Archive for the 'Reno' Category
by Sherril Steele-Carlin
4th STREET BISTRO
3065 W 4th Street, Reno, NV 89523
Chef Natalie and co-owner Carol have a hit on their hands because they insist on local, organic ingredients, Niman Ranch hormone-free beef, and consistently put out some of the best food in Reno. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here, but Chef Natalie’s seafood is especially well-prepared, if it’s on the menu, the Mahi Mahi with polenta is just as close to heaven as you can get in a restaurant. The Red Walnut salad topping makes my mouth water every time I walk in the door. Say yes to dessert with the sinfully rich Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache Torte with a Pecan Crust & Caramel Sauce, paired with a Canadian ice wine, and you’ll see why 4th Street is my top pick.
by Sherril Steele-Carlin
CAFÃ‰ BELLA SERA
121 Vesta Street, Reno, NV 89502-2913
A new entry into Reno’s dining scene, CafÃ© Bella Sera brings in fresh foods from the East Coast and beyond every day to recreate a New York dining experience. The portions are large, and the prices, well, reflect the imported ingredients, but it’s some of the best Italian food in the area. Dino’s meatballs (the most tender and luscious meatballs I’ve ever tasted), will serve two to four easily, and entrees are massive, expect lots of leftovers. Pair that with a good wine list, a lounge, bar with entertainment, cigars in the bar, and excellent service. That makes CafÃ© Bella Sera is an excellent choice for that special night out.
FRESH MEX RESTAURANT
985 West Fifth Street, Reno, 89503
Locals are just beginning to discover this hidden gem on Fifth Street near Keystone. It serves up great tasting Mexican food, and tacos start at $1. That’s right, a buck for some of the best tacos in town! This is a fast-food type restaurant, so don’t expect a lot of ambiance inside. However, if you like tasty tacos, complete with homemade tortillas and all the trimmings, you won’t be disappointed here. Many people make the mistake of thinking Fresh Mex is a chain, but it’s not. It’s locally owned and operated by Jesus Gutierrez, a chef who worked in casinos before he had the opportunity to own his own restaurant.
719 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89501
6135 Lakeside Drive, Reno, NV 89509
Yum, Luciano’s has been an Italian pacesetter in Reno for years. The Lakeside location is newer and more intimate than the downtown location, so it’s my choice for a romantic as well as delicious Italian meal. Owner and Chef Luciano Pilisi grew up in Italy so he knows his way around a pasta pot. My favorite choices at either location include the fried calamari appetizer (the only calamari I’ll eat in town), and fantastic ravioli that simply melts in your mouth. The Antipasto tray is my husband’s favorite.
THE LITTLE NUGGET
233 North Virginia Street, Reno, 89502
If you want the best burger in Reno, head to the Little Nugget Casino in downtown Reno and ask for the “Awful-Awful.” For only $3.99 every day, you’ll get a massive burger with all the trimmings, served along with a huge basket of crispy french fries. It’s the best deal in town, and the best burger to boot. The restaurant, if you can call it that, is miniscule, with a counter and only a few seats. It’s located in the very rear of the casino, and expect it to be crowded no matter what time of day you visit. The food is simple, homemade before your eyes, and anything you choose here is good. However, nothing packs the punch of the Awful-Awful.
TOUCAN CHARLIE’S BUFFET & GRILLE AT THE ATLANTIS
3800 South Virginia Street,. Reno, NV 89502
(800) 723-6500 or (775) 825-4700
This buffet consistently gets voted one of the best in Reno for Sunday brunch. Sometimes service can be spotty, which drops it down on my list. The food choices are almost endless, however, from oysters on the half-shell to custom-cooked omelets and an Asian wok station, Mongolian BBQ, and South of the border choices. I particularly like the Mongolian BBQ, where you can watch the chef prepare the ingredients you choose, and the omelet station. My husband swears by the seafood choices here, which seem endless. Champagne is included with brunch, which makes it a great deal, too.