Aug 192014

Going On A Road Trip

If a friend of your’s emailed you and said, “Hey, let’s meet for lunch at the Sasquatch for lunch in Verdi” what would your reaction be? I think of that scary beast that I feared every time I went out for night rides ATV’ing or snowmobiling. Even worse, the creature I knew that would come get me when I was sleeping in my tent when I was camping. Yesterday, I got over my over goofy ass fear.

Ok, I really didn’t. I’ve seen those Jack Link’s Jerky commercials. He will mess you up. But my kid, Phoenix, and I got to meet our close friend, Mike G, at The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill in Verdi, Nevada. Phoenix and I hopped into his Jeep. My favorite thing in the world to do is taking road trips with my Golden Retriever. To just get into his Jeep (yes, his Jeep) and we head out down the road with no itinerary. Only this time we were meeting our friend Mike G for lunch which only made it better.

Of course my co-pilot offered plenty of dialogue along the way. I hate him (kidding, of course, it’s part of our dialogue). And I tried something I’ve always wanted to and that is to take blind photos. Meaning to just snap and shoot while focused on something else while holding the camera with my right hand. For me, that was focused on the road and driving safe. This was with a camera not a cell phone Nevada law enforcement officers!

And I drove code three (lights and siren blaring) for 10 years as a medic or rescue responder with either the hand-held mic or fingers on the siren switch to alternate it with my right hand. So, don’t be judgmental and I love and respect ya guys and gals in the field for all the amazing work you do! I mean that. And that does NOT justify me not having two hands on the wheel for you kids out there.

Question, why are there birds chirping up a storm at 4:30 a.m. in the morning right now? Weird.

I would try this with my Canon snap and shoot camera in my right hand. Trust me, I got flat out lucky with several of these photos.

Ok, let’s get going! Lots of comments from my kid.

Phoenix My Golden Retriever On A Road Trip

“Let’s Roll!” Best road trip partner ever…

Still In Park

“It’s still in Park, dumb ass..” Ok, best smart ass road trip partner ever…

Radio Station

I’m not a fan of Elvis’ music. But, his ‘Suspicious Mind’ song came on. No hidden meaning whatsoever. Just a great road trip rhythm and beat.


The sunroof was open. What a glorious beautiful day!

East Verdi

You head out West on I-80 out of Reno and take the East Verdi exit.

Exit 5

That would be Exit 5.

Great Day For A Drive

I just wanted us to keep driving and not stop until we wound up at the ocean.


I’m mega respectful of bicyclist so we slowed way down and passed far to the left.

River Belle Market, Verdi, Nevada

If you are in Verdi and need groceries the River Belle Market has it. Ok, we didn’t go in there so hopefully they have it if you need something.

Verdi Mining Company, Verdi, Nevada

The Verdi Mining Company. So, we can go panning for gold and have spaghetti afterwards? Sweet!

United States Post Office, Verdi, Nevada

The US Postal Service is there for you, Crap, I forgot to mail a birthday card.

Verdi Armory Guns, Verdi, Nevada

On that yellow board. Verdi Armory. Guns. On a water tower. Hmm…we didn’t see any snipers.

GPS Golden Retriever

I have both GPS and GPP (Global Positioning Phoenix) in his Jeep.


“Gawd, this is fun! And I can’t see a damn thing!”


“Shit, there’s a policeman behind you, Daddy!”


I let off the accelerator.

Rearview Mirror

My failed attempt to take a pic of what was in my rear view mirror.


“LMAO!! There’s no one there, Daddy! Gotcha!” I hate him.

The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill, Verdi, Nevada

We were there and Mike G pulled up a minute later!

Outdoor Dining The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill, Verdi, Nevada

Check out this awesome outdoor dining deck.

My Friend Mike G

Our very close friend, Mike G. Gawd we love him!

Drinks At The Sasquatch Tavern Tavern And Grill, Verdi, Nevada

Our wonderful waitress, Sarah, started us out with drinks. I had caffeine free Sierra Mist. He went with the heavier Diet Coke. We would drive him home if necessary.

Cool Trees

Mike G can tell the coolest stories. I can just sit there and listen to him for hours. He always engages me in talk asking about my and Phoenix’s life. He grabbed my camera and took a snap shot, “Mike, I wonder how long those trees took to grow like that?” Very cool, huh?

