Aug 042014

Flowing Tide Pub, Reno, Nevada

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. Flowing Tide Pub, Reno, Nevada

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.Flowing Tide Pub, Reno, Nevada

We looked at their menu and were able to make our choices. I like the Flowing Tide Pub symbol as living in landlocked Reno, Nevada it gives me the feeling of an old world, coastal escape.Flowing Tide Pub, Reno, Nevada

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.Flowing Tide Pub, Reno, Nevada

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 them before and their cod fish battered in Sam Adams Boston Lager for the fish and chips are legendarily good here locally.Flowing Tide Pub, Reno, Nevada

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!”Flowing Tide Pub, Reno, Nevada

By the way, those were also some of the best onion rings I’ve ever had. The breading was not remotely oily and the onion itself had a soft yet crisp snap when you took a bite. Perfection indeed.Flowing Tide Pub, Reno, Nevada

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.Flowing Tide Pub, Reno, Nevada

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.Phoenix, Golden Retriever

 What is your favorite pub to visit?

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  74 Responses to “Flowing Tide Pub Reno, Nevada Is An Escape To The Old World”

  1. Very good looking pics of everything at the Flowing Tide. I think I have only been there once, for drinks and I don’t remember it too well. Love the décor. It will always remind me of the song.. Santeria by Sublime. I heard it the first time here and once the song started playing, the whole place was singing it! I of course was out of the loop but I will always associate Flowing Tide and Santeria together. One of my all time favorite songs. As good as those pics look, the one of you and Phoenix trumps them all! After everything he’s been through, love seeing that smile!

    • That is awesome on the Santeria’s “Sublime” memory there, Tony! Very fun that the entire place started singing. Thank you for the compliment on the photo of Phoenix. Amazing that we just didn’t know at that point as that was still weeks away. But, he was putting up his Golden smile regardless 🙂

  2. Curse your food posts! I’m about to climb into bed and now I’m craving a cheesesteak. Not that this is something new, I’m always craving something at bedtime. Ah well, I now have another new place to try.

  3. Woah, the lobster ravioli looks amazing! As I’m sitting here looking at a bowl of porridge (no honey, no cream), it certainly looks something I could do with right now!

    • Not any fruit with your porridge either, Johanna?? 🙂 The ravioli was amazing and how wonderful to hear from you! 🙂

  4. As a Philly girl, it was with great relief that I saw that they/you didn’t try to call that a Philadelphia cheese steak. What’s ironic is that they may well have used Philadelphia cream cheese! My best pub memory is actually of one set in a moor (or what looked and felt like a moor) on the Cornwall peninsula in England. Desolate–check. Misty–check. Windswept — check. Fire–check. Not another tourist in sight (possibly because we were lost—for a change). I felt like we were in a Thomas Hardy novel. Soup of the day was an amazing home made mushroom soup.

    • I absolutely LOVED that story of Cornwell, England Suzanne! I don’t have an in person one but my memory goes to, of course, a movie – “American Werewolf In London” when the boys alone on the trail. And that mushroom soup sounds delicious! Ha, great point on the Philly cream cheese likely having been used…I never even thought of that. Great call our friend 🙂

  5. Your ravioli looks amazing. And it’s been awhile since I’ve had a good cheese steal sandwich, so I’d love to try the one here!

    • I had never had one with cream cheese on it and it blew my mind! I need to make one of those at home, Dana! 🙂

  6. Great post! Sounds like the food was really good, and I always love a good pub story. There are a lot of great pubs in London, but my favorite is one called the Holly Bush in Hampstead. It has lots of old world charm and great fireplaces for cold winter days. You’ll have to visit if you get over to London!

    • I absolutely love pulling up menus (as long as they are in English) when folks mention them, A Lady In London! So I pulled up the Holly Bush and that looks and sounds amazing! I’ll have a scotch egg for a starter then that Goat cheese sandwich! That made me smile…send restaurant stuff anytime you like! 🙂

  7. Aww what a great photo of you and Phoenix at the end there, Mike! Kudos to YOUR friend Mike for taking it!

    I do love a good pub! In fact, it’s always been a “dream” of mine to have a pub close to my house where everyone knows your name, just like in Cheers! When we finally found what will soon be our new apartment, I was totes excited that, right downstairs, is an Irish pub! Hopefully the food will be as good as the food you guys had here!

