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Aug 11, 2011 09:46 AM

From Montreal to Reno: where should we eat?

We'll be in Reno for several days for a certain festival coming up. We are two foodies: we eat seafood, cheese, and eggs, but other than that: no meat. We keep coming in to Reno every year without planning ahead and as a result kept eating at the same Thai restaurant over and over again. Help us find some new haunts! I am especially interested in breakfast, he is especially interested in Asian, and we both like pretty much everything!

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  1. Reno is king of all-you-can-eat sushi and I'd say the best is Hiroba Sushi. Very popular so I'd recommend going in the off hours. Usually I love their gravlax, a cured salmon, although this last trip it kind of sucked. Sit at the counter if possible, since that's where you get the best service.
    My favorite places for breakfast are any of the three Peg's Glorified Ham and Eggs as well as 5Th Street Bakehouse at Fifth and Keystone and Krumblz between Kietzke and Renown Regional Medical Center. The latter two have fresh baked goods.
    Lots of good Thai restaurants. I don't know which one you went to. I like Bangkok Cuisine, Thai Chili and Sawadasee in Sparks at Pyramid and McCarran that replaced Isan Thai restaurant.
    Oriental Express in Sparks has a special menu in Chinese. You go there and ask what they're able to prepare that day. Usually the food is a home run there but I've had some bad meals, too. You'll probably get the food on styrofoam plates as it's a to-go kind of place.
    Asian Noodles on Plumb Lane in the Costco Center has some interesting Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.
    I like to steer vegetarians to the lunch buffet at the Indian restaurant at the intersection of South Virginia Street and Vassar Street. I'm not a vegetarian but those vegetable dishes taste so good I don't mind.

    Asian Noodles
    1290 E Plumb Ln Ste I, Reno, NV 89502

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

    Bangkok Cuisine
    55 Mount Rose St, Reno, NV 89509

    Hiroba Sushi
    3005 Skyline Blvd Ste 105, Reno, NV 89509

    1. By the way, one other Asian recommendation. Jia's Wok on Plumb Lane has steam table food for most of its food and I don't recommend that. But if you look on the wall you can pick a fresh made Sichuan soup that is authentic and delicious. And quite spicy.

      Jia's Wok
      477 E Plumb Ln, Reno, NV 89502

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      1. re: SteveTimko

        Thanks Steve, we appreciate it! I checked out Peg's and it says "Best Breakfast in America!!!!" You don't know how exciting this is for me!
        Since have proven to be so knowledgeable, are there any Mexican restaurants that you suggest? It's hard for us to get good Mexican in Montreal.... Thanks!

        1. re: LBeth

          You might also try the fairly new Kimmie's Coffee Cup near Home Depot on South Virginia (near Neil Road) for breakfast. They're very good - better than Peg's, in my opinion.

          A little farther south on Virginia is Murrieta's, which has pretty good Mexican food, though my favorites are Si Amigo at Virginia and Mt Rose Street (a little south of downtown), and Rosita's at Huffaker and South Virginia. If you do go to Rosita's, try the chile relleno burrito.

          Or, if you want a Guadalajara style, low key experience, Beto's on west 5th street is a no frills place with low prices.

          1. re: bill2975

            Thanks Bill. We get into Reno this Saturday, I'm very excited. Chile Relleno is my favorite Mexican street I was excited when I saw that. The funny thing is, I might have even stopped at Rosita's inadvertently when I was in Reno last year! I was extremely overtired and hungry at the time so I can't be sure until I check it out. I remember thinking how good the food was, when I ordered the...chile relleno. Anyway thanks again, and I'll update my impressions in the coming days.

            Rellenos Cafe
            135 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571

          2. re: LBeth

            The Mexican place I eat the most is La Fuente in Sparks. I haven't had a fish dish there in a while.
            A couple of years ago I got a shrimp enchilada at Miguel's on South Virginia Street that was killer. I haven't been back since. But I'm guessing that's a good bet.
            Kimmie's is good. it's more of a traditional diner while Peg's is maybe a little more Californicated. I give Peg's the edge for using better ingredients.
            Last time I ate at Beto's I didn' like it. I don't know if it's a one-time thing or if they're going downhill.
            There's a Mexican place in west Reno I've been meaning to try. I'll check it out and report back.
            For something different, consider Si Amigo on South Virginia Street in Reno. They make food with a peanut sauce from their region in Mexico. My problem with the place is that the tamales and other food seem to have been prepared too far in advance. But it's something a foodie might want to try.
            I thought of another place, but I haven't eaten here in a while and I'm not sure if it's open. It's a Peruvian place called El Tumi. Check this board or the California board for my write ups. They have a nice seafood platter.

            1. re: SteveTimko

              Steve, La Fuente looks amazing. But so does Miguels.... we'll see which one pops its head into our shopping regime. Thanks a million Steve, I am looking forward to tasting some of your haunts! a bientot!

              La Fuente Restaurant
              1710 S Espina St, Las Cruces, NM 88001

              1. re: LBeth

                Not very far away from Miguel's is "Si Amigo", as Steve suggests. I've always had good meals there and like the salsa.

                In the same area is "India Garden", and Indian food has a number of excellent vegetarian dishes. They do a reasonable buffet lunch, too.

                You might try the Atlantis Oyster Bar which goes over the top of Virginia Street in the Atlantis Casino (across from the convention center). You can get there without walking through smoke (a real plus, to me), and the sushi and pan roasts are very good.

                Lastly, if you like sushi, Hiroba Sushi on Skyline near McCarran has a good reputation.

                Hiroba Sushi
                3005 Skyline Blvd Ste 105, Reno, NV 89509

        2. If you are looking for something a bit more upscale, Bistro Napa in Atlantis has excellent California cuisine, with many dishes cooked in a wood burning oven, including their artichoke hearts which are to die for. Their best deal is happy hour in the bar with all small plates and flatbreads and wines by the glass half price.