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As Nevada preps for its sesquicentennial celebration of 2014, 1864 Tavern in Reno couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. “We just really take pride in our state,” says co-owner Shawn Plunket, “and we wanted to have a venue that celebrates that. Not only our state, but our community.”
The swollen pillows of homemade pasta, Italian pork sausage, and imported cheeses are like no raviolis I’ve ever seen or tasted. As thick as they are wide, the raviolis more closely resemble pasta-wrapped meatballs than they do the nearly flat, filling-starved morsels that pass for raviolis at other Italian restaurants I’ve visited.
Housed in the historic Joseph Giraud/Hardy House at 442 Flint Street in Reno’s downtown-adjacent “Cal Ave” district, arte italia is operated by the philanthropic E. L. Wiegand Foundation and is among the nation’s premier Italian cultural centers.
Like many Nevadans, George Racz came to the Silver State in pursuit of the American Dream. The Hungarian-born immigrant saw opportunity in the Las Vegas Valley, though it wasn’t gold or a huge jackpot he was after; it was a good cocktail. A fine drink wasn’t hard to come by in Sin City, but one made with locally distilled spirits was.
The story of the Tahoe Lobster Company begins with the first written introduction of signal crayfish in 1895: 19 males and 31 females in Marlette Lake. Since Marlette feeds into Lake Tahoe, the crayfish had no problem getting well established in both Nevada lakes.
New York City might be the city that never sleeps, but the 24-hour culture that permeates Nevada makes it the state that never sleeps. If buzzing neon and casino action aren’t enough to keep you wide-eyed during your next Nevada adventure, an array of energetic espresso enclaves offers a cup—or two—for you.
Fallon’s annual Tractors & Truffles, September 22, is a celebration of local food and the rural town’s thriving agriculture community. Perhaps better described as tables-to-farm, Tractors & Truffles brings guests to their food during a day of culinary exploration with some of the region’s most revered chefs and restaurateurs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture designates only about two percent of beef in the country as USDA Prime; it’s the most tender, juiciest, and most flavorful beef around—the best of the best. It is only fitting that Best of Nevada winner, Cactus Creek Prime Steakhouse in north Reno’s Bonanza Casino, serves 100-percent USDA Prime steaks.
Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille at Reno’s Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has been a locals’ favorite practically from when it first opened in 1994. In the years since, it has amassed a heap of accolades, awards, and “bests.” The seven-time Nevada Magazine Best of Nevada winner has certainly earned its fame.
Thirsty Thursdays at High Sierra Brewing Company are like Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and Fourth of July all rolled into one. That’s because pints of Headwater Hefeweizen, Imperial Stout, OMG India Pale Ale, and the rest of the micro-brewed lineup are $1.95 all day until the bar closes at midnight.
Since opening in November 2011, Campo has quickly climbed the ranks of the most popular eateries in downtown Reno. Though most new restaurants experience an initial phase of inflated visitation, it is safe to say that Campo’s popularity can be attributed to more than honeymoon allure.
Café at Adele’s has been a Carson City landmark on par with the Capitol and Governor’s Mansion essentially since Paul and Adele Abowd opened it in 1977. And while Adele’s isn’t a seat of government, decision makers from around the state often fill its seats and attest to what has made the eatery one of Nevada’s favorites for 35 years.
“Middlegate, Montello, Mina…” we said in unison. Then, it hit us. Simultaneously we exclaimed, “Mmm…” delighted at the aptness of the alliteration. Though we couldn’t make it to all of the Silver State’s marvelous “meateries” ourselves, a handful of burger runs confirmed our fans’ flattering findings: Delicious burgers are as plentiful in Nevada as sagebrush.
I’ve been in Reno about five years after stints in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and figure it’s about time to find the bakery in town that rivals Paris’ finest. Motivated by a compelling desire for the best croissants, cakes, and pastries, I begin my search.
With about 100 smorgasbords to choose from in Nevada, it is a virtual certainty that you will run out of pants that fit before exhausting the options.
An unfortunate side effect of my culinary travels is that a restaurant rarely surprises me anymore. Enter The Slanted Porch in Fallon, an environmentally conscious eatery that seems as if it were plucked out of a trendy urban neighborhood and dropped into charming, laid-back rural Nevada.
It’s easy to imagine that whomever first said “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” was speaking of soul food. Collard greens, crawfish, fried catfish and chicken, peach cobbler, and smoky slow-cooked meats epitomize this distinctly American cuisine.
For now, Nevada is the place wine aficionados can go to escape the Napa Valley crowd, and three wineries—Tahoe Ridge, Churchill Vineyards, and Pahrump Valley—are at the forefront of the Silver State’s winemaking industry.
The portions are huge, the drinks are plentiful, and the meal can last late into the evening. If the preceding sounds like a typical dinner with your family, you’re not far off. This is Basque family style dining in Nevada.
For more than 150 years, Nevada’s open rangeland has been cattle country. It comes as no surprise, then, that this ranching haven is home to some of the best steaks in the nation. From the upscale and decadent to the understated and simple, the Silver State’s more than 100 steakhouses can satisfy any carnivore’s hunger for beef.