Eat (Drink) Local Guide
Your Guide to Reno-Tahoe’s Best Dining
Café at Adele’s When you step inside the beautiful, historic home in which Adele’s resides, you are enveloped in a charming space. Open since 1977, the restaurant features talented fourth-generation chef Charlie Abowd. You’ll find waffles, crêpes, and more for breakfast; meat from animals that were sustainably raised, humanely treated, and free-range on the lunch and dinner menus. Other choices include seafood, steak, pasta, duck, lamb, and more with a focus on organic, sustainable, and local ingredients. Breakfast and lunch 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. daily. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. daily. Lounge menu until 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 1112 N. Carson St.; 775-882-3353; http://www.Adelesrestaurantandlounge.com.
Plan: B Micro-Lounge This contemporary performance lounge is what a true listening venue should be. Focusing on local artists, original music, and acoustic quality, Plan: b has become well known as a musician-friendly venue where the area’s best musicians release their latest compositions and lyrical creations. All genres of music are represented. Performances Wed., Thurs., Fri., and Sat. Hours vary. Inside Sassafras: 318 N. Carson St.; 775-887-8879; http://www.Planbmicrolounge.com.
Sassafras This independent “Chalkboard-style” restaurant has the luxury of offering an ever-changing menu that reflects locally available products and a variety of different cuisines. Best described as eclectic, you will not be able to find their signature creations elsewhere. Sassafras commits wholeheartedly to freshness by using whole foods; local farms, breweries, wineries, bakeries, and coffee roasters; and organic products whenever possible. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon – Sat. and 4 – 9 p.m. Sun. 318 N. Carson St.; 775-887-8879; http://www.Sassafrascarsoncity.com.
Buona Sera Ristorante & Bar Under the direction of award-winning Milano-born Chef Francesco, the dining experience and environment at Buona Sera are designed to bring harmony to the senses and spirit. The menu and cuisine emphasize the perfume and the flavor of nature without over-manipulation or over-presentation. The chef searches for the best natural and organic ingredients and, when possible, sources locally. You’ll find made-from-scratch ravioli, gnocchi, risottos, sauces, and dressings. The Black Angus beef is natural, has no hormones or antibiotics, and is sourced from farms that have been selected for their superior taste, purity, and humane treatment of animals. The restaurant specializes in fish (for one, the chef chooses sustainable sources for its salmon) and osso buco. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Dinner 5 – 9:30 nightly except Tuesdays. Jazz 5 – 8 p.m. Mon. Harpist 6 – 9 p.m. Fri. 1799 Ironwood Drive, Ste. B, Minden; 775-783-3211; http://www.Buonaseraminden.com; Find the restaurant on Facebook.
JT Basque Bar & Dining Room In downtown Gardnerville in a restored, turn-of-the-century Victorian, there is a restaurant steeped in tradition where hearty Basque meals and an authentic experience await you. Come join the Lekumberry family and the friendly JT family of staff and you’ll know what it means when they say, “You are a stranger here but once!” Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Mon. – Fri. and 4:30 – 9 p.m. Sat. 1426 Hwy 395, Gardnerville; 775-782-2074; Find the restaurant on Facebook.
CRYSTAL BAY/KINGS BEACH (NORTH LAKE TAHOE)
The Soule Domain Step inside a charming log cabin to enjoy a rustic, intimate, and romantic evening. Brothers Charlie Soule, chef/owner, and Steve Soule, dining room manager, have operated the restaurant since 1985. The menu is eclectic, diverse, and reasonably priced and includes sustainable, local, fresh cuisine with creative twists. Open at 6 every night. 9983 Cove St. (next to the casinos on Stateline Road); 775-833-0399; http://www.Souledomain.com.
Maine Street Café Fallon’s destination for breakfast or lunch, Maine Street Café offers wholesome soups, sandwiches, salads, and daily specials in a quaint turn-of-the-century home. The expansive patio is a wonderful place to enjoy al fresco dining and sumptuous wines. With a background in nutrition, owner Susan Boadella brings thoughtfully prepared and innovative offerings at reasonable prices. The house-made focaccia, hand-formed tortillas, and fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and scones are not to be missed. Let them help you plan your on-site or off-site parties or events with customized catering. Breakfast and lunch 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mon. – Sat., dinner 5 – 9 p.m. first Fri. and Sat. of the month, wine bar 4 – 8 p.m. Thurs. 810 S. Maine St.; 775-423-1830; http://www.Maine-street-cafe.com.
Pizza Barn A Fallon institution since 1978, the Diedrichsen family-owned restaurant features four different styles of pizza, with the introduction of their new flatbread pizza, a delicious light alternative. Each pizza has its own original dough recipe made from scratch and five fresh cheeses blended daily. The salad bar carries several homemade dishes. Many of the ingredients are from local farms, including grass-fed ground beef from Albaugh Ranch. Pizza topping options range from pepperoni to pine nuts, artichoke hearts to zucchini, and is almost endless. It’s a popular place to bring the kids and party packages are offered. The restaurant is big enough to just hang out with friends in a sports bar atmosphere with nine TVs. Enjoy several microbrews on tap, plus wine. Credit cards and cash are as welcomed as you are. Open daily at 11 a.m. 1981 W. Williams Ave.; 775-423-7155; http://www.Pizzabarnnevada.com.
