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Grab a Bite to Eat at Legends Outlets in Sparks

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If you’re out doing some shopping at the Outlets at Sparks be sure to get a table at one of it’s many restaurants! Two of  Legend’s newest restaurants, O’Cleary’s and CBQ have taken over the space formerly occupied by Cadillac Ranch and Rack N Pinz on the second floor at the Sparks IMAX Theater, and they both opened their doors last April.

O’Cleary’s has made it their mission to bring a traditional Irish Pub experience to the Reno-Sparks area. Their pub will feature Irish specialties and gastropub style cuisine along with a large selection of over 40 craft beers, Irish whiskeys and scotch. The pub will have more than 20 large TV’s, six lanes of bowling, billiards, and darts for all the sports lovers. Their menu is filled with traditional Irish favorites and contemporary comfort foods such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, Irish lamb pastries, and hickory-smoked bacon pizza. The concept of O’Cleary’s is designed to evoked the type of social gathering and experience found at real Irish pubs. If you’re looking for an authentically Irish good time, make your next dinner reservation at O’Cleary’s!

CBQ is a casual barbecue restaurant that has an authentic Kansas City and Texas feel. On their menu you will find traditional barbecue favorites like baby back ribs, pulled pork, and grilled sausages. All of CBQ’s meats are smoked for up to eight hours over hickory wood to achieve their delicious dishes. They chose hickory wood to smoke their meats because it burns slower and gives meat a bit of sweetness and a hickory flavor. Dishes are accompanied by your choice of four homemade sauces. To enhance the experience, CBQ will host live entertainment each weekend with popular local and regional bands along with monthly line dancing parties!

Both of these restaurants have great food and lots of fun to offer, so whether you’re hungry after a day of shopping at the outlets, on a dinner and a movie date at the IMAX, or just looking for a new experience O’Cleary’s and CBQ should be your next stop!

Reno Tahoe’s Guide To Eating Out For Thanksgiving 2014

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Do you love Thanksgiving but want to avoid all the fuss that comes with preparing a Thanksgiving dinner? There are many locations in the area that are offering special menus for the upcoming holiday that will make your life much easier on Thanksgiving! Read on to discover some great Thanksgiving specials, and be sure to visit each website for full menus, prices, and more information.

Many Atlantis eateries will roll out special menus for Thanksgiving guests. Their Grand Ballroom Gourmet Brunch will have delicious selections like roast Tom turkey with natural gravy, herb crusted rack of lamb, and butter whipped mashed potatoes. The Steakhouse will have a fixed price four course menu with grilled Texas quail, roasted apple and almond bisque or smoked duck breast & wild arugula salad, slow roasted Tom turkey or American Wagyu classic beef Wellington, and pumpkin crème brulee or rustic apple torte. Bistro Napa will offer oak fired diver scallops, soup or salad, spiced bourbon & cider brined roasted Tom turkey or cedar planked crab crusted arctic char, and pumpkin crème brulee or rustic apple torte. Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille will feature both a Champagne Brunch and Thanksgiving Dinner with hand carved Thanksgiving station with prime rib, ham, and roasted turkey, roasted duck, roast pork loin, green mussels with papaya mango salsa, and grilled shrimp kebabs.

The Eldorado is getting into the Thanksgiving spirit, as well. Thanksgiving dessert pre-orders are available from The Sweet Shoppe & Bakery at Milies24. Pies available for pre-order include harvest pumpkin, Dutch apple, and bourbon pecan. They also have strawberries cream cake, Eldorado pumpkin cheesecake, one-pound boxes of almond rocha, and holiday yule logs in mocha or chocolate fudge. The Buffet will feature New York strip steak, maple glazed ham, roast turkey, and roasted rosemary leg of lamb at the carving station. There will also be shrimp, chilled crab legs, broiled sirloin steak, blackened salmon, ravioli, and traditional Thanksgiving treats such as whipped potatoes, candied yams, and stuffing. Dessert includes assorted pastries, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, apple pear cranberry crisps, chocolate cream pie, and bread pudding. Roxy will feature a three-course Thanksgiving dinner with: a choice of either a fall harvest salad with mixed lettuces, apples, walnuts and beets with a creamy dill dressing; or butternut squash bisque with crème fraiche, toasted pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seeds. The second course is a turkey ballottine. Individual apple or pumpkin pies with spiced whipped cream finish off the meal.

