Cafe del Soul

Montbleu Casino
P.O. Box 5800

55 Highway 50
Lake Tahoe, Nevada 89449

Parking: We walked, but I assume there’s a lot?

Daily, 24/7; $1.50 PBR, $3 Domestic Bottles, $4 Import Bottles, $4 House Wine, $4 Well Drinks, $5 Call Drinks

I’ll be frank; I’m not a big fan of casinos. I’ve never seen the draw in spending a long period of time inside these buildings that do everything they can to make you not realize how much time you’ve spent in them – no clocks, clearly unmarked exits, etc. I also don’t love the smoky air, but will admit I’m slightly enchanted by the constant electronic dinging & whirring sounds of the machines. Kinda hypnotic, which, I guess, is kinda the point.

On our last night in Lake Tahoe, after seeing THE SOCIAL NETWORK at Heavenly Village Cinemas, Amanda & I ventured across the State Line to Nevada where we visited Montbleu Casino’s Café del Soul, recommended for their diner food by an old pal of JG’s & mine. During my pre-trip research, I was happy to discover that Montbleu ran a 24-7 Happy Hour at all their bar & restaurant locations on the first floor.

When we arrived, we quickly realized that 2 of the 3 servers did not seem to be updated on this new Happy Hour, despite the signs greeting us as we walked in. Still, everyone was lovely and so we got our $4 Cranberry & Vodka’s very soon after. Happy Hour is drink deals only, which is fine since it is 24-7, so we took a look at the regular menu, which had diner food galore from almost every cuisine – and almost everything had some form of meat in it. But I didn’t really expect a casino café to cater to vegetarians and made do with the $9.99 Pad Thai (ordered without chicken or beef or shrimp). Nothing says real-Thai-cookin’ like a casino at the state line of Nevada & California! Still, it was a big dish for the price, and reasonably tasty though a little spicier and less peanut-y than what I’ve grown used to.

After our drinks were downed and some of the Pad Thai eaten, we decided to call it a night since it was 10:30pm on a Monday and hardly anybody was at the restaurant. We boxed up the food and headed on our merry way back across the state line to our cozy little mountain inn in California.

The next day, we hopped in our rented Nissan Versa and drove back to Reno, NV, stopping along the way in the surprisingly charming old-timey town of Carson City, where we wish we’d had a chance to stop over at one of their many saloon’s Happy Hours!

And so ended our Lake Tahoe Happy Hour Tour, which we heartily recommend to all!


Rating: 3 Martinis

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