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Reno/Sparks Report - A.Paris Cafe (great) and JA Nugget (not great)

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Reno/Sparks Report - A.Paris Cafe (great) and JA Nugget (not great)

beatlehead in omaha | Feb 26, 2006 05:41 PM

I've lurked the board quite a bit and gotten great suggestions. Now I'm returning the favor.

I was "stuck" at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino/Hotel in Sparks and was very unlucky with the food there. Restaurant Orozko's Basque Chicken was dry and the Creamy Garlic Soup tasted like it was made with garlic powder. I did have a fantastic glass of wine though (actually two!) - a "Tempranillo" wine: Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva, 2000 I think. Trader Dick's seafood plate (can't remember the name) - a crab cake and two kinds of fish (Ono? I just remember this one because of Yoko). The cuts of fish were underdone, which wouldn't have been bad if they tasted fresh. (I didn't eat much of it and I didn't get sick.) Not a great crab cake either. (The meals catered to the conference I was attending were generally very good though.)

Near the hotel: I went across the street one evening to Pietro's Famiglia for Italian and it was just okay. (The white sauce tasted a little like garlic powder too - what's up with that?)

On my last day (unfortunately!) I went to A.Paris Cafe for lunch (on Victorian Ave and Pyramid - 3 blocks from Nugget). It was wonderful!! It's a small, casual "Parisian" style creperie and cafe. You order at the counter and then have a seat. They have Panini, sweet and savory crepes, gelato, and very tasty coffee (I had regular brewed). I had the Spinach and Gruyere Crepe with Bechamel sauce. The spinach was fresh and the sauce had this perfect hint of nutmeg. For desert I had a crepe with maple syrup and butter. The crepes themselves were also very good. The spinach crepe was about $8 or 9 and the maple crepe about $7 (a little on the pricey side for a simple crepe, but I didn't care - I was desperate!). I highly recommend this place if you're stuck at the Nugget!

Sorry this is kind of rambling! I'm a little bored waiting for my plane...

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