Bar And Dining Room The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill, Verdi, Nevada

Another very close friend of our’s, Mike S, and I were in this bar many years ago. It was into the wee hours after a midnight ATV ride that we went on. Good times.

The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill Memorabilia Case, Verdi, Nevada

They have this awesome Sasquatch and Bigfoot memorabilia case.

Crispy Calamari The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill, Verdi, Nevada

Then our Crisp Calamari appetizer arrived. OMG. You can’t see what’s underneath.

Plate Of Crispy Calamari The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill, Verdi, Nevada

That’s a mushroom dijon cream sauce with parmesan cheese and scallions. There was a light crunch to the perfectly cooked calamari. But, this was insanely good! Mike and I didn’t talk much for a few minutes as our taste buds were captivated.

Half Pound Big Foot Burger

Mike got the half pound Big Foot Burger with onion rings. The toasted garlic, parmesan bread was a great glove for that mammoth burger. Red onions, cheddar cheese and some type of thousand island dressing caused Mike to only be able to eat half of the entree.

Best Shrimp Tacos Ever The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill, Verdi, Nevada

Folks, I have had plenty of authentic tacos including those in Mexico. These had a corn tortilla, crispy perfectly cooked shrimp, pico de gallo, chipotle sauce, shredded cheddar and avocado. Best. Taco. Ever. I’m so not kidding.

Phoenix And Mike G

Mike and my dog bonded 10 years ago. Phoenix absolutely idolizes him.

Phoenix And Me

Look carefully, We are looking in different directions. Remember him punking me on the police officer behind us? He says here, “There’s a coyote trotting down the middle of the highway. No, really.”

Coyote Verdi, Nevada

Well, I will be damned. I took me a bit to even get this pic.

Headed Home

Headed home. One happy Daddy. One happy Phoenix. This was a really good day.

I highly, highly recommend that any time you and your friend or the love in your life want something relaxing and fun, a great drive and amazing eats. Please take a drive out to to Verdi, Nevada to The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill. Ask for Sarah and I hope she’s working. Just don’t bring up the Yankees as my ball cap revealed. She’s a die hard Red Sox fan. Oy vey…

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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.

  70 Responses to “The Sasquatch Tavern And Grill in Verdi, Nevada”

  1. Dogs who lunch! Was Phoenix welcome on the restaurant deck? Dino went out to his first restaurant with us when little Montecristo and his people visited us in Philadephia. How far did you and your co – pilot drive to get to the restaurant? I always imagine Westerners driving vast distances to go places. Dude. A Yankees fan? Really? (Eye roll).

    • LOL to the Yankees! I’ve actually followed the Giants and A’s since I was a kid and my Yankees fandom is a tribute to my father who loved them all of this life since he was a little boy. I miss those talks. Ironically we only had drive 10 minutes from our house to get there. Phoenix was in his Jeep literally 10 feet from us but I didn’t push the bringing him on the deck part. It’s a place a highly recommend to locals for a beautiful little road trip and great food, Suzanne πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely photos….

  3. Just love Phoenix’s wise cracks! Now that our little fella has settled in and (fingers crossed) the weather is starting to warm up, we’ll get him out and about at some cafes.

    • Phoenix is a blast to take anywhere in his Jeep because he’s quite the animated rider in the shot gun seat, Caz! Looking forward to hearing about you venturing out with your little guy as well! πŸ™‚

  4. Your post made me smile. What a winning combination of ‘flavors’: good friends (two- and four-legged varieties), open road, sunny day, scrumptious-looking food consumed with lots of memories. Those kind of days are priceless. . .

  5. Looks like an awesome day! I always crack up at Phoenix’s smartass comments πŸ˜‰ and that food looks fantastic! You look really happy, Mike!