The Peppermill’s restaurants and eateries will be hosting multiple Thanksgiving menus on November 27. Biscotti’s Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet has a number of traditional Thanksgiving treats, along with some unique dishes: Roasted turkey with traditional dressing and giblet gravy, sweet yam gratinee, honey mustard glazed ham, buttery mashed potatoes, melon and prosciutto salad, fresh oysters, roasted salmon with a cranberry pecan relish, roasted Tuscan sirloin of beef, and an assortment of pastries, pies, cakes, tortes and breads. Bimini Steakhouse is having a fixed price menu. Their Thanksgiving meal will consist of pumpkin bisque, spinach salad, roasted Tom turkey or brown sugar glazed ham (served with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, sausage and pecan dressing), and apple walnut tart and French vanilla gelato. For those who are interested, wine will be paired with every course at an additional cost. Oceano’s menu will be offered from 3pm to 9:30pm on Thanksgiving. Guests will be offered: arugula and roasted beets or creamy roasted sweet pepper bisque, maple brined Pacific salmon or roasted breast of Tom turkey, and pumpkin cheesecake with Bouchon whipped cream.

Circus Circus Reno is offering guests the choice between two three-course meals and a buffet dinner for Thanksgiving. The Steakhouse at Circus Circus starts with house salad or oyster and butternut squash chowder. The second course gives you the choice of traditional New England roast turkey, filet mignon served with Maine lobster and sea scallops, or wild Atlantic cod with oysters and pumpkin ravioli. Dessert is homemade pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie with eggnog ice cream. American Café’s three-course meal is just as good! Turkey and traditional Thanksgiving sides: stuffing, honey-glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and butternut squash soup or a house salad. Dessert for this meal is pumpkin or apple pie. The Courtyard Buffet will feature a traditional Thanksgiving buffet, along with some unique options such as pizzas and stir-fry. Dessert is offered in the form of a chocolate fountain, bread pudding, and fresh baked pies.

Squaw Valley will be hosting Thanksgiving Dinner at the Terrace at High Camp. The menu will offer many traditional foods, including rosemary roasted turkey, honey roasted ham, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and apple, pumpkin, and sweet potato pies with vanilla ice cream. Full bar and wine bottle specials will also be available.

Noble Pie Parlor will be offering a holiday calzone for the month of November. Their Thanksgiving Calzone is stuffed with free-range ground turkey, rosemary garlic mashed potatoes, house-made gravy, and sausage stuffing. It is topped with an orange cranberry gastrique. Starting in December they will release their The Lord is My Shepherd’s Pie Calzone, which is stuffed with Durham Ranch Angus Beef, organic veggies, mashed potatoes, and maple bourbon gravy.

chez louie celebrates one-year anniversary at Nevada Museum of Art

Congratulations to chez louie on their one-year anniversary at the Nevada Museum of Art!

It doesn’t get much better than being served a fresh, seasonal dish with a side of the finest art in the state of Nevada. The name chez louie can be loosely translated to mean “at the home of family,” and that warm welcome is exactly what has kept guests returning to the Nevada Museum of Art’s dining hotspot. Mark Estee, owner and tastemaker, compliments the fine art in the museum with his own artistic abilities in the kitchen that guests can appreciate on their plates and taste buds. Whether you’re dining for lunch, Wednesday through Saturday, dinner on Thursday, or brunch on Sunday, you can be assured you’re eating some of the finest seasonal, local and freshest foods in the region.

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Whenever you’re in need of a venue for an event or reception, the views from the rooft0p of the museum are unbeatable… especially when paired with catering from chez louie and a glass of wine.

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After getting a taste of chez louie’s current and upcoming menu items, guests are able to visit the Nevada Museum of Art’s exhibits, such as  Late Harvest (pictured below), which juxtaposes contemporary art made with taxidermy, and historically significant wildlife paintings.  20141023_18570320141023_18594720141023_185733

Reno Bites Celebrates Reno’s Vibrant Food Culture

The 3rd annual Reno Bites, a weeklong, citywide festival, celebrates the diversity and innovation of Reno’s exuberant restaurant and foodie culture.

October 13-19, a diverse array of more than 25 locally owned restaurants—including Beaujolais Bistro, Bistro 7, Campo, Mari Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen, Homage Bakery and Wild River Grille, among many others—will offer prix fixe menus, special items and price points.

