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Four Days in Northern Nevada: Where to Eat?

atdleft Mar 23, 2011 08:35 PM

I will be in Northern Nevada for four days starting this Saturday, and I'm wondering what's worth trying while I'm up north. I'll be in Reno on Saturday, then possibly Tahoe on Sunday, then Carson City Monday and Tuesday. So where should I go? Any "must eat" destinations in each locale?

I'll likely do dinner out in Reno on Saturday, then I may have lunch at Tahoe on Sunday, then I'll probably have one "free night" in Carson to go out.

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  1. janetofreno RE: atdleft Mar 23, 2011 11:59 PM

    Steve Timko is probably the guy to ask; he keeps up with the most recent changes to the Reno restaurant scene. I haven't lived in Reno for a couple of years so have to rely on updates from friends. I know that Sezmu in Reno is a great choice for upscale dining, if you can still get a reservation that would be a good Saturday night alternative.

    "Must eat" in Carson City? You got me there. I don't know if its still there, but last time I was there I had breakfast at a nice little coffee house right across from the legislative building that has a real "Berkeley" feel. Comma Coffee is the name. It still has a website up, so I'm hoping that means its alive and well. Good breakfast; great prices. The Villa Basque Deli is popular for lunch (try the Chorizo). Z Bistro next door to the Villa Basque Deli would be a great spot for dinner (I've eaten there several times and really enjoyed it), but they only serve dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. French. Unfortunately they aren't open for lunch on Monday either. It would be a good choice for a Tuesday lunch.

    One of the Basque family-style restaurants in Reno would also be a good "only in Northern Nevada" experience. Some folks like the Santa Fe, some like Louis' Basque Corner, some hate them both. I say have a picon punch and then have another and you won't care about the food, but you will have a good time with friendly folks. Besides, its something you definitely can't get in Vegas (yes, I know where you're from and no, I'm not stalking you....I saw your Facebook post about this -- just proof that Nevada is a small state since we all seem to know each other in more than one way:-)

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    Louis' Basque Corner
    301 E 4th St, Reno, NV 89512

    Comma Coffee
    312 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701

    Villa Basque Deli & Cafe
    730 Basque Way, Carson City, NV 89706

    Z Bistro
    725 Basque Way, Carson City, NV 89706

    Sezmu Restaurant
    670 Mount Rose St, Reno, NV 89509

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    1. re: janetofreno
      bill2975 RE: janetofreno Mar 24, 2011 12:06 AM

      If you do try the Santa Fe, consider just having a beer in the bar and ordering some of the tapas. The lamp "lolipop" chops are absolutely wonderful, and a real bargain at $5 for four of them (no, that's not a typo). Most of the other tapas are pretty good, too.

      My favorite restaurant in Carson City is Z Bistro, if the timing works, but Garibaldi's for Italian has been pretty good, too. I've also heard that The Basil for Thai is good, but haven't been there myself.

      1. re: janetofreno
        atdleft RE: janetofreno Mar 24, 2011 11:05 AM

        Thanks!

        It's OK. I know you're not stalking me. And yes, Nevada is a small state where everyone has connections to just about everyone else.

        I was thinking about doing Santa Fe anyway, so that will probably stay on my "short list" of places to eat. I was also thinking about trying Adele's in Carson, since they're somewhat famous (for both the food and the legendary politician-lobbyist dealmaking lunches) I was thinking that might be worth a try.

        1. re: atdleft
          c oliver RE: atdleft Mar 27, 2011 09:24 PM

          I'm too late to this but, for future references, Adele's is related to Stone House Cafe in Reno where we've always enjoyed everything. And LOVE Santa Fe Hotel for the tapas. If you order three dishes, it's only $12. Last time we got two of the lamb chops and substituted a salad. What a deal!

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          Santa Fe Hotel
          235 Lake St, Reno, NV 89501

          Stone House Cafe
          1907 S Arlington Ave, Reno, NV 89509

      2. SteveTimko RE: atdleft Mar 24, 2011 11:08 AM

        Reno: 5th Street Bakehouse is a small place with a limited menu but most things are a home run. Sandwiches and small plates. They've started offering dinner Friday and Saturday nights. In fact, there's a group meeting there this Saturday night. But you probably need reservations because it's so small. The dinner is mostly tapas-style small plates.
        I like Sezmu in Reno. It's closing. Fourth Street Bistro is also quite nice. I'd pick Santa Fe over Louis Basque Corner.
        Carson City: I love Z Bistro. French-style cuisine. I believe they're open for lunch. Also Villa Basque Deli for excellent chorizo they make themselves. Z Bistro and Villa Basque Deli are next to each other.

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        Villa Basque Deli & Cafe
        730 Basque Way, Carson City, NV 89706

        Z Bistro
        725 Basque Way, Carson City, NV 89706

        Sezmu Restaurant
        670 Mount Rose St, Reno, NV 89509

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        1. re: SteveTimko
          c oliver RE: SteveTimko Mar 27, 2011 09:29 PM

          I just called Sezmu and confirmed that they are closing because the landlord isn't renewing their lease. Their last night is April 16. They're looking for another space.

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          Sezmu Restaurant
          670 Mount Rose St, Reno, NV 89509

          1. re: c oliver
            nancyhudson RE: c oliver Mar 28, 2011 04:46 PM

            Really-not willing to renew their lease in these economic times? Seems crazy, but I hope it's true that they plan to re-open elsewhere ... it's my fave Reno restaurant and I am going to make it in before the 16th, come hell or high water!

            1. re: nancyhudson
              c oliver RE: nancyhudson Mar 28, 2011 05:17 PM

              We've never even been there and we live on Mt. Rose. Sacriligious.

              There's a very busy coffee shop next door. Wonder what their situation is. But I'm with you, seems odd. Maybe that's just the official 'story.'

        2. KKolvet RE: atdleft Mar 28, 2011 01:26 PM

          I'm late to the game here but it sounds like you are still in the area... Though perhaps only in Carson at this point. So... I must echo c oliver's rec for Adele's in Carson. You can tell the the chef is on his game there and you will not be disappointed! I went out on a limb and ordered sand dabs the last time I was there and WOW! was it ever excellent?! The ambiance lends itself to eating solo if need be (I have done so a few times), but you may find the people the next table over willing to chat. Good ol' friendly NV! That being said, I don't have as much experience eating in Carson, but I know what I like and I really love Adele's! (Please post feedback when you have concluded your trip.)

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