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LloydG Feb 8, 2011 09:55 AM

I'll be in Reno later this month for a meeting, staying at the Silver Legacy. Can anyone recommend some good places in walking distance (I won't have a car) for dinner? I can always eat in the hotel restaurants, but if there is something chow-worthy nearby I'd prefer that.

I will eat pretty much any cuisine, and althoug I'm not too concerned about price, cheap dives are fine by me.



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    Atochabsh Feb 20, 2011 09:28 PM

    We prefer the steakhouse in the El Dorado. But for the price of a taxi, you can get prime grade steaks at Cactus Creek in the little Bonanza Casino. 4720 North Virginia St. Reno, NV 89506 For the price of the taxi and the meal, you'll probably still pay less then a dinner at either Silver Legacy or El Dorado (though both those steakhouses are very good). Its less then 10 min. drive. We also prefer the buffet at El Dorado. The best bang for your buck is the Americana Cafe in Circus Circus.

    Rapscallions is also fantastic, but pricey. 1555 South Wells Avenue, Reno, NV Again, a taxi would be needed.

    Not far away is Old Granite Eatery. I have not personally eaten here, but its gotten great reviews and I believe Guy Fieri had it on his Diner Drive-Ins and Dives show. 243 S Sierra St

    Bonanza Casino
    4720 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89506

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      Enoteca Feb 20, 2011 09:08 PM

      Silver Peak Grill and Taproom on 1st & Sierra is a very good pub. Also, C. Oliver is correct about Zagol, the Ethiopian restaurant on E. 4th. Wonderful food and delightful ladies waiting on you! Roxy in the El Dorado Casino/Hotel is very good, too!

      855 E 4th St Ste H, Reno, NV 89512

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      1. re: Enoteca
        LloydG Feb 28, 2011 06:47 AM

        Thanks everyone.

        I did end up at Silver Peak. I thought the food was pretty good and I really liked the beer.

        Unfortunately, the rest of my meals ended up being in the hotel, as I was at a professional meeting and there were several group dinners. Maybe I'll explore more on future trips.

      2. c oliver Feb 10, 2011 05:39 PM

        If you have a breakfast available for Saturday or Sunday, check out Brickie's Tavern. Nancy Hudson likes their burgers at lunch; haven't tried those.


        1. c oliver Feb 10, 2011 05:26 PM

          We went to Zagol a few nights ago and LOVED it. It's the only Ethiopian restaurant in Reno which probably isn't a surprise. It's a short cab ride and really worth it. I owe CH a review but for now trust me. You won't be disappointed. We're having leftovers tonight :)


          855 E 4th St Ste H, Reno, NV 89512

          1. nancyhudson Feb 9, 2011 12:29 PM

            I'll second the Santa Fe (basque) and Thai Chili (my preference over Bangkok, altho it is a bit of a walk from the Silver Legacy), and will also add Old Granite Street and La Famiglia - both easy walks from Silver Legacy. Don't rely on the link here for La Famiglia - it's incorrect.

            Santa Fe Hotel
            235 Lake St, Reno, NV 89501

            Thai Chili Restaurant
            1030 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502

            Old Granite Street
            S Sierra St W Liberty St, Reno, NV 89501

            1. SteveTimko Feb 8, 2011 01:15 PM

              Pho 777 on Second near Lake is my favorite Vietnamese place. Pho Country is across the street from the Silver Legacy. I ate there once and liked it.
              Santa Fe is a Basque hotel with family style seating. Pretty good food, although it can be hit or miss. If it haven't tried this kind of family-style dining (they sit you at a long table next to strangers) I highly recommend it. They were also serving tapas-style dishes in their bar. I'm not sure if they're still doing that. Since you're walking, try a picon punch. You drink the first one and the second and third are better. You'll be blitzed.
              Sterling's in the Silver Legacy has a Sunday brunch that people seem to love. I haven't tried it yet. Kokopelli's is an all-you-can-eat sushi place in Circus Circus that was good the last time I tried it, but that was a couple of years ago.
              The diner in the Little Nugget under the Reno Arch has the Awful Awful, a great burger.
              Also consider riding the bus from the terminal a block east of the Silver Legacy and go down South Virginia Street to one of two Thai places. Bankok Cuisine on Mount Rose Street (not the mount Rose Highway) is good. I also like Thai Chili on South Virginia Street.

              Thai Chili Restaurant
              1030 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502

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              1. re: SteveTimko
                bill2975 Feb 8, 2011 09:20 PM

                I've had tapas at the Santa Fe a couple of times in the last few weeks (starting in the bar at 5:00PM), Don't miss the lollypop lamb chops - four of them for $5 - they're fabulous. And the calamari was very good, too.

                One tapas dish is $5, or you can get three dishes for $12.

                Heck of a deal.

                I also ate at Fuego the other night with friends, and the paella was quite good, not dried out at all.

                1. re: bill2975
                  c oliver Feb 10, 2011 05:23 PM

                  Those lamb chops at Santa Fe Hotel are fantastic IMO. We were there last week and got two orders of the lamb and one of French fries. House wine (cheap but swallowabl!) for $12. So dinner for two was $22 plus.

                  They have what they call sliders. A slice of toasted baguette, a little marinara sauce ?, a meat ball, a slice of cheese. All melted. Tasty. We've had their tapas a bunch of times thanks to Steve and are never disappointed.

                  Santa Fe Hotel
                  235 Lake St, Reno, NV 89501

                  1. re: bill2975
                    c oliver Mar 29, 2011 07:24 PM

                    bill, I just saw an ad for Fuego. Looked interesting. Thanks for mentioning it.

                    We had lunch today at Thai Chili. Our first time there but not our last. Loved it. We had the Panang curry and the drunken noodles as lunch specials. Started with a lovely little clear broth soup with celery (I think) and small cubes of tofu. They offer heat levels 1 to 5. We got 4 which was GREAT but next time maybe a 3 and a 4. Went to King Ranch Market afterwards and the manager thought we'd been out in the sun our faces were so red :) I recommend it very, very highly.

                    Thai Chili Restaurant
                    1030 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502

                    1. re: c oliver
                      nancyhudson Mar 29, 2011 09:35 PM

                      My favorite Thai in Reno, most definitely.

                  2. re: SteveTimko
                    nvcook Feb 13, 2011 07:38 PM

                    Steve, Steve, Steve....Picons are like breasts, 1 isn't enough, 2 are perfect and three are too many

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                      KKolvet Feb 15, 2011 12:22 PM

                      People are walking by my office wondering why I've fallen off my chair from laughing so flippin' hard!

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