Fine dining in Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows in N. Lake Tahoe- March 2015

Great dining options included the Plumpjack Cafe located adjacent to the lifts at Squaw Valley. The intimate setting had beautiful decor and great service. There were many great choices but I started with the fresh produce market salad and wonderful apple/squash soup. The swordfish was excellent and came with black rice but the dish of the night was the special lamb shank cooked to perfection and falling off the bone. That came with a great sauce and some veggies. Other nice choices were the beef short ribs, pork chop, chicken breast to name a few. They are known for their wine list to pair a glass or bottle with your dinner. Finish with one of their tasty desserts or my choice was the cheese plate to help my digest easier from the incredible meal. This place is not to miss. More at


Mamasake’s Japanese restaurant in the Village at Squaw serves up some delicious sushi and sashimi. A variety of sushi and hand rolls mixing in one of their sake or soju drinks is the perfect combination. They have a happy hour special of $6 for a hand roll and beer which is very popular right after a nice ski day. Try their norcal spicy tuna roll or crabby ahi with avocado. Most rolls come with tobika, which adds a nice flavor. I loved that they had a healthy brown rice choice they made with their sushi as that is rare to find. Check out mamasake on your next visit to squaw as they are opened for lunch, happy hour and dinner.


Talk about a high end dinner, check out Six Peaks Grille at the Resort at Squaw Valley. When you walk in, you are mesmerized with the incredible view as you fine dine with an array of some of the best food in the area. Start with the Sea Scallops cooked perfectly and presented beautifully with carrot puree. They simply melt in your mouth. The duck breast with huckleberry’s is one of their most popular dishes as an appetizer. There were some great seafood and meat entrees to choose from but I went with the surf and turf that was off the charts. The meat was local and the lobster was excellent. For side dishes, go for the truffle mashed potatoes and the wonderful wild forrest mushrooms. Don”t miss one of their signature cocktails such as the grey goose pear martini, mandarin orange cosmo or other fun options. Finish your great dining experience off with some dessert and an after dinner drink. The apple pie compote with salted caramel ice cream was the a great selection. The staff and service were top notch and the decor was absolutely amazing with the view.


A fun and casual restaurant with great options and tasty food is the Auld Dubliner in the Village. This Irish eatery serves lunch, happy hour and dinner. They have a nice bar selection with tvs and a relaxed setting with seating inside and outside. Don’t miss their award winning chicken wings as an appetizer and the creamy potato leek soup. The ahi salad with avocado looked beautiful and tasted great. The staple fish and chips was a no brainer to order but the most unique dish was the Northern Irish boxty- a potato like crepe with your choice of protein and preparation. I chose the chicken breast with mushrooms and whiskey sauce. I highly recommend it as it is filling, delicious and comes with fresh veggies. They have many beers on tap and an array of signature cocktails including Irish coffee so enjoy one of your favorites to enhance your meal.


The Crest Cafe is a cool hangout for breakfast/lunch across the street from the River Ranch. They have some waffles and burritos with eggs, bagels and great coffee drinks. Bring your laptop computer and enjoy a nice bite to eat. Check them out as they also do catering at