Carson Valley’s Signature Breakfast For 2016: ‘Cowboy Benedict’ From Cowboy’s Cafe

Posted By on April 29, 2016

Staff Reports

After claiming the wildcard into the final round earlier this month, Cowboy’s Cafe raced to the CVT Breakfast Wars title this year with its signature dish – “Cowboy Benedict.”

The large biscuit split in two, topped with two sausage patties, two scrambled eggs and country gravy, carried nearly 50 percent of the final vote in becoming Carson Valley’s Signature Breakfast for 2016.

It was followed in the voting by the “No Brainer — Pavement Scraper” from Woodett’s, the “Shrimp & Grits” from I’d Eat There and “Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs” from the Grill Next Door.

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).

Up next month is Pasta Wars, so start thinking of worthy nominees.

As always, we encourage you to get out and try the finalists and the honorable mentions and see what your favorite is.

Here’s a closer look at the finalists





1679 Highway 395, Minden

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Large biscuit split in two, topped with two sausage patties, two scrambled eggs and country gravy is a diner favorite at the popular Minden breakfast and lunch spot.

Woodett’s Diner: “No Brainer – The Pavement Scraper”

Photo from Yelp!

Photo from Yelp!

Hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1492 Highway 395, Suite 101, Gardnerville, 775-782-0351

Next to impossible to define because it is always something different, the Pavement Scraper is entirely the cook’s choice with eggs, hash browns and any combination of other items. Your one call is spicy or mild. We can promise the portion size is out of this world..


I’d Eat There: “Shrimp and Grits”


1685 Highway 395 Suite B, Minden

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 775-364-0545

For a quick trip into the Bayou, try these cheesy hominy grits with garlic sautéed prawns, finished with white wine, butter and parsley. Garnished with fresh tomato and diced green onion.

Grill Next Door: “Chicken Fried Steak”


Photo from Yelp!

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. (Breakfast only served Saturday and Sunday)

Hand-breaded steak topped with homemade country gravy and served with eggs, home fries and toast, this is the highlight breakfast item at the Ranchos eatery quickly becoming known for highlight-caliber items.



Taildragger Cafe: “California Omlette”

Julio’s Restaurant: “Chorizo Burrito”

Sharkey’s: “Breakfast Special”

Katie’s Country Kitchen: “$5.99 Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs”

Nevada Joe Coffee On Main: “Cheddar Maple Bacon Scone”

Hamdogs: “Hamdogs Omlette”

Jerry’s Grill: “Breakfast Sampler”

Jethro’s Oven & Grille: “Jethro’s Special”

Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company: “Philly Egg & Cheesesteak Sandwich”