Eat (Drink) Local
Your Guide to Reno-Tahoe’s Best Dining and Imbibing
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Battle Born Social This cocktail bar and tasting room offers small plates emphasizing ingredients from local ranchers, farmers, distillers, brewers, and vintners. Chef David Stern prepares such distinctive dishes as sliders with local lamb or venison, Basque deviled eggs, Thai beef tacos, and crawfish mac + cheese. Open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Tues. – Sat. Happy Hour 3 – 6 p.m. daily; service industry Happy Hour 9 – 11 p.m. 318 N. Carson St.; 775-301-9106; Battlebornsocial.com; Find Battle Born Social on Facebook.
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 and humanely treated, and free range is on the lunch and dinner menus. Other choices include seafood, steak, pastas, duck, lamb, and more with a focus on organic, sustainable, and local ingredients. Breakfast 8 – 11:30 a.m. Tues. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. weekends. Lunch 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tues. – Sun. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Tues. – Sat., 4 – 8 p.m. Sun. Lounge menu until 10 p.m. Tues. – Sat., until 8 p.m. Sun. Closed all day Mon. 1112 N. Carson St.; 775-882-3353; Adelesrestaurantandlounge.com; Find Adele’s Restaurant and Lounge on Facebook.
Fox Brewpub This award-winning English-style brewpub in the historic St. Charles Hotel in downtown Carson City serves up traditional British pub favorites such as fish and chips and Guinness steak and mushroom pie, as well as burgers, pizzas, pastas, deli sandwiches, wings, and more! The brewpub features indoor and outdoor seating and two full bars, both offering 17 drafts with a variety of domestic, craft, and handmade brews on site. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – midnight Fri. – Sat.; 310 S. Carson St.; 775-883-1369; Foxbrewpub.com; Find The Fox Brewpub on Facebook.
L.A. Bakery Café The restaurant’s philosophy is nothing but the best. L.A. Bakery has established itself as one of the most distinctive, chic bakeries in Northern Nevada. European and Mediterranean pastries (such as amazing baklava), cakes, cupcakes, and other artistically baked creations are freshly made daily from natural and organic ingredients. You’ll find breakfast and lunch menus as well. Many varieties of gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free products are available. Locally roasted, low-acid coffee and espresso; locally raised, grass-fed beef patties; all-natural and gluten-free breads; and vegan and gluten-free soups all are served here. Catering is offered as well. Open 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat. Closed Sun. 220 W. John St.; 775-885-2253; Labakerycafe.com; Find LA Bakery on Facebook and Instagram.
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. It’s best described as eclectic — you will not be able to find its 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. daily. 1500 Old Hot Springs Road; 775-884-4471; Sassafrascarsoncity.com; Find Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint on Facebook and see details on Sassafras’ live music schedule.
JT Basque Bar & Dining Room This Nevada institution embodies Old World Basque culture in the American West. Feast on savory steak, lamb, chicken, or seafood entrées. Pace yourself. The multi-course, family-style meals are plentiful. Voted Best Basque Restaurant in the Carson Valley for more than a decade running, this historic locals’ favorite is festive, family oriented, and fun. Locally sourced specials include Carson Valley grass-fed beef, locally raised lamb, and rabbit dishes. JT Basque also serves Winnemucca potatoes and Yerington onions. It’s local food by local people! Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 4:30 – 9 p.m. Sat. 1426 Hwy. 395, Gardnerville; 775-782-2074; Jtbasquenv.com; Find JT Basque on Facebook.
The Pink House Located in Genoa, The Pink House is a registered historic landmark lovingly restored in 2015 to its original glory. Decorated in the fashion of the 1850s, you can step back in time and enjoy yourself in a truly unique setting. A cheese and charcuterie shop, The Pink House has an outstanding array of specialty meats and cheeses sliced to order. The restaurant side has a seasonal menu utilizing locally grown fresh produce and Bently meats. And you should definitely make time to take a look at the specialty retail products and ask about the historic house itself! 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. 193 Genoa Lane; 775-392-4279; Thepinkhousegenoa.com; Find The Pink House on Facebook.
Churchill Vineyards Located on the historic Frey Ranch with roots dating back to the 1850s, Churchill Vineyards is Nevada’s only estate winery and produces the most wine from Nevada-grown grapes. At 4,000 feet above sea level, the high desert region provides cool nights and warm days, helping produce intricate flavors and delicate aromas for flavorful, well-balanced wines. Red and white wine varieties are available for tasting and to purchase. Tasting room open noon – 4 p.m. Sat. 1045 Dodge Lane; 775-423-4000; Churchillvineyards.com; Find Churchill Vineyards on Facebook.