    • Ahhh…great description with the Cheers comparison, Jess! That’s my kind of place…and btw…what is the name of it?? I enjoy looking up places online from blogger friends as I just mentioned above 🙂 I will pass on the photo compliment to Mike and thank you! 🙂

  8. I don’t have a favorite pub per se, but Bardenay is a great place I like to visit here in Idaho. They distill their own liquor, which is pretty neat. I’m always on the lookout for great fish and chips!

    • Sweet!! Everyone is on a roll today with mentioning the names of the pubs for me to look up! Let’s see from Bardenay I would order the grilled satay skewers, trout spread and then a bacon wrapped filet with the blue cheese butter. And yes I caught the fish and chips too and I’m totally with you on that 🙂

  9. Hmmm. We have a pub near here but never been. Now we have to. Their specialty is Cajun which I usually hate eating out because I can usually make it better than most (my former roommate was full on Cajun). The last I remember was years ago in Missouri where I first came across Durkee’s Famous Sauce that went with their amazing garlic roasted beef sandwiches! I’m still reeling from the cream cheese added to the sandwich up there – wow what a brilliant idea! As usual you’ve inspired!! Hug Phoenix from me and tell him he’s the world’s greatest dog!

    • Oh lordy….turn about is fair play as all of you NOW have me drooling! Cream cheese with spinach on a garlic roasted beef sandwich??? I want one now, Nan!! I always worry about Cajun dishes being too hot. What would your input be on that? 🙂

    • I input that it’s as hot as you want it to be. You work your way up to the heat you want (or don’t). I lived in Southern Louisiana for 6 years. My first gumbo was mega yummy but not spicy hot. My first dinner at friends’ house, the boiled potatoes were reddish in color but I didn’t know why. Cayenne powder. Burned mouth. Whoa. Six years later when I moved to where my parents lived, it took awhile to adapt to such bland food (smile). A lot of Cajun food isn’t spicy at all!

    • I am totally good with some dishes having a little bite to them just not scorching my mouth, Nan. I need to get a good Cajun cooking book so I can make some gumbo *wink*

  10. Looks like a comfortable place to eat American Soul Food! I think I gained two pounds looking at it:-)

    • Ha, that could be a great cross cuisine, Irene, having Soul-Pub fare! I like it! 🙂

  11. Hi Mike,

    Your food updates are so tempting that I have to watch my weight!! I think I have put on 2 pound just within last 2 weeks! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing lovely pics, they make me think that your concentration is more focused on clicking pics than eating that sumptuous food!

    • Ya know, there is actually a lot of truth to that, Balroop! My focus is on the photography and I have such wonderfully supportive, patient friends who love to see me doing one of the things that I LOVE! 🙂 At the same time, as you’ve read in the details of each post, I get my friends involved in them so they become part of the final product! 🙂

  12. Darn it! Why must you torment me, as I live nowhere near Reno?
    I love lobster ravioli.
    And I’m just so happy.. that what you didn’t know back in May.. is true now.
    Cancer free.

    • First and foremost thank you soooo much for the Phoenix recognition, Tamara! Now hang on…you live on the East Coast so I would think you guys have access to amazing fresh seafood for starters….then ravioli. No?? I feel you though as it is my FAV ravioli hands down! Oooo…I will bring this when Phoenix and I come over for our Pumpkin Stew Feast at your place! 🙂

  13. Aw, I love that picture of you and Phoenix! Mike, I’ve put on 20 lbs reading your food/restaurant posts, dammit. My Beau just took me last night to a pub in the middle of nowhere. He said I would love it and he was right. It’s an English themed, with horsey decor and a fantastic, lush patio out back. They even have an area for people to tie up their horses, if they want to stop in for a beer. 🙂

    • Lisa…Phoenix and I deeply appreciate that most importantly of all! Secondly…don’t get your husband mad at me regarding food! 🙂 I’m sure you are as slender as ever and how fun on the pub!! You can actually tie up your horses outside??? Please send me the name of this place so I can check it out online!! Thank you 🙂

  14. I love reading about all your food experience and this last photo is amazing!

  15. Mike, Ok, I’ve got to get to Reno next year sometime…both those dishes sound amazing. The pot stickers reminded me of a time in Tokyo when I went to a popular gyoza restaurant…and spilled all the sauce down my blouse…Yeah! Graceful, I’ve always been!

