Carson Valley’s Signature Appetizer For 2016: “BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders” From The Grill Next Door
After a runner-up finish in 2015, the BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders claimed the title for Carson Valley’s Signature Appetizer in 2016, carrying nearly 45 percent of the vote in the final round.
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).
Defending champion Saletti’s took second this year with its calamari, followed by the crab cakes from Julio’s Restaurant and the meatballs and garlic toast from Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company.
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 and honorable mentions to see what your favorites might be.
Here is a closer look at the finalists:
CVT APP WARS FINALISTS, 2016
Grill Next Door: “BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders”
1302 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.
Saletti’s Restaurant & Bar: “Calamari”
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.
Julio’s Restaurant: “Crab Cakes”
1328 Highway 395, Gardnerville
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. breakfast and lunch. Tuesday-Thursday 4:30-8:30 p.m. dinner; Friday-Sunday 4:30-9 p.m.
Since opening in October, the restaurant has been quietly making a name for itself with its fine steaks and seafood. The crab cakes were one of several vote recipients on their menu.
Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company: “Meatballs & Garlic Toast”
1281 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.
2016 CVT APP WARS BALLOT – Final Round
Overland Restaurant & Pub: Deep Fried Cheese Curds
Minden Meat & Deli: Chili Cheese Beer Batter Fries
Chicago Mike’s: Grit Stix
The Corner Bar: Stuffed Mushrooms
Carson Valley Country Club: Deep Fried Pork Cheeks
Hamdogs: Deep Fried Pickles
CV Steak: Sampler Platter
Khristopher’s Ristorante: Bruschetta Milan
Katie’s Country Kitchen: Tater Skins
Louie’s Mandarin Gourmet: Po Po Platter
Jethro’s Oven & Grille: Louisiana Style Chicken Wings
Francisco’s Mexican Restaurant: Nachos Deluxe