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NORTH LAKE TAHOE
Tahoe Biltmore (tahoebiltmore.com) in Crystal Bay has opened the new Bilty’s Brew & Q restaurant, which serves house-smoked meats and such barbecue dishes as baby-back ribs and pulled pork with handcrafted sauces.
Like your food fresh? It doesn’t get any fresher than Squaw Valley’s Rocker@Squaw restaurant (squaw.com/the-village), where the new farm-to-table winter special allows diners to feast on recently harvested food provided by local farmers.
Northstar skiers and riders will appreciate the convenience of The Backyard Bar & BBQ, opening at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe (ritzcarlton.com) in mid-December. Ski into the restaurant for lunch or après ski drinks and appetizers, and savor St. Louis smoked ribs, brisket and pulled pork platters drenched in housemade barbecue sauces.
Two other changes: The West Shore Cafe (westshorecafe.com), with its elegant Old Tahoe atmosphere, has a new chef, and The Grill at Homewood now has an expanded menu and an outdoor winter beer garden.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
If you’d like a side of sunset with your après ski appetizers or dinner, stop by the recently reopened Boathouse restaurant (tahoebeachretreat.com) on the pier at Beach Retreat and Lodge.
Authentic Greek food, meanwhile, is on the menu at The Landing Resort & Spa’s new restaurant (thelandingresortandspa.com), specializing in wood-fired Greek seafood and traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka.
Gunbarrel Tavern and Eatery (gunbarreltavern.com) is conveniently located next to the gondola in The Village at Heavenly, but even if you’re not skiing there, go out of your way to eat at this restaurant. The Lamb “Lollipops” are as tasty as they are creative, and the custardy bread pudding is a delight.
Finally, Artemis Mediterranean Grill (artemismediterraneangrill.com) also deserves a nod. Go for the Greek lettuce wraps.
Kirkwood has opened the new City Bar on the Village Plaza. Encased in glass walls, the restaurant features an umbrella top that folds back on good-weather days to reveal the Sierra sky.
CAMPO restaurant (campomammoth.com), run by celebrated chef Mark Estee, opened in The Village at Mammoth to the delight of Eastern Sierra foodies. Esquire recently named Estee’s original CAMPO, located in Reno, one of America’s best new restaurants. Another good choice: the Lakefront Restaurant (tamaracklodge.com/Lakefront_Restaurant), where you can watch the sunset over Twin Lakes, sip a hot mulled wine or housemade cider, and enjoy the cuisine of new executive chef Marc Mora.