Red Zinnia Established in 2008, this premier wine and craft beer store is located in a restored early-1900s Arts and Crafts-style home. In addition to offering great gifts and gourmet foods to go, Red Zinnia is the place to spend an early Friday evening. Starting at 5 p.m., gather with friends to enjoy wine tasting in a relaxed atmosphere, or venture into the craft beer room to experience the newest varieties available in Northern Nevada. You can enjoy your drink with complimentary artisan cheeses, sourdough bread, and pub mix. Red Zinnia also is available for private parties. Open 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri., and 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sat. 111 S. Taylor St.; 775-423-1114; http://www.Flowertreenursery.com.
Sorensen’s Country Café Tucked away on the eastern edge of the spectacular Hope Valley is this adorable resort and its full-service restaurant. Enjoy specialties such as Mary’s natural chicken with a gremolata topping, fresh and wild fish, New York steak, garden-fresh salads, and homemade desserts such as house-made bread pudding and a wonderful berry cobbler. Accompany your meal with a fine wine or beer. Breakfast 7:30 – 11 a.m. (until noon on weekends), lunch 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and dinner 5 – 8:30 p.m. 14255 Hwy 88; 800-423-9949; 530-694-2203; http://www.Sorensensresort.com.
Bite Savor an approachable meal to satisfy the most discriminating palate. The restaurant’s small plates offer appropriate portions for one to enjoy or many to sample. The wine list includes diverse varietals at reasonable prices with an emphasis on food pairing. Sip on cocktails concocted with premium spirits, house-made infused syrups, fresh herbs, and fresh fruit. Bite’s owners are committed to using fresh, organic ingredients — seasonal and local whenever possible. Open at 5 p.m. for dinner and happy hour. 907 Tahoe Blvd.; 775-831-1000; http://www.Bitetahoe.com; Find the restaurant on Facebook.
Cutthroat’s Saloon and Sports Bar This spot offers a tempting bar menu, HD TVs broadcasting daily sports action, and live entertainment. Open 5 p.m. – 6 a.m. Mon. – Fri., 11 – 6 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Happy hour 5 – 7 p.m. Tues. – Thurs. Inside Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, 111 Country Club Drive; 775-832-1234; http://www.Laketahoe.hyatt.com.
Lone Eagle Grille This newly remodeled restaurant offers award-winning cuisine with the finest in fresh and local ingredients, an extensive wine list, and unequaled views at its premier lakefront location. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mon. – Sat.; Dinner 5:30 – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs. and 5:30 – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat. Tahoe Tuesdays featuring $5 select appetizers and half-priced wines by the glass 5:30 – 8 p.m., Enjoy all wines by the glass for 50 percent off 3 – 6:30 p.m. Sun. – Wed. Across from Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino on the lakeshore, 111 Country Club Drive; 775-886-6899; http://www.Loneeaglegrille.com.
Sierra Café Diverse breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus offer flavorful cuisine, including sustainable, locally sourced items and exceptional dinner buffets on Fridays and Saturdays, complete with patio dining and dramatic mountain views. Breakfast 6:30 – 11:30 a.m. daily; Breakfast buffet and omelet station 7 a.m. – noon Sat. and Sun.; Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily; Dinner: 5 – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs.; 5 – 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; Dinner buffet 5 – 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Inside Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, 111 Country Club Drive; 775-832-1234; http://www.Laketahoe.hyatt.com.
Tahoe Provisions A modern version of the classic general store in an ambiance that’s both rustic and refined with gourmet, grab-and-go options such as breakfast bites, specialty sandwiches, and bakery treats. Drive-through service offered. Open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. Inside Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, 111 Country Club Drive; 775-832-1234; http://www.Laketahoe.hyatt.com.
Village Meats Pick up the highest quality meats, seafood, and more at this gourmet butcher shop, smokehouse, and deli. You’ll find natural and organic selections from Creekstone Farms, Niman Ranch, Eel River, and other fine meat purveyors. The shop also specializes in a large variety of sustainable seafood choices, buffalo, elk, venison, Provimi veal, free-range poultry, lamb, and pork. Grab a delicious sandwich for lunch in their new coffee shop. Menu choices include pulled pork, burgers, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and all your favorite coffee choices. Open 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Mon. – Sat. and 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sun. coffee shop and deli opens at 7 a.m. all week 770 Mays Blvd.; Meat department 775-831-6243; 775-832-6666; http://www.Villagemeats.com.
OLYMPIC VALLEY (SQUAW VALLEY)
Mamasake Pack into this popular, Cal-Asian restaurant to enjoy tasty, fresh sushi, sashimi, nigri, as well as cold and cooked tapas. Mamasake uses the finest ingredients prepared in a flavorful, creative, and healthy way. The restaurant uses an eco-friendly seafood provider and relies primarily on sustainable products. In addition, most of its menu items are organic, as well as gluten, antibiotic, transfat, and hormone free. Mamasake has many vegetarian and vegan options as well. Open 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. and 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sun. Happy Hour 3 – 5 p.m. daily until the mountain closes. The Village at Squaw, 1850 Village South Road, Suite 52; 530-584-0110; http://www.Mamasake.com.
775 Gastropub Delight in fresh dishes made with local ingredients at Gastropub. You’ll also be wowed by more than 200 beers from around the world, including obscure and extraordinary choices. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. And nothing says Northern Nevada more than menu items such as chukar, quail, and lamb.Open 10 a.m. – close daily and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for Sunday brunch. 5162 Meadowood Mall Circle; 775-828-0775; http://www.775gastropub.com.
