(Carson City, Nev.) - After an intensive 18-month branding research study that uncovered a strong culinary appeal, Carson City is setting the table for its long-term future on dining.
Food lovers of all fashion, from high cuisine to down-home barbecue, will find just the right meal in just the right setting. The menu please:
Start the Morning Right
The Cracker Box is a local diner serving breakfast and lunch in a location not much bigger than a cracker box. Every item is made fresh to order. A hustling, bustling spot, the grill is constantly covered with bacon, eggs, sausage for popular American basics.
When not abuzz with Presidential candidates (during the election multiple candidates stopped in), Comma Coffee is a spot to unwind, unplug and enjoy the local flavor. The eclectic hot spot is full of unusual artwork, retro furniture and interesting characters. Comma serves breakfast, lunch and a variety of beverages. It also offers free wireless Internet for those who can’t completely unplug.
City Café Bakery has a wide selection of fresh muffins, pastries and breads for an on-the-go breakfast. This favorite local gathering place also has delicious deli sandwiches for a picnic lunch and quick meal.
Additional favorites include Heidi’s Family Restaurant, Grandma Hattie’s and Mom & Pop’s Diner.
Considered Carson City’s signature fine dining experience, Adele’s Restaurant and Lounge offers an extensive menu and more than 30 specials daily. Throughout the summer and fall, executive chef and owner, Charlie Abowd, can be found at the farmer’s market hand selecting ingredients for the night’s menu. Abowd has prepared meals at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. Adele’s has also earned nine Wine Spectator awards for its sophisticated collection of 170 wines.
Garibaldi’s Ristorante Italiano combines a hearty Italian menu with innovative specials and an atmosphere reminiscent of the Italian countryside. Choosing wine is a personal experience, guests venture into the "cellar" to choose their own bottle for the meal with wines also available by the glass. Garibaldi’s is appropriate for any occasion: anniversaries, birthdays or just because.
Offering an eclectic menu, and specializing in signature steaks and seafood, Glen Eagles Restaurant is a renovated farm house in north Carson City. The lounges feature nightly entertainment and a full dinner menu. The longtime area favorite has a loyal following.
The upscale Duke’s Steak House at Casino Fandango serves aged corn-fed U.S. Prime Beef, fresh seafood, pasta, chicken and veal. Gourmet dessert specials and the pastry cart provides the perfect finish to a fine meal. A classic steak house ambiance prevails with red leather booths, dark wood paneling, glass doors and smart interior.
The Steak House at the Nugget Casino is also another option for a special occasion.
Z Bistro offers an ever-changing French menu that leaves room for new dishes and the use of seasonal ingredients. The lunch menu revolves around organic buckwheat flour crepes paired with savory fillings such as prosciutto, ratatouille and Black Forest ham. Lunch offerings also include Nicoise salad, fromage plates and authentic frites (French fries).
"Killer Guac!" is the way most patrons describe San Marcos Grill’s tableside guacamole. The family owned and operated restaurant has a comfortable ambiance and a menu of nothing but authentic Mexican meals. If you like it hot - and spicy, this is it. Try the Santa Fe fajitas and es speciales de la casa.
The Villa Basque Deli specializes in chorizo that many patrons claim is the best around. Another Basque favorite is the lamb and paella sandwich. The deli is a perfect spot for a casual, hearty lunch. Ask for extra napkins.
Stepping into The Basil transports you to Thailand with a warm, friendly staff greeting upon arrival. The restaurant is decorated with traditional Thai artwork, linens and décor. Continually creating new specials adds freshness to the menu, while tried and true favorites are presented with an impressive flourish. Owner Nan Watanar shops for all the food and provides jobs for Thai immigrants indoctrinating them into the Carson City way; she also has an interior design business.
A few other ethnic offerings include: Juan’s Mexican American Grille in the Comstock and HorseShoe Club Casinos, Tito’s, Ti Amo Italian Grille, Bamboo Gardens, B’Sghetti’s, Kim Lee’s Japanese Restaurant Sushi & Oyster Bar and Beijing Palace.
Paul Schaat’s Bakery tempts locals and visitors alike with fresh baked goods and sandwiches served on their revered, family recipe breads. The family owned and operated deli/bakery is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and has a devoted following.
Locals Barbeque Company specializes in western style barbeque, which is cooked on an open pit (Locals has the largest open pit barbeque in Carson City). Competing in the 2008 Taste of Downtown, Local’s was awarded "Best Taste". Locals specializes in tri-tip, pork tenderloins, ribs, pulled pork and chicken.
Q’s Barbeque combines its Midwest beginnings with Mexican cuisine to complete its specially created food pyramid (dessert reigns supreme). Q’s also offers catering for large and small groups. With their barbeque on wheels, Q’s competes throughout the west to improve their skills and menu offerings.
Jose Rivera, Executive Chef, Red’s Old 395, a native of El Salvador, prepared his first meal at age 12 when his father brought home a live iguana for him to quarter and cook. Red’s combines culinary creations and hearty servings among a collection of relics hanging from the ceiling: farm equipment, carts, giant wheels, etc.
Stepping into D’Vine Wine & Bistro transports patrons to a hip, stylish take on Tuscany. Featuring daily wine tastings, wines by the glass/bottle or flights, and a menu filled with light tapas, fish and crab cakes, D’Vine is a place for a quick lunch or a long afternoon. Their retail store features wine accessories, gift baskets and of course wine.
Bella Fiore Wines is one of Carson City’s wine bars. They offer more than 200 bottles from around the world to pair with cheese boards and bruschetta. Each day new bottles are selected for tasting in the warm atmosphere of this former Pony Express stop.
Carson City’s only brewery, Doppelganger’s, has more than just locally-themed beers. Nightly specials and entertainment add to the ambiance while pizzas, salad and steaks feed hungry customers. Adding to the appeal, Doppelganger’s patio features misters for hot summer days and heaters for cool fall nights. The patio also has Carson City’s only outdoor bar.
Other relaxed restaurants include The Firkin & Fox, the Artisan’s Café inside the Brewery Arts Center, Joanie’s Creekside Deli, and Bodine’s.
For more information, visit www.VisitCarsonCity.com or call 775-687-7410.
About Carson City
Nestled between Reno and Lake Tahoe, Carson City boasts an array of fine restaurants, challenging golf courses, historical attractions, gaming opportunities and a friendly atmosphere. For more information regarding any of Carson City’s annual events and attractions, or for room package information, call 775-687-7410 or 800-NEVADA-1, or visit www.VisitCarsonCity.com.