South Tahoe sparkles during the day and then again at night. Day trips to Emerald Bay State Park make for fantastic photo opportunities of the lake as it shimmers within a bowl of glacier-carved granite. Autumn in Lake Tahoe affords some of the best mountain-biking opportunities in the country, and winter brings in the ski bunnies with nearby slopes that provide complimentary shuttle service to the hotel. Snow-shoers and hikers can take in the staggering Glen Alpine Falls, which cascade 65 feet down the rock face and provide sightseers with beautiful views, natural sounds, and free legal advice. Evening jaunts out on the town among the glimmering nightclubs and casinos pave the streets silver with slot-machine earnings.
Taj Mahal Restaurant’s flavor slingers cook up a menu brimming with authentic North Indian specialties. Muffle the atonal sputters of voracious stomach saxophonists with chicken curry ($12.95) or the chicken tikka masala, a spicy consortium of chicken chunks roasted in a traditional clay oven ($12.95). The lamb vindaloo showcases a succulent slab of sustenance accompanied by sauce-kissed potatoes ($13.95), and the vegetable korma features veggies and nuts swapping investment strategies beneath a canopy of cream sauce ($10.95). Temperamental tongues needn't worry, as the amicable wait staff will happily set up the perfect match between dish spice levels and guests' spice tolerance.
Not much has changed since Lovie Yancey opened the first Fatburger in 1952. Since then, the chain has expanded, but the food has stayed the same: 100% USDA lean beef burgers grilled to order and hand-scooped ice-cream shakes. Each restaurant stays true to Yancey's vision, even down to retro-influenced digs with jukeboxes blasting old school favorites designed to make listeners flash enthusiastic thumbs-up signs. Inside the kitchen, cooks stack burgers from 2.5-ounce burgers to 24-ounce triple burgers on toasted regular or gluten-free buns as fresh onions crisp inside fryers filled with cholesterol-free oil. Diners can also enjoy Fatburger’s signature chili made with a secret blend of herbs and spices or milk shakes topped with dollops of whipped cream that resemble fluffy, white clouds shaped like marshmallows.