Frey Ranch Estate Distillery As Nevada’s first estate distillery, Frey Ranch Estate Distillery produces gin, vodka, bourbon, whiskey, absinthe, and other spirits using grains grown, distilled, malted, and bottled on the historic 1,200-acre Frey Ranch. The Frey family has been farming grains including wheat, corn, barley, rye, and alfalfa in Nevada for more than a century. Tasting room open noon – 4 p.m. Sat. 1045 Dodge Lane; 775-423-4000; Freyranch.com; Find Frey Ranch Estate Distillery on Facebook.
West Shore Café Enjoy another great summer on the West Shore! With a menu drawn from the best California has to offer, West Shore Café offers lunch and dinner items to satisfy any desire or appetite, as well as an approachable wine list and cocktail menu. The new summer seasonal menu features fresh California cuisine, unforgettable craft cocktails, and, of course, the picturesque lakeside views and signature Tahoe alpenglow the West Shore Café is known for. See website for hours of operation and events schedule. 5160 West Lake Blvd., PO Box 165, Homewood, CA; 530-525-5200; Westshorecafe.com; Find West Shore Café and Inn on Facebook.
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. Mon. – Fri. (until noon on weekends). Lunch 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. – Fri. (starts at noon on weekends). Dinner 5 – 8:30 p.m. daily. 14255 Hwy. 88; 800-423-9949; 530-694-2203; Sorensensresort.com; Find Sorensen’s Resort on Facebook.
Alibi Ale Works Just a half-mile from Lake Tahoe, Alibi Ale Works is a brewery, taproom, and beer garden with 18 taps, featuring Alibi’s own local brews. The taproom also carries a selection of wines, ciders, kombuchas, and house-made sodas. Check the online event calendar for food trucks, live music, and other events. Open 3 – 10 p.m. Mon. – Wed., 3 – 11 p.m. Thurs., noon – 11 p.m. Fri. – Sat., noon – 8 p.m. Sun. 204 E. Enterprise St.; 775-298-7001; Alibialeworks.com; Find Alibi Ale Works on Facebook.
Jack Rabbit Moon Enjoy seasonal and inventive cuisine, fine wines, handcrafted cocktails, and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. The intimate and modern setting is perfect for a drink at the bar or a special meal you won’t forget. Dinner served from 5:30 p.m. Mon. – Sat. through Labor Day. Hours will change in September. 893 Tahoe Blvd., Ste. 600; 775-833-3900; Jackrabbitmoon.com; Find Jack Rabbit Moon on Facebook.
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 the 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 open 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. all week. 770 Mays Blvd.; Meat department 775-831-6243; 775-832-6666; Villagemeats.com.
Tahoe Central Market The grocery store/deli’s local owners and employees are passionate about providing the community with the freshest, local, organic produce and products. Their selection includes homemade sandwiches from the gourmet deli, daily soups, outstanding organic juices from the juice bar, an exceptional selection of beer and wine, grass-fed beef, wild game, fresh seafood, and much more. They are genuinely committed to working with and using locally sourced, family-owned suppliers. While you shop or dine on site, enjoy amazing views of Lake Tahoe and choose from produce that comes from the farm to you, overnight! Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Juice bar closes at 3 p.m., deli closes at 5 p.m. 8487 N. Lake Blvd.; 530-546-8344; Tahoecentralmarket.com; Find Tahoe Central Market and Deli on Facebook.
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), organic Sonoma County Poultry “O’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; 4thstbistro.com; Find 4th Street Bistro on Facebook.
Batch Cupcakery The world is changing and people are becoming more health conscious. Batch provides the perfect baked goods for your dietary needs. You’ll find organic, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and scones. Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon. – Sat., noon – 6 p.m. Sun. 555 S. Virginia St., Ste. 104; 775-336-1622; Batchcupcakery.com; Find Batch Cupcakery on Facebook.
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 (the restaurant is a Wine Spectator award winner). Open for dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Tues. – Sun. 753 Riverside Drive; 775-323-2227; Beaujolaisbistro.com; Find Beaujolais Bistro on Facebook.