Reno Bites diningChefs will also flex their creative muscles and show their artistry at themed dinner events such as Speakeasy Cocktails and Bites at Campo, Bites and Brews Block Party at Wild River Grille, the Tequila Tasting and Dinner at Uncork’d, a cheesemaking class at SouthCreek Pizza Co., Great Basin Brewing Company’s brewery tour and beer pairing dinner, and “Pop-up” restaurant Tournant reprises its Dining in the Dark blindfolded culinary event.

Festivities begin with a kickoff party and chef meet and greet at the new Pignic Pub + Patio, where guests will mingle with some of the participating chefs and restaurateurs while sampling items from both the new Pignic and Dough Catering, and picking up another new feature of this year’s event: Yelp’s Passport to Reno Bites.

Diners can pick up the free new event guidebook at the meet and greet event on October 9, and any participating restaurant during the week. Collect a sticker from each establishment visited that week, and bring the passport to the Chef Showdown October 18. Those with the most stickers will be eligible for prizes such as restaurant gift certificates, an overnight package and dinner from Nakoma Golf Resort and Spa, a cooking class for 10 at Lanna Thai or the grand prize: private catered dinner for 10 from Tournant Pop-Up Restaurant.

Don’t miss the Chef Showdown, a Reno Bites tradition in which eight of Reno’s top chefs compete on the gourmet kitchens at Czyz’s Appliance under pressure to make their best meal from secret ingredients revealed to them as the event begins.

Event schedule, links for purchasing tickets and a complete list of participating restaurants can be found at RenoBitesWeek.com, with up-to-the-minute info found at Facebook.com/RenoBites.

A Food Lover’s Guide to Midtown

midtown eatMidtown District is a renovated old-town area that is unique to Reno; no other city has a place quite like it. Located in the heart of Reno, adjacent to downtown, Midtown transformed re-purposed houses and buildings full of character into a unique and original shopping venue that adds a breath of new energy into the city. In it, you can find a great variety of local shops, original nightlife entertainment… and of course, great eats! With a wide selection of one-of-a-kind restaurants, coffee shops, bars, cafés, and delis, the Midtown District has a taste for everyone. Put these Midtown eateries we’ve provided below (just a few of Midtown’s many treasures), on your next to-do, or rather to-eat, list and you won’t be disappointed!

Great Full Gardens Café & Eatery

Midtown’s newest addition, Great Full Gardens provides a complete array of the most unique & tastiest dishes in all of Reno. Furthermore, by using all natural and organic ingredients, this health-minded café has sprouted a dedicated following. If you have diet restrictions? No problem! The creative menu offers items for every appetite, including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo options. Try one of GinoTheSoupMan’s local, handmade soups, munch on a Great Full Bowl, or stop by for breakfast for Connie’s Famous Fruit Omelet. The options are endless!

555 South Virginia St. #107

(775) 324-2013


Süp

One of Midtown’s first restaurants, Süp lives up to its name by offering some of the best soups in town. The restaurant focuses on healthy homemade recipes made from scratch daily, then adds fresh ingredients and great customer service to make it one of the most reputable restaurants in not just Midtown, but in all of Reno. Combine a soup with their delicious salads and sandwiches and you’ve got quite the meal!

669 South Virginia St.

(775) 324-4787


Laughing Planet Café

With a restaurant that prides itself on its “Burritos, Bowls, & Goofiness,” you know you’re in for not only good eats, but a good time when going to Laughing Planet. With its fun and quirky ambiance, Laughing Planet has a vibe that keeps people coming back for more. Try one of their famous burritos and bowls, their tasty soups and salads, their homemade smoothies and juices, or all of the above!

650 Tahoe St.

(775) 360-2592


Mari Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen

Mari Chuy’s has brought a Midtown twist to Mexican cuisine with a menu that is unlike any Mexican restaurant you’ve been to before. The new restaurant features delicious, distinctive food including items like The Midtown Veggie Plate, while adhering to its Mexican, non-Americanized, specials. Come on in, grab a margarita or mojito with your meal, and see why Mari Chuy’s is considered one of Reno’s top Mexican restaurants.

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(775) 322-6866


Midtown Eats

Midtown Eats has become a favorite stop-in spot for locals and out-of-towners alike. Not only is the food delectable, but the setting, with a rustic, reclaimed aesthetic, makes your experience that much better. See what everyone is talking about and check out their wide-ranging menu full of tacos, sandwiches, and salads. Or order one of their distinguished burgers… and don’t forget that side of sweet potato fries!