4th St. Bistro For dining at its finest, visit this charming restaurant that features seasonal, local, organic, and sustainably farmed, raised, and ranched ingredients. Diners will find Niman Ranch meats (beef, lamb, and pork), Sonoma County Poultry “Liberty” Duck in a delectable duck confit, wild and in-season seafood, vegetarian selections, and many gluten-free dishes. Acclaimed 4th St. Bistro Chef Natalie Sellers — a member of the Chef’s Collaborative, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, and Slow Food — sources organically whenever possible from small producers, and believes in humane animal husbandry. She serves fish from sustainable and wild populations that are not endangered. Prepare to settle into a comfortable space reminiscent of a French country house and be treated to impeccable service and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Dinner 5 p.m. Tues. – Sat. 3065 W. Fourth St.; 775-323-3200; http://www.4thstbistro.com.
Atlantis Steakhouse Proudly serves Allen Brothers’ dry-aged USDA prime cuts chosen for their superb quality, marbling, and flavor. Unsurpassed service and ambience are second to none. Dinner served at 5 p.m. Wed. – Sun. Reservations recommended. Inside Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St.; 775-824-4430; http://www.Atlantiscasino.com/dining.
Bangkok Cuisine Express Authentic and tasty Thai delicacies created with fresh produce, poultry, seafood, and fine cuts of meat. You’ll be delighted by their friendly and prompt service. Dine in or take out available. Mention you saw their ad in edible Reno-Tahoe and receive 10 percent off your meal. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Closed Sun. 6170 Mae Anne Ave., Reno; 775-747-9999.
Beaujolais Bistro Settle in for satisfying country French cuisine in a welcoming neighborhood bistro. You’ll enjoy a cozy environment, knowledgeable wait staff, and an excellent wine selection of American and French wines. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tues. – Fri. Dinner from 5 p.m. Tues. – Sun. 130 West St. (located ½ block from the Truckee River); 775-323-2227; http://www.Beaujolaisbistro.com.
Bistro 7 Gourmet fare; amazing wines; specialty cocktails; a full bar with a vibrant happy hour; a sleek, modern setting; and delicious catering combine to make Bistro 7 the place to be in South Reno. Lunch from 11:30 a.m. Mon. – Fri. Dinner from 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Happy hour 3 – 6:30 p.m. Late night happy hour 9 – 11 p.m. Fri. – Sat. Mon. – Fri. 7111 S. Virginia St.; 775-851-9463; http://www.Bistro7reno.com.
Bistro Napa Experience innovative small plates and entrées, a raw seafood bar, and playful desserts complemented by a 4,000-bottle wine cellar. Social Hour 4 – 6 nightly. Dinner served from 5 p.m. nightly. Reservations welcome. Inside Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St.; 775-335-4539; http://www.Atlantiscasino.com/dining.
Bowl Dining at Bowl is like finding a gem in the rough, or discovering that unexpected restaurant while traveling. The food is global, rustic, and made from scratch. Located within the West Street Market, Bowl has a casual/marketplace atmosphere and serves fresh, clean food in nothing but bowls. Open 5 – 9:30 p.m. Wed. – Sun. In the West Street Market, 148 West St.; 775-327-4443; http://www.Thatbowlrestaurant.com.
Bricks Restaurant & Wine Bar Exceptional cuisine by Chef/Owner Steve Budija and expert wine pairing make this restaurant a Reno highlight. One-of-a-kind in its incorporation of wild game dishes (featuring elk, buffalo, and venison), this restaurant is anything but ordinary. With two private dining rooms, Bricks is a perfect place for a party or an intimate meal. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 1695 S. Virginia St.; 775-786-2277; http://www.Bricksrestaurant.com.
Buenos Grill This colorful, family friendly, Baja-themed restaurant is Reno’s best place for fish tacos, patio dining, quick service, and a salsa bar. Enjoy a fresh and unique take on classic Mexican dishes such as fish tacos with mango salsa, steak ranchero taquitos, and coconut-fried shrimp. Great margaritas; wine, beer, and tequila selection as well. Open 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 3892 Mayberry Drive, Suite A (at South McCarran Boulevard); 775-787-8226; http://www.Buenosgrill.com.
Campo Selected as one of Esquire Magazine’s Top 20 New Restaurants of 2012, handmade pastas, authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, and in-house salami are featured in a neighborhood restaurant, just steps from the Truckee River. Pop open a bottle of wine, select from a menu that features organic, farm-fresh produce sourced from local purveyors, and enjoy Reno’s riverfront dining. Or sit back and take in the action of Campo’s lively, convivial kitchen. Now serving: lunch, brunch, dinner, and cocktails. Call or visit website for hours. On the bottom floor of The Palladio condominiums at 50 N. Sierra St. (downtown); 775-737-9555; http://www.Camporeno.com.
Dish Café & Catering/DishTruck This wonderful spot that highlights seasonal, fresh, local, organic, and high-quality ingredients (including humanely raised meats) was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Dish also was voted best catering company by RENO Magazine and Reno News & Review. Chef/Owner Nancy Horn has been baking since she was a child in her mother’s kitchen, and her expertise shines through in each delicious bite. Open 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri. 855 Mill St.; 775-348-8264; http://www.Dishcafecatering.com.