Beefy’s Reno This industry-favorite restaurant serves up great hot dogs, shakes, and the best little burger in Reno, made with local beef from Ponderosa Meat Co. in Reno. Beefy’s offers a large selection of craft beers as well. Open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri – Sat. 1300 S. Virginia St.; 775-870-1333; Find Beefy’s Reno on Facebook.
Beer NV Dedicated to craft beer and spirits, Beer NV offers 60 draft beers, specialty cocktails, and wine on tap in South Reno. Beers are available in 4-ounce, 8-ounce, and 16-ounce pours in house, as well as 32-ounce crowlers and 2-liter growlers if you’re on the move. Whiskey, tequila, and rum tasting flights also are available, as are the sparkling cocktail flight and bloody mary flight. Add in a back patio and frequent special events and there are plenty of reasons to stop in. Open noon – 11 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., noon – midnight Fri., 11 a.m. – midnight Sat., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun. Happy Hour 4 – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat. – Sun. 15 Foothill Road, Ste. 1; 775-448-6199; Beernv.com; Find Beer NV on Facebook.
BFF Café Eating well is part of living well, and BFF Café is your body’s best friend. The café’s chefs provide fresh, healthy, customizable meals such as soups, salads, pizzas, tacos, bowls, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Meals are designed for gluten-free, diabetic, paleo, vegetarian, and vegan diets, and all are intended to eliminate your need to shop, prep, cook, and clean. Pick up your next meal or plan for future meals by stopping in or ordering online. Open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. (front open, grill closed), 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tues. – Sun (grill opens at 11 a.m. for lunch). 3594 W. Plumb Lane, Ste. A; 775-322-4103; Bffcafe.com, Find BFF Café on Facebook.
Bighorn Bar & Grill Dine well as the chef cooks up a tasty mix of scratch-made food and elevated lunch and dinner bites, including deviled eggs with bacon and jalapeños, quinoa salad with roasted sweet potatoes, fish and chips, and a house-made veggie burger. Enjoy local craft beers and imported wines. And bring your furry friends to relax on the backyard patio. Check the website for Happy Hour specials. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – midnight Fri., 9 a.m. – midnight Sat., 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun. 1325 W. Seventh St.; 775-787-1177; Bighornbargrill.com; Find Bighorn Bar & Grill on Facebook.
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. There’s a great margarita, wine, beer, and tequila selection as well. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. 3892 Mayberry Drive, Ste. A (at South McCarran Boulevard); 775-787-8226; Buenosgrill.com; Find Buenos Grill on Facebook.
Burger Me Indulge in real, fresh food. This tasty burger joint serves up old-fashioned big burgers, with local, natural ingredients. Diners won’t find any gluten, hormones, or antibiotics in the variety of protein the restaurant offers, including beef, bison, chicken, turkey, lamb, and ahi tuna. Other choices include house-made veggie burgers, delicious shakes, malts, hand-dipped onion rings, sweet potato fries, and savory garlic fries. A craving for a burger and fries can be both delicious and a little healthy, made from fresh, local ingredients. Rent the Burger Me truck for catering, business lunches, and private parties. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. 6280 Sharlands Ave., Ste. 101; 775-737-9404; Realfreshburger.com; Find Burger Me on Facebook. Now in The Summit, 13963 S. Virginia St., Ste. 901; 775-851-2002.
Butcher’s Kitchen Char-B-Que Don’t miss out on the tasty food at the newest barbecue joint in town. The experienced chefs feature wood-fired, slow-roasted barbecue, as well as meats cooked on the rotisserie and grill. Butcher’s Kitchen Char-B-Que is family owned and operated, and the food is inspired by Old World cooking and butchery. Spoil your taste buds with slow-smoked beef brisket and herb-brined rotisserie chicken or even one of its barbecue burritos. Open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri. 7689 S. Virginia St., Ste. N; 775-499-5855; Bkcharbque.com; Find Butcher’s Kitchen Char-B-Que on Facebook.
Café de Thai Under the expert direction of chef/owner Alex Ngo, Café de Thai has set the standard for excellence in fine Thai cuisine for more than 20 years. The chef creates a complete dining experience, rich in the complex flavors of Thai culture and complemented by fine wines and cocktails, coffees, and desserts. Also enjoy a one-of-a-kind, authentic pho served with a kettle tableside. Using fresh, organic, and local produce, each dish is made to order. You may specify the level of spice, and most dishes may be made vegetarian. Catering and takeout as well as a private party room are available. Lunch and dinner 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat., dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Sun. 7499 Longley Lane; 775-829-THAI; Cafedethaireno.net; Find Café de Thai on Facebook.
