By Charlie Johnston
“The biscuits and gravy are the best in Northern Nevada,” says Paul Carlson as he exits the Courtyard Café & Bakery. Talk to many Fallonites, and they will likely share Carlson’s sentiment about one or more of the restaurant’s dishes.
Since opening in December 2008, the Courtyard Café has built an impressive local following, and it’s no surprise why. “We pride ourselves in homemade food, baked and made fresh daily,” says owner Deb Nelson. “Fresh food just tastes better.” Nelson takes full advantage of produce from local outlets such as Lattin Farms and Workman Farms and is constantly searching for fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables from small farms in California.
Making a bad selection from the menu would be mission impossible, but some other dishes that stand out alongside the biscuits and gravy are hot cinnamon rolls, a ham sandwich with sliced apple and cheddar cheese, and the Southwest Omelet (pictured above).
The melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon rolls are served fresh from the oven and lightly drizzled with homemade frosting. The ham sandwich with sliced apple and cheddar is served on grilled raisin bread, giving it a unique, Zen-like balance between salty and sweet. The accompanying salad with tangy homemade vinaigrette is unbelievably fresh and worthy of meal status all by itself. The fluffy, surprisingly light Southwest Omelet comes piled high with fresh homemade salsa, sour cream, and avocados. Spicy sausage and bell peppers combine for a complex but not overwhelming spice, and creamy Monterey Jack cheese seemlessly pulls everything together.
Courtyard Café & Bakery
55 E. Williams Ave., Fallon
Breakfast & lunch: Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
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