Have you ever been packing for a vacation to a new place and actually stopped in the middle of folding your socks and thought to yourself, “I hope they have good pizza there…” Vacations are about seeing someplace new and checking famous destinations off your bucket list, but if you really stop and think about it, you realize they are also about food! Travelers cannot wait to try out a taste of the town they are visiting. In Truckee, you can eat your way through the alphabet when you explore the culinary options our Lake Tahoe town has to offer! This guide to the top five local only places to eat in Truckee will ensure that you will be able to feed your soul as you fill your empty bellies!
Jax at the Tracks, 10144 W River Street
Our mamas always taught us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and when you start your day out at Jax at the Tracks, following that nugget of advice is no problem whatsoever! Open every day of the week and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Jax is famous for their beignets, loved for their Chicken & Waffles Stack, and simply adored for their All Day Addiction. The latter dish is a hearty one, created with eggs, hash browns, Canadian bacon, avocado, mixed greens, chilled oven roasted tomatoes, balsamic drizzle, and basil pesto; order it Lizzy style, and they will add sauteed mushrooms and goat cheese, and you will be one happy diner! Just as you might expect, the All Day Addiction is the one breakfast dish you will find on the menu all day long. How convenient is that?
The Station – A Truckee Eatery, 10130 W River Street
The midday break is a necessary one, especially when you are spending your morning exploring the beauty of the great outdoors in Truckee. Hiking, biking, shopping, and exploring will build up quite an appetite, one that the Station is proud to be able to sate! Open every day of the week starting at 11 AM and serving, as they say, “Food to Fuel Mountain Adventures” every dish offered here may change the way you look at lunch forever! Why be satisfied with a ham sandwich your mom wrapped in aluminum foil and stuffed in a cooler when you can devour a South of the Border sando filled with prime tri-tip, queso fresco, slaw, roasted poblano peppers, fresh herbs, and lime crema all served on a toasted baguette? This is just one example of the creative meal options you will find in this much-loved eatery, so be sure to stop in and try some of everything on the menu.
Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, 10007 Bridge Street
The all-American foods served at our number three option, Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, may surprise you, as bistro food tends to be French in origin, but you will never want to go back to the “old ways” after eating your way through this delicious menu! Open every day for lunch and dinner, they do close from 3 to 5 to regroup from the lunch crowd and prepare for the dinner one. Offering pizzas, pastas, and classic American favorites that include pork chops, chicken, and Maine Day Boat Scallops, we can honestly say you will not find even a so-so meal here! Try the truffled deviled eggs, pick the Peach BBQ Chicken Pizza, and devour the Durham Ranch Hangar Steak Frites and discover your newest obsession. Also offering an extensive beer, wine, and cocktails menu, it is impossible to leave Moody’s without a smile on your face. Saturday nights are super busy, so be sure to make reservations if you don’t want to forever for a table!
Trokay, 10046 Donner Pass Road
After much internal and external debate, we have decided to place Trokay in the number two position on our list of top local Truckee places to eat, simply because our number one choice has been such a tradition to Truckee restaurants, not because we liked it less! Offering the perfect meal for a romantic date night, this modern hot spot features a menu that changes seasonally and includes innovative dishes that sound familiar and taste delicious! The summer chef’s tasting menu is made with locally sourced ingredients that include dishes entitled a Walk through the Garden (squash blossom and basil) and Bryan and Katie Flannery’s 28-Day Dry Aged NY Strip. Trokay is a bit more expensive than the other restaurants listed, but it is definitely worth the extra cost!
Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, 10142 Rue Hilltop Road
The Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar has been Truckee’s longest tradition, even before it became a restaurant! Built inside what was once one of the country’s oldest ski lodges, Cottonwood pays homage to the buildings beginnings with a ski-themed décor. Featuring a patio that looks over the mountain, one of the popular, local places to eat in Truckee during the warmer days, and a rustic ski lodge interior, the menu is hearty and inventive. Braised short rib chili, ribeye steaks, and sauteed salmon are just a few of the delicious menu items you will find here, leaving you full and happy at the end of the meal!
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