Franz’s Backstube The Austrian café offers cakes and pastries in addition to a lunch menu, gelato, and drinks. Eat a chicken salad sandwich or a specialty quiche for lunch followed by a croissant with raspberries and a latte. For breakfast enjoy fine espresso, coffee, and delicious teas. Or try a variety of their desserts ranging from strawberry tarts and walnut strudel to flavorful gelatos. Open 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tues. – Fri; 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat; 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun. and Mon. 3882 Mayberry Landing; 775-624-2921; http://www.Franzbackstube.com.
Freeman’s Natural Hotdogs Freeman’s serves organic, nitrate-free, and grass-fed hotdogs, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. Choose from more than 20 toppings, including onions, relish, bacon bits, jalapeños, bleu cheese dressing, sauerkraut, vegan chili, and chipotle lime aioli. Even the bread is pesticide-free and baked fresh daily by House of Bread in Reno. Enjoy salads, chili, and nachos, too. Catering is available and free Wi-Fi is offered in the shop. Open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 100 California Ave., No. 106; 775-322-3434; http://www.Fnhotdog.com.
Fresco Café A new addition to the Reno food scene, this small café with big ambitions, offers a fresh and creative menu. Everything on the menu is made on site, including assorted quiche and soups daily, as well as tasty specials that can range from pasta to fish and chips, pot roast, or even meatloaf burgers. The core salad menu includes organic kale and quinoa, gorgonzola walnut salad with citrus dressing, Jill’s Big Salad (that has a crunch of vegetables and nuts), and Sarah’s Caesar (with a hint of chipotle in the house-made dressing). Pizzas come in 12-inch traditional or rustica style, small and thin. The piadinas are hot or cold sandwiches served on Italian grilled flatbread. The pastries are varied and house-made daily. Beer and wine is served. Enjoy half-price dessert and beverages every 3 – 5 p.m. Friday. Catering and delivery available. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri. 5255 Longley Lane; 775-870-1212; 775-360-6293 (menu hotline for daily specials); http://www.Frescocafereno.com.
Fuego for Tapas Located next to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Fuego offers Spanish tapas with American and South-of-the-border influences, making it a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Reno. Eat light or go big. Enjoy the freshest ingredients and imported meats, cheeses, and traditional dishes from Spain. Fuego features a daily happy hour, a large tequila-tasting bar, a Spanish wine list with ports and sherry, and the best sangria in town. Open for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Mon. – Fri. and dinner until 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri., and open 4 – 11 p.m. Sat. 170 S. Virginia St., No. 103; 775-322-1800; http://www.Fuegonv.com.
Great Basin Brewing Company Nevada’s oldest brewery offers handcrafted, award-winning, seasonal brews that pair perfectly with a menu of farm-fresh, local ingredients and brew-infused dishes, including the signature Shepherd’s Pie, ever-popular Beer Burgers, and specialty pizzas. Enjoy the Brewmaster’s Artisan “Icky” Bread – baked fresh daily with the “Icky” IPA, barley from the brewery, and local honey from the Great Basin — available for take-out. They offer Feast Among the Yeast private dinners with beer pairings around the barrels with the brewer. Lunch 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Dinner served daily at 4 p.m. 5525 S. Virginia St.; 775-284-7711; http://www.Greatbasinbrewingco.com. Visit their newest tasting room called Taps & Tanks (on East McCarran Boulevard, between Rock Boulevard and Mira Loma Drive, in Reno) in the afternoons and evenings. Tours are available by appointment. 775-856-1177.
Great Full Gardens Café & Eatery Enjoy menu items from mostly organic and local sources as well as all-natural meats at this brand-new café. Indulge in the greatest-tasting vegan and gluten-free selections as well. Gino the Soup Man soups available on site. Open daily 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 555 S. Virginia St.; 775-324-2013; http://www.Greatfullgardens.com.
La Strada See why the Eldorado’s signature restaurant was named one of the best Italian restaurants in the nation. You’ll find delicious, authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Try pastas made fresh daily in the Eldorado pasta shop, outstanding entrées, and delectable desserts. Don’t miss the famous mushroom ravioli. Buon appetito! Open at 5 p.m. Fri – Tues. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/dining.
La Vecchia Ristorante A local’s favorite, La Vecchia offers traditional and innovative Italian fare, handcrafted pizzas, fresh housemade ravioli and pastas, and a great bar. For the last 23 years, their chefs have combined only the freshest (and, when available, locally sourced) ingredients in the cuisine, which is true to the spirit of Northern Italian cooking. Every Tuesday is BYOB for a no-corkage-fee evening. Settle into the modern and comfortable setting inside or dine outside (in the warmer months) to soak up one of the most amazing views of downtown Reno. A private A/V-ready room is available for special events and meetings. Open for lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Fri. and dinner served at 5 p.m. daily. 3005 Skyline Blvd., No. 160; 775-825-1113; http://www.Lavecchiareno.com.
Louis’ Basque Corner Enjoy a fun, engaging communal dining experience you won’t forget at this historic eatery (open since 1967). Authentic, large-portioned, well-prepared Basque dishes include top sirloin steak, roasted leg of lamb, salmon, sweetbreads, tongue, and oxtail stew. Louis’ also is home to the famously powerful Basque cocktail picon punch. This is a great spot for all your holiday parties, whether with the company, family, or friends. Open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Tues. – Sat., 4 – 10 p.m. Sun. – Mon. 301 E. Fourth St.; 775-323-7203; http://www.Louisbasquecorner.com.