719 South Virginia St.

(775) 324-3287

Dining Hot Spots during Hot August Nights

Cruise on over to one of these classic cool dining spots during Hot August Nights for a taste of of the de-lish Reno dining scene. From authentic diners that have turned back the clock to flavors of yesteryears, to restaurants with a front row view of the classic cars cruising down Virginia Street…. Here are a few hot picks to help keep your cool during one of the best car shows in the nation!

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Dig in at these diners:

Gold ‘N Silver Inn

As seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! This dining establishment has been a Reno landmark for over 50 years. No need to dress up here, you’ll find working stiffs all suited up, families celebrating a birthday, maybe a few politicians, and even the mayor.

The Nugget Diner

Arguably the most popular diner in Reno thanks to their Awful Awful burger, this is a dining hot spot during Hot August Nights. It’s located in downtown Reno, and open 24-hours! Talk about convenient.

Pneumatic Diner

Vegetarians and vegans pick this hidden gem in downtown Reno for its fresh ingredients, authenticity and menu selection! It’s so good, it even pleases the palate of the biggest meat-lovers with their big flavors.  “Slab tacos” are a favorite for locals.

Red Hut Café

Feeding Lake Tahoe since 1959, the long-time favorite, Red Hut Cafe, has opened in Reno. Take note of their well-known outrageously good service and waffles.

Beefy’s Diner

Located in MidTown Reno, this retro diner serves a mean milkshake and float. This place looks, tastes and feels like a diner.

Mountain House Diner

Located right inside Reno Tahoe International Airport, this hip diner is a great stop on the way in or out. Try the delicious buffalo burger for a wild western treat.

Dinner, drinks and a view:

Chapel Tavern

First, you will be blown away by their Bloody Marys. They take pride in mixing fresh drinks (juice is squeezed right before your eyes) with an incredible selection of liquors.  Take your drink to the patio for a seat right along Virginia Street!

Miguel’s Mexican Food

With plenty of window seats, you’ll surely spot classic cars cruising by. Verde salsa and chile rellenos are specialties at this hot Mexican restaurant.

Midtown Eats

You’re definitely not passing up flavor for a view at this joint. With prime location in MidTown, this rustic hot spot is a go-to during Hot August Nights. The Atomic burger is out of this world.

Süp

Their wooden deck will be a prime seat this week to enjoy a light meal and spot cruising classic cars. Salads, soups and sandwiches are their specialty!

Asian Garden Restaurant

If you’re looking to spice things up and go for Asian cuisine, this restaurant has a ton of window seating to enjoy dinner, and a show of classic Hot August Nights cars.

(Restaurants selected on Yelp)

Line-to-Table Dining at Lake Tahoe

Part of the appeal of Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino is its prime location on the northeast shore of Lake Tahoe. Taking advantage of this locale, the resort will offer guests an opportunity to book a fishing charter on Lake Tahoe and enjoy their catch prepared freshly by Chef Shane Hammett at the award-winning Lone Eagle Grille.

2349417821_cbffb7e3a8_bFish are cleaned on one of the two charter boats — the 28-foot “Reel Action” or the 22-foot “Delta Angler,” both from Action Watersports. Guests then have the option of packaging the catch to bring home or hand-delivering it to Hammett, who discusses the best way to prepare the fish. Options include simply baking the fish whole in a Chinese style for a crisped skin, or filet grilling.

Combine the service with the panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and wines from the Lone Eagle Grille, and it’s an experience like no other on the North Shore.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino also recently completed major renovations to its luxurious Lakeside Cottages. The $3.6 million in upgrades, led by Simeone Deary Design Group, includes a total of 48 rooms in 12 lakeside buildings, with new millwork, refreshed wall coverings, new furniture and artwork, and decorative lighting.

“The recent upgrades to our Lakeside Cottages bring a new warmth and modern appeal to these one-of-a-kind accommodations,” said Fred Findlen, general manager of the resort. “We want to set the highest standard for our guests, and the refreshed cottages truly deliver that by providing a quintessential Lake Tahoe experience.”

The cottages range in price from $350 a night during the slow season to $1,899 during the summer high season.

