Upon first entering the restaurant you won’t get a good vibe about the atmosphere, its just simply TOO open and they need more walls.
We sat down and ordered our food. We opted to order the coconut shrimp for an appetizer and share the black and blue burger. Our son ordered the Spaghetti and Meatballs.
The shrimp came out pretty quickly and while they weren’t the WORST I’ve had, they were still dry and semi-petrified. I don’t agree with other reviews on here that they are good (sorry!). Either I had the only bad batch or others don’t know what good coconut shrimp are like.
The burger came out and I could tell just by looking at it not to be impressed. The patty was thin and small amount of blue cheese, onions and thousand island were at the top, maybe a tablespoon total. The bottom part of the bun was really soggy (weird considering the burger was dry). The flavor of the meat itself was bland and I had to use a lot of ketchup (bottle was empty and gross - hadn’t been cleaned in who-knows-how-long). When asked we DID tell the waiter that the burger was dry but that we didn’t want to bother returning it. The manager did come over but apparently didn’t feel like asking us and just offered to take my plate.
The kicker? There was a nasty old pineapple slice on the plate! It had a nasty thick dark ring around it. Ugh..
My sons spaghetti was gummy and without much sauce (asked for more). Didn’t get his opinion on the meatballs.
I’ve read others on here singing praises of the pulled pork sandwich - and perhaps that’s what we should have ordered. HOWEVER - for a BURGER restaurant you would expect them to execute a burger properly but they are way off target.
All said, it was $46 for: Coconut shrimp, 2 draught beers, order of Spaghetti/Meatballs and a split black and blue burger. In my opinion you could go across the street to Joe’s or down the street to In-n-Out and get a MUCH better burger for a fraction of the cost.
Needless to say I won’t be patronizing this restaurant again unless they drastically improve their game. If yelp would allow 0 out of 5 stars I would have done that.]]>
Once seated we were quickly greeted by the friendly staff that showed us the different ‘flights’ (think tasting menu) of wines they were offering that evening as well as the different appetizer plates that they were offering. I went with the Pinot Noir and my friends went with the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot flights. They also brought out a cheese sampler and then later another plate with Salami, Cheese, figs and cheese.
All 3 glasses of wine I had were extremely good and went well with the appetizer samplers. The hostess did a great job of explaining the wines and made sure we knew what we were drinking.
What ties Roundabout Market into this is that one of the members of our party ordered a Barbequed chicken pizza from the market and we had it with our wine. I’ve eaten at the roundabout market several times but actually had no idea they did pizza. I was blown away - it was a nice, thin crust pizza, with tangy barbeque sauce and tender chicken with some carmelized onions. The combination of the wine and pizza was killer and I can totally see why Whispering Vines was busy this night.
Although for me, the location is the other side of town - it was worth the trip over there and it somewhat of a hidden gem in the Somersett community. Definitely give both stores a try!]]>
For those of you who don’t know, the resturaunt used to be Cortinas, a higher end Italian resturant. Not only was it a few hundred feet away from a more casual Italian resturant the food was generally overpriced for the quality. I had tried a calzone there last year for lunch and what came out was burnt on the outside and cold in the middle - not a good experience.
Anyways - we went around lunch time. We walked in and the design is still similar to the old italian resturant. You will still see the bar on the left when you walk in but now there appears to be a bar on the right also. The floorplan itself seemed identical to Cortina - which isn’t good in my opinion - its extremely open and feels somewhat cold. I think changing this alone would make a big difference to the experience.
The hostess took us to a seat that we politely rejected, it was next to a hallway to a back area/restrooms and we asked for a booth instead. (On a side note - the hostess tried to sit EVERY other patron int othe resturant at this location and nobody wanted to) She gave us a booth that had a torn seat with a piece of cloth laid over it. Not sure what was going on there but it didn’t matter, we sat down and looked at the menu. The first things I noticed were: 1) The food is pretty expensive for casual mexican food, 2) there are no lunch specials and 3) there are few ‘classic’ mexican meals (chimichangas?).
While we were deciding on our order they brought us the chips and salsa. The chips are colored (not sure if its infact blue/black corn or just food coloring) and some salsas. The 3 salsas were quite good however the chips we got were very stale and cold. We told the hostess and she brought us a new batch.