Calafuria When you need a taste of Italy, Calafuria is the answer. This bistro serves a traditional Tuscan menu, featuring house-made pastas, charcuterie, breads, and desserts. À la carte options and a four-course tasting menu, as well as an amazing selection of Italian and French wines, all are available. Serving dinner 4:30 – 9 p.m. Tues. – Sat. Reservations recommended. 725 S. Center St.; 775-360-5175; Calafuriareno.com; Find Calafuria Reno on Facebook.
Crawfish Asian Cuisine Enjoy flavorful Asian cuisine, a variety of fresh seafood, and a full bar. Choose from classics, such as Peking duck and sesame chicken, or even vegetarian entrées, such as bok choy with garlic sauce and a variety of tofu dishes. The options truly are endless at Crawfish Asian Cuisine. Get $1 fresh raw oysters during happy hour, which is 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tues. – Fri. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat. Closed Mon. 1296 E. Plumb Lane; 775-622-6802; Crawfishasiancuisine.com; Find Crawfish Asian Cuisine on Facebook.
Crème Café Visit this family-owned café for a dose of friendly hospitality along with a pot of French press coffee served at your table. Add an order of freshly made beignets to enjoy while you check out Crème’s menu, which includes a number of breakfast and lunch items along with savory or sweet crêpes. Beer, wine, and mimosas also are available. To-go items are accepted and deliveries can be made for parties of 10 or more. Open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tues. – Sun. 18 Saint Lawrence Ave.; 775-348-0571; Cremecafereno.com; Find Crème Café on Facebook.
FEAST Offering lunch and dinner, FEAST is a wonderful Midtown restaurant from the owners of Little House. Menu items include healthy and creative dishes such as Parmesan cauliflower tater tots and ginger-crusted ahi, as well as comfort food dishes such as shrimp scampi and chipotle tomato risotto-stuffed red bell pepper. Happy Hour available 4 – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Open 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., dinner starting at 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri. and dinner starting at 5 p.m. Sat – Sun. 516 S. Virginia St.; 775-686-6969; Feastreno.com; Find Feast on Facebook.
FinBomb Sushi Burrito & Poke Bar When you’re looking for something fast, unique, fresh, and that is da bomb, FinBomb is your go-to option. This new sushi joint in Midtown is providing a new way to enjoy one of your favorite meals … in a burrito or in a bowl. Come try out your favorite new addiction. For hours, visit website. 681 S. Virginia St.; 775-391-0621; Finbombsushi.com; Find FinBomb Sushi on Facebook.
Forsaken River Spirits This new premium craft distillery is tucked away in a nondescript building downtown. Taste pure grain vodka and gin, vapor-distilled with local botanicals. A smoked rye whiskey is aging as well. If you’re lucky, it might just be ready for a taste when you stop by. A portion of all sales will benefit a local charity each month. Tasting room open 6 – 9 p.m. Thurs. – Fri, 1 – 6 p.m. Sat, or by appointment. 255 Bell St., Ste. 103, Forsakenriver.com; Find Forsaken River Spirits on Facebook.
Full Belly Deli Enjoy gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups and breads, and catering services for your office meetings and more. You can also enjoy a tasty, homemade breakfast with a cup of joe. Open 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat. 3064 Mill St.; 775-657-8448; Eatfullbellydeli.com; Find Full Belly Deli on Facebook.
Great Full Gardens Café & Eatery Enjoy menu items from mostly organic and local sources as well as all-natural meats at this café. Indulge in the greatest-tasting vegan and gluten-free selections as well. Gino the Soup Man soups available on site. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 555 S. Virginia St.; 775-324-2013; Find Great Full Gardens Midtown on Facebook. NEW SOUTH RENO LOCATION: Open 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sun. 748 S. Meadows Pkwy., Ste. A-14; 775-324-2016; Find Great Full Gardens South Meadows Reno on Facebook. Also, Great Full Gardens Express is open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sat. Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno; 775-682-9590; Greatfullgardens.com/express; Find Great Full Gardens Express on Facebook. Greatfullgardens.com; Find Great Full Gardens on Facebook.
Hard Water House Brought to you by the owner of Napa Sonoma, Hard Water House is South Reno’s newest 21-and-older bar/restaurant serving fine food for any sized appetite as well as wines, beers, liquors (including more than 75 whiskeys), and a cigar bar, all in a modern saloon atmosphere. Open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 7689 S. Virginia St.; 775-800-1990.
