By Allen Pierleoni
The revitalized West Shore Cafe on Lake Tahoe in Homewood opened its doors Sunday, bringing another dimension to the lake's culinary and lodging scenes (www.westshorecafe.com).
"It will be an asset to the community and will complement the existing restaurants around the lake," said Jeff Pelline, who was there for the grand opening. He's the publisher of the quarterly publication Sierra Food, Wine, Art (www.sierraculture.com).
Lodging-wise, the property offers four "mountain-inspired" guest rooms and two two-room suites.
For years, the West Shore Cafe was a small eatery doing business only during the summer months. Then its owner built a fabulous lodge with a dining room and expanded kitchen. Outside are a lakeside deck and pier, used for dining. The property closed a couple years later, was sold to JMA Ventures (owners of Homewood Mountain Resort and Alpine Meadows Ski Resort) and is now back in a new incarnation.
Executive chef Jessika Bryce has a few things up her sleeve, including daily lunch and dinner, plus après-ski appetizers from 3 to 6 p.m. The lunch menu includes a version of the classic croque monsieur ($11) and a Chinese chicken salad ($12). Two of the dinner entrees are lamb chops ($24) and pork loin chop with apple-bacon chutney ($22).
Also, Bryce is serving a special holiday menu through Jan. 2, which includes hamachi poke, seared scallops with truffle mashed potatoes, and ribeye steak. Her prix fixe New Year's Eve menu will feature oyster bisque and venison osso bucco (reservations: 530-525-5200).
The West Shore Cafe is at 5160 W. Lake Blvd., Homewood, Calif.; (530) 525-5200.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.