I’ve been backlogged with pending food posts for quite some time and I’m continuing to play catch up. This last May, my close friend Mike and I met at the Flowing Tide Pub, a locals favorite for lunch and dinner. It’s easily accessible off of the freeway and located at the corner of West McCarran and 7th Street in Reno, Nevada.
With cuisine ranging from the salads and appetizers to sandwiches and burgers what the Flowing Tide Pub will surprise you with is their amazing seafood fare. This was a typical beautiful May day as Reno tried to release its grasp on winter and go play with summer. We have not had a true Spring season here for over five years now.
Mike and I were both hungry and he’s always willing to indulge me in sharing an appetizer before we order our entrees. This sextet of amazing Pork Pot Stickers arrived and our eyes lit up with pleasure and we dove in without hesitation. I always love these tubular delights in that they are steamed and have a soft texture on the top side and perfectly browned bottom. That’s even before you get to the succulent, tender pork on the inside. Teriyaki and hot mustard sauces accompanied this dish and the latter was the perfect support flavor.
The beautiful dark wood surrounds and announces the establishment as a true replica of those old taverns on European shores. There are tables and booths for your choosing along with a bar if you so desire. Whenever I’ve been here I’ve pictured being safe inside with the foggy, mysterious moors of England outside.
We were close to the grill and food prep area which I enjoy from time to time in a restaurant because I love to cook as well as watch others cook. The chefs were professionally quiet and it was actually barely noticeable that they were there. See, they look invisible in my photo!
I’ve had my share of Cheesesteak Sandwiches over my lifetime but Mike surprised me with ordering a Flowing Tide Pub specialty as they incorporate theirs with cream cheese! Mike had them hold the onions but said yes to the red and green peppers. He cut off a bite for me to try and folks let me tell you, the warmed Dutch Crunch roll, tender melt-in-your-mouth roast beef married with that deep, melted cream cheese had me literally and spontaneously exclaim out loud, “OH MY GAWD!! That is the BEST Cheesesteak I’ve ever tasted!”
While my taste buds were still doing dances of delights from trying a sample off of Mike’s plate that he had offered. I glanced down at this bed of heavenly goodness taking in first the sight, then the intoxicating aroma. Lobster ravioli was on their Special Daily Menu and I didn’t hesitate to say, “Oh, yes please.” The creamy Alfredo cheese sauce was the comfortable resting spot for the tender homemade pasta. Made with care then filled with lobster and cooked to perfection, topped with parmesan and herbs I just couldn’t imagine improving it. Other than that the toasted garlic bread that allowed me soak up the leftover sauce.
If you are in Reno, Nevada and want to venture to the Northwest part of town absolutely stop by the Flowing Tide Pub! It’s perfect for food, drinks and enjoying conversation with whomever your with!
I remember this day so well because one, I accidentally dropped my telephoto lens out the Jeep in the parking lot, to the asphalt, and that would be it for that lens. Also, Mike (along with his wife Patti) had dog sat Phoenix for years and this was the day I told him that my kid was in the midst of battling cancer. Mike is also a professional photographer and thankfully had his camera with him to take this photo.
What is your favorite pub to visit?