CA, South Lake Tahoe – Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe


This is a family-run local spot that Tony and I hit up for lunch every time we are in South Lake Tahoe. The food is fresh, the staff is hopping, and the people keep on coming! Sprouts is a mostly vegetarian restaurant, but they offer turkey and tuna (not dairy-free) for their sandwiches, rice bowls, salads, and burritos, too. They have a plethora of vegan and dairy-free options, and can easily make most menu items dairy-free and gluten-free upon request (they do offer gluten-free bread for a small surcharge). The daily soups are almost always vegan.

Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe - Tempeh BurgerSprouts also offers a big list of fresh juices and smoothies, all squeezed and blended right when you order. For the smoothies, Sprouts has soy protein powder and dairy-free milk alternative on the menu. They also have a good selection of breakfast items – from bagels to egg dishes that can be ordered sans cheese or with vegan cheese for a small surcharge.

If you get the chance, the Crunch sandwiches (vegetarian or turkey without cheese or upgraded with vegan cheese) are a favorite at Sprouts – they are loaded with fresh sprouts, carrots, cabbage, and avocado for an amazing garden delight! This one comes with a honey mustard dressing, but you can request another delicious dressing if vegan is needed.

Just a warning: Sprouts isn’t the best at managing their line, so ordering ahead can be wise on busy weekends. However, they always seem to have enough seating for eating onsite, or on a good day, you can enjoy your lunch at the park next door. Also, they do not take credit; bring bills!

Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe is located next to the popular South Lake Tahoe-El Dorado Recreation Area on the main drag (highway 50), right by the lake.

Location: 3123 Harrison Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Phone: (530) 541-6969


Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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