Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Heidi's Pancake House - Lake Tahoe, Ca

Review by: Ken Good Taste, guest blogger and college buddy of Jennifer Good Taste.

A few weeks ago, I celebrated my best friend’s pending nuptials by having a bachelor party in South Lake Tahoe. After a weekend of debauchery, alcohol-fueled gambling and Guitar Hero: World Tour we sadly had to end our trip. Our long standing rule for Lake Tahoe, Reno, Vegas (or any other gambling establishment) is the guy who ends the trip up the most has to buy breakfast the final day. I gleefully have never had to pay for such a breakfast, since 1.) I’m a horrible gambler…I actually hit on 20 and 2.) You have to play to win, and I don’t play much.

At the recommendation of the winner for the weekend, we stopped at Heidi’s Pancake House at 3485 Lake Tahoe Blvd in South Lake Tahoe. I had no idea what to expect…all I knew is that I was hungry and ready to get my grub on.

A few of us drove separate cars, and the hostess wouldn’t seat us until we were all there, which was fine by me. It allowed my queasy stomach to settle some. Once we all arrived, we were taken to a booth large enough to accommodate all of us comfortably. The waitress was super nice and very attentive. You could certainly tell she had a lot of experience dealing with large groups of hung over dudes. The coffee was flowing fast and loose.

The d├ęcor reminded me of a Swiss cabin in the Alps. Ok, I’ve never been to Switzerland or the Alps, but I can imagine this is what it would look like….minus the yodelers and giant St. Bernards with little flasks of brandy under their chins. The benches were hard on the ‘ol bottom, though. I enjoy a few creature comforts when I eat out, and a comfortable seat is high on the list.

I have an absolute LOVE for Denver omelets. Few things I love in life…God, Country, Florida State Football and Denver omelets, in no particular order. I was very pleased to see the size of the omelet, and was even more pleased at the taste. It was excellent…tons of onions and peppers to give it a great flavor. Unfortunately the potatoes SUCKED. In fact, the hash browns were so disappointing it actually bummed me out a little and brought the entire meal down a peg. Nice touch with the cantaloupe. The bread, not pictured, came in a huge basket of buttery goodness. Next to the omelet, that was the best part of the breakfast.

Overall, I’d give Heidi’s Pancake House in South Lake Tahoe 4 out of 5 stars. The hash browns really brought the meal down for me, but the attentive staff and homey feel of the restaurant made up for it. The menu is quite long, which will give me many options when I return in a few months to South Lake. Recommended!

Did you guys love that review?

I sure did! A big round of applause to Ken Good Taste!


Anonymous said...

That Ken guy is awesome...we need more of him! lol

-Kenny Good Taste

Heather said...

how cute and kitschy is that place?!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the restaurant. I don't have that much experience eating out at dives in South Lake, but we enjoyed the decor and the place is a lot bigger then it looks!

-Kenny Good Taste

Diamond Dog said...

Can you please post some of the pictures from the bachelor party?

Kenny said...

My daddy always told me never to take incriminating pictures that might get you in trouble...I plead the 5th on that!

If you want an idea of what it was like, go to imdb.com or yahoo.com/movies and check the trailer for a movie called "The Hangover". It was just like that, minus Mike Tyson.

-Kenny Good Taste

Kelly said...

I LOVE Heidi's! I have never left Tahoe without eating breakfast there! Next time...try the corned beef hash...super delicious! :-)