I didn’t get enough reviews in 2015 done so I have a lot of catching up to do, and I want 2016 to be much better. The dining experiences never slow down; the time to write about them does become elusive though. As 2015 comes to an end, Joleen and I visited the remarkable Lone Eagle Grille lakeside here at Lake Tahoe’s Incline Village (adjacent to the Hyatt property). As much as an afternoon on the fire pit here looking out over the lake and enjoying their unimprovable bison burger ought to be mentioned, it is our dinner dining experience that is the subject of this review.
We were seated directly next to the large fireplace in their main dining room, providing a cozy and warm setting (and one in which my long coat could be quickly removed). The appetizers were the easy part, as we went with seared scallops with parsnip purée, Marcona almonds, and verjus reduction,
Let’s just say that had I wanted to order four servings of this latter appetizer and skip the main course, I would not have left the restaurant deprived. The scallops were divine, but the home made pasta was exquisite, the sauce perfectly subtle yet dynamic, and it left my mouth watering.
I needed help when it came to the main course entree. The Duncan Ranch Elk Strip Loin was calling me, as were the Lamb Chops in Lemon Oil and Minted Hummus. But at the waitress’s recommendation, I went with the Bone-In Niman Ranch Pork Chop with Chorizo and Red Eye Gravy. Heaven help us all.
Joleen enjoyed the Passmore Ranch Trout with saffron potato puree. Delightful.
To say the pork chop was tender, fatty, juicy, flavorful, and balanced would be to understate the great truth of last night’s dinner: It was perfect.
The whole dining experience was, from the view to the staff to the cuisine. God’s favorite lake is only enhanced by this culinary addition.