L’uva Bella Wine Gallery This premier retail wine shop and tasting bar also carries a wide variety of accessories and gifts for the wine enthusiast. Stop by for a tasting at 6 p.m. every Thursday, or drop by for a fun wine walk on the second Sunday of every month. Gourmet cheese and meat plates are available. The establishment also is happy to host private parties. Open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun. 13925 S. Virginia St., Suite 248 (at The Summit next to Dillard’s); 775-851-1110; http://www.Luvabellawinegallery.com.
Manhattan Deli A great deli has a New York accent. Featuring authentic deli favorites, including a piled-high pastrami sandwich, bagels and lox, traditional matzo ball soup, Manhattan Cobb salad, famous New York cheesecake, and much more. Serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. daily. Inside Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., 775-335-3114; http://www.Atlantiscasino.com/dining.
Midtown Wine Bar This spot serves wine and craft beer for tasting, by the glass, and by the bottle. The space is available for fundraisers and special events. Food is available, sourced by area restaurants. Open 4:30 – 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 3:30 – 11 p.m. Fri., 4:30 – 11 p.m. Sat. 1527 S. Virginia St.; 775-323-1377; http://www.Midtownwinebar.net.
Mix Cupcake Co. For a sweet treat, order cupcakes made from scratch with the finest ingredients onsite daily. Mix’s menu features 16 delicious flavors — including Peanut Butter Chocolate Blast, Classic Red Velvet, or Pretty Please with a Cherry on Top — and the staff always is experimenting with new varieties. Cupcakes are good for any occasion, whether for your co-workers, friends, neighbors, or classmates. By the dozen or the tier, Mix’s staff is happy to accommodate any special request. Open 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri. and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. 655 Booth St.; 775-329-1748; http://www.Renocupcakes.com.
My Favorite Muffin & Bagel Café It all starts with a wide variety of bagels and muffins baked fresh daily. The selection continues with full coffee/espresso offerings as well as smoothies, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, soups, and catering. Open 6 a.m. Mon. – Fri. and 7 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Three locations: south downtown Reno at 340 California Ave., 775-333-1025; Shoppers Square, Reno at 259 E. Plumb Lane, 775-333-6536; and D’Andrea Marketplace, Sparks at 2868 Vista Blvd., 775-351-2868; http://www.Myfavoritemuffin.com/reno.
Nothing Bundt Cakes Step inside this sweet bakery and order from four different sizes and 10 different flavors of bundt cake. Perfect for every occasion, Nothing Bundt Cakes make great gifts or treats for anniversaries, birthdays, baby showers, office parties, and more. Ten flavors (including luscious chocolate-chocolate chip, red velvet, white chocolate raspberry, carrot, lemon, marble, and pecan praline) with 40 unique decorations perfect the experience. Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 5051 S. McCarran Blvd.; 775-827-5151; http://www.Nothingbundtcakes.com.
Nothing To It Culinary Center This outstanding facility features hands-on and demonstration classes taught by master chefs. You’ll also find a gourmet Napa Valley-inspired deli, as well as a fabulous kitchen store for all your cooking needs. Owners/Operators Jay Bushman and Lara Ritchie have a passion for giving people the tools to be great chefs in their own homes. The deli is open 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sat. Catering also is available. Check the website for class information. 225 Crummer Lane; 775-826-2628; http://www.Nothingtoit.com.
Old Granite Street Eatery Settle in for comforting food, quality ingredients, craft beers, a focused wine selection, and intriguing cocktails at this hip and fun gathering spot. Lunch and dinner 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sat., brunch 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 243 S. Sierra St.; 775-622-3222; http://www.Oldgranitestreeteatery.com.
Pathways Café Located inside the Center for Molecular Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno campus, this café features Gino the Soup Man soups and entrées. Sandwiches and salads feature the owners’ own heirloom tomatoes grown all year long. Vegan and gluten-free options are made in house and are available every day. Open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Fri. UNR, 1654 S. Virginia St., Bldg. 160; 775-784-1380; http://www.Ginothesoupman.com.
PFPCo.’s Noble Pie Parlor (formerly Pie-Face Pizza Co.) Located in the historic downtown El Cortez Hotel, this friendly gourmet pizzeria offers great pie utilizing fresh local ingredients, craft beers, and a handpicked wine selection. Try The Resa Special (sun-dried tomato, roasted garlic, jalapeño, red onion, pine nuts, spinach, and goat cheese) or the Backyard Chicken (house-recipe-barbecue-sauce rotisserie chicken, pepperoni, red onion, scallions, and red peppers). Also enjoy award-winning hot wings, unique strombolis, as well as gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Delivery is available downtown and to nearby residential areas. Open 11 a.m. – midnight Mon. – Tues., 11 – 2 a.m. Wed., 11 – about 2 a.m. Thurs., 11 – 3 a.m. Fri. – Sat., and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. 239 W. Second St.; 775-622-9222; http://www.Noblepieparlor.com.
Pho The restaurant’s pho (Vietnamese rice noodle soup) is deep, rich fulfillment in a bowl. And it’s topped to the brim with fresh vegetables, meats, and seafood. But Pho is more than just delectable hot soup. Try warm rice and noodle dishes and refreshing salads and sandwiches. In addition, there is an extensive vegetarian menu. Open 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sun. 6775 Sierra Center Pkwy., Suite 600; 775-852-6100; http://www.Phorestaurant.biz.
