Thursday, September 17, 2015

Traveling Vegan: Lake Tahoe, CA

Traveling Vegan: Lake Tahoe, CA
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Whether you are visiting in the warmer months for the lake and trails or you prefer the area with a whiter landscape, Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place anytime of year. My Husband and I visited Tahoe for the first time this weekend for our 5th wedding anniversary. The shear scale of the scenery was impressive and if you get away from the developed areas of South Lake Tahoe and Stateline, there is some serious solitude to be had. Which is amazing until your stomach starts to growl and you want to make a bee line to some great vegan grub. We stayed in South Lake Tahoe and made a trip to Stateline (the development at the California/Nevada state line), so that's where we had all of our meals. Unlike some of the places I've traveled, Lake Tahoe doesn't provide vegan options around every corner but they have a few delicious options that will keep us plant eaters very happy.

Traveling Vegan: Lake Tahoe, CA
Traveling Vegan: Lake Tahoe, CA Freshies Restaurant & Bar
3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd #3
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-3630

Traveling Vegan: Lake Tahoe, CA
Freshies is an interesting place for a vegan meal. It's location in a shabby mall looking place is a bit weird and it seems like it's trying a little too hard with the over the top Hawaiian theme but the place was packed. Honestly, when we walked in we weren't sure if we would like what they had to offer. We decided to have a seat and take a look at the menu. It looked really good so we decided to stay and give it a try. Plus, we were too starved to drive to another restaurant.

We decided to split their taco platter and veggie burger. They offer several protein options for vegans (tofu, tempeh) and you can have them prepared in several different ways. The wait staff seemed very knowledgeable about their vegan options and if they didn't know the answer to one of our questions off the top of their heads, they went to ask someone in the kitchen. Like when she wanted to double check on the bun for the veggie burger (Made in a facility that may process... blah blah blah). We really felt like they wanted everything to be right for us.

We order the taco platter with fried tofu. They really lived up to their name because all of the ingredients tasted very fresh. I can see why their tacos are their most popular dish. They were amazing.

The veggie burger was more of the same. While the patty itself is vegan some of the toppings weren't so we told our waiter to remove anything animal based and it came to us perfect. The burger was very good but stand out item in this dish was the Tri Fries. No matter what dish you choose to try at Freshies' you need to at least get a side of the Tri Fries. The taste and seasoning would be a perfect compliment to any dish on their menu.

Most of the time when you eat at an omnivore restaurant that has vegan options, dessert is usually out of the question. So when we saw that Freshies' had one vegan dessert on the menu we HAD to try it. This chocolate peanut butter mousse pie was to die for. Note: this monstrous thing is made for sharing. We only ordered one and were unable to finish it even though I so wanted to! If you've had too much other their other good food, order this to go and enjoy it later. You'll be glad you did.

served with organic rice and beans, chips, salsa and slaw.

Delicious blend of organic oats, black beans, split peas and brown rice. It is dairy, wheat and soy free. Served on a toasted wheat bun with tomato, lettuce and mayo.
With Tri Fries (sweet potatoes, russet and yams with a sweet and spicy
Caribbean seasoning)

A dairy free dessert made with silky tofu, chocolate and peanut butter on a graham cracker crust.

Traveling Vegan: Lake Tahoe, CAStateline Brewery & Restaurant
4118 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-9000

Stateline Brewery & Restaurant is your usual restaurant and sports bar in South Lake Tahoe. It's location is perfect if you want to explore the casinos of Stateline Nevada, which is in walking distance or Heavenly Village.

Traveling Vegan: Lake Tahoe, CAWhen we were in the area doing just that, we found Stateline Brewery & Restaurant. The nice thing about their menu us that most of the vegan options are marked with a clear "V", so it was easy to sort through what was an option.

For an appetizer we ordered the edamame hummus. This was the highlight of our food there. The hummus was beautiful and my family is a fan of hummus. I also liked that they gave you a variety of options for dipping. The Sriracha sauce on top perfectly complimented the hummus.

Traveling Vegan: Lake Tahoe, CA
My husband ordered the Thai veggie burger with the quinoa salad. He enjoyed it but it was not as good as the burger at Freshies'. It filled a need but wasn't amazing vegan food. 

I ordered the Ancient Grains Salad, which was not labeled vegan on the menu. I asked the waitress to check with the kitchen to see why it wasn't vegan and she returned saying that because you have the option to add meat it's not labeled as vegan. It doesn't look like much but this salad was delicious and filling. I took what I couldn't finish to our hotel and had the rest later.

All in all Stateline Brewery & Restaurant is a place that has decent vegan options if you are in the area and need to grab a bite. It won't rock your world, but you won't leave feeling hungry.

Light and refreshing. Citrus infused soy bean hummus. Served with warm pita bread and fresh veggies.

Homemade vegan patty with spent grains, roasted corn and black beans.  Served with sweet chili vegannaise, steamed baby bok choy and carrot straws  on a vegan bun  13

Fresh spinach tossed with farro, quinoa and shelled edamame with toasted coconut, roasted sunflower seeds and pomegranate vinaigrette

Notable Mentions:

Simple Bliss Vegan Cafe
2540 Lake Tahoe Blvd #7
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-1474

What are your favorite vegan spots in Lake Tahoe?

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