Antiques and fine food make for a great combination, escpeially when you're dining near the shore of Lake Tahoe, at Rosie's Cafe. Orginally a grocery store, Rosei's has been a Tahoe City landmark restauant since 1964, and is only one of a few restaurants on the north shore of the lake that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Photo: Rosie's Cafe is located in Tahoe City, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, and faces the beautiful lake. If you choose to dine outside, on the small patio, you'll be treated to a view of the lake, and the traffic on Lake Blvd. Don't the petunias, growing in the planters in front of the restaurant add a nice touch?
Photo: It's 10:45 in the morning, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, and I am meeting my friend, Gerry Townsend at Rosie's for breakfast, or in our case, brunch.
As you walk into the restaurant, you're greeted with a "Please Wait to be Seated" sign, and a couple of friendly staff members who will greet you, seat you, and give you menus, and a glass of ice water as you wait for your server to arrive.
Meanwhile, you can take in the "funky" decor of antiques, lots of bicycles, mounted animals, and everything that is crazy about Tahoe City.
Photo: If you're so inclined, Rosie's Cafe offers a full-service bar that's open for business when the restaurant is open. If you're dining by yourself, note the table and chairs to the left. As you wait for your order to arrive, or as you dine, you can look towards the ceiling, and the many antique bicycles.
Photo: Rosie's Cafe is serious about breakfast, as their menu offers three pages of breakfast choices, and breakfast is served until early afternoon. We love the loose-leaf menu... why don't more restaurants use this format?
Photo: Our friendly server, Deitra, takes Gerry's order, as he continues to ponder the menu. Gerry and I have been friends for nearly 20 years.
Photo: As our food was being prepared, I walked up the stairs to the small second-story dining room, that seems to mostly handle "overflows" during busy times. I walked down the stairs and took an elevated view of the main dining room, which really gives a good idea of the "funky" decor. Tahoe City at the finest! If you're sitting near the front windows, you can look across the street and gaze at beautiful Lake Tahoe.
Photo: Our friendly server, Deitra, places Gerry's order of three Swedish oatmeal pancakes on the table with a smile. She has already delivered my "All Mexican Breakfast." This gal took great care of us, was very friendly, and kept our glasses of ice water full. Considering that the restaurant was quite busy, or orders only took about 20 minutes to arrive, which is very fast service.
Photo: Thanks to our friendly server, Deann, for taking our photo. My friend Gerry Townsend, to the left, and your author prepare to enjoy a delicious brunch at Rosie's Cafe in Tahoe City. Gerry chose an order of three Swedish oatmeal pancakes, that came topped with applesauce and imported lingonberries, while I went with the "All Mexican Breakfast," which I simply couldn't resist. Great breakfast!
Photo: The "All Mexican Breakfast" is one of the headliners of the breakfast menu, and it definitely caught my eye, as I absolutely ADORE Mexican food, and I love Mexican-style breakfasts.
The breakfast features two eggs cooked to order - over easy for me - a in-house-made pork tamale, beans, tomatillo salsa, and a large, toasted, flour tortilla. A bottle of Cholula sauce was placed on the table, and I definitely used some of it on my eggs. I poured the tomatillo salsa in my beans, ate a few bites but mostly dipped my tortilla into it to experience sheer culinary joy.
Such a great breakfast a Rosie's Cafe in Tahoe City...
The decor and the atmosphere is as "funky" as it gets, but the food is delicious, there's plenty of it, and the service is super friendly. You're in Tahoe City, so you come to enjoy the great outdoors, the sparkling clear lake, the interesting people, and the great dining at Rosie's Cafe.
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