Cottonwood Station Eatery

May – June 2019

It’s dusk in the tiny desert village. Through a canopy of cottonwood trees, crimson mountains turn purple in the falling light. Wild burros cross the parking lot of the gas station, which also serves as the town’s general store and sheriff’s department. Less than 20 miles away, rows of jingling slot machines and miles of concrete are towered over by neon signs. These two worlds are somehow both located in Clark County. The latter is the Las Vegas Strip and the former is Blue Diamond which is home to Cottonwood Station Eatery—a culinary outpost tucked deep inside Red Rock Canyon.

Austin’s Awesome Eateries

January – February 2019

There’s a reason they don’t call it the hungriest road in America. BY MEGG MUELLER Anyone who has survived a roadtrip across the Loneliest Road in America—U.S. Route 50, more commonly known as Highway 50—can probably sympathize with what I’m about to say; the town of Austin may have been where the trip got sketchy if […]

The Angry Butcher

July – August 2018

THE ANGRY BUTCHER STEAKHOUSE Las Vegas eatery fights to make diners completely happy. STORY BY KYLE YOUNG PHOTOS BY BOYD GAMING Just about every major casino in the U.S. has a steakhouse, so what sets The Angry Butcher Steakhouse inside Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas apart from the crowd? For starters, it prides itself […]

Kerouac’s Restaurant

May – June 2018

Finding Bliss at Kerouac’s Relish in a delicious path to enlightenment in eastern Nevada. BY ENGRID BARNETT By the time you reach the easternmost edge of U.S. Route 50, affectionately known as The Loneliest Road in America, Kerouac’s restaurant in Baker feels more like a mirage than a reality. The brainchild of chef Jake Cerese […]

Cold Springs Station

May – June 2018

On The Side Of The Road Is The Middle Of Everything Cold Springs Station offers perfect respite from the road. BY MEGG MUELLER “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller The speed at which life appears to move is so […]

Still On Mill is the Real Deal

January-February 2018

Nevada’s newest brewery-distillery blends perfect cocktail of science and talent. STORY BY MEGG MUELLER PHOTOS BY ERIC CACHINERO Homebrew operations generally start from a love of beer, and a desire to concoct new flavors from whatever the kitchen might hold. Take that to the next step, and you might find yourself brewing 350 gallons of […]

Basque Roadtrip, Revisited

November – December 2017

Annual Basque pilgrimage brings food, fun, and friends together for tasty trek. BY STEVE BASS, LARRY ERREA, AND MARK MESKE Twenty years ago our intrepid group began what has become an annual pilgrimage to the National Basque Festival in Elko. Along the way the intent was, and still is, to sample as many Basque meals […]

Casale’s Halfway Club

July – August 2017

Casale’s Halfway Club Family passes sauce and traditions through five generations. STORY BY ALEZA FREEMAN PHOTOS BY ASA GILMORE   The night “Mama” Inez Casale Stempeck was born at her family’s dairy on the outskirts of Reno, her father, John Casale, also welcomed 11 cows. “He was more excited about the cows,” Inez jokes. Inez […]

Dutch Oven Cooking

May – June 2017

  Nevada’s Dutch Touch Dutch oven cooking seasons the soul. BY ERIC CACHINERO Paper towels and beer. These secret weapons line the arsenal of many experienced Dutch oven cooks. The two components may be as essential to the art of Dutch oven cooking as the actual food that goes in the pot. Beer flavors many dishes […]

4th Street Bistro

March – April 2017

4th Street Bistro Without trend or hype, Reno eatery remains a bold choice. STORY BY ENGRID BARNETT PHOTOS BY KIPPY S. SPILKER As a mainstay of Reno’s culinary culture for close to two decades, 4th Street Bistro continues to flourish. An impressive feat in an industry known for ridiculously high failure rates—around 80 percent within […]

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

January – February 2017

 A VIP SAMPLING OF THE BEST DISHES LAS VEGAS HAS TO OFFER. BY MEGG MUELLER Adventures of every flavor exist in Las Vegas, but when flavor is the adventure, you’ve got a tasty new ball game. Luckily, Las Vegas has someone who not only knows the game, he’s mastered the rules, knows all the players, […]

Gold ‘N Silver Inn

November – December 2016

Gold ‘N Silver Inn Tasty tradition is the cornerstone of landmark Reno restaurant. STORY BY MEGG MUELLER PHOTOS BY KIPPY S. SPILKER There are many sayings that talk about the importance of sharing mealtime with family, but quotes come and go. If you want to experience the difference a dash of familial love makes to […]

Back-Road Bites

July – August 2016

Back-Road Bites BY MEGG MUELLER There’s one thing Nevada’s lesser-traveled roads reveal: while there may be scenic views for days, there may not always be a place to eat. Some towns have just one restaurant with mercurial hours (think Austin), while others have none (sorry, Ione). Lest you be discouraged, there are plenty of cafes, […]

Nevada Grown: A Year in Local Food

March – April 2016

  Nevada Grown: A Year in Local Food COOKBOOK OFFERS CHANCE TO REDISCOVER THE PLEASURES OF COOKING AND BUYING LOCAL. PHOTOS BY NEVADA MAGAZINE STAFF By Megg Mueller Office environments can be dens of food iniquity; from Girl Scout cookies to leftover holiday candies, baking experiments to potlucks, there always seems to be something to […]

