Built in 1946, Squaw Valley founder’s home turned restaurant retains its family feel   If dining at Graham’s Restaurant & Bar at Squaw Valley feels like enjoying a leisurely meal at a friend’s home, there’s good reason for the sentiment. The lodge-like restaurant, with its vaulted pine...

  North Shore   PIONEER COCKTAIL CLUB 521 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA (530) 523-0402  |  www.pcctahoe.com The old Zia Lina space is now a place to sip a cool cocktail—say, the Oaxacan old fashioned made with mescal, agave and chocolate bitters. Owners Savren Thompson and Brian Nelson, veterans of...

  MORE COOKS IN THE KITCHEN Chef Alex Tolger, a veteran of Drunken Monkey and FiftyFifty Brewing Co. and owner of MOGROG Rotisserie food truck, launched a communal culinary space called Kitchen Collab in the Truckee Crossroads shopping center. The 1,800-square-foot commercial kitchen, which occupies a former...

Hyatt’s signature restaurant pairs inviting lakefront location with delectable menu   Ah, the age-old-view-versus-food-quality conundrum. Seems so often diners must sacrifice one for the other. Fret not, though: The North Shore’s Lone Eagle Grille has figured out how to do both well, in a big way. ...

NORTH SHORE   CHRIS BANOVICH REMEMBERED Chef, ice-carver extraordinaire and Tahoe–Truckee local for nearly three decades, Chris “Bano” Banovich lost his fight with cancer in November. A native of Castro Valley and graduate of San Francisco Culinary Academy, Banovich owned North Tahoe Catering Company and Bano’s Iceworks, dazzling...

  SOUTH SHORE   IZABELLA RISTORANTE ITALIANO 3967 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA (530) 544-0400 www.izabellatahoe.com Brought to you by the owners of the long-running and popular Scusa, this contemporary Italian eatery a short stroll from Heavenly Village features dishes such as smoked gouda fried polenta with lemon butter, spicy marinara...