July 25, 2014
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Hot Spots
Tahoe City is set to take the plunge with the most exciting new lakefront restaurant addition it has seen in decades! Located in a very cool new two-story spacious lakefront building at the Grove Street Pier, right on the bike path, Moe’s Original Bar B Que is scheduled to open sometime this June. The food scene in this mountain community has definitely “gone South”.
Three indefatigable guys in their 20’s and 30’s– Josh Wallick, Eric Pilcher, and Luke Dannals–have partnered up after finding their perfect location for what they call a “soul food revival”. Two years ago the three came to Tahoe to scout out just the right site and finally worked out a mutually favorable lease at a prime waterfront location for their new North Shore restaurant.
Working practically 24/7 to get the building restaurant-ready for this summer’s big opening, these likable hands-on guys have literally hand built their own tables to give the eatery and bar a totally “Tahoe” ambiance. All three have extensive restaurant and food and beverage experience: Eric and Josh having worked side by side at Moe’s in Vail, Colorado, and Luke worked as a beverage captain at one of Vail’s four diamond resorts.
Their philosophy is simple: provide an affordable meal in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere just like when you are over at a friend’s for dinner. Make the guest feel at home in an unpretentious, casual environment. But this isn’t just any ‘ol barbeque restaurant, it’s one steeped in the tradition of sizzlin’ southern soul food that this neck of the woods hasn’t ever seen! Hungry diners will revel in the mouthwatering smoked meats that all start with Moe’s rub, a secret recipe that has been perfected over a period of time. Their pulled pork is smoked for five to seven hours, then slow cooked six to eight more hours overnight to be served fresh each day. Pork ribs are smoked with the rub for 4 hours, then the special red sauce is drizzled on. Also on the menu and smoked as well: Alabama barbequed chicken and turkey, including that sports bar favorite chicken wings, and tofu for the not to be forgotten vegans, all served with a signature white BBQ sauce. When winter’s cold weather rolls around there will be lots of soups to warm the belly like crab bisque, sweet potato soup, loaded potato soup, shrimp bisque, all chowders including corn chowder, green and red chili, and white bean chili.
For fish lovers there’s South Alabama style fish like fried gulf shrimp Moe-boy, blackened seasonal fish such as mahi-mahi and salmon, sweet jambalaya, and the not to be missed southern dish of fried sustainably harvested fresh water authentic catfish. And just like Thanksgiving, it’s all about the side dishes–and these sides are indeed novel for this Sierra community: like fried green tomatoes, succotash, mac ‘n cheese, marinated slaw, potato casserole, skillet corn, hop n’ john black eyed peas, baked apples, and tomato cucumber salad. Guests will soon learn to save room for beguiling desserts such as banana pudding, Mississippi mud pie, and “scotcheroos” (rice crispie treats with caramel and chocolate coating), just to mention a few!
The bar is sure to be hoppin’ with a great selection of 12 craft beers and a great hand selected wine list. Private parties and one stop shop weddings on a budget (with killer views} will be offered in the upstairs dining room, along with off site catering.
And just in time for the busy summer boating and picnic season, the restaurant will be offering boat picnic coolers that boaters and picnickers can grab and go– a recyclable cooler already packed with everything needed for an instant outdoor meal. So get ready, North Tahoe for some finger lickin’ tasty fun!
Moe’s original Bar B Que is located at 120 Grove St., Tahoe City, CA (530)583-4BBQ