the older Red Hut is just West of the newer building. Each restaurant has great diner breakfasts and lunches, shakes, burgers and...  Read More

Skiers and hikers love breakfast and brunch at the Log Cabin Cafe, claiming their generous portions of eggs, pancakes, and many other breakfast mainstays to be the ideal fuel for a day on the slopes. Cajun, Lobster or Crab Eggs Benedict,...  Read More

The Old Post Office Coffee Shop in Carnelian Bay has a casual, laid back atmosphere with good home-style breakfasts. Try the build-your-own egg-and-cheese scrambles, fluffy pancakes that are made from scratch and breakfast burritos with local...  Read More

Driftwood Cafe
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The Driftwood Cafe near the Heavenly ski resort has a huge menu full of breakfast and lunch items. This cute little diner serves items such as Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Burritos and Sandwiches and their Outrageous Omeletts with...  Read More

Fire Sign Café

With rave reviews from locals and visitors and lines often out the door on busy weekend mornings, Fire Sign Cafe is surely one of Tahoe's most popular breakfast spots. A quick glance at the menu shows why: a dill and artichoke omelet, veggie...  Read More

The spot for breakfast and lunch in Truckee, Squeeze In is renowned for its huge omelets � all 62 varieties. Featuring almost every ingredient conceivable (including shrimp, avocado, and pesto), as well as standbys like bacon, onions, and...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina

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