If you're planning to spend the day exploring Reno, you're bound to get hungry. Not to worry, there are abundant options for lunch and dinner, in all price ranges, to please just about every palate. We've got the best of dining in Reno, no matter what time of day. If you're in the downtown corridor, there are plenty of options, but don't hesitate to get off the beaten path and see what else the biggest little city has on offer.
South Creek Pizza Co. (45 Foothill Road. 775-622-1620) — Using only the best ingredients, both locally and internationally sourced, South Creek Pizza is doing pizza the old-fashioned way. They use dough imported from Italy that is cold fermented for more than 48 hours to create soft crust. Pizzas are baked for roughly a minute and a half in a 900 degree Stephano Ferrara brick oven (it comes from Naples, too).
The menu is back to basics, especially for lunch. Choose from salads, sandwiches, and pizza offering a variety of flavors (there are plenty of gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options available). Start with the Daggi salad, which is a delectable combination of lettuce, smoked blue cheese crumbles, bacon, grape tomatoes, avocado, and red onion. Top it off with the housemade blue cheese dressing. The pizzas are made from simple ingredients: tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, garlic, sea salt, and EVOO. Or, if you're feeling more adventurous, try Ian's Italian sandwich, with layers of prosciutto, mortadella, hot sopressata, fresh mozzarella, and plenty of veggies.
Prices here are reasonable, making for a good meal on a budget. The rustic decor evokes an old Italian restaurant and the bar offers prime views of the pizza oven. You can even explore the photo gallery before heading over to whet your appetite.
Wild River Grille (17 South Virginia Street. 775-284-7455) — Voted Reno's best restaurant and Reno's best patio, the Wild River Grille offers a range of dishes and drinks, along with beautiful views of the Truckee River. Go in the summer around sunset and enjoy a leisurely meal while people-watching. Wild River Grille was opened in 2007 in the historic Riverside Hotel, offering fresh, local cuisine and celebrating music, art, and nature. The bar is made from an old Ponderosa Pine and the dining room evokes dining in nature.
The dinner menu offers small plates, salads, entrees, and more. Start with the caprese bruschetta, made with oven roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and garlic basil pesto. There are seafood and steak offerings, ranging from coconut crusted mahi mahi or a grilled to perfection ribeye steak. You can even add toppings to your steak: sunny side up duck egg or Oscar style, with fresh lump crab. If something a little more traditional appeals, try the housemade meatloaf, made with a blend of portabella mushrooms, ground beef, and Italian sausage, and topped with a mushroom ragout.
If you've managed to save room for dessert, you can't go wrong with the flourless chocolate torte or a sweet drink, like The Cannoli, with Ciroc Amaretto Vodka and Vanilla Cinnamon Baileys with a dash of cream.
Heritage at The Whitney Peak (255 North Virginia Street. 775-398-5454) — From Chef Mark Estee comes Heritage, serving farm fresh, local cuisine and seeking to define Nevada's cuisine. The very foundation of this city is built on dreamers and risk takers and Heritage is no different. Start by getting to know the local farmers Estee and his team source their produce, meat, and dairy from.
Whether you're just looking for a snack or a full meal, Heritage has everything from small plates, like "Fried" Reno Provisions Bologna, served with fruit mostarda and house mustard. The lunch menu is divided into plants and animals and offers more than half a dozen gluten free options. If you're sticking to your resolution of eating healthy, try a salad, but if you're feeling a little more adventurous, try the open-faced sandwich which, according to the menu, changes daily.
The only difference between the lunch and dinner menus is that the animals change slightly.Try the Big Ass 16 ounce Heritage Pork Chop, served with smokey cowboy beans, grilled green onions, and pork jus. Be sure to save room for drinks and dessert.
No matter where you end up, you're sure to find a great meal.
Written by Brianna Soloski.