After a freezing, cold day at The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, the weather seemed to stick overnight and a light blanket of snow covered the hills surrounding Gold Hill Hotel. Since a full day in Reno was planned, a good hearty breakfast is what was needed to start the day. All bundled up, a drive to Virginia City was first on the agenda to answer the hungry growls. Virginia City is a little higher in elevation than Gold Hill. As the car crested the top of C Street, orange/yellow lantern streets lights were reflected from the blanket of snow on the streets, houses, and businesses along this main street through town. Due to the pub crawl the night before, the streets were eerily hushed with silence as Sunday slumber still gripped the town.
One of the only places open for breakfast is The Canvas Café. The Canvas Café’s memorable preview of breakfast at the Taste of the Comstock last year made a lasting impression with perfectly buttered sourdough toast, scrambled eggs, and thick, meaty cut bacon. Chef Richard Oates was up bright and early to get breakfast service going. Alexia Sober was out procuring supplies for the day. They had almost non-stop service during the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and nearly depleted their inventory. In a tiny town like Virginia City, that is great news. Since it was a slow start to breakfast with only two parties, Chef Richard, with his Scottish accent, had time to shoot the breeze and talk about the Fry.
A standard breakfast of scrambled eggs, 4 slices of thick-cut bacon, buttered sourdough toast, and breakfast potatoes hit the spot. The scrambled eggs were perfectly fluffy. The thick cut bacon strips were amazing and 4 slices at that. You’re lucky to get 2-3 thinly sliced strips at any chain restaurant. The sourdough toast was toasted and buttered just right. The thinly sliced red potatoes were thoroughly cooked and seasoned to perfection. It was definitely a power-packed breakfast to start another very cold morning. Rating: 5/5
Omelet of the Day’s combination choice was given to Chef Richard. He made an omelet of mushrooms, bacon, smoked salmon, and parmesan cheese. It was served with buttered sourdough toast and breakfast potatoes. The omelet had a lot of flavors packed into it from the salty thick-cut bacon to the smoky flavor from the salmon. The mushrooms added texture and body to the omelet while the parmesan added a strong cheesy flavor without all of the oily gooeyness. Another well-built breakfast! Rating: 5/5
With bodies recharged, it was time to head back to the Gold Hill Hotel and pack up the car. It is an hour and half drive to our next destination, Animal Ark in Reno, NV. Stay tuned!
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 4 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
For more information:
The Canvas Café
110 North C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440, United States
Parking: Street parking
Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon + Crown Point Restaurant
1540 Main St.
Gold Hill, NV 89440
Parking: Free parking in front of the hotel and behind.