I was expecting what I’ve previously known to be sports bar food but was wonderfully surprised. With a wide choice of menu items across the spectrum my lunch time appetite was completely satiated at Woody’s Grille and Spirits in Sparks, Nevada!
I’ve been reconnecting with old friends lately after too many absent years. That has often fallen on my neglect for meeting in person though always keeping in touch online. So, I gave a fantastic buddy from years past, Shawn, a spontaneous holler one day and he was available. He has always had a beat on some of the most fantastic eating establishments in the Reno-Sparks area and often those are where the word has not gotten out yet. Woody’s Grille and Spirits located on South McCarran in Sparks, Nevada was just that kind of place.
Yet, what blew me away was the amazingly delicious food! To get us started we split a Caprese Pizza. Oh my gosh, the fresh mozzarella cheese and sumptuous tomatoes dominoed perfectly on Naan bread with a basil pesto spread. Then to take it to incredible heights was a black truffle vinaigrette that was drizzled over the top. Getting a combination of all the elements in one bite was absolutely incredible.
As we began to catch up on our personal lives over the years I glanced around the open dining room. There was plenty of available seating and while we had arrived early, tables and booths were filling up very quickly towards the noon hour. I botched it and forgot to take a picture of our booth which contained a personal small tv to enjoy via satellite feed if we chose to do so (we didn’t).
Perusing the rest of the menu it was obvious that this was not just simple bar food when I noticed such items as Polenta cake, Yellowfin Ahi Ceviche and Linguini with clams. Woody’s Grille and Spirits in Sparks offers an assortment of top-notch food ranging from appetizers, salads and burgers to specialty sandwiches and entrees.
Seeing Shawn on this day for the first time in quite a while I saw that he had lost a tremendous amount of weight and looked fantastic! He and his wife had a complete lifestyle change with regards to food and the benefits were very apparent.
Of course I was expecting him to order a hearty dish like the old days when he told our waitress that he would have the Turkey Apple Chop Salad. To be honest when it arrived it did look and sound wonderful with a medley of apples, roasted turkey, red onions, candied walnuts, dried cranberries and yummy bleu cheese crumbles. There was an appropriate amount of honey white balsamic dressing splashed over it. Interesting as he declined to eat the bread (weight loss tip there).
You know me by now if you read my posts. When I’m doing a food post at home or restaurant review it’s going to often be some hearty and naughty dish. Their Smoked Sausage Sandwich was just that with Cracked pepper andouille sausage, onions and peppers sautéed with Jack Daniels, wonderfully melted provolone cheese with a spicy honey mustard spread on a soft, fresh French roll. I’m a macaroni salad addict so that was a no brainer to select from their other side options.
Woody’s Grille and Spirits in Sparks is a definite hidden gem that I’m sure will be getting a lot more attention. Some of the dishes are a few dollars more than what you might normally spend in a similar establishment but the quality of the food is well worth it!
This time Phoenix and I are sending a shout out to our friend, Debbie, at The Doglady’s Den! Of course her blog name immediately caught my eye a very long time ago. Yet, there were even more areas of interest in that my #1 Bucket List country is Germany and Debbie was born there! How ’bout them apples? She and her Italian husband now call Canada home enjoying some beautiful digs and recently celebrating 41 years of marriage! Debbie speaks both English and German and can dabble into French, Italian and Spanish. She puts up some fun photo and music posts with the latter going retro with the rock and psychedelic classics. Thank you so much for all of your support to Phoenix and I, Debbie! So please click on over to her blog at The Doglady’s Den!