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staying at the el dorado to see reba. anywhere good to eat in walking distance??

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  1. There's an excellent vietnamese restaurant called Golden Flower. Great spring rolls, shrimp on sugar cane skewers, and any crispy noodle dish.

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      janet of reno

      You might try the La Strada restaurant within the El Dorado. Reliable italian. Known for their mushroom raviolis. Golden Flower on 5th has decent Vietnamese, inexpensive. The Nugget for their Awful-awful (big, sloppy, good hamburger.....). Enoy

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      1. re: janet of reno

        I second Janet's recommendation for La Strada in the El Dorado. Can be a little spendy. And as someone else pointed, the El Dorado generally has good food. The Awful Awful is in the Little Nugget under the Reno arch and rates as a Chowhound must. A well-known Bay Area Chowhound, Yimster, gave Kokopelli's sushi bar in Circus Circus a favorable review. I linked to it below.

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. re: Steve Timko

          La Strada is fabulous!!! It's the best Italian I've had outside of Italy.

      2. All of the Eldorado restaurants are better than average. Unfortunately, the quality of the food did not spread to its neighbor the Silver Legacy where the meals have been generally disappointing.

        1. Just a block from Harrah's, towards the river: La Familiglia, sophisticated authentic Italian, great bar, lively atmosphere. 180 E. First Street. Reservations a good idea. Also, a new place, about a mile from donwtown: Sezmu, 670 Mt. Rose Street. sezmurestaurant.com. Fabulous food/bar.

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          1. re: kmarquez

            Sezmu????? Never heard of it!!! What kind of food? Cross street? Details, details!! (and I'll check out the website!)

            BTW, while I was downtown today to go to the movies I noticed a new tea house/bar in the Arlington Towers...looked like a nice place for a drink or a glass of wine...anyone tried it yet?

            1. re: janetofreno

              Sezmu is a wonderful followup to the tragic disappearance of Truffula, which was singularly the best meal I have ever had in Tahoe. I highly suggest making a reservation, and experimenting with the unusual on this menu. This chef is divine, wines exceptional, and the desserts are worth saving room in your belly for.

              1. re: entrelaw

                Apparently the chef at Sezmu was a chef at Truffula, according to the website.

              2. re: janetofreno

                Yes, its a nice place---great tea but also a nice bar at night.

                1. re: janetofreno

                  Ah, Sezmu! Excellent. We're admitted SF food snobs, and finding such a place in Reno was a real treat. Outside the casinos--good. Next to a 7-11--weird. But once inside, all good.

              3. i second la famiglia - gets you out of the casino environment. great food.

                1. OK, about Sezmu: according to the website the chef was formerly at Plumpjack, so this must be the place someone mentioned as soon to open. My husband says that its in the location that used to be Bec's custard....(several blocks west of Virginia...).

                  Since they have small plates, a concept I enjoy, and its near my house, I'll definitely have to check it out soon....

                  1. Walk a few blocks down by the river on West St. to Beaujolais Bistro. Great food and a good Kermit Lynch wines.

                    1. All good but for Vietnamese go to Saigon Pearl on Second in the El Cortez Hotel. Excellent! Can't say it enough.