Foodie finds in Reno
With a foodie movement taking this city by storm, visitors are eager to be greeted with a vast array of dining options sure to please any discerning palate. Here we’ll take you through some favorite spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a few other mentionables.
The most important meal of the day
We’ve all been told not to skimp on breakfast, and there are many restaurants ready to make that commitment happen. If you’re in the mood for eggs and bacon with a twist head to the famous Squeeze In. With six locations dotting the Sierra, this place is rockin with what seems like endless omelet options, as well as other delectable dishes. In 2010, the Squeeze In was featured on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” on the Food Network. The family who owns and operates the restaurants was described as, “the nicest competitor in the history of Throwdown,” by celebrity Iron Chef Bobby Flay.
For a quaint early meal destination, try Crème Cafe in Midtown. They serve killer French toast and have a wide selection of crepes and other suitable nosh. Daughters Café also makes delicious breakfast including shirred eggs and Dutch babies. Don’t forget to order a few beignets, they are what dreams are made of.
Out to lunch
When it’s time to satisfy that midday craving in Midtown, head to Great Full Gardens Café and Eatery. These folks have meals to satisfy any type of diet and are opening an additional location in south Reno. The refreshing menu includes favorites like the heirloom caprese salad, paleo lunch bowl and soups by Geno the Soup Man (if you don’t know who that is you should definitely Google this brilliant star of several local kitchens and marketplaces). What started as Gourmelt, one of the best food trucks in town, expanded a few years ago to a brick-and-mortar location named Two Chicks. Committed to serving comfort food with friendly, warm service, you can still find the best grilled cheese sandwiches alongside many other tasty options. A word to the wise, do not park anywhere marked no parking near these restaurants. You will get towed, and it will make that lunch bill a few hundred dollars more than what you had budgeted.
One of the newish hotspots in Reno is BFF Café located on West Plumb Lane. You will truly feel like part of the crew when you walk in, and their menu consists of friendly dishes leaving you with a smile — like the cauliflower pizza that is gluten-free, bad carb-free and just about calorie-free! Down the street you’ll find Mayberry Landing filled with great eateries including Buenos Grill, Walden’s Coffee House and Eclipse Pizza.
For a memorable meal head to Reno’s Riverwalk District. Chez louie inside the Nevada Museum of Art serves fun, French-inspired cuisine at affordable prices. Plus, once you’re finished you can take a peek at the current exhibit in one of the best museums around. Sushi lovers should head to Reef Sushi and Sake. This place offers a unique blend of Japanese cuisine fused with the island flavors of Hawaii for all-you-can-eat or a la carte options. They also have a great menu of appetizers to go swimmingly alongside the nigiri, long rolls and hand rolls.
In Sparks, stop by Great Basin Brewery on Victorian Avenue for a house brewed beer and traditional pub fare. Definitely go for the willy dillys. Great Basin also has a location in south Reno. Speaking of which, Twisted Fork is the place to go on that side of town. Their self-proclaimed mantra: The Twisted Fork provides amazing food without a snooty dining experience.
A little something extra
Whether it’s a sweet tooth, a nightcap or a midnight snack, The Biggest Little City has you covered. Homage beckons anyone with a sugar craving with their array of baked goods. Or head to Old Granite Street Eatery where their snacks and desserts menu is truly inspired. Try their deviled eggs, housemade pickled vegetables, butterscotch pudding and chocolate pate. Yum!
To find the authentic artisan cocktail, belly up to the bar at Pignic Pub and Patio for libations. This community grill and sports parlor will not disappoint with top bartenders shaking, stirring or pouring things up.
While you’re in town be sure to dine. Enjoy. And dine again.