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Take Your Tastebuds on a Sierra Tour Safely 

By Natasha Bourlin

When your tastebuds are seeking new adventures, the extraordinarily picturesque Douglas County is the perfect place to indulge them. A multitude of mouthwatering eateries throughout the region beckon food lovers with diverse menus, locally sourced ingredients, quaint locales and even a dash of celebrity-chef influence. 


Outdoor Fire Pits at The Bistro
Outdoor Fire Pits at Edgewood Tahoe Resort Bistro Restaurant


In just three days, your palate can be pleasantly sated with a food-focused excursion through this stunning portion of Nevada. During the pandemic, you don’t need to be twiddling your thumbs, you just have to know how to Sierra Safely.  Right now, most restaurants have reduced occupancy or offer to-go menus to keep everyone healthy, so give them a call and make reservations, or visit their websites for current parameters. 

Show your tastebuds — all five senses, in fact — a great time. They deserve it. Here’s how. 

Day One: 

Kick off your food vacation with a stop at Minden Meat and Deli. Both their burgers made with freshly ground Black Angus beef and served on Truckee Sourdough brioche buns along with their tri-tip sandwiches are legendary. Oh yeah, they also have 31 beers on tap …


Minden Meat and Deli
Sierra Safely at Minden Meat & Deli


With the first stop on your culinary adventure complete, check into the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Tahoe Ridge Resort. Perched high atop the Sierra peaks, breathtaking panoramas encompass this stunning resort. Accommodations are well appointed with decor inspired by the resort’s alpine surroundings. 

Now, what to do first? In one direction are Lake Tahoe’s glistening waters with some decadent dining options, in the other is the gorgeous valley teeming with a bounty of delicious fare, often in historic structures filled with charm.

For your next meal, spoil yourself in Tahoe.

Mere minutes down the hill, continue your food expedition at The Chart House. Renowned for their fresh seafood and delicious cuts of meat, their sides perfectly pair with both, as do the luscious liquids on their expansive wine list. 

Revel in the lake views over dessert, then head to bed to prepare yourself for the next big day. 

Day Two: 

It’s time to get a taste of Nevada in the state’s oldest settlement. 

Having booked a class in advance, learn how to prepare something tasty on your own at Sierra Chef Culinary Center & Workshop in quaint Genoa. Owner Cynthia Ferris-Bennett specializes in Italian dishes but knows her way around many types of cuisine. Leave a bit smarter and handier in the kitchen than when you arrived. 

Then, visit The Pink House and customize a charcuterie board from their scrumptious selection of prosciuttos, pâtés and more. The restaurant’s charm emanates from the historic, rose-hued building that’s now on the National Register of Historic Places. Grab some refreshments and enjoy a socially distant picnic across the street at the Mormon Station State Historic Park


It’s time to get a taste of Nevada in the state’s oldest settlement. 


While in Genoa, if the snow has recently made a visit, grab some snowshoes and trek around the Genoa Trail Loop. You have to work up more of an appetite, after all. Plus, the valley vistas on the trail, especially when dusted with snow, are magical. 

Hungry again? Of course you are! 

Time for Cook’d in nearby Minden. Relax in the casual atmosphere while deciding on what to eat from their extensive menu that has almost anything you could be craving, from pizzas to raviolis made from a recipe passed down for generations, to a bacon-stuffed waffle topped with fried chicken. 

Stuffed, it’s time to retire to your room. 

Day Three:

Check out…or book another night, as you’re having so much fun. 

You can ski in and out of the Tahoe Ridge Resort. Try it, it’s fun. Strap on some ski or your snowboard and take the Stagecoach lift to Heavenly’s Nevada side and blissfully take a few turns on the slopes. 

Fox & Hound Bar and Grill
Fox & Hound Bar and Grill


But food rules this getaway, and now you’re famished again. Just down the hill, Fox and Hound boasts award-winning, slow-smoked barbecue items that will make you pine for more once done. If you want to really go big in Tahoe, try their Menu Burger Challenge, which features a bunch of menu items — we’re talking pepperoni pizza, chili cheese garlic fries, a Philly cheesesteak, and much more — sandwiched between two buns. Finish it in 60 minutes or less and you’ll get a t-shirt and a story to share for decades. 

Now you get to choose which way to go for your final meal, on this food marathon at least. Go gourmet. 

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay recently opened his world-renowned Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Lake Tahoe at Harvey’s. Menu items envisioned by this multi-Michelin Star chef are decadent and wide-ranging, such as beef wellington and lobster risotto. This is definitely worth a stop, but you always have next time …


Interior of The Bistro
Interior at Edgewood Tahoe Resort Bistro Restaurant


Because The Bistro at Edgewood is tough competition for tastebud pleasing. 

Its chic interior is rivaled in beauty only by the spectacular vistas of Tahoe beyond its windows. Brick-oven flatbreads and Tahoe-inspired fare will leave you longing for more. After dinner, bask in the lake views with one of their signature crafted cocktails. 

Yes, you may have eaten a lot, but wasn’t every bite worth it? Before you set off on the journey home, picture the places you may have missed on this trip, and begin planning your next divine dining extravaganza in Douglas County.


Disclaimer: Please follow all Government and CDC guidelines regarding local and regional travel.   Getaway Reno/Tahoe supports social distancing and safe practices promoting the health of our community. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, digital and print content is updated to the best of our knowledge. Please keep in mind, many photos featured in our publication and online platform were taken before the pandemic and may not reflect current conditions. As you navigate your Reno/Tahoe adventure, be sure to visit the corresponding event URL or business page to check cancellations, closings, or postponements.