Pho Mein This new casual dining spot is serving up authentic Asian noodles and stir-fry for sit down or take out on the go. The extensive menu features an array of Vietnamese and Chinese favorites, including more than 20 pho noodle bowl choices, a huge selection of appetizers, salads, stir-fry entrées, rice dishes, and favorites such as Kung Pao chicken and Mongolian beef. Open at 11 a.m. daily. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/dining.
Rapscallion Seafood House and Bar This restaurant is like no other dining experience in Reno. For more than 35 years the local landmark has been raising the bar with its daily changing lunch menu, creative dinner entrées, and more than 20 varieties of fresh fish. Whether you are enjoying their superior happy hour or taking advantage of one of their three private dining rooms, Rapscallion is much more than just a meal. Live entertainment, a professional staff, and a wine room packed with nearly 300 offerings have made Rapscallion an institution. Dinner 5 – close Mon. – Sat. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sun. Happy Hour 4 – 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 – close Mon. – Sat. Live entertainment 6 – 8:30 p.m. Thurs. and Fri. 1555 S. Wells Ave.; 775-323-1211; http://www.Rapscallion.com.
Rawr A raw bar in which brontosaurus and T-rex can enjoy their food side by side. Chef/owner Larry Dunning creates an inspired menu of unprocessed, uncooked plants and animal products. The result: a unique and somewhat primal dining experience that will leave you feeling energized and light. Stop by for a quick snack and craft cocktail, or graze on a meal of multiple tastings. Open 5 – 9 p.m. Thurs. – Sun. In the West Street Market, 148 West St.; 775-327-4448.
Roxy Restaurant The award-winning bistro has been voted as the best place to take a date by locals and is listed on the prestigious Distinguished Restaurants of North America awards list. The carefully selected menu changes seasonally and features steaks, chops, poultry, and whole-roasted fish entrées prepared in a specialty wood-fired oven. Roxy’s Bar & Lounge is famous for its 102 martinis and nightly entertainment. Open at 5 p.m. daily. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/dining.
Rubicon Deli Get ready for a lunch-altering experience at Rubicon Deli. Enjoy delicious specialty sandwiches on freshly baked bread (jalapeño and jack, garlic and cheese, and bleu cheese, to name a few). Sandwiches include innovative selections such as The Spicy Tuna, The Biggest Little Veggie, Hot Meatball, Achin’ For Bacon, and the ever-popular Rubicon Special. You’ll find great soups, salads, cookies, and a large assortment of chips and drinks. Outdoor patio seating is available. Let Rubicon Deli cater your next event or business meeting. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. – Sat. and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun. 445 California Ave., Suite B; 775-322-9792.
Sardina’s A cozy Italian bistro featuring hand-made ravioli, gnocchi, and lasagne as well as char-grilled steaks, delicious eggplant dishes, and daily seafood specials. Full bar with a wine list featuring California and Italian wines. Save room for a delicious from-scratch dessert such as the signature tiramisu or one-of-a-kind clementine pie. Carry out and patio dining (weather permitting) available. Catering for corporate and social events. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tues. – Fri. Dinner 5 p.m. – close Tues. – Sat. 7499 Longley Lane, Unit B (next to Café de Thai); 775-828-0105; http://www.Sardinasitalian.com.
Süp Step inside this cozy deli and amble up to the counter to order your fresh-made soup, sandwich, or salad. You’ll enjoy healthy, homemade menu items for lunch, dinner, or your catered event. Try the steak salad, pesto turkey sandwich, or a wide range of soups, including chicken tortilla, shrimp bisque, pork enchilada, coconut curry, and carrot ginger. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 669 S. Virginia St., 775-324-4787; http://www.Stockpotinc.com.
Sushi Sake Located on the Roxy patio near the Fountain of Fortune, Sushi Sake offers the finest sushi, exotic sakes, and the latest in dining technology. Enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi, a long list of appetizers, the finest and freshest nigiri choices, and creative sushi rolls. Open at 4 p.m. daily. Happy hour 4 – 5 p.m. daily and 8 – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs. and 9 – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/dining.
The Brew Brothers The brewpub offers eight custom microbrews and a creative menu, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas, salads, burgers, ribs, sandwiches, homemade soups, and delicious dinners. Mid-week happy hour specials and live music nightly. Open 11:30 a.m. Mon. – Fri. and 11 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/dining.
The Brewer’s Cabinet This one-of-a-kind brewpub located on historic California Avenue is rustic, yet elegant, with its warm barn wood interior and cozy booth seating. Its unique drafts, brewed in-house, are extraordinary and wildly popular, complemented perfectly by The Brewer’s Cabinet menu, which gives traditional American comfort food an updated, gourmet feel. The brewpub’s extensive beer selection, from domestic beers to rare craft brews, is unparalleled. Open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mon. – Sun. 475 S. Arlington Ave.; 775-348-7481; http://www.Thebrewerscabinet.com.
The Buffet With a casual elegance and emphasis on fresh, flavorful food, The Buffet offers the ultimate buffet dining experience. Guests will find a wide variety of dishes, from traditional soups and salads to fresh-roasted prime rib at the carving station and authentic Asian, Mexican, and Italian dishes made from scratch daily plus a decadent dessert station. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunches. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com.
The Cheese Board Purveyors of artisanal and locally sourced yumminess since 1981. The relaxed dining room always is packed full of foodies enjoying fresh-with-a-twist soups, salads, and more. Desserts and wines by the bottle or by the glass also are available. Extraordinary catering services for all occasions, too. Open 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Enjoy a delicious Saturday brunch where you can sit outside and watch the world go by with a Morning Glory Mimosa. 247 California Ave.; 775-323-3115; http://www.Cheeseboardcatering.com.