    • Yes, that was a great day a year and half ago, Chareese, and thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  6. —–Mike,
    I felt as if I had lunch w/ you. Serious. I love love love your photos.
    I love your HUGE circle of friends, that you take time for them.
    I Love your DOG so so so much! That face is exquisite.
    I love the photos of the food. DELISH.
    And I love you. x

    • Dang, that is great compliment on felt like you had lunch with me, Kim! But, if you did for real…trust me…you would know it *wink* xoxo’s! πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Mike,

    You are incredible!! How can you click pictures while driving? Have you ever been followed by a cop? Be careful friend…an aunt’s advice!
    Lovely food, awesome pictures, as usual and I love the expressions on the face of Phoenix…what a darling! He looks so inspired to give his best pose!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Ha, I’m always looking at the road. I would never endanger Phoenix. I take dozens or even hundreds of snaps of the camera blindly hoping that some come out, Balroop πŸ™‚

  8. ha! I love in Red Sox Nation. My in-laws are obsessed. And I’m from Yankee County (or whatever you call it) so my parents are obsessed with the Yankees.
    I worry for my kids.
    Honestly even if I’m not doing something else with one hand, I find it VERY hard to drive with two hands. I do for turning and whatnot but I have a very casual pose.

    • I’ve always got a hand on Phoenix or his paw on me, Tamara. He always wants us physically connected. It’s so very cool and not in any sort of annoying way. It’s very soft. And lordy are your guys and us going to have fun when I get back there baseball-wise! πŸ™‚

  9. β€œIt’s still in Park, dumb ass..” Ok, best smart ass road trip partner ever…”

    This photo cracked me up – the look in his yes is hilarious. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Patti! He is amazingly expressive to the moment and some folks have been able to see it to confirm and believe it in the Jeep πŸ™‚

  10. What a great idea to take photos the way you did for this post. It really does give the reader the feeling of going on a journey with the two of you πŸ™‚ And those tacos put the ones I made for dinner the other night to shame…

    • I liked the journey part of what you said, Jeri, and thank you! Wait until you the next tacos coming up in a post πŸ™‚

  11. Looks like a decadent but very enjoyable meal!

  12. That’s a heck of a blue sky you’ve got in Nevada – and I like the look of those tacos too!

    • Delicious tacos and blue sky for a perfect day, you just can’t go wrong with that G Bananas πŸ™‚

  13. Hey Mike, loved the post, the photos and the running commentary, although I must admit I was a little disappointed that you didn’t have a photo of ‘Our wonderful waitress, Sarah’ πŸ˜‰

    Like you mate the first thing that came to mind when I saw that you were going to have lunch at the Sasquatch was that they were going to serve you some nice rump from some human they snared in some snowfield somewhere πŸ˜€ Glad to see that they served you guys got some great tucker.

    • Ha! Ya, I always ask permission for the waitresses first and she was a “no”, Peter πŸ™‚ LOL…no,there was actual Sasquatch or Yeti on the plate!! That is FUNNY!!! πŸ™‚

    • As you should Mike. Oh well, at least you asked. I know when I was in Hollywood people loved posing for photos. Of course they all expected a tip in return.

      Speaking of tips, there’s some take around here about introducing tipping. Personally I don’t think it’s a great idea that they make it mandatory. Especially since out waitresses and such get paid so much more that they do in the States.

    • Ooooo…ya, I would 100% against mandatory tipping, Peter! Some folks here really don’t make as much money as you might think. Then again it can be the perspective of those whose own salary is lower than theirs. No strippers?? Holy bat tip…they make great money in tips from what I hear.

  14. Sounds like a great afternoon. I love the expressions on Phoenix’s face!

  15. Looks like you had an awesome road trip, Phoenix surely is a wonderful traveling companion ‘Global Positioning Phoenix’ – LOLEST! … am amazed how you take such good photos while driving πŸ™‚

    • The looks and conversation (literally out loud) from other motorists over the years has been absolutely hysterical and endearing, Rachel! You reminded me! I need to write a post on that! πŸ™‚

  16. Verdi is simply beautiful and I am always a respectful fan of the cocky coyote. πŸ™‚

    • Verdi is an escape back in time to really Small Town America, Elizabeth! And coyotes are not to be messed with it…at all! Great to hear from you! πŸ™‚

  17. You guys have such fun together. I need to ‘imaginarily’ (is that a word invite myself along to your next trip. Love the clicks too.

