Carson Valley’s Signature Soup For 2017: The Grill Next Door’s ‘Clam Chowder’

Posted By on February 7, 2017

Staff Reports · 2 min read

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Carrying just over 39 percent of the vote, Gardnerville Ranchos eatery The Grill Next Door claimed the title for Carson Valley’s Signature Soup — becoming the third soup to win the crown in three years.

It held off previous defending champions Cafe Girasole (Sweet Potato Curry claimed 23 percent of the vote) and Fully Belly Deli (Baked Potato Soup took 20 percent of the vote).

In about a week, we’ll resume our search for Carson Valley’s signature steak, prime rib or beef dish with Beef Wars 2017.

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 should 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).



“Clam Chowder” — The Grill Next Door

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).

Scratch-made traditional clam chowder served from the heart of the Gardnerville Ranchos.

“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.

“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.

“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.





JT Basque Bar & Dining Room: “Tongue Stew”

Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company” “Ciopinno”

Minden Meat & Deli: “Blue Hubbard Squash”

Wild Horse: “Crock Onion Soup”

Sharkey’s Jackpot Cafe: “Bean Chili”

Overland Restaurant & Pub: “Curried Pumpkin”

Carson Valley Country Club: “Beef Stew”

Genoa Country Store: “Butternut Bisque”

Louie’s Chinese: “Hot and Sour”

Francisco’s Mexican Restaurant: “Albondigas”