    • Ha, ha if there is something that can be spilled on clothing I’m always first in that line, Corinne! Pot stickers in Tokyo…I loved reading that 🙂

  16. everything looks so delicious!!! It is amazing.. You make me hungry at 7 AM with these posts!

  17. Mike, each of your dish posted here is just mouth-watering. I want the recipe for this lovely treat!! 🙂

  18. Those onion rings look absolutely delicious! Would love to give those a try 🙂

    • Those onion rings were the “sleeper” of the entire lunch, Becky! As in I never “saw” that coming in how amazing they were! 🙂

  19. Oh, that ravioli looks AMAZING! I’m starving, now, looking at all of your mouthwatering photos! I’ve never been to Reno – would love to get there someday.

    • Thank you for the compliment on my photos, Amy! Reno can be a lot of fun but the surrounding areas of Virginia City, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Mountains are where you will find some amazing beauty! So great to hear from you 🙂

  20. My favourite pub ever was one we visited regularly 35 years ago in Devon, England. It had a dark timber bar, (just how the Flowing Tide is reminiscent of England) and was so tiny, it just had room for the bar, crammed with momentos, a fireplace, barstools and a ledge seat beneath the front windows. This was before the day of no smoking rules and on a saturday night we occasionally opened a door to get some fresh air. Do you know Mike, that pot stickers are my favourite snack food and Lobster Ravioli is a rare delight for me too. How I wish I was having that for dinner tonight. Good photo of you and Phoenix. I am sure I will dream of Lobster Ravioli tonight, good!

    • Oh that’s awesome that you love pot stickers as much as I do, Jan! I made my own here at home this past year and they turned out amazing! Your pub story is fantastic and the cozy and quaint ambience (sans smoke) would be right my alley! Hopefully you can have some Lobster Ravioli soon 🙂

  21. ” … 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 exclaim out loud, “OH MY GAWD!! …” *damn you killing me*

    Love the decor, the atmosphere also looks great and the place seems to have an extensive menu for a pub.

    • LOL, you just made me smile and laugh, Rachel! Thank you! Yes, there is an extensive menu and funny you just mention that. I prefer menus with a much more dialed down set of options. Just my preference. We hope you are having a great day! 🙂

  22. I enjoyed this posting, the food sounds great. Say Hi to Mike for me the next time you see him. Pete.

    • Hey Pete it’s great to hear from you, sir! Thank you for the compliment and I will most definitely tell Mike you said next time I see him. Which is hopefully soon 🙂

  23. That Cheesesteak is absolutely mouth-watering. I haven’t had the pleasure yet of having that though. I wonder if it’s available in the Philippines. Or better yet, if I can make it myself! (Yeah, right). Your friend is a good photographer. Love his shot of Phoenix there. xxx to him!

    • I will pass on the compliment to our friend Mike for sure, Aleah! You could totally make this at home as it’s not hard at all, our friend! Phoenix says hi to your kitties 🙂

  24. Well, you had me at “seafood” Mike and then you mentioned “Pot Stickers” and followed that up with Lobster Ravioli! YUM! 😀 I like onion rings too, but that steak sandwich looked a little gross. LOL Obviously a great place to eat. We just came back from Frankenmuth, Michigan aka “Little Bavaria” and the food was superb there, everywhere. I also had a lobster ravioli that was melt-in-your-mouth good. Bon Appetit!

  25. I’ll bet the cream cheese made that cheesesteak amazing!!! YUM and now I’m hungry. Also, there is no lobster dish that I don’t like and your lobster ravioli looks incredible. And huge bummer about your camera lens but how awesome that Mike got that great photo of you both!!!

