Freshies Restaurant and Bar: Pull up a chair and zone out on a rooftop over fish tacos and a spanning Tahoe view. This only happens at Freshies, folks. The cuisine here is the real deal — fresh (as the name implies) and tasty. So, if you’re over the beer and burger binges, head here to get a mix of mouth-watering cuisine. We hear the fish tacos are world famous. Plus, Barbie has a an eco-friendly dream house perched atop the roof — hybrid car, recyclables, and Keep Tahoe Blue stickers included. Um, enough said.
Freshies Restaurant and Bar, 3330 Lake Tahoe Boulevard (at Fremont Avenue), South Lake Tahoe; 530-542-3630.
Base Camp Pizza: Not to be confused with the other Basecamp, this rustic eatery serves gourmet pizza pies in a cabin-like interior. With cool mash-ups like the Thai Curry or the Apple Gorgonzola, it steps Tahoe grub up a notch. Beers are served in adorable mason jars and most pies can come gluten-free. So, if you’re looking for a chill place to park it and chow down after a long day of activity … let it be Base Camp.
Base Camp Pizza, 1001 Heavenly Village Way (between Transit Way and Park Avenue), South Lake Tahoe; 530-544-2273.
The Naked Fish: If you're looking for something a little lighter than pizza, head to this sushi spot, which specializes in super-creative rolls like the Nacho Mama (spicy octopus, fresh jalapeno, and corn chips, topped with hamachi, avocado, and spicy sauces). For weekday visitors, don't skip the happy-hour specials.
The Naked Fish, 3940 Lake Tahoe Boulevard (at Fern Road), South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-3474.
Sprouts Natural Food Cafe: Keep off those calories you burned while hiking with this veggie-friendly mainstay, which serves up delectable smoothies and juices and the health-conscious meals to go with 'em. It's tasty. Trust us!
Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe, 3123 Harrison Avenue (the corner of Highway 50 and Alemaeda Avenue), South Lake Tahoe; 530-541-6969.
Photos (clockwise from left): Courtesy of Freshies; Courtesy of Base Camp Pizza; Courtesy of The Naked Fish.