RE: SF to Reno to SLC to Jackson
Sun, 07/27/03 11:30 PM
OK, let me try this again, I just crashed, as in my computer fell and couldn't get up. So much for technology taking over, it(is that
phrase the personification of an inanimate object).
As to your I-80 route. The following our my suggestions.
Start late and eat at FLUER DE LYS in SF, one of my three all time favorite restaurants, the other two being, the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, and The Maisonette in Cincinnati. howvever I-80 doesn't get you you there, unless of course you change your plans and drop south.
For Reno, if you are spending the night, then i would recommend LOUIS' BASQUE CORNER on East 4th St. Not the best Basco food in Nevada, but worthy of a stop.
You'll either be seated at an individual table, or served family style, family style is the way to go because you get to meet and B.S. with different folks.
Your meal will start out with soup (sort of a minestrone), then salad, pretty much iceberg lettuce w/ a oil and vinegar based dressing and of course bread. These are usually in a never ending supply,but don't over indulge. The entree will be something on the line of lam chops, lamb shanks, a ribeye ( my choice if I am craving beef), a T-bone or a N.Y. Strip. There will also be a seafood choice and perhaps a chicken dished offered. There will also be such things as sweetbreads, paella, oxtail stew, beef tongue, that just depends on what day you are there. Also included will be never ending bowls of french fries and basque beans. Also included will be a carafe of GREAT cheap red wine, the kind that I swear still has the grape skins in it, and what may be toe nail shreds from the stomping process. OK, maybe not that, but it is a pretty raw wine, but great stuff. You also will get ice cream, usually vanilla and coffee.
The reason I said if you were spending the night in Reno is if you decided to have a picon punch or 3, or more. They will knock you on your butt. Therefore it is essential that you have a taxi to drive you to your place of sleep.
For a more traditional Basque Hotel - Restuarant experience, drive a bit further to Winnemucca and go to the Martin.
Between the two cities is Fernley, get off at exit 46, and go to Mary and Moes, aka the Wigwam, great breakfast and even better chicken fried steak w/ mashed potatoes, ask for extra gravy. However you will need to salt and pepper it. I must admit I have never met a chicken fried steak thay I didn't like. Thank god for heart attack on a plate.
Back to the Reno area - for great, traditional mexican food there is BERTHA MIRANDAS in Sparks, I beleieve on Prater Way, and one on Mill street in Reno. Also dinner at the Coney Island Bar in Sparks on Prater way. I think they serve dinner on Thursdays, perhaps Wednesdays call them 775-358-6485.
Further east on I-80 is Elko, try Stockmans, an old casino with good food.
There are a couple of great bar dives in Battle Mountain as well.
As to food in Utah, as a jack mormon I try to stay out of the state, as I am afraid that they will get me. ENJOY