Hellfire Saloon & Grill Stop in for a rack of slow-smoked ribs, a charbroiled burger, or a generous portion of fish and chips. At the Hellfire Saloon, the environment is warm and inviting, complemented weekly by the area’s best live entertainment. You will be treated like family as you enjoy a great meal, well-crafted cocktail, or ice-cold beer. Guests receive exclusive offers by joining the Hellfire Saloon’s rewards club. The venue is nonsmoking and open to all ages. Open at 11 a.m. Tues. – Sun. 3372 S. McCarran Blvd.; 775-825-1988; Hellfiresaloon.com; Find Hellfire Saloon on Facebook.
Laughing Planet This quick-service restaurant offers fresh, healthy, and affordable food, using locally sourced, mostly organic ingredients and globally inspired flavors. The menu includes a wide variety of burritos, bowls, salads, soups, quesadillas, smoothies, organic green juices, freshly baked desserts, and more. Diners will find tons of vegan and vegetarian options and a family-friendly environment, and the restaurant’s management is committed to the neighborhood and to local food growers. To serve a healthy, laughing planet — that’s its mission, and why the restaurant does what it does. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. – Wed., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thurs. – Sat. 650 Tahoe St., Reno; 775-360-2592; Laughingplanet.com; Find Laughing Planet Reno on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also, the University of Nevada, Reno Laughing Planet location is open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 941 N. Virginia St.; 775-870-9633.
Lighthouse Coffee This family-owned shop serves organic coffee sourced from fair-trade, Grade A farms and roasted locally at its very own roasting facility in Reno. Lighthouse Coffee serves up a wide range of espresso drinks, teas, shakes, and smoothies, and its breakfast and lunch offerings include bagels, quiches, scones, waffles, and other locally made treats. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Open 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sun. 7689 S. Virginia St., Ste. E; 775-470-5636; Lighthousecoffeeshop.com; Find Lighthouse Coffee Co. on Facebook.
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. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tues. – Sat. Dinner 5 – 9:30 p.m. Tues. – Sat., 5 – 9 p.m. Sun. – Mon. Bar opens 11 a.m. Tues – Sat., 4 pm. Sun. – Mon. 301 E. Fourth St.; 775-323-7203; Louisbasquecorner.com; Find Louis Basque Corner on Facebook.
Mix Bakeshop For a sweet treat, enjoy cupcakes, handcrafted pies, and beautiful cookies, made from scratch with the finest ingredients on site daily. Mix’s menu features a broad selection of delicious flavors, including Triple Chocolate and Classic Red Velvet cupcakes, Salted Caramel Apple and Banana Cream pies, and freshly baked cookies like Chocolate Chip and Frosted Pumpkin, as well as decorated sugar cookies. Mix’s staff members are happy to work with you on custom orders, perfect for any occasion. Gluten-free and vegan options available. Open 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mon., 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tues. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. 1117 California Ave., Reno; 775-329-1748; Mixreno.com.
Morgan’s Lobster Shack Treat yourself to some of the freshest seafood around, flown in almost every day and never frozen. Grab a lobster mac and cheese at the restaurant or pick up fish to cook at home through Morgan’s market. You also can visit Morgan’s Lobster Shack in Truckee. Open daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 1401 S. Virginia St.; 775-683-9300; Morganslobstershack.com; Find Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market – Midtown on Facebook.
Napa-Sonoma Grocery Co. Enjoy delicious food and a full bar at this popular Reno spot that’s now in two locations. The restaurant offers a great selection of wines by the glass, as well as locally made gourmet foods, gifts to go, and exceptional prices on bottles of wine. Gift baskets can be created for every occasion. And book Napa-Sonoma for your special event. Plumgate open 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. for lunch, dinner, and appetizers. South Reno open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and appetizers. Visit the website for happy hour specials. Enjoy live music on Friday nights in South Reno. Don’t miss the bloody mary bar at the South Reno location 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sat. – Sun. 7671 S. Virginia St.; 775-440-1214; Plumgate, 550 W. Plumb Lane; 775-826-0595; Napa-sonoma.com; Find Napa Sonoma Grocery Co. on Facebook.
Noble Pie Parlor 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, its innovative brunch menu with a build-your-own bloody mary bar on Sat. and Sun., 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 a.m. – 2 a.m. Wed., 11 a.m.– 3 a.m. Thurs., 11 a.m. – 5 a.m. Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 a.m. Sat., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. Downtown: 239 W. Second St.; 775-622-9222; Midtown: 777 S. Center St., Ste. 100; 775-323-1494; Noblepieparlor.com; Find Noble Pie Parlor on Facebook.
