Reno - Los 4 Vientos
Thanks to Reno CH Steve Timko for this rec. We liked it a lot and will definitely go back. Super easy to hit on the way to Costco :) We didn't think it was quite as good as El Adobe or Abel's but quite tasty. And it's a much more casual place. Order at the counter, pick up salsa. It's in a little strip shopping center. Was quite popular when we were there about noon. Bob had the chile rellenos plate and I had the al pastor. Both came with really good refried beans and rice and some chopped onion and cilantro. Very generous portions and we will share one dish next time. I tasted his rellenos and really good. My pastor was also with a nice fresh flavor and quite tender meat. I think one of the fave orders with the worker guys was 4 tacos for 99 cents each. Saw one of their burritos which looked a goodly size :) for $6. And a man across from us was having the molcajete which had shrimp and steak with blocks of cheese and various vegetable including on the those bulb onions I see so often in Latino markets. Our lunch for two with two Tecates was $22.
Went back for breakfast. Woohooooooo :) So good. We were going to share the chilaquiles with green sauce with two eggs on top for $8.50 but she suggested we get the same dish as one of their specials with one egg for $3.99. So it was even a bit less expensive. Generous portions of everything and of course all their house made salsas. And some great bread for mopping things up. I also noticed that they huitaloche on some of their dishes. My Spanish is poor but I'm pretty sure they understood that I asked if the huitaloche was fresh and they said yes. Next time.
I think we're ready to declare this the best Mexican food in Reno! We went for breakfast and ordered a bowl of menudo to share. Got to chatting with the owner (he appreciated that we gringos love menudo!). He believes his food is the most authentic in Reno. That there are about ten items on his menu that no one else makes. He insisted on giving us a couple of his special barbacoa tacos. The tacos, with grilled onions and a chili each so good. And the menudo? The best we've ever had. The most tender tripe I've ever tasted and the broth was so rich and wonderful. The tortillas he serves with the menudo are house made. Not all are but those are. Who doesn't appreciate that? We're pretty committed to working our way through this menu. Check it out.
I just have to share a chuckle and to show how friendly and fun these people are.
We went for breakfast yesterday and, as usual, ordered one dish for the two of us to share. When I walked to our table, a dad and two daughters were just leaving...and leaving the majority of their queso fundido with chorizo. I couldn't resist scooping up a little of it on the way by! Hey, they looked clean :) One of the ladies there asked if we wanted her to heat it up for us. Why not? She took it away, garnished it as you can see from the pic and returned it. THAT was enough for a meal and it was GREAT! Then our food arrived and our eyebrows went up. She said the kitchen had gotten confused and made two complete orders but no problem. Well, maybe no problem except there was no way we could eat it all - esp. since we put some of the queso on top of our beans :) But we made a solid effort. And didn't have any lunch later.
We always have good food and a good time when we go there.