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“Top-quality dining at a ski resort? I was skeptical, but... yes!”
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Baxters Bistro & Lounge
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American
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St. Helena, California
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
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“Top-quality dining at a ski resort? I was skeptical, but... yes!”
Reviewed December 21, 2009

Randomly ran across Baxter's on my way to the gondola to go up the mountain at Northstar-at-Tahoe.

Since I hadn't settles on dinner plans with the gf, we decided to swing by after I was done snowboarding for the day. The Apres Ski menu seemed underwhelming, but the dinner menu was intriguing so we made a reservation to come back (yes, the dining options in north Tahoe are limited enough that this seemed the best bet to drive back to; we were staying only 10 minutes way in King's Beach)

Fortunately, they have free parking (self-parking or valet -- both free) in the evening, and everything went without a hitch. The presentation and ambiance are very nice -- from the decor and lighting to the music (can't attest to live jazz, which they apparently have on Fri/Sat, but the music they were playing was perfect and was the right volume.)

The service was professional and respectful, and the food we ordered was good. We ordered:
1) a cocktail (a "naughty cider" -- not bad)
2) a Bistro Salad (extremely tasty and well worth the $11 -- maybe the best value on the menu. A big frisee salad with flavors of salt and vinegar on the greens, with generous portions of duck confit and a poached duck egg to top it all off)
3) a flank steak entree (perfectly seasoned and cooked, with a nice arugula salad and great fingerling potatoes as well)
4) and the "Hunter's Plate" which consisted of quail, venison, and a boar chop, paired with winter vegetables fricasee and spaetzle. The spaetzle seemed homemade -- in any case, it was very good. The veggies were carrots, brussels sprout leaves (?), and turnip(?), and were perfectly cooked and delicious. The venison was great; the boar chop was decent; the quail was... well, it's quail: just like chicken, but less meaty and harder to eat. It didn't taste bad, but I think rabbit would work better for this platter.
5) dessert: winter smores (gingerbreak graham crackers with spiced marshmallow in the middle) with a pumpkin mousse covered in candied squash (mousse + squash very yummy, but the dessert seemed pricey at $9)

Mostly good! A few misses and/or overpriced items, but overall a good experience, and worth the trip if you're staying not too far away in north Tahoe!

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