Whether you're seeking the perfect spot to fuel up for a day on the hill, warm up after an early morning hike, or fill up the morning after a late night out on the town, we've got everything you need to know about the best local breakfast joints. Read on for our top ten favorite breakfast and brunch spots, as well as a few insider tips to help you make the most of your meal.
1. Log Cabin Cafe, Kings Beach, CA
Famous for their Scramble-Ins and offering six versions of eggs benedict, The Log Cabin Cafe is a can't miss for breakfast fans visiting Lake Tahoe's North Shore. Open every day from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, the cafe does not take reservations, but you can call ahead and get your name on the waitlist, which means just a few minute wait once you arrive.
2. Fire Sign Cafe, Tahoe City, CA
This Tahoe City spot is a staple among locals, and it isn't hard to see why. Family owned since it was opened in 1978, most everything at Firesign Cafe is made from scratch, in house. All the coffee cakes, muffins, and cobblers are housemade, as is the chorizo sausage. Even the carrot juice is made to order! Local's Tip: If you find yourself waiting for a table on a cold morning, visit the Annex. This spot is provided by Fire Sign and patrons can grab a coffee, read the paper - there is even coloring for the kids - while they wait.
3. Marty's Cafe, Truckee, CA
Located in Historic Downtown Truckee, Marty's Cafe is a quintessential mountain town diner. Owned by Chef Marty himself, and serving breakfast all day, Marty's is your go to...even if you've slept a little later than usual. For a grown up twist on an old standby, try the Fried Egg Sandwich with Gruyere, mixed greens and lemon aioli atop two sunny side up eggs on toasted French bread.
4. The Old Post Office Cafe, Carnelian Bay, CA
This popular, homestyle breakfast spot is housed in what was formerly a post office, and is known for giant breakfast burritos and customizable egg and cheese scrambles. Sunday brunch at The Old Post Office Cafe can get crowded, so arrive early, or make this a weekday stop to fuel up before heading out of town.
5. Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet, Tahoe City, CA
The biggest challenge at Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet? Deciding what to order! With a full array of espresso based beverages and almost any baked good you can imagine, it is easy for your sweet tooth to win out on a visit here. Craving something savory? Try a hot breakfast sandwich made to order. Local's Tip: Pick up a six pack of Tahoe House brownies to bring back to the house for dessert later in the day. You won't regret it!
6. CoffeeBar, Truckee, CA
Located behind the main drag in Historic Downtown Truckee, CoffeeBar is a caffinated paradise for hipters and hippies alike. Whether you go for a single origin pourover, black, or a chocolate mate latte with coconut milk, you'll leave ready for any action the Sierra's might bring. Order at the counter for artisan breakfast options like avocado toast with poached eggs or a breakfast burrito made with kale and sweet potato hash. Local's Tip: On warm days, bring your four legged companions. Dogs are welcome on the patio, and outdoor seating is available.
7. Donner Lake Kitchen, Truckee, CA
Just across the street from Donner Lake, this full service restaurant offers an extensive breakfast menu. The Huevos Rancheros is a must try, and once you have, we definitely recommend going to back to try one of the morning specials. Donnor Lake Kitchen is open daily from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.
8. King's Cafe, Kings Beach, CA
Situated across the street from Lake Tahoe's North Shore, King's Cafe offers affordable breakfast options, starting at just $2.99. Whether you're looking for a full espresso bar, bagels and muffins to go, or a sit down three egg breakfast, King's Cafe has you covered.
9. The Dam Cafe, Tahoe City, CA
The breakfast menu may be limited, but everything can be customized, and it is all delicious. Build your own breakfast sandwich, bagel with countless topping choices, or opt for the breakfast burrito. Conveniently located at the Y in Tahoe City, The Dam Cafe makes a perfect pit stop on your way to the lake.
10. Squeeze In, Truckee, CA
Open daily from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, and located on Donner Pass Road in the heart of downtown Truckee, Squeeze Inn is your home for a hearty meal and cozy ambience with just a hint of nostalgia. Featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Squeeze Inn is famous for their wacky (and traditional) omlettes, but the menu doesn't stop there. Try the Big Bad Johnson (a pizza omlette!) or the King Crab Benny...the possibilities are endless!
Just across the street from Donner Lake, this full service restaurant offers an extensive breakfast menu. The Huevos Rancheros is a must try, and once you have, we definitely recommend going to back to try one of the morning specials. Open daily from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.