While road-tripping through Nevada, we recently had a great dinner at Louis' Basque Corner in Reno.
We had considered stopping in Elko because we had heard that there was good Basque food there. Instead, we ended up there around 3pm hoping for lunch. We found the Basque places -- three of them are within a block of each other on Silver Street. Unfortunately, they all closed at 2. The Star Hotel even had their hours engraved in a wooden plaque by the door, so we figured they were pretty set in their ways and we were out of luck.
Fortunately, as we were searching our GPS for places to eat in Reno, we found Louis' Basque Corner just down the street from our hotel (the El Dorado).
Their menu rotates daily, with each day featuring a set first course and a selection of other dishes to order. It was Thursday, so the first course was Chicken Basquaise, and the choices were Rabbit, Calamari, Top Sirloin Steak and Lamb Chops. In addition, they had two (!!) different styles of sweetbreads available.
The food is served family style, with shared salad and soup and each person ordering a main course to share. The people we were seated with informed us that a Picon Punch was the mandatory drink to start with, and who were we to argue. Dinner also included communal carafes of a passable red wine.
Between the six of us at our table, we ended up ordering each of the main courses available that night. Everything was tasty, if simply prepared. The service was great and very friendly, as was our company at our table. Dessert was aged jack cheese and ice cream with chocolate sauce -- again, quite simple but very enjoyable.
Dinner was inclusive at $22.95 a person (the Picon Punch was extra), which we thought was very reasonable.
Highly recommended -- particularly if a soulless casino buffet is your alternative.
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