I could write a week’s worth of posts about Stella and still not sing it’s praises enough. The food was amazing, each bite carefully crafted to deliver that punch of flavor and mix of texture. I would recommend it to anyone, for any occasion.
We went with the tasting menu approach, in order to get a little bite of as many things as possible. For starters I ordered the duck pate, which is always my favorite. Creamy, buttery pate with crunchy bread and an acidic salad.
The second course was this impeccable ceviche. Flakey, fresh fish cooked in the acid from the lime and topped with a little spice. I never wanted this dish to end.
For the main I had the lamb, and while I don’t usually opt for lamb, it was the perfect choice. The medium rare meat was juicy and flavorful and the peach accents added a great burst of sweetness to each bite.
Dessert was a smorgasbord of summer fruits and chocolaty decadence. We ordered everything (obviously) and shared.
There was a lemon pudding and a raspberry cake with cream but the chocolate swirl was the most delicious item of the evening. I could have eaten three of them by myself.
On Saturday, for a less fancy option we went to Fire Sign for brunch. And brunch being my favorite meal, we needed a place that the locals say is the best. Fire Sign (so named for the astrological sign) was just what the doctor ordered. Nothing fancy, but quality seasoned home fries with runny eggs and big cups of coffee – the perfect fuel to a busy day in the mountains.
A recommendation that wasn’t on the Tahoe To Do List, was Cottonwood. And it was a good find! This place used to be an old ski lodge (Hilltop Lodge) and was cute and comfy like one. We had a gorgeous view of Truckee at sunset and enjoyed a nice dinner and wine.
We ordered many an appetizer, calamari and polenta (and short ribs, not shown), all of which were delicious.
And dinner had an italian flair with a seafood soup, pasta and steak choices from all of us.
Tahoe may not be known for its food but it has some truly fantastic options if you are willing to wait in line or drive to the top of a mountain.