Carson Valley’s Signature Appetizer For 2015: Saletti’s Calamari

Posted By on March 25, 2015

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It was close the whole way, but a surge late in the week pushed Saletti’s and its macadamia-nut-encrusted calamari steak to the top of the list as Carson Valley’s Signature Appetizer of 2015. The dish carried nearly 46 percent of the vote in claiming the win.

Our four finalists were certainly all worthy contenders and even more worthy of getting out and trying for yourself. That’s the point of what why we do all this, to get hungry people into local eateries to enjoy the dishes created locally.

Up next month, we think this one is going to cause quite a debate: We’ll be looking for Carson Valley’s Signature Breakfast. Start thinking of your nominees now. If you think of one, feel free to e-mail or post to our Facebook page at Nominations for Breakfast Wars will start April 6.

Here’s a closer look at our four finalists for App Wars:


Saletti’s Restaurant & Bar: “Calamari”

Photo from Yelp!

Photo from Yelp!

1623 Highway 395, Minden, 775-309-4244

Hours: Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 4-9 p.m.

Calamari steak rolled in homemade macadamia nut bread crumbs and sauteed golden brown. Topped with lemon chive Beurre Blanc.

Grill Next Door: “BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders”

AppWarsGrillNextDoorPulledpork1302 Langley Drive, Suite 3, Gardnerville Ranchos, 775-265-8841

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Homemade coleslaw, hand-crafted pulled pork in house barbecue sauce with a Carolina-style tinge, and French-fried onions on a Hawaiian sweet roll. Not much more needs to be said.

Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company: “Meatballs & Garlic Toast”

AppWarsPhiladelphiaMeatballs11281 Kimmerling Road, Suite 11, Gardnerville Ranchos, 775-392-3370

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

The meatballs are made fresh every day with ground beef, ground pork and topped with house marinara and cheese, served with toast.

CV Steak: “Sampler Platter”

AppwarsCVSteakSamplerPlatter1627 US Highway 395 N, Minden

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30-9:30 p.m., 775-783-6650

The perfect way to sample four of CV Steak’s favorite appetizers – Shrimp, Crab Cake, Warm Spinach Dip and Ahi Tuna. Prepared for either two or four people.

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While all of the finalists made it to the final round for a reason, there were a number of other highly-rated dishes. Here are the top vote receivers from each nominated restaurant:

Jethro’s Oven & Grille: “Louisiana Style Chicken Wings”

Pizza Factory (Ranchos): “Garlic Chips”

Tahoe Ridge Winery: “Chicken Pesto Sliders”

Francisco’s Mexican Restaurant: “Nachos Deluxe”

The Corner Bar: “Stuffed Mushrooms”

Flight: “Bruschetta”

Vino Tini: “Bruschetta”

Carson Valley Country Club: “Southwestern Pork Cheeks”

Hamdogs: “Deep Fried Pickles”

Katie’s Country Kitchen: “Tater Skins”

Khristopher’s Ristorante: “Bruschetta Milan”

Louie’s Mandarin Gourmet: “Po Po Platter”