Chambers Landing Restaurant and Bar, Tahoma, California

Or is Chambers Landing in Homewood, California?  The internet suggests it’s in Homewood, an unincorporated community of some 200 souls, but you know how the internet lies.  Tahoma is an actual town that actually appears on some maps.  But the important point is that Chambers Landing is on Lake Tahoe.  Either way, you should go there and enjoy a lovely meal at Chambers Landing. Michael … Continue reading Chambers Landing Restaurant and Bar, Tahoma, California

Azul Latin Kitchen, South Lake Tahoe, California

Spoiler alert:  Azul Latin Kitchen is the best place to eat in South Lake Tahoe.  It’s great for a number of reasons, but first we need to get to Lake Tahoe. We left Sacramento bound for Lake Tahoe after taking a 10k walk on a 107 degree day in August (well, we walked in the morning when it was much cooler).  We picked up Liza, Michael, … Continue reading Azul Latin Kitchen, South Lake Tahoe, California

Tank House BBQ and Bar, Sacramento, California

Let me introduce you to Tony Brown of the Tank House BBQ and Bar in Sacramento. My limited experience with barbecue in California had not been positive, and I didn’t plan on eating any barbecue while we were in Sacramento.   While Nancy and I were on our 10k state capital walk, we passed this lovely sight in front of the Tank House.  Actually, when we … Continue reading Tank House BBQ and Bar, Sacramento, California

Petra, Sacramento, California

After our trip to hot and humid Oxford, Mississippi, for David and Taylor’s wedding (and for the Great Memphis Region Barbecue Sandwich Tour), we returned to Washington and asked, “Where can we go that’s even hotter than Oxford — and here in DC?”  Why, Sacramento, of course. Nancy and I took an afternoon flight to Sacramento, and, with the time change, arrived in the late … Continue reading Petra, Sacramento, California

Smoke Tree BBQ Bar and Grill, Palm Springs, California

You may not think of Palm Springs, California, as a place for barbecue. You think of movie stars, Elvis (did you know he spent his honeymoon there?), Sinatra, etc.  Half of the streets in Palm Springs seem to be named after movie stars. Barbecue is hot there, and no place is hotter than the Smoke Tree.  The Desert Sun gave it a good review, and … Continue reading Smoke Tree BBQ Bar and Grill, Palm Springs, California

Bubba’s SmokeHouse BBQ in La Jolla, California

January 30, 2015: Bubba’s SmokeHouse BBQ in La Jolla doesn’t look like much from the outside. The building is newish and kind of stylish in its way, and Bubba’s sits between a bank and a jeweler. It is not, to say the least, a typical barbecue setting. And Bubba looks and carries himself for all the world like he is from New Jersey– in a … Continue reading Bubba’s SmokeHouse BBQ in La Jolla, California

Rebel BBQ in Blythe, California

January 26, 2015: There aren’t many dining options between Phoenix and Palm Springs, and I was hopeful to learn of the Rebel BBQ in Blythe, just over the line from Arizona, and its 4.5 rating on Yelp. Curiously, the comments mainly heaped praise on their pastrami, but they also tout their brisket and pulled pork. I got the brisket and Nancy, always a team player, … Continue reading Rebel BBQ in Blythe, California