A great lunch spot if you’re in Midtown, Michael’s Deli has everything - hot & cold sandwiches, salads, wraps, paninis, soups - their menu is teeming with so much variety it’s overwhelming!
This is an extremely popular lunch spot on Virginia Street, and it is almost always packed in here especially during the lunch rush. I can walk here from my office, which is nice too. There’s a back entrance as well, if you can’t find parking in front.
The walls are covered with sports memorabilia and it feels like a corner deli in the heart of New York.
One of my favorite items here is the chicken Caesar wrap . I can’t even begin to describe how delicious these homemade croutons are. This wrap is enormous, too. I usually eat barely half of it and then have leftovers or share with someone.
You can't tell from the picture, but each half is as big as my face.
This is the California melt - As a Californian it makes me proud that whenever you order something with California in the title, you can bet on it usually having avocado!! This is definitely made for 2 people. I can only eat half. (I totally ripped off those onions from my half - GROSS!)
Look at those perfect grill marks. Makes it taste even better!
Stop by to check out more of their great food or have them cater your next luncheon!
If you'll remember last month when I went to Old Granite Street Eatery for the yummiest pulled pork I've had in years - this time I went next door to their sister bar, Royce. And there lives the yummiest cheeseburger in Reno!
It seems like nothing fancy, just your average burger, but it is soooo tasty! It's just $9 (or $10 if you're normal like me and add bacon). It comes with chips that serve as the burger's ugly cousin - just there to keep said burger company but not to outshine it whatsoever. I like to keep things classy by pairing this with a $5 glass of the house red.
Royce is a small bar with some couches and tables and a fireplace.
There's a nice outdoor patio for warmer days soon ahead. "Soon" is open to your interpretation...
I really love the old-fashioned feel in here, especially the ceiling! I look up a LOT when I'm in here....it's just so gorgeous.
So much character. This place has a cozy vibe and fills up pretty quickly. On the wall above the fireplace is this lovely picture.
During happy hour, among other things, you can get select snacks 2 for $10 from Old Granite Street. The bartenders here are super chill and great. I definitely recommend you check out this neat little hideout with the bright red door! Located on Ridge Street just behind the Old Granite Street Eatery on Sierra.
It’s such a cute little café serving healthy and wholesome meals. Their mission: “We support people’s choice to eat healthy by creating a restaurant concept that works for every lifestyle” – awesome! They use locally-grown organic produce whenever possible.
This location (there’s a few others locally) is tucked away in an area of Midtown I don’t normally walk through (behind the Money Tree and the Wild Orchid – any coincidence those places are visited in consecutive order?!). At Great Full Gardens, you can rest assured that the critters you’re eating were all raised right and treated kindly, not injected with hormones and other horrible stuff. It’s at least comforting to know they probably led a nice life before they found their home on my plate…. (I’m by no means a vegetarian, btw).
I had the Fiesta Bowl which is massive (for me at least). I could’ve shared this salad with like 3 other people! It was incredibly filling too. I think I took a total of 5 bites before I packed it up in a go-box.
The fiesta bowl contains: spinach, cabbage, organic quinoa salad, organic black beans, carrots, roasted organic corn, cilantro, tortilla strips, salsa, and cilantro lime dressing which I got on the side and sprinkled on a bit. It’s also gluten free and vegan, neither of which things I am. But it was wholly delicious!
They offer all kinds of food here, including power bowls, sandwiches, soups, salads, tacos, liege waffles (MUST try), pizza, seafood and even burgers! It definitely goes to show that you can eat healthy and still have an amazing flavorful meal. It was very busy when I visited during my 12-1 lunch hour, but I was able to snag a barstool in the corner.
Also, check them out if you are participating in the Reno Vegan Chef Challenge! In the month of April, local restaurants have taken the challenge to serve healthy, filling, and tasty plant-based dishes that will satisfy all eaters, not just the vegans among us. Visit renoveganchefchallenge.com to vote for your favorites! There’s 27 places locally that are participating.
**My participation in the challenge amounted to snapping a picture of their featured dishes**. Do I still get a trophy??? Sorry – I had fiesta bowl on the brain and didn’t have room in my agenda for their agenda. But it all sounds terribly great!!!
Bonus – there’s a rewards program! Each dollar you spend earns you 1 point, and after 100 points you start getting rewards ($6 discount for every 100 points redeemed)
Whenever I visit Grimaldi’s, it makes me want to be more Italian. Just kidding, I’m not Italian, I’m Mexican! (so they tell me). Although my DNA results say I’m primarily from Southwestern Europe.... so.... maybe.
This is in my top 3 for best pizza in a 100-mile radius. I already shared one of these (Smiling With Hope), so now you must wait in suspense for the missing one someday.
Grimaldi’s started out in Brooklyn where the original store still stands in the DUMBO neighborhood. It’s one of New York’s most popular pizzerias and we’re fortunate to have one here in Sparks! It's right next door to the Scheels. Vegas has the next closest ones followed by LA.
What makes this pizza so special? For starters, it’s made in a coal-fired brick oven as opposed to the traditional gas or wood burning ovens. These ovens have an internal heat of 1000°F which is equal to the temperature of lava! This makes the pizza nice and crisp on the outside but soft on the inside, with a perfect crust. It’s classic New York style and the slices are ginormous. Because of the process it takes to stoke these ovens twice a day, you can’t order any pizza during this window of time (usually in between the lunch & dinner rushes) - so you can turn to the bar for specials on drinks and antipasto and bruschetta!
Besides pizza, they have calzones and a nice selection of wines, salads and desserts. Also a separate bar area.
In addition to being the home of some really amazing pizza, this place also has the very best tiramisu I’ve ever had, and a to-die-for chocolate chip cannoli. I haven’t tried their cheesecake yet because I‘m worried about falling even more in love with this place. Must pace myself and my addictive personality.
Looks delish, right! Look at that cute little basil leaf just sitting there showing off...
I’m a big fan of using wine bottles for decoration - just love the lighting in here.
They’ve also decorated with subway signs in case you want to pretend you’re getting off at 34th Street Herald Square and not actually going to the restroom.
What’s the best part of Grimaldi’s? I’m not going to tell you here. You’ll have to ask me for that one! Ciao!