5 Hidden Gems for Eating Out in Reno

For visitors to Reno, the twinkling casino lights can draw you in like a moth to a flame. It’s easy to get pulled in to the glow and spend your time walking the line at resort buffets, but this old west American town has a thriving food scene just outside the ring of slot machines. Get off the eaten path and discover Reno’s hidden gems.

Louis’ Basque Corner

A Reno institution for over 50 years, Louis’ Basque features hearty Basque dishes. Diners can feast on stews of rabbit and oxtail while sipping a Reno classic- Picon Punch. The picon punch cocktail was developed in the west by Basque immigrants. The addictingly bitter and sweet drink is made from grenadine, club soda, brandy and Amer Picon, an orange and herbal flavored liqueur.

Simple Sandwiches Ice Cream

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This darling ice cream sandwich shop is a testament to the idea that simple is better. While the concept is, the results are nothing short of delicious. Pick one of the current cookie or doughnut flavors, pick from 10 ever-changing ice cream flavors, and they’ll fashion it into a delectable ice cream sandwich. Everything is sourced locally, and the shop is full of friendly folks.

Carlillos Cocina

If you blink, you’ll miss this retro Mexican food diner located off of Rock Boulevard in Sparks. Inside this small vintage building, a father-and-son team is serving massive plates of south of the border favorites. It’s a favorite of locals who line up out the door for a chance to feast on the burritos, enchiladas, and tortas. The restaurant is counter seating only, offering guests a live show to the magic happening in the kitchen.

Calafuria

Calafuria is Reno’s answer to Italian fine-dining. It’s not your typical Italian; the menu is an ode to coastal Tuscan food. On the weekends you can go all in with the prix fixe menu. It’s great for groups. It’s lovely for a date. And if you’re dying to taste their signature baccala but can’t rally your friends, it’s an excellent spot for solo dining. Short story- there’s no good reason not to try Calafuria.

Reno Food Tours

Choosing is hard. Save yourself the stress and let Reno Food Tours take you on a dining tour of Midtown or Downtown or both! On a Reno Food Tour, we’ve done all the hard work for you. You can taste through many of Reno’s Hidden Gems in one day! We’ll give you the inside track to Reno’s tastiest treats, along with insight into Reno’s dynamic art scene. Book Your Tour!

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