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stranded at the Nugget in Sparks, NV

gordon wing | Jun 11, 200412:36 PM

recently spent a couple of days at John Ascuaga's Nugget - circumstances conspired against my using all the intel I had weaned from this board about Beto's, Golden Flower, the Santa Fe Basque Hotel and the Nugget Diner (home of the Awful, Awful), etc......because of the size of our group and our lack of transportation we took our meals at the various outlets of the hotel. The most fun discovery was the flambe dessert menu at Trader Dick's Polynesian restaurant - the lost art of tableside service is alive and well - performed that night by the maitre d: Mark Steele. We had the bananas Bora Bora - a very good show - a better show than taste according to those that ordered it - I was too full for dessert but enjoyed the pyrotechnics. We also saw an order of Baked Alaska being flambeed. Tip: If you order the Pina Colada - it comes in a tki glass that is yours to the glowing green eyes! the food was sort of what you might expect at a big hotel: I ended up ordering a steak in the belief that something simple was the safest strategy - it was OK. We pretty much had the restaurant to ourselves. Our waiter was on top of things and did a pretty good job of taking care of us. I had two breakfasts - Rosie's Cafe was a more together operation - faster, more efficient service....good old school hash browns(crispy outsides and moist inside) but disappointing corned beef hash. The Farmhouse had almost the same menu as Rosie's but with lackluster service. The blueberry waffle had that overly cornstarched blueberry topping - I should have asked for a fresh fruit salad on top of the waffle. The hotel does have a nice indoor pool, though. (heavy chlorine) I did see a bit of downtown Reno as we drove around one morning so next time I'll know exactly where the Nugget Diner and the Satna Fe Hotel are - not to mention the Bowling Complex.

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