    • You would be MORE than welcome to join us on any trip, Bintu! Then you could see that all this stuff really happens and tell the other bloggers, “Wow, it’s for real!” πŸ™‚

  18. Dang, your tacos look so good! I’m so hungry now! And it’s cool that you guys saw a coyote – I see Phoenix perked up ready to defend you if needed. Gosh, I love Phoenix. He looks just like Brandon in that picture. We once saw a coyote on the golf course in Palm Desert. It was huge. Thankfully we were far away in our golf cart. It looks like you guys had a fun ride and a fun meetup with your friend! πŸ™‚

    • You need to send me a picture of Brandon, Dana! Coyotes with loose dogs are highly, highly dangerous. They hunt just like wolves and are lightening fast! We had one stalk us one day on a path out in a canyon. Not good. More tacos coming up (as of today) in a future post! πŸ™‚

  19. I have thought it before but seeing Phoenix with you in this photo I realise how BIG Phoenix is. I love the second Phoenix photo, of the post – I can really see his character and charm – he looks like he’s saying “What’s the problem will you hurry up pleeease!”. From your food photos in several posts I see that onion rings are popular in the States. Not so in Australia. I haven’t seen an onion ring in years, but I love anything to do with onion so I’m all for them. That is a lovely mix to hide under Calamari, I’ve not seen anything like that either. Calamari is very popular in Australia, but it usually comes on a plate with a dipping sauce and a small salad. I love seeing the differences. πŸ™‚

    • Ha, he looks a ton bigger with all that fur on, Jan! If you’ve looked at my other posts from this summer you can see the difference with his summer cut. Oh my gosh, if you guys and me can connect up sometime here in the States we will definitely get onion rings! I’m food envious of your Calamari πŸ™‚

  20. Hi Mike (& you Phoenix!!)

    O.K. First off, so-so sorry we’ve been ghosts as of late. Much like Sasquatch we’ve been seen a couple of times but no one’s sure if it’s us. lol πŸ˜‰ We’ve been tucked away in our writing room for the past two months working on our book. But we’re almost finished & soon will be regular bloggers again, thank goodness as we miss our blogging buds. Now, to the post. Phoenix is so absolutely adorable!! Luv the pics with the captions which we’re so fitting. Fav pic goes to the window pic his head outside. We wanted to gobble him up he was so dang cute!!!! xo <3 As for the road trip, nothing's better for clearing the mind & spreading some happiness than hitting the road with a dear friend & meeting another. And just think, with no Sasquatch sightings you escaped minus the beastly creature. Course my guess is Phoenix could have totally taken his ass out!!! lmao πŸ™‚ Great post hadn't seen this one! Thanks for sharing again! Hugs & kisses to you & Phoenix!! xo

    • Many hugs and kisses to the both of you as well, Inion and Mathair! He’s an incredible road trip partner and we do that frequently. As I’ve said above in comments….coyotes are not to be messed with! You ladies take care! πŸ™‚

  21. Haha I love Phoenix’s expressions in those photos. You seem to capture him well! πŸ™‚ And you always seem to find the best foods too! I love your food pics! That calamari dish looks amazing!!!

    • I love doing my food posts, Michelle! When it can involve a road trip with my kid it makes them 10 times more fun for me! πŸ™‚

  22. I really need to stop reading your food posts before bedtime. Now, I will be dreaming of delicious food especially that calamari. You know I love the banter between you two especially the ones in the car. What great shots and expressions you got. A fun day with good food and good company is always a blessing. Have a great weekend to the both of you.

    • I have just as much trouble writing food blogs because I wind up hungry as heck too, Mary! I wrecked my former Canon point and shoot camera and just bought a new one today. So, there will be new Jeep enroute photos coming up! πŸ™‚

  23. The look on Phoenix’s face with the caption “It’s still in park, dumbass!” HAHAH πŸ™‚ Mike’s burger makes me want a burger but your tacos? I always want tacos and the ones on the east coast are NOT the same. In fact, the Mexican restaurants here don’t even have green chili. For real. Have I told you that before? Just sad.
    Your photos turned out great – I even love the one of your camera in the rear view mirror (and Phoenix was probably just joshin’ you about the cop. That coyote though? Yikes! It looks to me like you boys had a wonderful day. Sunny blue skies, doggie grins, great food, an awesome friend = total win, you.

