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New Truckee Restaurants & Popup Takeout To Try This Winter

June 13, 2024
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Whether you're seeking a lively après spot in Northstar or craving the flavors of Tokyo Ramen or fresh sushi, Truckee's mountain cuisine scene keeps on evolving!

Stella at Gravity Haus Sports Hotel

Stella retains the cozy charm of its open kitchen and inviting garden patio that captured your heart, but now it boasts an entirely revamped menu fueled by local California farms. This includes sustainable seafood such as line-caught Himachi from California. Chef Jesse Frate has crafted the menu anchored by their wood-burning oven, promising flavors reminiscent of campfire comfort elevated to a new level. Indulge in highlights such as the Black Cod from California's coast served with cabbage in a yuzu beurre blanc, or savor the wood-fire braised short ribs glazed with tamarind guajillo pepper, accompanied by locally sourced white cheddar grits milled on-site at an Auburn farm.

Mountain Lotus Cafe

The Mountain Lotus Café offers a diverse lunch menu featuring an array of sandwiches, tartines, salads, and bowls, along with a selection of hot and cold drinks, adult beverages, and seasonal elixirs. The café's California cuisine, with a Pacific Rim twist, is primarily plant-based and crafted from whole organic ingredients, promoting health, mindfulness, and longevity. Chef Raymond Applegate artfully prepares dishes that embody the café's commitment to quality, sustainability, and the celebration of diverse flavors.

Cloud Sushi - Popup Takeout (Wednesdays)

Cloud Sushi in Truckee takes pride in offering a fresh and high-quality sushi dining experience. The restaurant was founded by Tahoe Private Chef and prioritizes local fish, with catches typically coming from the region between Mendocino and Morro Bay. With an assortment of rolls on the menu, along with sashimi plates, veggie bites, appetizers, drinks, and sides, Cloud Sushi caters to a variety of tastes. Plan your visit on Wednesdays during the pickup window, when lunch and dinner orders are taken. Chef Josh Brown suggests ordering 45 minutes ahead of pickup, but orders can be made during the week leading up to Wednesday.

Tangerine Bistro in Downtown Truckee

Another addition to the restaurant portfolio is a classic French bistro you’d find in the bustling metropolitan districts of New York or Paris. Enter Tangerine Bistro, named after the iconic Led Zeppelin song, and discover a menu as remarkable as its namesake.

Indulge in traditional French dishes with a distinct Truckee twist, such as the duck foie gras pâté paired with blackberry jam. Experience the culinary harmony of pork shoulder served alongside tarbais beans, or savor the richness of a 24 oz côte de bœuf steak frites. Tangerine Bistro brings a touch of sophisticated French flair to the Truckee dining landscape.

Rakkan Ramen in Truckee Raley’s Shopping Center

What began in 2011 as a humble 4-seater establishment in Nishiazabu, Tokyo, is now one of Truckee's latest dining hotspots. Located in the same shopping center as Raley’s O-N-E Market, Rakkan Ramen at its core is Japanese soul food.

The menu features five distinct ramen bases: AMBER (soy sauce base), PEARL (salt base), GARNET (miso base), SPICY GARNET (spicy miso base), and QUARTZ (creamy base). Noteworthy is their 100% plant-based broth, allowing you to customize your bowl to perfection. Whether you're a dedicated vegan or a fervent protein lover, Rakkan Ramen has something delectable for every palate.

Vous at Northstar California Resort

Craving a little extra après-ski indulgence? Look no further than "Vous," the newly opened cafe/bar in Northstar Village that made its debut on Friday, November 17th. Kickstart your day with a swift caffeine boost, courtesy of coffee concoctions featuring Lavazza's organic blend. Treat your taste buds to delectable pastries that satisfy your sweet tooth.

Then after a day of conquering powder, finish it with an afternoon après experience. Whether you prefer a refreshing pint or a tempting merlot, Vous provides a cozy setting adorned with vibrant art and inclusive vibes. It's the ideal spot for both pre and post-ski hangouts.

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  • Across from Ice Rink in Northstar Village (15 minutes from Truckee)
  • (530)562-3683

Wild Pine Kitchen at Northstar California Resort

Build up your appetite at the Northstar California Resort's ice rink, and afterward, make a pitstop at a Village restaurant that opened at the end of last winter’s ski season - The Wild Pine Kitchen. This family-friendly restaurant is a haven for hearty meals and shared plates, featuring an array of proteins straight from their rotisserie oven.

In addition to its delectable cuisine, Wild Pine Kitchen boasts an extensive beverage selection with a dedicated full page for wine, beer, and signature cocktails. Don't miss the intriguing Smoky Chocolate, named after the Dos Hombres mezcal infused in it. The graham cracker/caramel-lined rim adds an extra layer of indulgence to this enticing drink.

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