About 50 years ago, the building that would become Postal Cafe was a gas station in Reno. In the early '70s, someone decided to pick up the whole structure and move it to Washoe Valley. Once the gas station ran dry, the building evolved over the years into a video store, a post office, and, finally, this community favorite of a caf?. The overhang that once covered gas pumps still stands, now shading outdoor tables. And though locals can't pick up their mail anymore?they could up until just recently?meals are handmade and hand-delivered to their tables.
Making food from scratch is vital to chef-owner Bella, who begins each day assembling breakfasts of pancakes, veggie- and meat-infused scrambles, and biscuits with housemade gravy. For lunch, she whips up a special dressing to drizzle atop reubens, tops hand-formed burgers with pepperjack cheese and green chilies, and roasts turkey and beef for sandwiches. Even customers who lick their plate clean should stick around for dessert?Bella graduated from Portland's Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts with a degree in baking and pastry arts. Every day, she bakes scones, brownies, cookies, and pies.
When not busy battling for burger supremacy in national forums such as the Travel Channel’s Food Wars, the meat-slinging chefs at Rosie’s Café dash together beefy eats from their hearth at the heart of the Nugget Casino Resort. Sink choppers into a welcoming bite of the signature Awful Awful ($6.95), whose name belies the savory science of a recipe honed over the course of five decades. After grinding their own beef, baking their own buns, and hewing their own toothpicks, Rosie’s cooks drape juicy patties in melted cheese before enrobing burgers in generous helpings of traditional hamburger fixins. Rosie’s Café also flips other variations on the theme of beef, such as the deluxe mushroom burger, which arrives slathered in melty swiss, sour cream, and sautéed onions and ‘shrooms ($7.50), or the Sonoma burger, in which the beef is grilled, the cheese is jack, and the accessory is avocado ($7.50).
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
Grumpy's Sports Bar and Grill provides a relaxed spot to watch sports and feast on traditional bar food. Patrons dine on quarter- or half-pound burgers and patty melts complete with fresh-cut fries while taking in a variety of sports on three televisions. In between bouts of billiards or shuffleboard, they can eat bites of deep-fried mushrooms, zucchini, jalapeños, and mozzarella sticks, all while enjoying bottled and draft beers.
Everyday Gourmet owner and main chef Morgan Hill translates 25 years of expertise into plates of palate-pleasing eats for parties of 6–800 people. The highly customizable menu can net heaps of barbecue pulled pork to celebrate a recent graduation or kebabs of delectable italian veggies to commemorate an eagle's recent transformation into a man (starting at $13.95/person). A generous auditioning process lets prospective party throwers enjoy a complimentary taste testing of each dish. Everyday Gourmet also connects clients with party-appropriate photographers, florists, DJs, hotel accommodations, or strategic advisers specializing in piñata destruction. Drop-off service caters to those who simply need food for the event, rather than full-service catering.
Whether planning a wedding, ringing in a birthday, or simply craving something sweet on the way to work, the bakers and chefs of Dee's Bakery & Cafe have you covered. They craft delicate wedding cakes, dotting frosting with edible pearls and real roses. They also sculpt custom novelty cakes, such as a "Harley Davidson baby bump" centerpiece. And though they're busy with custom orders, they still find time to bake picture-perfect eclairs, cupcakes, cookies, and even gingerbread houses.