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, white-white chocolate, and cinnamon swirl) with 40 unique decorations perfect the experience. Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 5051 S. McCarran Blvd.; 775-827-5151; Nothingbundtcakes.com; Find Nothing Bundt Cakes (Reno, NV) on Facebook.
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. Deli is open 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sat. Catering is available. Check the website for class information. 225 Crummer Lane; 775-826-2628; Nothingtoit.com; Find Nothing To It! on Facebook.
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, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun. 243 S. Sierra St.; 775-622-3222; Oldgranitestreeteatery.com; Find Old Granite Street Eatery on Facebook.
Pignic Pub & Patio The concept came from the owners’ fondest memories and how they like to spend their free time. Their memories include relaxing on a deck or porch, eating barbecue with their closest friends and family members while enjoying a frosty beer or a delicious cocktail. At Pignic, guests bring their own meat or veggies to grill and sides to eat, or purchase locally sourced meat, poultry, or veggies from Pignic, as well as Southern-style sides, then grill them in the outdoor community grill-yard patio and deck. All the while, sip on one of Pignic’s 20 draft beers or a specialty cocktail. Or enjoy a drink inside while lounging in the turn-of-the-century sports parlor with multiple TVs. Open 3 p.m. – midnight Mon. – Wed., 3 p.m. – 1 a.m. Thurs. – Fri., noon – 1 a.m. Sat., 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sun. 235 Flint St.; 775-376-1948; Pignicpubandpatio.com; Find Pignic Pub & Patio on Facebook.
Piñon Bottle Co. For the premier authority on beer in Reno, you’ve got to check out Piñon Bottle Co. Newly opened in Midtown, Piñon Bottle Co.’s offerings include a beer bar with 36 taps and hundreds of bottles and cans. So what are you waiting for? Bring your growler to fill up and stay for community gatherings such as beer classes, brewing discussions, and more. Open noon – 10 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., noon – midnight Fri. – Sat. 777 S. Center St., Ste. 101; 775-376-1211; Find Piñon Bottle on Facebook.
PJ & Co. A friendly staff, a full bar, and homemade freshness keep locals loving PJ’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Famous for classics such as eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, juicy burgers, giant salads, and ribs so tender the meat falls off the bone, PJ’s also offers special palate pleasers such as vegetarian sausage and black-bean burgers with tasty, gluten-free buns! Enjoy complimentary homemade chips and salsa after 4:30 p.m. daily with the additional TexMex dinner menu. When possible, PJ’s sources from organic, natural, and local farms and serves flavor that will keep you coming back for more to hang with your old and new best friends. Open 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun. 1590 S. Wells Ave.; 775-323-6366; Pjandco.net.
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 its superior happy hour or taking advantage of one of its 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 p.m. – 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. Fri. 1555 S. Wells Ave.; 775-323-1211; Raspcallion.com; Find Rapscallion Seafood House on Facebook.
Roundabout Grill Chef Colin Smith brings edgy comfort food to one of the most beautiful restaurant spaces in the region, located at the downtown Reno arch inside the Whitney Peak Hotel. The family-owned business of Roundabout Catering & Party Rentals lends its longstanding reputation in the community to Roundabout Grill, offering creative, innovative cuisine and friendly service in an inviting atmosphere. The space is perfect for private parties or corporate events. Open 6 – 11 a.m. and 4 – 9 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat., 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. Happy Hour 4 – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Weekend brunch features family-style servings, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat. – Sun. Complimentary valet parking for Roundabout Grill guests. 255 N. Virginia St.; 775-398-5454; Roundaboutgrill.com; Find Roundabout Grill on Facebook.
Simple Ice Cream Sandwiches This new spot is bringing common sense back. Located in the front of Junkee Clothing Exchange, an eclectic store featuring recycled items in the heart of Midtown, Simple’s walls feature common sense quotes such as, “Don’t Eat Yellow Snow” and “Keep it simple, keep it you.” We invite you to make a day of exploring the dynamic neighborhood and treat yourself to an ice cream sandwich for less than $5. Open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. 960 S. Virginia St.; 775-322-4604; Simpleicecreamsandwiches.com.