The Pink House

January – February 2016

Serving up history with a slice of cheese. BY REBECCA BROWN Nestled in the small northern Nevada town of Genoa is an unmistakable landmark steeped in history—The Pink House. This beautifully restored building turned cheese-and- charcuterie shop invites further exploration. Expecting to find the typical counters and cases, I’m pleasantly surprised to walk into a […]

Lone Eagle Grill

November – December 2015

Lone Eagle Grill LAKE TAHOE’S CELEBRATED DINING STAPLE IS ANYTHING BUT PREDICTABLE BY MEGG MUELLER Life is short; eat dessert first. — author uncertain Vanilla ice cream laced with toffee chips; a moist, gluten-free buckwheat brownie; and an expertly flambéed secret-recipe merengue towered atop an intricate molasses drizzle. Take a moment to let your brain […]

Savvy Sommelier Uncorks Delicious Adventure

July – August 2015

Savvy Sommelier Uncorks Delicious Adventure CARNEVINO’S KIRK PETERSON PAIRS WINE WITH FOOD…AND PEOPLE. BY MARISA FINETTI It’s well past lunch, yet a seductively plated dish of braised quail in cognac reduction is placed before Kirk Peterson. Along with two other sommeliers, a chef, and a culinary director, he attempts to identify the perfect wine pairing. […]

The Depot Craft Brewery & Distillery

May – June 2015

The Depot Craft Brewery & Distillery Historic backdrop provides the perfect setting for elegantly innovative, yet classic eatery. BY MEGG MUELLER Reno’s burgeoning craft-food scene gave birth to a new entry, appropriately, on New Year’s Eve. As any parent knows, infancy is not without its trials and tribulations, but The Depot Craft Brewery & Distillery […]

Keeping it Sweet

March – April 2015

Nevada’s chocolatiers and candy makers create a veritable candy land. BY MEGG MUELLER A few words to describe chocolate that I used in the course of one interview include evocative, compelling, rewarding, complex, engaging, decisive…and of course, incredible. Our complex relationship with candy—chocolate in particular—can’t be easily understood, but thankfully, that doesn’t mean you can’t […]

Tonopah Brewing Co.

January – February 2015

Barbecue and brews serve as a tasty toast to the town’s mining heritage. BY MEGG MUELLER Driving between Reno and Las Vegas can be a long, dry trip. The Nevada desert stretches for miles in between major (and even minor) cities along U.S. Route 95, and after a while, even the sight of ghost towns […]

Cactus Creek Prime Steakhouse

November – December 2014

New chef surprises and delights, all thanks to the family. STORY & PHOTOS BY MEGG MUELLER Nevada is a land of contrasts, and nowhere is that more evident than the Cactus Creek Prime Steakhouse at the Bonanza Casino. One of Reno’s smaller local casinos, the Bonanza offers the charm of the city’s rustic edge; no […]

Gunbarrel Tavern

November – December 2013

Gunbarrel Tavern South Tahoe’s newest eatery serves up high-caliber cuisine. BY ERIC CACHINERO Nestled neatly amongst the boutiques and cafes of Heavenly Village on Lake Tahoe’s south shore is a dining experience sure to ignite your powder keg. Complementing perfectly the already stellar reputation of the area, the Gunbarrel Tavern & Eatery, the village’s newest […]

1864 Tavern

September – October 2013

1864 Tavern The Nevada pride flows—literally and figuratively—inside new California Avenue saloon in Reno. BY MATTHEW B. BROWN 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 […]

Crooner, ESQ.

July – August 2013

Longtime Las Vegan discovers his voice and impresses a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer. BY JANET M. GEARY Currently, with the myriad of information that’s available on the web, getting background information on someone is pretty easy. But when you look up Keith Galliher Jr., you have to go through the first several pages […]

Capisce?

July – August 2013

Capisce? Zephyr Cove’s family-owned Italian eatery is worth the occasional wait, got it? BY CHARLIE JOHNSTON After several weeks of Nevada Magazine Senior Graphic Designer Danny Miller bragging about how great the handmade “Ravs” at Zephyr Cove’s Capisce? are, I could barely wait for our waitress to set them on the table before digging in […]

A Taste of Tuscany

May – June 2013

A Taste of Tuscany Reno’s arte italia brings Italy’s finest chefs to Northern Nevada. STORY & PHOTOS BY CHARLIE JOHNSTON “This is the best part of the whole meal,” swoons Julie Mottes between spoonfuls of honey and brittle semifreddo atop Guanaia chocolate fondue. “You should write your story starting with dessert and work backwards.” Considering […]

License to Distill

March – April 2013

License to Distill Henderson distillery becomes the first business of its kind in Nevada—with a little help from its friends. By Nellie Day 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 […]

Tahoe Lobster Company

January – February 2013

Tahoe Lobster Company Why “clarity by cuisine?” Well, you have to know Lake Tahoe’s history with that pesky—yet yummy—intruder: the crayfish, aka crawdad or crawfish. Story & Photos By Richard Massey The story of the Tahoe Lobster Company begins with the first written introduction of signal crayfish in 1895: 19 males and 31 females in […]

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