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Voila! Cafe - Reno


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Voila! Cafe - Reno

janetofreno | Apr 20, 2007 11:28 PM

I've been driving by this place for several weeks and been intrigued by the look and the "Now Open" today seemed like a good day for lunch. Its on California, in a refurbished house about a half block west of Arlington..almost on the edge of the residential part of that street. Nice atmosphere, and there is a great little front deck with several tables. I'm sure it will be a nice place for an al fresco lunch if spring ever decides to make a re-appearance.....

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, and does catering. I took a peek at the breakfast menu...there are several interesting omelet options at around 7.95 each, as well as baked french toast, pancakes, and waffles.

Lunch is mostly soup, salad and sandwiches, with a few hot dishes and a daily special or two. Side salads are 3.95, main dish salads 9.95. You order at the counter and then take a seat and your food is brought to you....pitchers of water are on the tables. I settled for the "Stacked Chicken Salad" (A main dish salad). I had to laugh...the description would have horified the OP on the recent "fruit and meat" thread on the general topics board: "Grilled chicken, pineapple, grapes and apple chunks layered with napa cabbage and finished with a peanut satay dressing." Well, I have to admit I didn't find any apple chunks, but the pineapple and grapes were there...and the chicken was very tender. But what made the salad was that peanut dressing...spicy and tangy and delicious!

Deli sandwiches are 4.25 for a half, 5.75 for a whole, with a choice of meats, cheese, bread, and spreads. I noted a pastrami sandwich going was huge! There is also a vegetarian option. The soup today was white bean....I was tempted but didn't want to over do it. They also have several specialty sandwiches...Waldorf chicken sounds good!

Anyway, based on that tasty salad, I would definitely recommend checking it out...especially if you are looking for a nice lunch in a quiet place that's a little upscale. Other interesting main salads include a chopped salad (with tomatoes, corn, avocado, pistachios, bacon, blue cheese and chicken breast on baby greens), a Nicoise salad, and an Asian Pasta Salad.

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