Sitting in front of the large picturesque windows overlooking the tops of pine trees and the valley below, I decided to order room service at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe instead of leaving the peaceful view.

Items chosen from the menu: The chef’s grilled cheese with heirloom tomatoes, mac n cheese, peanut butter & jelly sandwich, and cotton candy.

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Tick Tock: The food arrived in 25 minutes, delivered by a friendly and efficient attendant.

The total came to $68, including tax & gratuity

I took a big bite of the sandwich first. The bread was buttery and grilled, the tomatoes were juicy, and the avocado was fresh. It was a tasty sandwich.

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The mac n cheese was next. It was ordered from the kid’s menu, so I was surprised to see such a huge portion. In fact, it was in one of those endless bowls so even after I had finished it looked like I hadn’t touched it. It was hot, melty, and the noodles were good and not mushy.

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The bread for the PB & J was fresh and soft. The peanut butter was standard, as was the jelly. Not gourmet, but decent.

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The kids items came with cups of juice and water, fruit, and fries. LOTS of fries. They were ok, but the portion was way too much even for two adults.

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A fun item was the cotton candy. I couldn’t recall seeing it on a room service menu before so I ordered it to see how it was. The sticky pink fairy sugar was just as if I had come from the fair.

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Later in the evening, I placed another order with room service. The Manzanita Restaurant downstairs had some good meals listed on their menu, but I didn’t feel like eating in the restaurant so I asked the room service attendant if I could order it to be delivered. She said of course, that wouldn’t be a problem. I ordered the homemade tagliatelle, and the menu said it came with a pine nut basil pesto and parmigiano reggiano. The pasta with fresh peas and mint was outstanding, but there were onions in the dish. I re-read the description in the menu and it didn’t say anything about onions.

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Utensils – ✔
Time from call to delivery – 25 minutes ✔
Temperature of food – ✔
Correctness of order – ✔
Parting thoughts – The fresh ingredients were great. The onions should have been disclosed on the menu though.

Overall score – 4/5