The Prime Rib Grill This restaurant is one of downtown Reno’s best kept secrets, serving up traditional chop-house fare such as mouth-watering USDA-choice prime rib and seafood entrées, all at affordable prices. Included with every meal is the never-ending soup and salad bar stocked with crisp greens and an array of delicious toppings, fresh fruits, nuts, and more. Open at 5 p.m. Wed. – Sun. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/dining.
Tivoli Gardens At Tivoli Gardens, guests will find a wide selection of breakfast entrees from traditional favorites to specialty items. Soups, sandwiches and salads rule the lunch menu and dinner choices are plentiful and diverse with classic American dishes and authentic Mexican fare. Save room for the award winning desserts. Open daily 24 hours a day. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/dining.
Too Soul Tea Co. You’ll find a comfortable environment in this new Midtown teahouse, which is near California Avenue in the former Great Basin Community Food Co-op building. Choose from 100 fine teas and tea blends, as well as coffee, chai blends, hot chocolate, and bottled drinks. Morning baked goods are available and gourmet sandwiches and salads are offered for lunch. Enjoy locally sourced, seasonal food offerings (with veggie and gluten-free alternatives) and you can grab them to go or stay and relax (with seating indoors and out). Stop by for tea tastings. You can choose from black, green, herbal, hibiscus, rooibos, chai, white, and oolong teas. You’ll also discover extraordinary blends, such as Four Horsemen Black Tea, Blackberry Sage, and Pomegranate Mojito Green. Open daily. 542½ Plumas St.; 775-322-2001; http://www.Toosoulteaco.com.
Wedge – A Cheese Shop Reno’s first dedicated cheese shop is located in Reno's food-centric MidTown district. Featuring the finest artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and accompaniments from classic Parmigiano-Reggiano to small-production farmstead creations. Wedge offers oils and vinegars, nuts, olives, preserves, specialty crackers, beer and wine. Unique sandwiches made every day with home-style meats, artisan cheeses and house-made spreads. Check the website for a calendar of tastings, events, and classes. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 16 Saint Lawrence Ave.; 775-737-4078; http://www.Wedgecheeseshop.com.
Whispering Vine Wine Co. Pick up a bottle of fine wine and enjoy special tastings at Reno’s favorite neighborhood wine store that’s been open since 1998. The shop offers a selection of more than 2,400 different wines, with 1,500 bottles under $20 and more than 450 wines under $10 apiece. Open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sat., and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. Northwest Reno location: 3886 Mayberry Drive; 775-787-9463. South Reno location: 85 Foothill Road, Suite 1; 775-622-8080; http://www.Whisperingvinewine.com.
Whole Foods Market Get ready to pack your plate full of the highest quality natural and organic prepared foods to eat inside, on the trellised patio, or to take home. Visit the Taproom for a pint or a glass of wine featuring an exclusive Taproom menu with delicious bites, pizzas, and burgers. The market also is a cornucopia of ingredients to create any healthy meal imaginable. Open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 6139 S. Virginia St.; 775-852-8023; http://www.Wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/reno.
Wild River Grille Inspired by the wild, untamed spirit of the beautiful river from which it takes its name, Wild River Grille serves up contemporary American fare that is innovative and traditional, creative and comforting. Housed in the landmark Riverside Artist Lofts building on the RiverWalk in downtown Reno, Wild River Grille offers a feast for the senses. You’ll find hearty traditional dishes as well as locally sourced handcrafted dishes from our expert chefs. Enjoy a great cocktail menu, made with freshly squeezed juices, all served in a fabulous atmosphere. Whether you’re seated on the expansive riverside patio or the retro-inspired River Room, Wild River Grille is sure to amaze. Open Lunch and Dinner at 11 a.m. daily. Incredible Happy hour menu 4 – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Tapas menu 2 – 5 p.m. Sun. 17 S. Virginia St.; 775-284-7224; http://www.Wildrivergrille.com.
Yosh’s Unique Deli This third-generation unique deli has catered to Reno since 1973. You’ll find fresh-baked rolls, house-smoked and roasted meats, soups and salads made from scratch, and catering for all occasions. Sit out on the patio (weather permitting) or book the private room for events and meetings. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Wed., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thurs. – Fri., and 10 a.m. – 3ish p.m. Sat. 85 Foothill Road, No. 4; 775-853-YOSH (9674); http://www.Yoshsdeli.com.
Z Pie Located in downtown Reno, Z Pie offers gourmet potpies, salads, and soups. Pies include Steak and Cabernet, Southwest Chicken, Thai, and many more. All proceeds from Z Pie go to the Black Bear Project, which is a transitional home for aged-out foster youths. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily at 138 West St.; 775-453-1472; http://www.Z-pie.com/reno; http://www.Theblackbearproject.org.