    • That is so funny you say that because…well, you will see in a forthcoming post from a lunch post visit I did earlier today, Kristi! It truly was a total win day. You can see it my face. And you can especially see it in his face! Hugs and Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚

  24. I love your road trip companion! You guys have such adventures together. I always love reading about them, and learning about the interesting places you find to eat. Your food pics have me salivating all the time πŸ™‚

    • Adventures….that is so spot on, Tarana! Yes, we have the most amazing times together! Thank you for the compliments always too! πŸ™‚

  25. Love the last shot Mike. Driving while distracted,or some similar statute?
    Where’s a cop when you need one? Oh wait, that’s you. *laugh*

    • Ha, ha that’s great and I’m always wondering where is a cop when you need one too, Maria! The texting and cell phone use is illegal here in Nevada and it drives me bonkers. I want to go Gomer Pyle on them, “Citizens arrest! Citizens arrest!” on our drives. Luckily taking dozens to hundreds of shots with my Canon Powershot camera while keeping my eyes straight on the road is not illegal. Lordy does it make it a bugger for editing time wise though! πŸ™‚

  26. Mike, Blind photos! Wow…new approach. I absolutely love the one of Phoenix with his mouth open, smiling, the wind picking up his ears. Love it! Also, the one of you two together is precious. BTW – food. That calamari is calling my name!

    • I know on the calamari right, Corinne?? Thank you so much for that nice compliment about Phoenix and me! We are actually contemplating (ok, I am…he’s asleep at my feet at this moment) a road trip here in the next hour. I have an idea as to where we will go πŸ™‚

  27. I love a good road trip! Nothing better than driving along with the music blaring and not having a care in the world!

    I can’t believe how good the photos turned out to say you weren’t looking, very impressed πŸ™‚

    • Yes, you nailed it right in my wheelhouse, Catherine! That’s exactly what I like to do and with the sunroof of the Jeep opened all the way back! I love “crank” the music too but keep it to a dull roar with Phoenix. Thank you for the photo compliments…it takes a lonnnng time to do all of the editing with how many I have to take lol πŸ™‚

  28. I love all the pictures of Phoenix! give that man a super big hug from me!

    • That’s so nice of you and thank you, Hilary! Big hug will be given shortly to him from you πŸ™‚

  29. I have so many places to go try from reading your food posts! I want to take my daughter there to check out the Bigfoot stuff! Food looks good!

    • What a great compliment and I think she will get a big (no pun intended) kick out of all of their paraphernalia, Tony! πŸ™‚

  30. To think that you can find Verdi in Nevada and Big Foot calamari too. I can see why you and Phoenix were enjoying yourselves.

    • Ha, that is funny Mette!! Made me laugh out loud literally! Yes, it was a great day πŸ™‚

  31. Hi Mike, that was a fun road trip to a delicious destination. You did very welll with your blind photos. I particularly like the photos of Phoenix in different positioning and moods. It’s always fun to meet up with a good friend over a nice meal. Sasquatch certainly looks like wlorth a long drive. Calamari is my favorite guilty pleasure and I like the California style tacos. I’m sure I’ll enjoy this joint.

    • Oh thank you Marisol and sorry for the delayed (and I’m sure understood) response. Yes, that was an incredibly special day for him and I. The blind photos were so much fun but wow I had to take a lot of them to get the “right one” despite how photogenic Phoenix was πŸ™‚

  32. The calamari looks amazing. I LOVE calamari. Actually any seafood. Sounds SO yummy!

    • Ah, yet another reason we are good friends Krystle – our mutual love of seafood πŸ™‚

  33. Oh Mike, what wonderful moment in time! That food looks incredible…and look how happy Phoenix looked on the day.
    Wished he was still here, but glad you shared him on here.
    The food looks incredible – love the sounds of those Tacos – we love Mexican food.
    Sending you love xx

    • Thank you Lisa and I miss him terribly. Methinks I may have dove into these old comments to catch up on a bit too soon. Very teary eyed. I hope all of you are doing wonderful today, my wonderful friend πŸ™‚

  34. What an imaginative way to document a tale of a road trip. Love the doggie and those big wide open roads. It reminds me of my travels in Africa when I drove from Botswana to the West Coast of Namibia. Only thing was that I didn’t have the pleasure of a pooch’s company. Maybe I should do it again?

    • Most definitely you should do it again and you can never go wrong with a loyal doggie kid at your side for any road trip, Wanda πŸ™‚

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