Lake Tahoe, California (South Lake Tahoe): Macduff’s Pub
Once again confronted with a massive region, South Lake Tahoe ended up being the town I thought was the most mountain bike-focused in the region. This was mostly due to its proximity to three of Tahoe’s greatest rides, the Tahoe Rim Trail, The Flume Trail, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. That said, the entire region is flush with singletrack and setting up basecamp in any of the towns dotting the shore of the lake would reap massive rewards.
While researching South Lake Tahoe, there was very little correlation between the top restaurant lists (perhaps a testament to how many good restaurants are in town). However, Macduff’s Pub held strong on each of the lists.
Macduff’s provides delicious American, Scottish, and Irish food. To start, they have clearly put some thought into their appetizers. Ranging from buttermilk fried calamari to clam chowder in a bread bowl to French onion soup, they are a tantalizing heads-up for what’s to come. For main courses, they offer traditional English pub favorites like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. To satisfy those looking for more greasy, high-calorie foods, Macduff’s also serves great burgers and pizza. Gary B. on Trip Advisor has even confirmed that they will even cook fish that hungry fishermen bring to them, call the fisherman back around dinner, and then serve them their own catch!
The large portions, bike parking, long hours, and even take-out that Yelp reviewers have found easily show Macduff’s has made itself a great option for hungry mountain bikers. And after a great pub-style dinner, it doesn’t hurt that the restaurant is just a few turns away from Sierra Ski & Cycle, where the local wrenches will gladly tune up your ride for the next day’s adventure.
- Hours: 11:30am-9:30pm daily
- Gluten-free options
- Location: 1041 Fremont Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA
- Website: macduffspub.com