WHITNEY PEAK HOTEL ANNOUNCES CULINARY PARTNERSHIP WITH ACCLAIMED CHEF MARK ESTEE

Whitney Peak Hotel, which will open May 17, 2014 in downtown Reno, has announced a culinary partnership with acclaimed, Reno-based chef Mark Estee. As partner, Estee will oversee the hotel’s food and beverage operations, as well as serve as the exclusive manager of Whitney Peak’s new on-site restaurant, Heritage.

heritageThe 4,000-square-foot restaurant will draw heavily on locally inspired cuisine, using regional foods and practices that tie into Reno’s history. “This restaurant, along with all culinary operations at Whitney Peak, will embrace all that is Reno,” said Estee. “Northern Nevada and Reno have such a rich history and an abundance of amazing farmers and ranchers – all of which we want to showcase at Heritage.” The restaurant will also include an expansive bar serving craft beers, local wines, and unique cocktails, which will appeal not just to hotel guests, but also the local community.

In his role, Estee will oversee the final design and roll-out of Heritage, along with the ongoing management, operations, promotion and marketing of all of Whitney Peak’s food and beverage services related to the restaurant, room service and banquets and events.

Rob Hendricks, the new general manager for Whitney Peak, added: “Chef Estee’s passion for great food is evident in all of his culinary endeavors. Combined with his knowledge of – and love for – the region, we can promise a one-of-a-kind experience for our hotel guests, as well as Reno residents and visitors who come to Whitney Peak to dine or attend a performance.”

Estee has more than 20 years of distinguished experience in food and beverage. He is the current chef/owner of Campo Reno and Campo Mammothchez louie, a French inspired restaurant in the Nevada Museum of Art, Glenbrook Club, and two Burger Me! restaurants in Reno and Truckee, California. Each uses only the best organic, local and seasonal ingredients. Estee is a 2013 James Beard Award finalist and is a familiar face in some of the nation’s most respected restaurants and culinary events and festivals.

Please visit www.facebook.com/HeritageWPH and www.twitter.com/HeritageWPH to keep up with daily updates on the restaurant.

A Nouveau Beaujolais Emerges on Riverside Dr.

Longstanding Local French Bistro Gets New Look, Feel and Location

After 11 years on West Street, it was time for an upgrade in scenery for the longtime French hotspot, Beaujolais Bistro. The restaurant’s new setting along the Truckee River in downtown Reno perfectly complements the historic French Bistro ambiance inside. Items on the menu will instantly transport diners to France – yet with a more approachable price tag.

Watch the culinary team at work through the window of the open kitchen, or the bustling Riverwalk goers just outside; both add a dynamic element to the dining experience.

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Wrapping around the kitchen, a new bar offers small plates that allow patron to enjoy Beaujolais’ enticing, everyday French fare more often than just on special occasions. The bar’s drinks are modernizations of the classic from the French cultures of New Orleans and the French Caribbean.

Beaujolais is now located at 753 Riverside Drive, and will be open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner beginning at 5pm, with small plates and drinks available in the bar and lounge areas at 4pm.

Chez Louie eatery inside the Nevada Museum of Art

chez louie is a new French-inspired eatery located in the Nevada Museum of Art. It is fun, modern, and affordable bringing high-class cuisine to a comfortable, friendly, and truly unique setting. Gifted Tastemaker & Owner, Mark Estee complements the cultural fabric of the museum by highlighting seasonal ingredients and treating guests, volunteers, donors and members alike as family.chez louie

Hours of Operation

Wednesday – Friday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm (Perfect mid-week lunch portions!)

Thursday: 10am – 8pm (Museum and dinner date night, anyone?)

Sunday Brunch: 10am – 3pm (Hello, bottomless Bloody Mary and Prosecco bar!)

Closed: Monday – Tuesday

What foodies say on Yelp:

“…making a return visit to the museum sounds all the more enticing knowing that we could couple it with a good meal.” – Nate from Sacramento

“French onion soup and pear hazelnut salad for lunch.  The soup was the best French onion soup I have had in years.  Of course, I burnt the top of my mouth it was so hot, but it was too good to wait for it to cool.” – Earl from Reno

“Third restaurant in this location. This is the best so far. Very good food, smaller portions than a chain restaurant, yet it is an adequate serving size… I enjoyed my meal and will return. The place was packed yet we had great service.” – Linda from Reno

It’s a must-go!