30 Nov South Shore Sharpens a New Edge in Dining
Edgewood Bistro offers upscale food and setting
For nearly five decades, Stateline’s Edgewood Tahoe has been synonymous with the George Fazio-designed 18-hole lakeside golf course, home to the American Century Championship celebrity tournament since 1990. The public course’s 19th hole Brooks’ Bar & Deck, which serves lunch and dinner pub fare, was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry; the 235-acre sylvan property is also home to the fine dining waterfront Edgewood Restaurant overseen by executive chef Frank Stagnaro.
With the launch of the swank new $100 million, 154-room LEED-designed Edgewood Lodge this past summer comes the sleek Modern American Edgewood Bistro, offering all-day dining in a mountain-chic-meets-urban-contemporary setting. The 150-seat space done in warm wood and stone flows from the lodge’s soaring Great Room, through a bar-fireplace-lounge area and into the airy and well-lit main dining room, where an open kitchen, high-top chef’s table and private dining space await. Beyond the picture windows outside, a heated year-round patio, complete with a horizontal fire pit overlooking the pool and lake beyond, can accommodate another 80 diners.
A horizontal fire bar provides both heat and ambiance as the sun sets over Lake Tahoe, photo courtesy Edgewood Tahoe
Created by Hirsch Bedner Associates, the world’s largest hospitality design firm, the collective space exudes a welcoming yet hip vibe, pulling in a well-heeled crowd of golfers, couples and families, locals and visitors, including actress Sofia Vergara and the cast of ABC’s Modern Family while they were in town filming the show’s season premiere.
A seven-year veteran at Edgewood Tahoe, executive sous chef Dave Lofgren oversees the Bistro’s culinary operations, including the seasonally changing menu.
“As opposed to [Edgewood’s] other two restaurants, which are well established and have their own styles, we wanted to be able to cook the food that we couldn’t really fit into those other menus,” says Lofgren, who was born and raised in Oakland and trained in San Francisco restaurants such as Hawthorne Lane, Butterfly and Nova, and locally at Evan’s, MontBleu, Stateline Brewer and Blue Angel. “The Bistro lets us do that. With the help of our customers, we are creating the kind of food that’s broadly appealing while still having something for seasoned and adventurous diners.”
Diners can enjoy one of several areas of comfy seating throughout the restaurant, photo courtesy Edgewood Tahoe
To that end, breakfast here includes but goes beyond the usual egg offerings with dishes like duck confit hash, baked baguette French toast with warmed mixed berry syrup, and the baked ricotta served with glazed onions, roasted tomato, parsley pesto and a grilled baguette.
Come lunchtime, look for appetizers like cheddar chive biscuits with whipped maple butter; a green papaya and chicken salad; spicy peanut chicken lettuce wraps with garlic-ginger sauce; togarashi-crusted seared ahi with avocado wasabi cream and shiitaki-green onion salad, as well as a silver tray of sandwiches, snacks and small bites.
Start or finish a meal with an artisanal cheese board, photo by Susan D. Rock
Oblong-shaped brick-oven pizzas are big enough to make a meal. The meaty Ai Funghi e Salsicce employs elk sausage, wild boar salami, sopressata, smoked provolone, wild mushrooms and herbs. Another layers spinach, Nueski smoked slab bacon, baby spinach, fresh ricotta, pickled red onion, parmesan, and San Marzano tomato sauce. For simple, traditional and tasty, try the Napoletana with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
In addition to the half-pound bistro burger, there’s a grilled hanger steak sandwich with Gruyere fondue, onion jam and arugula, and a seared yellowfin BLT gets lemon aioli on a grilled baguette. The Maine lobster roll comes on toasted brioche.
The dinner menu features a Wagyu beef carpaccio appetizer with crispy capers and arugula, photo by Susan D. Rock
Some of the lunch menu carries over to dinner, with the addition of paper-thin-sliced Wagyu carpaccio finished with crispy capers, olive oil, arugula, lemon, shaved parmesan and smoked salt. The P.E.I. mussel dish is made with Spanish chorizo, leeks, herbs, white wine saffron sauce and bistro fries.
Entrees on the warming winter dinner menu include venison loin with fondant potatoes, wild berry demi and roasted carrots, and a grilled ribeye steak with potato-reblochon tartiflette, asparagus and Madeira mushroom sauce. A skin-on chicken breast is served with wild mushroom ravioli, marsala glace de viande and sweet peas,while the baked gnocchi dish incorporates hen of the woods mushrooms, béchamel, rosemary and parmesan. On the lighter side, look for the seared diver scallops and lightly smoked jumbo shrimp served with toasted sesame jasmine rice, sugar snap peas and micro herb salad with a Japanese yuzu vinaigrette, or try the Patagonian-raised grilled salmon with whole grain mustard-maple sauce.
One of Edgewood Bistro’s delicious desserts—the caramelia chocolate mousse dome, photo by Susan D. Rock
If you didn’t start with an artisan cheeseboard, a second opportunity awaits with dessert. Select from a nightly pot de creme or perhaps a pear tart with candied almonds, honey mascarpone and cinnamon ice cream. The pumpkin cake is topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and pecan caramel, while the caramelia mousse dome route is a rich mound of chocolate mousse with cocoa nib tuile and vanilla ice cream.
Some 70 mostly familiar wines are on the California-centric list, with nearly 30 pours by the glass, including Edgewood’s private label cabernet sauvignon.
A meal here doesn’t have to end with the check. Grab that glass of wine, stroll the grounds and drink in forest, lake and mountain vistas. We think you’ll agree that Edgewood Bistro is teed up to be one of South Shore’s new top dining options.
Incline-based Food & Wine editor Susan D. Rock fared better in Edgewood’s Bistro than on its golf course.
100 Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV
Breakfast 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.