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Restaurant recs for near Genoa, NV?

My family is going up to stay at David Walleys in Genoa, NV for a couple of days, and I wanted to see if there were recommendations for good restaurants (child friendly!) on the Nevada side (Carson City, etc) so that we don't go over to South Lake Tahoe side -

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  1. David Walley's might a good place to start. I'm not sure how child friendly it is. Same for The Pink House in Genoa.
    I really like JT's in Gardnerville, a Basque restaurant that serves family style and also has individual table seating. It would count as child friendly.

    1. search here for Carson City too.....I like Z Bistro there. The kind of place with paper tableclothes and crayons, so that's certainly child friendly.....

      1. There is a little town near where 88 comes down the East Side to the valley floor about 1/2 hour south of Genoa/Walleys. Woodsford? Just a little farther west on 88 is a an old funky 50's resort that rents summer cabins which has a snack bar/dining room.

        Inlaws from Carson took us there one fall day while out for a "Sunday drive" and we stopped and had a burger. It still ranks in the top 5 all-time greats.

        Any locals know the place? I have no name for it but am still waiting for a chance to return. It would be a a nice country drive and the fall color up the canyon along the river would be great. Lots of aspens. Unless this storm took all the leaves.

        9 Replies
        1. re: toodie jane

          The place is most likly, Sorenson's Resort link: http://www.sorensensresort.com/
          Yes they have great food.

          1. re: MofCarson

            nope, not the place. It was very FUN-kee. I'll ask the inlaws.

            1. re: toodie jane

              Could it be Grover's? I don't recall it having a snack bar, but it could...

              Here's the CA state park page...http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=508

              1. re: nancyhudson

                Grover's has no food or snack bar. There is a little restaurant/cabins etc. in Woodfords...maybe that's it???

                I thought the OP's description sounded like Sorenson's as well, btw....I think of Sorenson's as funky, although the website might not show that aspect.......

                1. re: janetofreno

                  If the little place in Woodfords is the same place I am thinking of, it does have good burgers; hubby and I stopped in there once...not sure it would be in my top 5 all time greats, but it was very good....of course, I can't remember the name of the place. We ate out on the porch, IIRC, if that helps? It is all shaded, in the trees off of the road a bit...

                  1. re: susancinsf

                    Oh, OK I know where you were...its the little campground and gas station on HWY89 just 1/2 mile past the 88/89 (Woodfords) intersection on the right. There is a porch and picnic tables. The burgers are handmade not frozen and used to be made by two little old ladies, I think they are retired now. The place is locally famous for the burgers. Maybe Woodfords Station Campground? Can't miss it, its on the right just after the Woodfords intersection on the way to markleeville.

                    1. re: MofCarson

                      yes, that is the place I am thinking of; definitely NOT Hope Valley. (which I thought just had a store, not a cafe?).

                      Don't know if it the same one Toodie Jane had in mind though....

                      1. re: susancinsf

                        BIL says it is "Sierra Pines" just outside of Woodfords and is still there; Yes, tucked back off the road under tall pines. Oilcloth on the tables, etc.

                        But he say even an better burger is further down the road in Markleeville: The Cutthroat Sallon. (refers to trout, I'm sure, not to roudy customers)

              2. re: toodie jane

                I now think the place you are refering to is Hope Vally Resort, just east of Sorenson's by 1/4 mile. Yes the place is FUN-kee and has a general store and rents xc skiis in the winter.

          2. David Wally's resto is very nice but not really child friendly for 6 years and below. Most of the restos right in Genoa are of the adult romantic varity. You will need to go to Carson or Minden. You can try Wasabi's Sushi in Minden if you like Japanese food. They have a sushi bar, but that would not be child friendly, but table service would be fine.

            1. I've never been here (and that's one of my pet peeves about posts on this board, so I'm breaking my own rules) but! given that the area is very limited and I've heard wonderful things about this place, I thought I'd throw it out there. The location is absolutely spectacular (I have driven by) And, the fall colors are beautiful right now.

              Villa Gigli
              145 Hot Springs Rd, Markleeville CA (530) 694-2253

              1. thanks for the recs everyone - I did find on this board the recs for JT's and Z bistro, and we had been to DW at the David Walley's resort for dinner. We ended up at:
                1. JT's the first night - I convinced my hubby that it would be a great place to try - fortunately, our little fell asleep and STAYED asleep all thru dinner! What a great deal though - soup (we had barley vegetable beef that night), salad (okay), tongue stew and baked beans (sides - the stew was pretty good, the beans average), and the entree, I picked the grass fed beef steak (special that night, extra $4) with roasted garlic (yum!), and my hubby picked the pig's feet and intestines. The steak was incredible, cooked to my medium rare request, and with the garlic, really good. My hubby kept asking me for bites. His pig's feet and intestine was good too, just that they gave such big portions of it that it was impossible to finish. The fries with paprika sprinkled over it was very addicting; even though we were so full, it was hard not to pick the fries. AND then there was ice cream and coffee... whew! I think next time, we try to share the entree, but it would be tempting to have one person order the steak and the other order the shrimp scampi and do a surf and turf combo.

                That much food and it was ~$50/ both of us - OH, and plus they included a small bottle of red wine (not great, but drinkable) - WOW... definitely will go back there.

                The next night, my BIL and SIL come and we had dinner at DW's lounge. What we found out was that while the restaurant requires reservations (and they were booked til late), the lounge / bar does not, and can serve the same menu as the restaurant (also includes more casual fare such as pizza and burgers) - it turned out better for us, since it was more casual, not crowded, and allowed us to have our son there without feeling guilty when he was starting to make some noise cuz he was cranky and sleepy. 3 of us had the 14 oz prime rib (med rare), which came with salad, and garlic mashed potatoes, and couple of carrots/aspargus for side vegetables. I really liked their house salad (forgot the name) since it included sliced eggs, artichoke hearts and hearts of palm, along with the lettuce and cucumber, and tomato, all with a cilantro based cream dressing. Much better than the green salad with boring tomato, onion, and cucumber.
                The prime rib was delicious, and the mashed potatoes did not have alot of garlic flavor, but were good.

                We ended up at the Genoa country store / deli for lunch - had the meatball sandwich (okay, nothing exciting) and a bowl of their vegetable, barley, beef soup. The soup was good, lots of veges and barley, and tasted homemade.

                I didn't hear about Sorensen's until too late, so will try that next time, and the Villa Gigli sounds interesting too!

                thanks for your help!