There were five of us at an informal chowdown at the Coney Island Bar and Grill last night. This is an informal (read: dive) bar on Fourth St. (near the Reno/Sparks border) that serves Wednesday evening dinners, Fixed Menu and Price). I enjoyed the food, and as usual enjoyed the company. It was fun to meet Daphne, who is a transplanted Chowhound from San Francisco.
Last night's menu was soup, Lamb Shanks, and polenta. The soup was an excellent chicken broth with a hint of rosemary, with pasta shells and vegetables. Steve says they make great Garlic Soup here some Fridays: I believe it...the chef knows how to make a good soup. The lamb shanks were in a tomato sauce that was a little bland, but the meat itself was excellent...very tender. Good creamy polenta. Too much to eat.
Deserts are extra: I splurged the $3 and had the "flan with caramel sauce." It was a little denser than what I think of flan as being, but tasted delicious. I took two bites; got into a conversation, and returned to it five minutes later to find my husband had eaten the entire thing!
Check out the Wednesday night menus and go there sometime for good old-fashioned family-style food. Dinners are $17, a good value for the amount served.
We had a long discussion on ideas for future Reno chowdowns. I am thinking of hosting an informal Indian dinner at my house on Sunday Feb. 15th (Sunday of President's weekend). I would provide the food, guests have to bring beer or other cold drinks or a desert item. If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you details. The first 8 or so get invites: if you like the food (you will!) you can donate a small amount to support the chowhound website or to your favorite charity (remember, this is not an official chowhound event).
The other suggestion is to have a Sacramento trip for dim sum some weekend this spring (once it stops snowing). We would carpool and talk food the whole way: sounds like fun!