SouthCreek Pizza Co. Experience this welcoming family-owned neighborhood restaurant that serves handcrafted, wood-fired, brick-oven pizza cooked in an imported Italian oven. Also enjoy chef Ian Madan’s fresh salads, house-made meatballs, garlic shrimp, wood-roasted string beans, and baby back ribs. The charcuterie and cheese plates are terrific additions to the menu and change periodically. Another treat is the mozzarella, which is made daily in house. Choose from a carefully selected wine and beer list that includes four beers and two wines on tap. Be sure to check out the daily lunch and dinner specials. Enjoy the patio (open during spring and summer). Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tues. – Fri. Happy Hour 2:30 – 5 p.m. Tues. – Fri. Dinner 4:30 – 9 p.m. Tues. – Fri., lunch and dinner 1 – 9 p.m. Sat., dinner 4:30 – 9 p.m. Sun. South Creek Shopping Center, 45 Foothill Road; 775-622-1620; Southcreekpizza.com; Find Southcreek Pizza Co. on Facebook.
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 a fresh, gourmet feel. Open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sat. – Sun. Happy Hour 4 -6 p.m. Mon. – Fri. 475 S. Arlington Ave.; 775-348-7481; Thebrewerscabinet.com
The Cheese Board Under new ownership by longtime staffers Krista Phillips and Caitlin Fletcher, The Cheese Board still offers all the artisanal and locally sourced yumminess you’ve loved for more than 35 years! The relaxed dining room always is packed full of foodies enjoying fresh-with-a-twist soups by chef Kaimi, sensational seasonal salads, and the most delicious quiche in town, along with mouth-watering grilled sandwiches, pastas, and more. Vegan and gluten-free menu items always are available. Sit outside and watch the world go by while enjoying one of the tasty desserts baked by Andrea, local Blind Dog coffee, or a glass of wine personally selected by Caitlin. Extraordinary catering services for all occasions, too. Need food to go? Check out the online menus, from sandwiches to corporate lunches to hors d’oeuvres. Open 11 a.m. – 4-ish p.m. Mon. – Sat. 247 California Ave.; 775-323-3115; Cheeseboardcatering.com; Find The Cheese Board Catering Co. on Facebook.
The DeLuxe at West Street At this new counter-service restaurant, you’ll enjoy an eclectic range of organic and locally sourced cuisine. The staff works directly with local food producers to craft seasonal menus that highlight delicious products coming from the local foodshed. Delivering these amazing products to customers is where the fun starts. Look for Café DeLuxe favorites such as the Hand Salad and new staples such as bánh mì sandwiches and organic pho. Along with the quality meats served, all items on the menu are designed for those who enjoy vegan, gluten-free, and flavor-filled foods. Don’t miss Café DeLuxe-style brunch every Sunday. The Electric Blue Elephant food truck is available for events and catering. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. – Sat. and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. West Street Market, 148 West St., Ste. A-8; 775-686-6773; Deluxereno.com.
The Depot Nestled inside a beautifully restored historic property (the former Nevada-California-Oregon railroad depot built in 1910 by Frederic DeLongchamps), the state’s first brewery-distillery also offers a great restaurant and bar. The owners have paid special attention to local sourcing, quality, and the creation of traditional and innovative products in all four entities (the brewery, distillery, restaurant, and bar). Menu items range from rotisserie chicken, scallops with cauliflower purée, and flat iron steak to burgers, fish and chips, and hearty appetizers. Come in to taste the beers, grab some snacks or dinner, and take in Reno’s history, which surrounds you. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Fri. – Sat. (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.), and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. 325 E. Fourth St.; 775-737-4330; Thedepotreno.com; Find The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery on Facebook.
The Eddy This beer garden and community space is a brand-new spot to enjoy craft beers, fine wines, craft cocktails, food trucks, rotating vendors, bocce ball, community events, and more. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun. – Wed., 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Thurs. – Sat. 16 S. Sierra St. (near Riverside Artist Lofts); Theeddyreno.com; Find The Eddy on Facebook.