We went ahead and ordered. I ordered 2 steak tacos and my wife ordered 2 fish tacos (approx. $10 for 2 tacos). A few minutes later the waitress came back and let us know that they no longer had any fish. My wife, frustrated that they didn’t know originally, then ordered chicken tacos. A few minutes later the waitress came out and told us they did in fact have fish and if we still wanted them. We went ahead and said yes.
About 20 minutes later the tacos came out (it took a while). The dish included the beans and rice (the menu didn’t specify) which was nice, especially if your paying $10 for 2 tacos. Firstly - the refried beans were very good (i suspect because they use lard) and the rice was OK. The first thing we noticed about the fish tacos - they were breaded and deep fried - NOT grilled. The menu actually doesn’t specify but generally most people expect grilled fish, not deep fried. Secondly, the fish was petrified. Not just slightly overcooked but completely petrified. On top of all that there was just some lettuce and tomato chunks sprinkled on the top - it looked like a taco you’d make at home. After taking a bit it all came together - it was terrible. We let the waitress know and she offered to bring out chicken tacos instead.
The steak tacos were the same construction. There was VERY little steak and some lettuce and tomato sprinkled on top. The steak was tasteless - not just bland but absolutely tasteless. Salt and pepper would have gone a long way. I had one soft shell taco and one hard shell taco. I got most of the soft shell down but only could take one bite of the hard shell before giving up out of sheer disgust.
My wife then got the chicken tacos. We opened up the taco to find unpleasant grey matter that did resemble chicken and was not only mostly uncooked (pretty sure it was microwaved) but had no seasoning. She ate a few bites, mentioned it to the hostess who simply apologized and walked off.
At this point we realized it wasn’t worth going any farther - we asked for the bill - which took TEN minutes to get. We were asked if we wanted ‘doggie bags’ to which we laughed and joked with each other that we would not in fact, even feed this to our dog. We paid for our meal ($30 for 2 coronas and 4 tacos) and left.
In my honest opinion - and if you read the comments on this place - is that this place is just as doomed as Cortinas is. To be extremely blunt it appears the hostess’ were hired based on bra size and not experience and while mostly friendly they are not knowledgeable. Its a bummer that the Summit Sierra doesn’t have a good mexican restaurant.
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We had a suite at the Peppermill (the Villa Suite - very nice, very clean) and stayed over night. As locals we enjoy patronizing local business whenever possible.
That night we decided to try the Artichoke dip from Biscotti’s while we were enjoying a couple drinks at the bar. The dip came out and tasted OK however we did notice that the center of the dip was hotter than the outside (a sign that it was probably microwaved). We ate a decent amount of it and decided to walk around the casino and look at the rest of the resturaunt.
Within about 30 minutes we started to feel a ill and went back to our room. Within about 15 minutes of being in the room we both became incredibly sick and remained that way through most of the night.
We let the front desk know what had happened and they gave us a number to call about it (which turns out to be Security that handles food issues).
After several unanswered calls and messages we finally received a call back from a person that decided that we were trying to pull a fast-one on the Peppermill and that he sees this all the time.
Needless to say if you try Biscottis a the Peppermill, stay away from the dip and god forbid something makes you sick since security won’t take any responsibility. The Margherita pizza was pretty good though so I’d recommend that. Chances are what made us sick was that the dip most likely wasn’t kept at the proper temperature resulting in bacteria growth that made us ill.]]>
The other day we decided to try La Posada Real. After originally planning on going to the Spicy Pickle on the corner of Longley and Mccarran we decided that Mexican food sounded better so we gave it a try.
We immediately noticed how busy it was when we walked in - there was quite a crowd in the front area (it *was* Lunchtime on Friday). We were told to hold on just a minute and after a few minutes we were seated. Our seat, while comfortable was right next to a door and was a little awkward and I commented (under my breath) that “the food better make up for this seat.” After a minute we were greeted by a friendly hostess that asked us what we would like to drink, we gave our order and some chips and salsa were delivered a moments later.
As soon as the chip with salsa hit my mouth I was impressed. Unlike several other Mexican places in town these chips were HOT and FRESH (not kept under heat lamps). They were prefectly crispy and their salsa has just the right amount of heat.
