Carson Valley’s Signature Soup For 2015: “Baked Potato Soup” From Full Belly Deli In Minden

Posted By on January 25, 2015

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Soup Wars

Voting was close and spirited throughout the week, but Full Belly Deli, just under a year into its new location on Highway 395 in Minden, hauled in 36.95 percent of the vote to claim the Soup Wars title for 2015 with its “Baked Potato Soup.”

Full Belly Deli SoupWinner

It joins burgers, pizzas and sandwiches in the winner’s circle.

Congratulations to the staff there.

Coming up in February we have Beef Wars. With it being the month of taking your love out for a fine dinner, we will be looking for Carson Valley’s Signature Beef Dinner, whether it be steak, prime rib, smoked Tri-Tip or otherwise. Send your nominations to us at or post to our Facebook page at

Here’s a look at our finalists from this past month. As always, you really can’t go wrong with any of them – but you may want to call ahead to make sure the nominated soup is available, as not every restaurant makes every soup every day:


“Sweet Potato Curry” – Abby Jo’s Café Girasole

SweetPotatoCurry1483 Highway 395, Gardnerville; 775-782-3314

Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The top-selling soup in the restaurant, it’s a creamy concoction made with coconut milk, sweet potatoes, and a hint of curry. Available every day.

“Tongue Stew” – J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room

JTBar1426 Highway 395, Gardnerville; 775-782-2074

Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 4:30-9 p.m.

A longtime Gardnerville tradition stretching out over more than 50 years, the J.T. has served up Basque delights and Valley mainstays to hundreds and hundreds of thousands over the years. The beef tongue stew is served on Friday nights. We had some technical difficulties with the photo – we’ll get that solved up shortly.


“Cioppino” – Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company

Cioppino1281 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville Ranchos, 775-392-3370

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

This tomato seafood stew includes clams, mussels, calamari and shrimp brought in fresh whenever the Ranchos hot spot makes it.


“Baked Potato Soup” – Full Belly Deli

1695 Highway 395 A, Minden; 775-782-5430

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Full Belly Deli SoupFull Belly Deli, which just recently re-opened in Minden, could have made the finals with just about any of its soups. But the baked potato quickly rose to the top.



CV Steak: “Lobster Bisque”

The Grill Next Door: “Clam Chowder”

Carson Valley Country Club: “Beef Stew”

Pho Chopsticks: “Rare Beef Pho”

Wild Horse: “Crock Onion Soup”

Saletti’s: “Homemade Minestrone”

Louie’s Mandarin Gourmet: “Won Ton Soup”

Katie’s Country Kitchen: “Navy Bean Soup”

Flight: “Tomato Bisque”

Hamdogs: “Chili”

Genoa Country Store: “Butternut Bisque”

Minden Meat & Deli: “Blue Hubbard Squash”

Topaz Lodge: “Chicken Pot Pie Soup”

Minden Food Company: “French Onion Soup”

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