Echo … dining worth repeating (South Lake Tahoe, California)

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SMALL BITE: Is there really anything better than sharing a plate of cheesy, gooey, messy nachos? It really is the perfect First Date food, largely because nachos are usually accompanied by a tension-easing margarita.  Echo Restaurant at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel serves up all your favorite comfort foods. This writer has been to Lake Tahoe a hundred times, and never even knew this hotel or this fabulous restaurant was even there. It’s easy to miss, sandwiched between the Timberlake Lodge and Harrah’s. Next time you’re in Tahoe, look for it and stop in. It’s one of the best-kept secrets in that beautiful lake town.

SIGNATURE DISHES: It’s more like “what ISN’T on the menu! Specializing in California casual cuisine, you’ll find tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner selections such as omelets, juicy burgers, pizzas made to order, French Onion Soup, Fish & Chips, Grilled Salmon, Shrimp Linguini, Lava Cake and Root-Beer Floats. And you’ll always find a special brunch menu on all the memorable occasions, like Easter and Mother’s Day.

THE DISH FROM DINERS: “Was so happy to have stumbled (literally) on to this place for my Birthday. Marcus was so attentive and really made it special. The Chicken Parmesan was nice and I ate the vegetables… Which says a lot.”

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  One of the coolest features of Echo Restaurant is its Bloody Mary Bar on Saturday and Sunday. For just $5 a drink, you can transform into a mad Bloody Mary scientist and concoct your own libation at the fully stocked bar, pictured below. It features Tahoe Blue Vodka, made down the hill in Sacramento, pickled carrots, celery, olives, tomato juice, horseradish and over 20 hot sauces. Known as “breakfast in a glass.”

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HOURS: Lunch and dinner: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Breakfast served only on the weekend, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For reservations, call: 530.543.2140

ABOUT LAKE TAHOE RESORT HOTEL: Formerly the Embassy Suites, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
is an all-suite resort — perfect for vacationing families — with a living room, sofa bed, separate bedroom, a refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker and large flat screen TV in each suite. Located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, it’s super-close to great shopping at Heavenly Village and a walk across the alleyway to Harrah’s. The lake is within easy walking distance down the hill, and on colder days, there’s always the indoor pool.

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