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|Dining at Edgewood Restaurant during sunset combines tranquility with a terrific menu. (Courtesy of Edgewood Tahoe)|
STATELINE, Nev. -- You don't have to play golf at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course to enjoy the experience there. Dinner during a breathtaking sunset at the restaurant at Edgewood or hanging out and watching sports at Brooks' Bar & Deck will do the trick as well.
Of course, the best possible combination is to play this wonderful George Fazio-designed course, which annually hosts the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, hang out for a few drinks and appetizers or come back for a more formal dinner in the evening.
During the summer months, that dinner should be late, after 7 p.m., so you can witness sunset from the dining room or the deck outside. In either case, it's not uncommon to see folks posing for pictures. It's also, quite naturally, the spot for weddings and wedding receptions, which seem to be conducted there daily during June.
And who could blame them? The deep blue water reflects the snow-capped mountains that surround ancient Lake Tahoe, a natural body of water formed by glaciers eons ago. It's a view that's tough to beat.
With sunlit Mount Tallac fading into sunset in the picture windows, Edgewood Restaurant already has a leg up on most any other dining option. But it doesn't end there.
"The culinary excellence offered daily at Edgewood Restaurant more than just complements the view -- it equals it," said Frank Stagnaro, the restaurant’s executive chef for the past 15 years. "People come from all over the world for this view, but they stay and come back over and over again for the food and the experience."
Built like an Alpine chateau, the restaurant provides three graduated levels with tables that look directly out across the lake for an unimpeded view.
No stranger to fusion and artful presentation, Stagnaro and his staff lean toward pleasing twists on comfortable staples. You can enjoy appetizers like grilled scallops in ginger sauce or the Ahi and Avocado Napoleon. Speaking of the Ahi tuna, which is also offered as an entrée, it's flown in fresh daily from Hawaii.
One of the most intriguing choices is the seared elk chop with sun-dried cherry sauce. It's surprisingly non-gamey and so tantalizing that you might forget about the filet mignon, which is also offered at Edgewood. For dessert, there are a variety of options, including a crème brulee that changes regularly. On the particular night we were there, it resembled a coconut flan.
The restaurant also features an extensive wine list, a variety of exotic tequilas, interesting single-malt scotches, bourbons, specialty vodkas and a comprehensive array of liqueurs.
Edgewood also has an experienced staff that's been working there for years.
"We have people who have been coming here for decades now because they know the staff and the staff knows them. They've come to see Vernon the bartender for 20 years now," said Bobby King, director of food and beverage. "That’s the fun of this place: It’s like eating with family every day."
The restaurant at Edgewood isn't overpriced, but it is premium dining. For something a little less formal with a lively atmosphere, but sharing some of the same views, including great looks of the first and 10th tees as well as the 18th hole, Brooks' Bar & Deck is a great place to hang out.
Opening five years ago, Brooks has been honored as one of the "best 19th holes" according to Golf Digest this year. With a large patio space looking out over Lake Tahoe and the Edgewood Tahoe Golf
Course, Brooks offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a nice selection of local brews, both on tap and in the bottle.
Of course, even if you don't play golf, Brooks is a great place to hang out. It's located within blocks of the major South Lake Tahoe resorts and casinos.
June 22, 2010
Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.
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