“Ok,” I said, “lets see if the rest of the meal is as good.” We ordered one fish taco meal and a chicken and asada taco a-la-carte. The food came quickly and looked great on the plate. The first thing I noticed was the guacamole - it wasn’t extra - heck, we didn’t even ask for it and there was a nice big healthy serving of it on BOTH plates (yes, even on the a la carte tacos). It was a welcome surprise and complimented both meals well. The fish tacos were perfectly cooked, not dry and seasoned well. The chicken taco was great - especially with some of the provided pico de gallo salsa. The asada taco however was simply out of this world. Most places, if you order an asada taco you are going to get a few slivers of meat and thats it. These tacos were absolutely packed full of steak that had been perfectly seasoned and melted in your mouth.
Needles to say we were both very impressed. The entire menu is very well priced and is quite affordable, especially if you go a-la-carte. I would make a suggestion that because the chips and salsa are so good, just skip the rice and beans and do chips instead. The resturant was very clean and service was prompt.We actually ended up going AGAIN the next day for lunch and it was less busy on Saturday. Our host was also the resturants owner, Abel. We complimented him on the quality of the food - and the margaritas (that Abel makes himself). Turns out La Posada Real had just celebrated being open 11 months the day before - and we were JUST finding out about it now.
I can’t give this restaurant enough praise - for us, its the best quality mexican food in Reno. Give it a try!]]>
To be honest, I have been to Nu Yalk Pizza quite a few times now and have to say that I love this place.
First off, the appearance. There is no denying it but this place does look a tad run down. Its by no means dirty but it could do with a little face lift. They have a lot of ‘memorabilia’ from New York, etc which is kind of cool but again - it looks highly dated.
Another thing is the chairs at the tables, I don’t know what they were thinking but the plastic patio chairs they have used while comfortable are simply too big and clumsy.
Moving on to the food and this is a whole different story. If you like thin crust pizza these guys are great. I highly recommend the Roma Tomato pizza and their cheese pizza. Whatever they are putting in the tomato sauce and seasoning their crust with is excellent and very tasty. If you’re up for it they also have a great anchovy pizza - I know a lot of people turn thier noses up to anchovies but I have to say its really good. Their pepperoni is great and always a favorite but for whatever reason the pepperoni they use gets greasy and you may find yourself mopping it up with a napkin.
They have a good selection of beers to compliment their pizzas (calzones & salads too!) as well as the usual sodas, although its nice to have something different (RC Cola) instead of the usual Coke/Pepsi fare.
Prices are OK but are more expensive for a whole pie than you will pay at the chains (Pizza Hut, Godfathers, etc). Last time we at there and had a XL 1/2 Pepperoni, 1/2 Roma tomato with 3 sodas and 1/2 pitcher of beer was about $32.
Another thing to mention is that they do pizza by the slice (1 topping) which is a great lunch for a couple bucks. They also offer wireless internet should you have your laptop.
I recommend Nu Yalk Pizza to almost anyone I know looking for thin crust New York Style Pizza - its great!]]>
Right off the bat - when you walk into Sushi Moto you no longer feel like you are eating in a strip mall. The configuration and design is quite tasteful and better than most other sushi resturants in Reno. There is a large sushi bar in the center of the resturant with plenty of seating around the walls. The ambient/trance music makes for a good ambience as does the rest of the design inside. The flat screen tvs on the wall, while nice, do make it seem a little ’sports-barish’ although it seems sushi is a male favored cuisine.
The quality of the fish was excellent and the stations were very clean. The nigiri sushi was amazing and the sheer selection of rolls was awesome. Unlike the standard Mountain, Jasons and Crystal Shrimp rolls that EVERY place in reno has there were some very different options here. We found several rolls that had macadamia nuts in them which was very tasty.
Once we sat at the bar we were very quickly tended to by a waitress and we immediately noticed that there were only a few people in the resturant (6PM) but a whole lot of Sushi chefs (6). We both went with ‘all-you-can-eat’ and a couple Sapporo’s.
After ordering our first roll we realized why there were so many chefs - it started getting incredibly busy. The first roll we had (Friday Night roll) was amazing - we immediately knew this was better than most of the other places in town. Not only was the taste and texture excellent, but the presentation was positively artistic. Several rolls and tempura later we found ourselves very full but very happy. Honestly, whether your a nigiri person or a roll person you will be very happy here.
The cost for the all you can eat was at the higher end ($21.95) but it was well worth it. Between the two all-you-can-eats and a couple Sapporo’s a peice it came to around $60. Well worth it.
We HIGHLY recommend Sushi Moto - certainly one of the best sushi places in town!]]>