Carson Valley’s Signature Soup For 2016: “Sweet Potato Curry” From Abby Jo’s Cafe Girasole

Posted By on January 28, 2016

Staff Reports

MINDEN, Nev. — Abby Jo’s Cafe Girasole made it back-to-back wins in CVT Wars, winning our 2016 Search For Carson Valley’s Signature Soup with its “Sweet Potato Curry.”

The Cafe repeated its title in Sandwich Wars last month with it’s Marchello Sandwich.

The Sweet Potato Curry carried 43 percent of the vote this year, beating out CV Steak’s “Lobster Bisque,” defending champion Full Belly Deli’s “Baked Potato Soup,” and the JT Basque Bar & Dining Room’s “Tongue Stew” in order.

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).

Nominees had to come locally unique restaurants, 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 and honorable mentions.

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“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.

“Lobster Bisque” — CV Steak

CVSteak1627 US Highway 395 N, Minden

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30-9:30 p.m.

A local take on the classic gourmet soup, this one is not to be missed.  Find it among the selections on the eatery’s robust starter menu.


“Baked Potato Soup” – Full Belly Deli

Full Belly Deli Soup1695 Highway 395 A, Minden; 775-782-5430

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

Full 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.


“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.



Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company: “Cioppino”

Louie’s Mandarin Gourmet: “Won Ton Soup”

Wild Horse: “Crock Onion Soup”

Katie’s Country Kitchen: “Navy Bean Soup”

Overland Restaurant & Pub: “Curried Pumpkin”

Saletti’s: “Homemade Minestrone”

JJ’s Mexican Food: “Posole”

Carson Valley Country Club: “Beef Stew”

Minden Meat & Deli: “Blue Hubbard Squash”

Francisco’s Mexican Restaurant: “Albondigas”

The Grill Next Door: “Clam Chowder”

Genoa Country Store: “Butternut Bisque”

Sharkey’s Jackpot Cafe: “Bean Chili”