Reno's budget friendly food and drink options
Dining out is one of the great pleasures of a Reno getaway — no shopping, cooking or cleanup, and all that excellent food and drink. Yes, it comes at a price, but it doesn't have to be one that busts the budget. Whether you've brought along the kiddos or are taking an adults-only break, there's premium fare at economy prices for everyone.
Take it from locals, who voted The Buffet at Eldorado Resort Casino one of the top three Northern Nevada buffets in 2014. It's hard to beat the prices, variety and consistent quality. (Adults $9.99, children ages 4-10 $4.99, Monday-Thursday).
Eat big, but not buffet big, at Rosie's Café at the Nugget Casino Resort. Try to remember the last time you had a three-egg ham and cheese omelet with potatoes and toast for $7.75. Breakfast served 6 a.m. to midnight.
If a huge breakfast doesn't appeal, check out Reno Provisions, 100 N. Sierra St., where prices on the a la carte menu range from $2.99 to $7.99. The cafeteria style-restaurant is the creation of award-winning chef Mark Estee. It features local produce, eggs and meats.
Share a New York style sandwich (with 10 ounces of meat, it's share-worthy) at Atlantis Casino Resort's Manhattan Deli ($11 to $13). Split a piece of New York cheesecake ($7), and you'll be tempted to skip dinner.
Stop in at Wedge Cheese Shop, 16 St. Lawrence Ave., where owner and cheese whiz Laura Conrow and her well-trained staff aim to please. Try a gourmet sandwich ($8) or a mix-and-match cheese plate for two ($15). Make your own meal with any of its 120 cheeses and something savory or sweet to accompany them, including wine and beer. Eat in, outside or picnic at a local park. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is a beauty.
Small plates at Pearl Oyster Bar and Grill at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino are big on taste. Prices start at $6.50 for a Bay Shrimp Louie wrap. Wash it all down with a $4.50 microbrew. Small plates area available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Looking for a sushi fix? The all-you-can-eat option at Reef Sushi and Sake, 50 N. Sierra St., might give a non-sushi lover sticker shock, but those who can't get enough know better. (Adults $18.95, ages 12 and younger, $12.95). Included are appetizers, miso soup, house salad, dessert and a view of the Truckee River.
If Charlie Palmer Steakhouse at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is off the table, hit Charlie Palmer lounge (5-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) for $5 drinks and appetizers. You'll experience famous restaurateur Charlie Palmer's signature food and drink without the price tag.
Happy hour is an everyday event at Atlantis Casino Resort's Bistro Napa (from 4-6 p.m.). The menu includes more than a dozen small plates, starting at $4. Try a $6 signature cocktail (or two).
Gourmet, wood-fired pizza lovers will want to take a drive to South Creek Pizza, 45 Foothill Road. All of its handcrafted pizzas are 12 inches, starting at $7 for the kid's cheese pizza. Small plates ($5 to $11), salads ($6 to $10), and tap beers or wine round out the meal.
When Don Carano opened the Eldorado Resort Casino, he couldn't afford to hire Frank Sinatra, so he decided his restaurants would star. Make reservations at award winning La Strada for the early-bird dinner from 5-6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. The mushroom ravioli ($13.95) is legendary.
Peppermill's Café Milano Comfort Food menu is served 24 hours a day Monday through Friday. The food isn't the only thing that will bring comfort — prices between $7.95 and $8.95 will warm your heart.