Fat Cat Bar & Grill

By Priya Hutner · 


Fat Cat Café in Tahoe City · 

Thai Lettuce Wrap with tofu

It’s nearly fall in Tahoe City and the streets and shops buzz with activity. I breeze into Fat Cat Bar & Grill to check out the food. I arrive after a busy lunch hour and before the dinner hour starts. There are a few folks seated at the bar and at the pub tables.

It’s cozy here. The walls are dark green and burnt orange with hip, funky art. The bar is large and I take a seat there. Tyler Minnick is on duty. He slides me a menu and recommends the Thai Lettuce Wraps. I’m in. I order mine with Tofu.

The tofu is sautéed in Fat Cat’s homemade Ponzu sauce and water chestnuts and served over shredded cabbage laid upon iceberg lettuce cups and accompanied with a Thai peanut sauce and sweet chili sauce.


Sweet, tangy, a tinge of spicy and crispy, I am thrilled to have it all in one dish. And, it is delicious. I am a big fan of wraps, stuffing, sauces and all things served up with a unique twist.

The vibe is easy here. Fat Cat owner Carolyn Nunn and general manager Jason Cameron are in the house, it’s ordering day. Carolyn also owns the Auld Dubliner in the Village at Squaw Valley.

“The Mac and Cheese is one of our signature dishes here,” Carolyn tells me.

And, who doesn’t love mac and cheese? Their version of the classic dish is prepared with gruyere, Fontina and sharp cheddar cheeses and topped with Panko-parmesan crumbs.

“And, we have a fantastic Fat Cat Natural Grass Fed Beef Burger,” Nunn adds.

The restaurant is now serving breakfast from 9 to 2 p.m. Carolyn says that they have the best Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Benedict with housemade Hollandaise sauce. Jason recommends the French Toast.

“Chef Adrian Cervantes and his crew are rock stars; they make our menu possible,” Jason says.

The menu is creative, diverse and affordable; everything on the menu is less than $15 and there is something for everyone including a kid’s menu.

Fat Cat offers great twists on Thai, Mexican and California Cuisine. Happy Hour is offered daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday it’s all night starting at 4. The evenings offer live music, an Open Mic on Tuesday nights and karaoke on Thursday nights.

Fat Cat Bar & Grill is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with bar open until 2 a.m. Fat Cat is located at 599 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. For more information, call (530) 583-3355 or visit fatcattahoe.com.



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Priya Hutner
Priya is a writer, personal chef and meditation teacher. Having moved to the mountains from Sebastian, Fla., she embraces the Tahoe lifestyle and loves to ski, hike, paddle and swim. Priya is the owner of The Seasoned Sage, a business that prepares organic meals and facilitates workshops that promote a health-conscious lifestyle. Priya writes feature articles about music, art, food and recreation. She loves to immerse in story. Whether jumping from a plane, eating obscure foods or hitting the Tahoe-Reno music scene, she is always up for adventure and experience. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience living on an ashram and working on a series of cookbooks.