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Where to Eat in Reno

Where to Eat in Reno

[ October 8, 2009 - 2:52pm ]
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The Biggest Little City in the world has plenty of meals and drinks with funny names you’ve probably never heard of but should try.

It’s going to happen. You’re going to end up in Reno. The so-called Biggest Little City in the world is within an hour of Mt. Rose, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, and Sugar Bowl. While you’re there you might want to consider trying the brandy-based Picon Punch or the Awful Awful—a local culinary masterpiece.

Lincoln Lounge

Just down the street from the new Reno Aces Ballpark, the laid-back Lincoln Lounge has quickly become one of Reno’s favorite bars. The décor is modeled after prohibition-era speakeasies—the bar is draped in funky wallpaper and covered with trippy paintings. The crowd is diverse; everyone seems to like the place. Join the locals on Tuesdays for $7 six-packs of Olympia and PBR. [; 775-323-5426]

St. James Infirmary

The St. James Infirmary is well known for its specialty drinks, like the Moscow Mule, made with vodka, ginger mix, and ginger ale. The white leather booths, vintage photographs, jukebox, and an old school black and white photo booth add to the old-fashioned vibe. Locals love to sip cocktails on the roof-top patio in the summer. [; 775-657-8484]

Louie’s Basque Corner

Basque shepherds used to tend to their flocks in Reno’s Washoe Valley. Louie’s Basque Corner, one of few remaining Basque restaurants, is a popular spot. Start your meal with a traditional Picon Punch, made with grenadine, Torani syrup, soda water, and brandy. Then try the lamb or sweetbreads. Bring a friend: They offer family-style portions of wine, soup, salad, beans, entrees, potatoes, and dessert. [775-323-7203]

Sushi Pier

People say you shouldn’t eat sushi in the desert. I disagree. Sushi Pier is a local’s favorite, offering all-you-can-eat sushi for $13.95 (lunch) and $17.95 (dinner). The skilled chefs craft an extensive menu of nigiri and hand and long rolls with words like “mountain” and “avalanche” in the names. [; 775-825-6776]

Nugget Diner

For more than 20 years, the Nugget Diner, right next to the Reno arch, has been serving up the infamous Awful Awful. Named for being awful big and awful good, it’s a cheeseburger the size of your head with lettuce, tomato, onion, and special sauce on a toasted onion bun and served atop a mountain of fries. All that, and it’s only $5.50 and available all night long. [775-323-0716]

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