I hadn't been to Washoe. (the period is part of the name) in awhile..but last night seemed like as good a night as any. Its billed as a steak house; but I find it has more to offer than just steaks. Anyway, meat-eschewing hubbie is out of town, and its just me and one chowpup (the other having gone off to college). Chowpup was still depressed over his football loss Friday, and I'd had overall a lousy week, so I figured a "last weekend before school starts" red meat treat would cheer us both up.
We arrived Saturday around 7 pm without a reservation and still were treated cordially. The place wasn't full then, but it was by the time we left. One thing I like about Washoe. is that it feels like a locals place....lots of familiar faces in the crowd; not many tourists. I also like the decor; long-time Renoites will remember this site as the Glory Hole; you won't recognize the place on the inside. We sat down and I was immediately brought an icy martini. Perfect. Things were looking up. Entrees come with choice of soup or salad; and the servings are large: my soup was a full bowl. The days soup was a light vegetable: sort of like a minestrone but no beans. Lots of peas, fresh green beans, carrots in a light tomatoe broth. Very refreshing on a summers night. Chowpup had a salad; plenty of variety of greens and some good cherry tomatoes and cucumbers thrown in.
For entrees I had the house specialty pork chop stuffed with spinach and mushrooms. A huge chop, very tender and tasty. It had a creamy red-pepper sauce that was almost too rich and creamy. The mashed potatoes underneath were delicious. Chowpup had a 12 oz (you have choices of sizes) rib-eye. It looked delicious, and he was rolling his eyes with pleasure with every bit. He wouldn't share, either. He said it was very tender. It came with the same mashed potatoes; we both also had a generous serving of very fresh al dente green beans with almonds. Dinners also come with real (ie it tastes like it comes from the City and not local) Sourdough bread.
We were both too full for desert. I've had the bread pudding there before and its worth having. The best part of the meal was yet to come: the bill. I think this restaurant is an excellent value. Total including martini and a lemonade with tax and a nice tip was under $60. They also have a nice wine list; but the martini was enough for me.
As we were leaving, chowpup commented: "That would be a nice place to take a date." I agree.
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