Z Pizza Enjoy pizza crafted from certified-organic wheat flour dough prepared fresh every day, hand thrown, and fire baked until crisp. The establishment combines select ingredients such as certified-organic tomato sauce, part-skim rBGH-free cheese from grass-fed cows, MSG-free pepperoni, and additive-free sausage. Even their fresh produce sets them apart. The same holds true for their gourmet salads and sandwiches. Gluten-free and vegan options are available. Dine in, take out, or call in for delivery. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. 3600 Warren Way; 775-828-6565.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Edgewood Restaurant Built like an alpine chateau, the restaurant’s tables look directly out across the lake, with the unparalleled view framed by sweeping wooden archways and vaulted ceilings. When seated, diners have only a few dozen feet of white sand between them and the lake water. Open for dinner 5:30 – 9 p.m. daily. 100 Lake Parkway, Stateline (South Lake Tahoe); 775-588-2787; http://www.Edgewoodtahoe.com.
The Beacon Bar & Grill This restaurant offers truly spectacular dining year round on the water along the south shore of Lake Tahoe. To match the incredible views, The Beacon offers an eclectic menu of fresh seafood, chicken, steak, pasta, appetizers, an awesome beer selection, and, of course, the famous Rum Runner voted Tahoe’s best cocktail year after year. Lunch and dinner 11:30 a.m. – close Mon. – Fri. and brunch and dinner 11 a.m. – close Sat. and Sun. The Beacon also offers live music, Wild Wednesdays with $5 Rum Runners all day, and the local’s favorite snowshoe cocktail races in the winter. 1900 Jameson Beach Road; 530-541-0630; http://www.Beacontahoe.com.
BJ’s Barbecue Family owned and operated since 1986, BJ’s has been dishing up their unique style of barbecue with true Nevada flare. Enjoy custom meats, slow smoked over a variety of hardwoods. Also experience rustic, country-inspired breakfast. Catering is available as well. Mention you saw their ad in edible Reno-Tahoe to get 10 percent off your meal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 6 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. and 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sun. brunch. 80 E. Victorian Ave.; 775-355-1010; http://www.Bjsbbq.com.
Cantina Los Tres Hombres Enjoy great, authentic Mexican food and the best margaritas in town. The restaurant features live acoustic music, along with wonderful food and drink specials, every night of the week. Open for lunch and dinner beginning at 11 a.m. 926 Victorian Ave. (Victorian Square); 775-356-6262; http://www.Cantinasparks.com.
Great Basin Brewing Company Nevada’s oldest brewery offers handcrafted, award-winning, seasonal brews that pair perfectly with a menu of farm-fresh, local ingredients and brew-infused dishes, including the signature Shepherd’s Pie, ever-popular Beer Burgers, and specialty pizzas. Enjoy the Brewmaster’s Artisan “Icky” Bread – baked fresh daily with the “Icky” IPA, barley from the brewery, and local honey from the Great Basin — available for take-out. They offer Feast Among the Yeast private dinners with beer pairings around the barrels with the brewer. Lunch 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., and 5 – 10 p.m. Fri – Sat. 846 Victorian Ave.; 775-355-7711; http://www.Greatbasinbrewingco.com. Visit their newest tasting room called Taps & Tanks (on East McCarran Boulevard, between Rock Boulevard and Mira Loma Drive, in Reno) in the afternoons and evenings. Tours are available by appointment. 775-856-1177.
Wolfdale’s Restaurant North Lake Tahoe’s premiere restaurant and popular bar offers lake view dining with an excellent ambiance and service. Wolfdale’s uses Cuisine Unique to describe the fresh food prepared simply and aesthetically. Since opening in 1978, Chef Douglas Dale has developed the style of East-West cuisine. Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. daily. Closed Tuesdays. 640 North Lake Blvd.; 530-583-5700; http://www.Wolfdales.com.
Drunken Monkey Enjoy Asian-style tapas, sushi, sake, beer, and wine in a unique lounge setting. Whether you choose to sit at the sushi bar, the sake bar, or in the main dining area, the restaurant provides a menu to peruse but also encourages you to order omakase (aka chef’s choice). Partake of a robust selection of sake, Japanese and microbrewed beer, and varietal wines to be paired with your meal, sampled by themselves, or taken home. Open 5 – 9 p.m. Mon., 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tues. – Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat. 11253 Brockway Road, Ste. 105; 530-582-9755; http://www.Drunkenmonkeysushi.com.
FiftyFifty Great beer and food by people who love beer and food. FiftyFifty has won numerous international awards for their beers, which are all brewed on-site at the pub. They proudly serve these up along side all-natural meats, organic produce, and fresh pub-style innovations. FiftyFifty the serves both lunch and dinner and also features a full bar, seasonal outdoor seating on the patio, and live music and entertainment. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat. 11197 Brockway Road; 530-587-BEER; http://www.Fiftyfiftybrewing.com.
Stella Restaurant at Cedar House Sport Hotel Stella offers sustainable avant-garde cuisine in an impeccable setting on Cedar House Sport Hotel’s beautiful wooded property. The restaurant is open for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wed. – Sun. and for cooking classes. It’s also a great spot for special events and parties. 10918 Brockway Road; 866-582-5655; http://www.Cedarhousesporthotel.com/stella.
Thunder Canyon Enjoy fresh, top-quality fish and the best meats on the market served with stunning views of Slide Mountain and Washoe Valley. This is the perfect meeting place between Reno and Carson City. The artistic creations of Chef Chad Cliffe will tantalize your eyes as well as your palate. Restaurant open to the public 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wed. – Sat. Happy Hour 3 – 5 p.m. Wed. – Sat. Brunch 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Thunder Canyon also is available for weddings, banquets, special occasions, and holiday events. 19 Lightning W Ranch Road; 775-882-0882; http://www.Thundercanyon.com.