Carson Valley’s Signature Burger For 2015: ‘The Danimal’ from The Grill Next Door
It came right down to the wire, with only six votes separating the top two finalists, but “The Danimal” from The Grill Next Door in the Gardnerville Ranchos won the title for Carson Valley’s Signature Burger for the second consecutive year.
Minden Meat & Deli’s “BBQ Guy” was runner-up for the second consecutive year as well.
We have created a virtual throwdown among Valley restaurants, seeking out the signature dishes Carson Valley has to offer. Through the first year, we covered burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, steaks, salads, appetizers, breakfasts, pasta, dessert and fried foods (you can see the results here).
“The Volcano Burger,” from the new Jackpot Cafe at Sharkey’s Casino, advanced as the top qualifier from the nomination round and finished third in the final round while “The CV Steak Gourmet Burger” finished fourth.
Nominees had to come from locally unique restaurants. Nominees should be within the CVT coverage area (the Douglas-Carson line to the north, the foot of the Carson Range to the west, the Pine Nuts to the east and the state line to the south).
As always, we encourage you to get out and try all of the finalists. The point in all of this isn’t as much to find the absolute best as it is to highlight local eateries and their signature items.
Grill Next Door: “The Danimal”
1302 Langley Drive, Suite 3, Gardnerville Ranchos
Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you like a little kick with your burger, look no further than last year’s Burger Wars Champion. The Danimal is Grill Next Door owner and chef Dan Fredrickson’s namesake. He sears bacon, cheddar cheese and jalapeños to form a spicy crust on top of the six-ounce ground beef patty tops it with grilled onions and mayo and serves it up on a sesame bun with your choice of fries, coleslaw, side salad or hand-battered onion rings ($1 extra).
Minden Meat & Deli: “The BBQ Guy”
1595 US Highway 395 N, Minden
Hours: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Made with a half-pound of choice Black Angus ground fresh in house from Creekstone Farms, the BBQ Guy includes slices of thick applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, grilled onions, lettuce, house-made barbecue sauce and house-made chipotle mayonnaise on a grilled brioche bun. Not sure? Come in and try it for yourself.
Sharkey’s Jackpot Cafe
1440 US Highway 395, Gardnerville
The Volcano starts with ground beef and ground chorizo combined together in a mixture percentage known only to Chef Bruce at Sharkey’s. A beginning amount of ghost pepper cheese (pretty darn hot stuff!) is folded into this meat mixture. The burger is then cooked and additional ghost pepper cheese is melted on top. Some secret spicy sauce is added and a sprinkle of volcano dust, a seasoning blend of some pretty spicy peppers goes on top. Served with a stack of french fries or, for a small extra charge you can get sweet potato waffle fries which tend to ease the “heat” of the burger.
CV Steak: “CV Steak Gourmet Burger: The French Disaster/The American Disaster”
1627 US Highway 395 N, Minden
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30-9:30 p.m.
The CV Steak Gourmet Burger is available in two versions: The French Disaster and The American Disaster. The burger starts with two half-pound Char Broiled Burger Patties made from choice Filet Mignon, New York and Rib Eye Steak ground in house. Toppings and additions include Jack and Cheddar Cheese, Smoked Tomato, Pickled Cucumber Slices, an Onion Ring and Truffle Oil Mayonnaise. The French Disaster is topped with Duck liver “Foie Gras” and a Quail Egg . . . The American Disaster is topped with Applewood-Smoked Bacon. This monstrosity is served with Fresh Potatoes, French Fried and lathered with butter and garlic Parsley.
If none of these burgers happen to suit your fancy, here are the top nominees from each nominated restaurant:
Overland Pub & Restaurant: “House Burger”
JT Basque Bar & Dining Room: “Basco Burger”
Sierra Gourmet Grill: “Guacamole Bacon Burger”
Iggy & Squiggy’s Junction Bar: “1/2 Pound Cheeseburger”
Wild Horse Bar & Grill: “Black & Blue Burger”
Hamdogs: “Mushroom & Swiss”
Saletti’s: “Black & Blue Burger”
Jethro’s Oven & Grille: “Blackened Burger”
The Burger Shack: “1/3 Pound Burger”
The Grill at Genoa Lakes: “Long Drive Burger:
Carson Valley Country Club: “Country Club Chorizo Burger”
Flight Restaurant: “Red Baron Burger”
Taildragger Cafe: “The Biplane”