Best Breakfast/Brunch in Tahoe

10Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Lake Tahoe

A busy day in Lake Tahoe has to start with a hearty breakfast or brunch. These 10Best locations around the lake will fuel you up for all the lake's activities. On the West Shore, visit the Fire Sign Café for a choice of over 62 omelets. Also on the West Shore, Tahoe City is home to 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 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.

If you are in the South Shore 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 quick go over to Rude Brothers Bagels for a breakfast bagel and some wonderful coffee.


The Keys Cafe is located on the South Shore, just off the main road. This small, yellow house serves up breakfast, lunch, beer wine and their famous smoothies. The atmosphere is fun and funky with local art on the walls and fresh, local eggs served in their omlettes, breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos. Their smoothies include the typical fruit smoothies like the Go Mango with mango, raspberry, banana and orange juice and the Castaway with Coconut, mango and pineapple juice as well as granola smoothies that are great for breakfast. The Keys Cafe also has Chai Tea smoothes, Espresso smoothies and Super Smoothies like the 911 with Emergen-C, banana, mango and orange juice.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Keys Cafe offers both delectable and healthy breakfast and brunch options.

Christina's expert tip: Try their Acai Bowl (served all day) with Acai berries, blueberries, banana, strawberry, and soy milk blended into a yummy frozen delight, topped with granola and bananas.

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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, Heidi's is a common place to meet up and chat during the early morning hours. The restaurant is also open for lunch, but locals generally prefer to visit Heidi's for its breakfast. Their most popular items (all served in large portions) are the Country Fried Steak and Eggs, the French Revolution with with fresh fruit and sour cream, the breakfast crepes, four egg omelets and their skillet breakfasts and, of course the pancakes. Each stack can be ordered with your choice of fruit or topping and can include sausage, bacon, and hash browns.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Heidi's is a classic breakfast/brunch stop on the South Shore

Christina's expert tip: Try the Bacon Waffle with the bacon baked right into the waffle!

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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 sandwiches. However, most locals go to the original Red Hut Cafe for their popular waffles like the Pecan or Coconut Waffle, omelets (like the Western Omelet with Ham, Cheese, Onion, and Bell Peppers), their short stacks, fresh eggs, hash browns and hot oatmeal with brown sugar. Both Red Huts serve up hot coffee and hot chocolate and the newer Red Hut has a soda fountain.

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The Old Post Office Cafe 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 eggs. Locals love this casual coffee shop and breakfast spot located in an old post office. Sit awhile and read the paper at the counter, or bring a couple of friends and have a leisurely meal in the dining room. Specials such as crab cakes Benedict are occasionally on offer, and you'll find standards like omelets and French toast on the menu. Expect a short wait on weekends and on snowy mornings.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: The Old Post Office is a great spot to meet locals. A true Mom and Pop operation.

Christina's expert tip: Try the Crabcake Eggs Benedict for a good morning and the Hangover Helper for a not so good morning.

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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 create your own three-egg omelette and get a short stack or Swedish Oatmeal Pancakes on the side. Their lunches include hot and cold sandwiches like the Italian Deli, and the Hot Pastrami. They also serve Italian, Mexian and Cajun foods for lunch. Dinner includes hamburgers, salads and various appetizers including Pot Stickers, Nachos and Fondue. Main entrees include various pizzas, Fish and Chips, Chicken Fried Steak, Pasta, NY Steak and great desserts such as Bachelor Bait Chocolate Cake.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Both the food and decor at Rosie's is a great way to start your day at the lake.

Christina's expert tip: The lake view from Rosie's deck is incredible.

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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, various waffles made with bacon or chocolate chips topped with the fruit of your choice, seafood scrambles, and whole wheat pancakes or Arizona French Toast are indicative of the indulgent, appetizing fare. Gluten free items and a children's menu are also available. Weekend brunch includes tempting dishes from the breakfast and lunch menus. Convenient call-ahead seating helps you avoid crowds that often gather in the a.m.

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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 three eggs. The Herb Cheese Omelette has zucchini and green onions topped with herb cheese sauce and the Black Bean Chicken Chili Omelette has cheddar cheese, green onions and sour cream. The Driftwood also serves buttermilk pancakes, French Toast and an assortment of waffles. For lunch the Driftwood serves various sandwiches, salads, soup, chili and specialties such as Fish Tacos, Escargot and Grilled Basa.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: The Driftwood Cafe near Heavenly has vegan breakfast and brunch options.

Christina's expert tip: The Driftwood serves locally roasted coffee.

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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 cheese, many of the omelets are named after local regulars who invented them. Toast and potatoes are served with each eggy behemoth as well as the restaurants homemade salsa and sauces. Lunchtime sees soups, salads, and sandwiches, and dinner is available too, but folks agree that morning is the time to go. This restaurant has also been featured on the Food Network's show, "Throwdown with Bobby Flay."

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: There are several Squeeze In cafes in the area, but the one in Truckee is the original.

Christina's expert tip: Get to the Squeeze In early on the weekends, there is usually a line out the door.

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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 eggs Benedict, a gouda scramble, and buckwheat pancakes topped with hot, freshly-made blueberry and raspberry sauce are representative of the breakfast and brunch treats that await you on your trip to this stop on the West Shore. Lunch is served, but for late-risers, breakfast is available all day. An attractive deck with pine tree views is open seasonally.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Don't forget to try Fire Sign's "House Baked Goods", daily baked items using tasty ingredients like sweet potato or rosemary.

Christina's expert tip: The Fire Sign is in between Tahoe City and Homewood, so it's away from most of the town crowds.

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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