We chose a familiar place for dinner last night, though, because we remembered eating well there ten years ago. Natalie Sellers, the chef-proprietor, definitely has both chops and discrimination, having done her time in the San Francisco Bay area — with Jeremiah Tower at the old Stars, among other assignments.
I had the roast pork tenderloin you see here: pork from Niman Ranch, brined before roasting, cooked to just the right degree, and served with carrots and apples, mashed potatoes, and a nice green tomato chutney. No gloppy gravy; just the clean flavors of the main ingredients.
Dessert was a very nice fig cake, moist and nutty, with a well calculated cream-cheese royal icing that didn't dominate the dish, and a nice, smooth vanilla ice cream. Yes; we'll go back here…
with the dessert, a nice Oloroso
LUNCH TODAY was in another familiar setting, a soup-sandwich-pasta breakfast-lunch-and-dinner spot popular with the locals. Here, though it was noon and lunchtime, facing the long drive home, I fortified myself with steak and eggs — a small New York steak, tender and decently flavored, and two eggs over easy. With hash browns, of course.
• 4th Street Bistro, 3065 W 4th St, Reno; (775) 323-3200
• Stone House Cafe, 1907 S Arlington Ave, Reno; (775) 284-3895
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