Blue Angel Cafe 1132 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 544-6544. L-D daily; $$.
Charming, warming, and welcoming, this one-room pub-style cafe with a cozy fireplace serves up delicious, eclectic world fare. Though the menu changes regularly, popular items have included sweet potato fries with chipotle aioli, a superb Moroccan lamb shank with sweet potato mash and mango chutney sauce, steak salad, and housemade blackberry pie. Vegan and vegetarian options are always available. A local Blue Angel Pale Ale is the perfect accompaniment. And, should you have a chance to chat with him, chef Jens Dressler--who brines his own chicken and blends his own curry powder--is a delight.
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