Are you off to speed down a few double black diamonds? Headed on a wintry Sierra adventure? Rushing to catch a flight back home? Satisfy that rumble in your stomach with a few great food options for those in a rush.
Sprinting around the shores of Tahoe
While some enjoy a leisurely meal at many of the fantastic restaurants in the area, others are ready to get to business on the slopes. Make sure to stay well nourished with the wares from some local favorites offering delicious grub on the go. Located right along the lakeshore bike path, West Shore Market and Deli serves gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads and more — try their famous cubano for a toasty treat. westshoremarket.com
In South Lake, Lira’s Supermarket is not your run-of-the-mill grocer. With a delicatessen and aisles of options, you can quickly fill your basket and off you go. Just down the street you’ll find Verde Mexican Rotisserie with the BEST breakfast burritos around. Open daily at 8 a.m., it’s a delish stop for breakfast before the mountain or a great spot after a long day on the slopes. Mahogany Smoked Meats offers every kind of jerky you can think of, from beef to bison to wild boar. And, Ace High Saloon and Smokehouse is the place to go for a quick sandwich, specialty coffee and a slice of the most delicious barbecued items. They have a killer full breakfast menu if you have extra time. lirassupermarketrewards.loyaltylane.com; restaurantmeyersca.com; smokedmeats.com; acehighsaloon-smokehouse.com
Racing through Reno
Quick dining options abound in the biggest little city! Grab a slice or a whole pizza from Noble Pie Parlor. At Rounds Bakery you can select from a great menu of wraps and bagel sandwiches. Be sure to try the #NotACronut — a community-recognized delicacy. If you’re looking to go purely healthy, head to BFF Café where you’ll find fuel packs filled with nutritious dishes including the BFF zoodle, grilled salmon plate and Thai salad ready for the taking. noblepieparlor.com;roundsbakery.com; bffcafe.com
For something a bit more liquid, try Jüs with two locations carrying cold-pressed juices, smoothies, wheatgrass and ginger shots, and acai bowls. One of my favorites is the avocado bowl with avocado, pineapple, banana, acai, juiced apple, granola and honey. Yum! Something warmer? Gino the Soup Man is a beloved local soup purveyor with steamy and gazpacho-style concoctions available at Great Basin Community Food Co-op, Great Full Gardens Café and Whole Foods. jusreno.com; ginothesoupman.com
Quick tour of Truckee and beyond
Headed to another great vantage point? There’s some tasty grub in the quaint towns surrounding Reno/Tahoe. Coffeebar in Truckee is an Italian café brewing the best caffé affogato. You’ll want to try their breakfast bowls and paninis, too. (P.S. They also have a location in Reno.) coffeebar.com
In Carson City, Villa Basque Cafe celebrates some of this region’s Spanish history with housemade chorizo and a gourmet foods market with imported goods fit for a fancy wintertime picnic. The Carson Street Deli and Craft Beer Bar has a create-your-own sandwich menu that’s one to beat. villabasquecafe.com; carsonstreetdeliandcraftbeerbar.com
Whether you’re looking for a quick sandwich, salad or smoothie, Reno/Tahoe has food that’s super fast without compromising the quality.
By: Heidi Bethel