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When you visit Reno, there are a few bites you can’t miss. And being a western town, many of them revolve around beef — steaks and burgers make an appearance on most menus in town. Here are the five best Reno-specific food experiences that Forbes Travel Guide’s editors recommend:
1. Breakfast at Peg’s. Start your day with the best breakfast in town at Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs, located downtown on South Sierra Street. Try the chilaquiles or huevos rancheros. Be sure to ask about the secret “not on the menu” selections of the day.
2. Devour the Awful Awful. For the messiest but most delicious burger in town, we recommend The Nugget’s Awful Awful, the joy of many a college student and late night card player. The all-night burger joint is hidden in a tiny corner of the casino. Nab a counter seat and you’ll have plenty of fun people watching.
3. Order up some waffles. Find unique vegan and vegetarian meals at the hide-away joint Pneumatic Diner (it’s upstairs with an entrance on Ralston Street). The waffles are a favorite; it’s also a good spot for creative drink concoctions.
4. Sip Mexican hot chocolate. Finish up your evening with a dessert cocktail and chocolate fondue at The Chocolate Bar, a chic bar and dessert venue that gets crowded fast – send a couple of friends ahead to hold your table. The Mexican hot chocolate is also a spicy wonder.
5. Have a Cali-style social hour. Head to Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Atlantis Casino Resort Spa's Bistro Napa for Social Hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), a cool take on happy hour where you can mingle with visitors and locals as snacks and plenty of drinks are served.
1. Start Your Day The Mexican Way: This is the Southwest after all, and Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs has long been Reno’s breakfast favorite, with tis myriad Mexican selections.
2. Go Euro: The weather is good much of the year, so enjoy a late afternoon or early evening on the rooftop bar at Brasserie Saint James with a house made Belgian beer and one of several mussel or charcuterie options.
3. Think Red Meat: This is meat and potato country, and the best steakhouse in town is the one in Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, with high quality USDA prime beef, and all the classic accompaniments, from jumbo shrimp cocktails to creamed spinach.
4. Red Meat, Part 2: It may not look like much, but the Cactus Creek Steakhouse in the Bonanza casino consistently wins top spot in local readers polls, thanks to its standout prime rib – this is what you come for, thick, juicy and succulent.
5. Basque in Time: Reno was once a huge sheepherding community and traces of its Basque heritage remain. Take a seat at one of the family style tables at Louis’ Basque Corner and dig in to either classic Basque specialties or the heaping mounds of American comfort foods served up in the uniquely convivial atmosphere.