We made our annual 4th of July trip to Reno for the West Coast Scrabble Championships at the Hilton. I hate being there because it's so far from everything else. The Hilton restaurants are also disappointing (so what else is new?)- Chevy's, Port of Subs, some Pan-Asian place, Johnny Rockets. You better get used to them if you don't want to make your way downtown.
This time we did NOT stick around for dinner even once. The first night we ate at the 4th Street Bistro and man, it was great. We all had fish (something I rarely do in Reno, given their lack of ocean front area - I know, trout....but where does one get line-caught local trout anymore?). I had roasted halibut with black garbanzo beans. Fantastic. There were bits of savory and sweet things in the beans - onions, mangoes? Hubby had roasted chicken (unadventurous, eh?) which he raved about. We started with salads. Really good lettuce and arugula that had lots of taste (unusual even in Oakland) with roasted beets and goat cheese. Great. We got into a big political discussion so I don't remember specifics about the rest of the meal. The bread on the table was wonderful. We had no dessert. The place is pretty and relaxed. It's nice to walk out to the parking lot and see stars instead of flashing neon.
We also ate at the Indian Curry and Kebab restaurant on Virginia - following J of Reno's husbands advice. It was also very good. Especially tasty were the papadums and a chutney of chopped raw onions and mango in a red sauce which was served as an app. when we first sat down. Tandooi was just okay, but the tikki and pakoras were great as was the lamb vindaloo.
Such a joy to find these places when we spend time in Reno twice every year!