One of the most talked about restaurants in the area is Jack Rabbit Moon. This small restaurant with the cute name has a solid local and visitor following, and it's easy to see why.
The nightly menu is small, but each dish features various tastes and combinations that complement each other – and the season they represent. In fact, Jack Rabbit Moon's Chef Callie GilanFarr has been voted one of the best of Tahoe's chefs for 2014.
Jack Rabbit Moon uses seasonal ingredients in their nightly menu — Photo courtesy of Jack Rabbit Moon
For fall, they serve dishes like wild Corvina bass with sweet corn fritters and coconut cream puree, combined with a ginger tomato salad, and the excellent braised spiced pork shoulder with polenta and an apple cabbage slaw. In summer, you might find beer-braised beef short ribs over horseradish mashed potatoes with roasted root veggies and lobster tamales for.
In short, you'll want to come back the other two seasons to see what's being served.
Grilled New York strip steak, with roasted baby artichokes, wedge fries and roasted garlic aioli — Photo courtesy of Christina Nellemann
Along with the main dishes, appetizers like steamed mussels with red Thai curry and a crostini with mint aioli and seasonal soups are served in the intimate and minimalist dining area. You can enjoy dinner at the bar or at the smaller tables. The restaurant only seats about 25 people, so be sure to make reservations.
The drink menu is impressive. Jack Rabbit Moon creates their own cocktails like the "All the Ladies" cocktail with Hangar 1 mandarin and lemon vodka, Ricard pastis, Aperol, simple syrup, lemon and orange juice and the "Brazilian Apple" with Ypioca cacaca, apple jack, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters.
This restaurant is simple and intimate — Photo courtesy of Jack Rabbit Moon
Other drinks include an impressive wine menu, featuring reds and whites from Napa, Spain, France and Italy, including the Brouilly V.V. Lapalu Beaujolais. Speciality wines and liquors like Dom de Durban Muscat and Fernet Branca are also available. Both imported and local draft and bottled beers are available, including the refreshing Kolsch Riesdorf from Germany.
Jack Rabbit Moon lies just steps away from the beaches of the North Shore and the Lake Tahoe State Park on the Nevada side of the lake. One of the best beaches around is in front of the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village. If you're staying at the resort, you can enjoy the beach, the pier and another after-dinner drink at the firepit that sits in front of the lake.