For most people, they think of Lake Tahoe and the town of Truckee and they think of clear, blue waters and astounding mountain ranges. Well, anyone who has ever visited will likely think of those things right after they think of the amazing food that you can find in the area. The town is speckled with incredibly unique dining establishments, but none are more unique than Jax at the Tracks, which rightfully claims to serve “real comfort food.”
A Local Favorite
This is one of the most renowned restaurants in Truckee, and not just because of its appearance on the hit Food Network show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. More accurately, it is because Jax at the Tracks has been serving the best comfort food in town since its opening in 1992. From then on, they were focused on providing great food at an affordable price, which was sparse in Truckee at the time. Now, regardless of whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Jax at the Tracks is typically the best choice.
For breakfast, you can find absolute classics coming in epic portions like waffles, breakfast burritos, omelets, and corned beef hash. Lighter and healthier options include the popular granola with yogurt and fruit. But the house favorite is the most complete breakfast on the menu providing two eggs, hash browns, Canadian bacon, avocado, fresh greens, oven-roasted tomatoes, and basil pesto.
For lunch it is all about burgers, sandwiches, and salads, any of which will not steer you wrong. Jax at the Tracks has the best burgers in Truckee, and among classics, you can find some special items like the stuffed burgers, which consist of a massive patty with either cheddar and bacon or blue cheese and garlic stuffed inside. It is unlikely that you have ever tasted something so amazing. You will also flip for the Thanksgiving sandwich complete with tender turkey, stuffing, gravy, and more.
Then they pull out all of the stops for dinner with endless appetizer options, salads, seafood, steaks, and some desserts that are out of this world. Among the favorites for dinner are the Maryland Blue Crab Cakes with mixed greens, chipotle mayo, and sweet potato fries.
Local Fun Hotspots in Truckee
If you’re unfamiliar with the city, it’s time to get out and explore all that Truckee and Lake Tahoe have to offer.
Enjoy a Game of Bowling
The whole family can have fun at the Bowl Incline, a family entertainment venue boasting a pool hall, arcade, and a bowling alley all in one. You can easily get lost in the arcade games but if you’re feeling competitive you might want to take your chances at a game of bowling with your friends or family. Of course, you can also enjoy a game of pool. This is the perfect spot to hang out and enjoy a fun afternoon during your vacation in Truckee.
Go Fly Fishing
Step outside of your comfort zone and embark on the ultimate fishing adventure courtesy of Cal Neva Fly Co. This is a locally owned and operated business that’s within ten miles of Jax At the Trax. This isn’t just your average fishing trip. The guides at Cal Neva Fly Co take guests all over the Sierra targeting wild and exotic fish, including wild rainbow and German brown trout. You’ll learn new techniques like dry fly fishing to streamers.
Explore Truckee by Dirt Bike
Seeking some more thrills? If you want to feel an adrenaline rush, then Tahoe Dirt Bikes is the place you’ll want to be. This locally owned outfitter offers motorcycles, bikes, and ATVs for rent so you can explore the surrounding mountain terrain and trails at your own pace. If you’re new to dirt bikes or need a little more guidance, tours are also available with experienced instructors who will teach you basic riding skills. Explore forest trails to wide open desert, with views of the distant mountains. All safety gear and equipment are provided, so the only thing you need to bring is your sense of adventure! Tahoe Dirt Bikes is open in the summer and winter seasons.
Visit Local Art Galleries
Love discovering new artists and local artwork? Art Obsession is a modern art gallery that features all distinct artists and painters from different backgrounds. Guests can also enjoy a glass of wine as they take in the latest collections offered. This modern gallery can be found in Downtown Truckee. At Riverside Studios, find a wonderfully curated selection of locally handcrafted art, pottery, and gifts for a unique treasure to take back home.
Visiting Jax at the Tracks
Whether you are looking for something extravagant or something light and healthy, or the best burger in Truckee, you will find something absolutely delicious that fits the bill at Jax at the Tracks. Find this local classic at 10144 West River Street. Get in on the breakfast from 7 am to 2 pm, lunch from 10:30 am to 4 pm and dinner from 4 pm to 10 pm.
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