    • I’m tellin’ ya Kristi, that cream cheese is what sent it over the top to amazing!! I can’t wait to make it here at home. LOL…according to Mike I guess I had quite the look of beyond horror when I dropped my lens. It was my ridiculous fault and could have easily been avoided. Thank you for the photo compliment! 🙂

  26. Your question regarding pubs brings great memories to mind of places far away from home. When in Green Bay, WI we love Gippers which is all about football heroes naturally. In a 15th century town near London is the Boars Inn and the locals gave us a wonderfully friendly evening of homespun stories.
    You’ve convinced me to check out the sandwich and ravioli on our next trip through Reno to California.
    Phoenix looks so sad on that photo and I’m thrilled to see how well he is now.

    • Green Bay is definitely a place I want to get to someday for the history of the Packers, Neva! And in London…just the name “Boars Inn” paints a picture of incredible mystique! I love that. Thank you for sharing…neat stuff 🙂

  27. For a minute I thought perhaps you’d moved to another country to satisfy your hungers pangs because I didn’t think you guys had “pubs”. It started to make sense the further I read into your post.So, it was styled on an English establishment. The decor looked pretty good except that the Hawaiian statue thingy looked a little out of place.

    Must admit the food looked pretty good too. No wonder your taste buds were dancing with delight 😉

    • Yes sir, it’s the best we can do here in Reno to live vicariously, pretending to be in a “real” pub 🙂 Definitely some good eats either way!

    • LOL. Being an Aussie we have a lot of pubs and pub meals are really popular. Almost as popular as the beer. 😉

    • I hope to get to one of them someday when I’m down there, Peter! Have a great day 🙂

  28. You’ve got me drooling for fish and chips now. It’s so hard to find a decent version of this classic dish these days.

    • A few years ago at a different restaurant here in town I had fish and chips (which I love too) made with salmon! Oh my gosh they were amazing, Mette! 🙂

  29. The food looks delicious ! I love seafood and would definitely not say no to lobster ravioli although onion rings and Pork Pot stickers sounds great as well.

    • No wonder we are such good friends, Freya! My kind of girl and yes it was all sooooo yummy 🙂

  30. Looks delicious…

  31. Mike, you just made me very hungry and inspired us to visit a pub. We just visited an Irish pub last weekend in Oregon and it was great. Gosh, those onion rings look so delicious. Love, love that photo of you and Phoenix.

    • Hey, that’s a sign of a good post if the reader gets hungry right, Mary? 🙂 Oh how fun on the pub in Oregon and glad you guys enjoyed it. Oh my gosh that you guys were that close to Reno! If you ever get here we would sure like to see you! 🙂

  32. Oh my, to be able to indulge like this. How absolutely wonderful. We had a pub in the Ferguson Valley (in the South West of Western Australia) called the Wild Bill. This pub had great views combined with amazing burgers, beers and ciders. And, it was right at the trail head for a great mountain bike ride. Sadly, it closed, and no replacement has popped up just yet. I’ll be relying on your photos for some time, I think. Thanks!

    • No these are the kind of pub stories I LOVE to hear, Wanda! The Flowing Tide is wannabe, the Wild Bill was the real thing! I’m so sorry they shut it down and I hope you guys get a replacement soon! 🙂

  33. Hi Mike, reading this post with an empty stomach is not definitely a good idea. The sight of that lobster raviols in the opeing shot made my stomach grumbled vionlently. Flowing Tide sounds a like a great pub. Too bad I no longer travel to Reno on business, but hey you’ll never know. Will definitely keep it in mind to check out when I return. Now I have to get lunch!

    • If you and/or Keith ever make it to Reno I hope your first priority is to look up Phoenix and me, Marisol! We would LOVE to see you both in person! It is a fun pub but then I read about folks who have real pubs in a real environment…i.e. “on a trailhead in Australia..” or “in the moors in England…” 🙂 Ya know, commenting on the this post on an empty stomach wasn’t a good idea either as now I’m hungry too! Great to hear from you! 🙂

  34. We don’t have a favorite pub as such, but I do have a few favorite places that we go out to on a weekend…and have a favorite dish! Spicey “Bang Bang Chicken and Prawn Curry” dish.
    I so love the photo of you and Phoenix – love sent to you both.
    And gee you are making me hungry xxx

    • I definitely don’t mind having a little bite of spice to some of my dishes but when I hear curry I become cautious. I know you and family find some really fun places on the road to eat though nothing would beat your home cooking, Lisa 🙂

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