The Reno Gazette-Journal has a story today about the opening of the Blue Trout, a fancy new restaurant in downtown Reno. I linked to it below.
I ate there last night. The food was good, although a tad expensive.
It opened near Liberty and South Virginia at what used to be the Chophouse and before that Adele's on the Plaza.
It's an upscale place. I went in with a white dress shirt but no tie and I almost felt underdressed. Most entrees are in the $18 to $26 range and that doesn't include soup or salad.
I started with a $5.75 spring greens salad. Several different types of vegetables and they were all fresh and tasty. but it was small. The house dressing, a vinaigrette with bleu cheese, was fantastic and I recommend it to anyone else going there.
With a name like Blue Trout you'd expect it to specialize in fish and it does. There's also a long list of non-fish dishes on the menu.
I settled for the special of the night, barramundi, for $24. You can get the fish cooked several styles. I got it grilled. You have your choice of starches and I took pasta. It also came with vegetables.
The fish was fresh with the right texture. It had some lemon but maybe was a little too bland. I don't know if it would have tasted better if I got it another way. The pasta was excellent. I mistook it for a rice pilaf at first. My biggest complaint of the whole meal was the vegetables. They tasted wonderful. But it consisted of only two small asparagus spears and some other smatterings of vegetables. When it tastes that good, more vegetables please!
The wine menu is good for a Reno restaurant and generally pretty conservative. I got a glass of Faiveley Burgundy for $8 that was wonderful. It was red wine and still went well with the fish. I've had such bad luck with Burgundy lately I was happy to find a good one.
The bill came to $39.46 before the tip, so I skipped dessert. It's not the kind of place I can afford to eat at every day, but it's worth it for other Chowhounders looking for good food in downtown Reno.
425 S. Virginia St.
Reno NV 89502
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