Too Soul Tea Co. Café You’ll find a comfortable, friendly environment in this Midtown teahouse café. Choose from more than 100 fine teas and herbal blends, as well as Too Soul blend coffees. Too Soul also offers popular chai drinks, hot chocolates, smoothies, and bottled drinks, as well as monthly and holiday specials. Locally made baked goods, prepared sandwiches, wraps, and other snack choices are available with vegan and gluten-free options. Grab them to go or stay and relax (sit indoors and out, and Wi-Fi is available). Come in for tea tastings any day or create your own blend. Choose from black, green, herbal, hibiscus, rooibos, chai, white, and oolong teas. Discover extraordinary blends, such as Four Horsemen Black Tea, Blackberry Sage, 7 Seas, and Pomegranate Mojito Green. Pots, presses, and accessories also are available. Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun. 542½ Plumas St. (near California Avenue); 775-322-2001; new location now open in the lobby of the Airport Gardens office building at 1325 Airmotive Way; open 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 775-440-1333; Toosoulteaco.com; Find Too Soul Tea Co. on Facebook and Instagram.
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. Gluten-free and vegan options available, and local and organic ingredients used whenever possible. Sit out on the patio (weather permitting) or book the private room for events and meetings. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat. 85 Foothill Road, No. 4; 775-853-YOSH (9674); Yoshsdeli.com; Find Yosh’s Unique Deli on Facebook.
Lighthouse Coffee This family-owned shop serves organic coffee sourced from fair-trade, Grade A farms and roasted locally at its very own roasting facility in Reno. Lighthouse Coffee serves up a wide range of espresso drinks, teas, shakes, and smoothies, and its breakfast and lunch offerings include bagels, quiches, scones, waffles, and other locally made treats. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Vista location: Open 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat., 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun. 5255 Vista Blvd., Ste. C-2; 775-870-1380; Marina location: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Sat., 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun.; 325 Harbour Cove Drive, Ste. 101; 775-470-5301; Lighthousecoffeeshop.com; Find Lighthouse Coffee Co. on Facebook.
Seven Troughs Distilling Co. Visit one of Nevada’s first distilleries for a tour or tasting of small-batch artisanal spirits crafted in the early American tradition. Open 3 – 6 p.m. Thurs. – Fri., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat., or by appointment. 1155 Watson Way, Ste. 5; 775-525-9350; 7troughsdistilling.com; Find Seven Troughs Distilling Co. on Facebook.
Jake’s on the Lake Family owned and operated since 1978, Jake’s on the Lake is a wonderful waterfront dining experience. Soak in spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and enjoy a flavorful meal while being treated to warm, mountain aloha hospitality. The menu is inspired by Californian and Hawaiian flavors, with an abundant variety of fresh seafood, quality meats, and seasonal produce. Wherever possible Jake’s integrates local and sustainable ingredients. Summer hours: Lunch served daily starting at 11:30 a.m. Cafe/bar open daily from 4:30 p.m. Dinner served daily starting at 5 p.m. 780 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City; 530-583-0188; Jakestahoe.com; Find Jake's on the Lake on Facebook.
Burger Me Indulge in real, fresh food. This tasty burger joint serves up old-fashioned big burgers, with local, natural ingredients. You won’t find any gluten, hormones, or antibiotics in the variety of protein the restaurant offers, including beef, bison, chicken, turkey, lamb, and ahi tuna. Other choices include house-made veggie burgers, delicious shakes, malts, hand-dipped onion rings, sweet potato fries, and savory garlic fries. A craving for a burger and fries can be both delicious and a little healthy, made from fresh, local ingredients. Rent the Burger Me truck for catering, business lunches, and private parties. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. 10418 Donner Pass Road; 530-587-8852; Realfreshburger.com; Find Burger Me on Facebook.
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. Great beer and food by people who love beer and food. FiftyFifty has won numerous international awards for its beers, which all are brewed on site at the pub. It proudly serves these up alongside all-natural meats, organic produce, and fresh pub-style innovations. FiftyFifty serves lunch and dinner and also features a full bar, seasonal outdoor seating on the patio (weather permitting), and live music and entertainment. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat. 11197 Brockway Road; 530-587-BEER; Fiftyfiftybrewing.com; Find FiftyFifty Brewing Co. on Facebook.
Full Belly Deli Enjoy gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups and breads, catering services, and patio dining (weather permitting). Open 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat. 10825 Pioneer Trail Road, Ste. 103; 530-550-9516; Fullbellydelitruckee.com; Find Full Belly Deli on Facebook.
Morgan’s Lobster Shack Treat yourself to some of the freshest seafood around, flown in almost every day and never frozen. Grab a lobster mac and cheese at the restaurant or pick up fish to cook at home through Morgan’s market. You can also visit Morgan’s Lobster Shack in Reno. Open daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 10089 W. River St.; 530-582-5000; Morganslobstershack.com; Find Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market on Facebook.