Wild River Grille – on the banks of the Truckee River downtown, in the Riverwalk District and just down the street from my work, in the historic Artist Lofts Building. I tried to eat outside here today but the breeze kicked up and made it slightly too cold. Obviously I was the only one brave enough to try it, as you can see from the empty tables everywhere...
The patio is spacious and has a view of the river, and when it's not so cold there's live music out here too. I work until 6 pm M-Th. so I usually miss the happy hour specials, but one day a month I’m off at 5, so I have an hour to get in on the fun! Today was my shorter day, so wahooooo.
Since they’re right across the street from the Pioneer Center, they also offer Broadway dinner specials! This is a four-course meal themed after the play.
This month they’re showing the Wizard of Oz at the theater, and check out their menu for it!!
Indoors is beautiful, as well. Here's a view of the main dining room, the River Room.
Around the corner is where I ate tonight...
And now for the food... (forgot to show my drink, which was a gorgeous Tequila Sunrise!)
The Wild River salad, with pecans, gorgonzola, apples and more. So refreshing and delicioso. The wings were amazing as well - I tried Garlic Parmesan but they also have Thai wings on the menu (next time!!)
This is a great spot for corporate events, weddings, etc. and large groups of up to 120. Whether you visit here at night outdoors with the cafe lights strung overhead or you're inside with the lovely soft glow, it's a nice romantic riverside ambiance.
I’m so glad I discovered Fin & Filet! This restaurant is tucked away in a charming red brick building just diagonal from my office building! I’ve driven by it hundreds of times and never known it was there! This historical building was first home to a family grocery store in 1927, but ever since 2015, it’s been a restaurant.
Back patio - there be my B of A building in the background looming over all.
Happy hour is 4-6 Monday thru Friday. Half price appetizers but full flavor - these are truly 4-star dishes with the most elegant presentation and a decadent, rich taste. I ordered the pork belly, which came with greens and a blackberry on top. Doesn’t this look dessert-ish?
It was delicious, but a little too fatty for me. (I don’t know what I expected with a name referencing the enormous gut of a pig)
The Brussels sprouts were the absolute best thing here!!! I'm normally not a huge fan of the green little devils, but when they are braised with a white wine sauce, you can’t help but love them. Mmmm. New project to recreate at home!
My drink was a S’more martini – topped with a humongous roasted marshmallow, rimmed with graham cracker crumbs & caramel (which some loon with dry fingertips attempted to steal!) In the drink itself was Irish cream which is all I needed to hear. Sooo good.
This is a jalapeno/watermelon margarita rimmed with sugar & jalapeno – just the right amount of spice!
Ahi tartare - couldn't bring myself to try this. Just not a fishy girl yet.
I didn't try this coconut shrimp either, but isn't it pretty?
Bone marrow – now I can say I’ve tried it and I won’t be trying it again. In Bible times it was a delicacy but I’m not living in those times and it wasn’t delicate to me. Everything around it tasted fantastic, however.
I really love the ambiance in here. Brick walls, soft lighting and an awesome picture of the Reno skyline.
On the side there is this mural:
Another local gem!!
Little Waldorf Saloon – Reno’s oldest restaurant since 1922. Known as “The Wal”, it’s right across the street from UNR and a natural hangout for the college crowd. I first came here years ago on a Sunday because of their famous Penny Burger special – buy one burger & get one for a penny! (Sunday 11 am – 4 pm)
Pictured here is the famous "Great Bacon" which has all the things I need on a burger - bacon, cheddar and BBQ sauce. I'm a minimalist, what can I say? The fries are free, so share with your buddies!
The atmosphere is really unique – Nevada memorabilia everywhere along with wagons, planes, cannons, saddles, (stuffed) animals, etc. I really don’t want to be here in the event of a big earthquake…
The specials here are great! Happy hour is daily from 4-7 pm and you can get bar food for just $2.99...
Different days boast a different special, like Pizza Mondays (half off pizza) and on weekends from 11-3, Mimosas are BOGO!
They’ve got a jukebox, foosball table, pool tables, space for dancing too. Always some kind of party going on here, like trike races on Wednesdays and on Thursdays – college night – DJ & dancing. (I’ll stick with visiting on the other 5 days of the week ;)
TVs everywhere so you don’t miss any games!
Open daily from 11 am – “until we’re done having fun” :) Gotta love it! Make sure you check out this fun hangout.
Another favorite of mine, this place is located in a lovely grey brick building located on Sierra Street in between the heart of downtown and Midtown. From my office I have a bird’s eye view of it.
I walked here for lunch yesterday because I’m totally enjoying this warm spring weather finally! It's one of the many great lunch places within walking distance, too.
Lots of character and charm in this old building built in 1940, named because this street used to be Granite Street until it wasn’t. Happy hour is from 3-6 on weekdays, and on Mondays all bottles of wine under $100 are half off. Also you can stop in on weekend mornings for brunch.
This drink is called a winter spiced sparker and it consists of house-made apricot bourbon, winter spice syrup, lemon and sparkling wine. To me it’s like champagne meets autumn. I'm also diggin' the water in the old Jack Daniels bottle - awesome touch.
My lunch was phenomenal! This is the best pulled pork sandwich I’ve had in Reno! It’s only topped by the one I had a few years back in Seattle at Local 360. Super refreshing salad to go with it. I totally cleaned this plate, which is rare for me!
It’s like stepping inside a 1940s train depot in here with the high ceilings, wood furniture and high-backed booths. I love the feel in here.
Be sure to check out their bar Royce next door, outdoor patio and all. Soon come the days of outdoor dining - can't wait!