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Going to Reno tomorrow for a quick, one-day turnaround. Not for the game, but for something else. Have to be back by Saturday evening for work/school stuff.

We're gonna do dinner tomorrow night, and then do something during the day Saturday before coming home. The kid is staying with grandparents.

Staying at Grand Sierra Hotel / Casino which is just off 580 south of 80. Going to a show there that evening after dinner, so can't go too far, but would ideally like to hit up a decent local joint that is good for a date. We're not fancy people. 

Where should we go for dinner, and/or to check out on a quick turnaround? Mainly looking for any must-visit local food places.

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57 minutes ago, smltwnrckr said:

Going to Reno tomorrow for a quick, one-day turnaround. Not for the game, but for something else. Have to be back by Saturday evening for work/school stuff.

We're gonna do dinner tomorrow night, and then do something during the day Saturday before coming home. The kid is staying with grandparents.

Staying at Grand Sierra Hotel / Casino which is just off 580 south of 80. Going to a show there that evening after dinner, so can't go too far, but would ideally like to hit up a decent local joint that is good for a date. We're not fancy people. 

Where should we go for dinner, and/or to check out on a quick turnaround? Mainly looking for any must-visit local food places.

My favorite place is Beaujolais, but that's probably a bit higher end than you want. Do you like sushi?

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1 hour ago, smltwnrckr said:

Going to Reno tomorrow for a quick, one-day turnaround. Not for the game, but for something else. Have to be back by Saturday evening for work/school stuff.

We're gonna do dinner tomorrow night, and then do something during the day Saturday before coming home. The kid is staying with grandparents.

Staying at Grand Sierra Hotel / Casino which is just off 580 south of 80. Going to a show there that evening after dinner, so can't go too far, but would ideally like to hit up a decent local joint that is good for a date. We're not fancy people. 

Where should we go for dinner, and/or to check out on a quick turnaround? Mainly looking for any must-visit local food places.

Another thought might be Louis Basque Corner. I used to like the Santa Fe better, but it closed recently. Louis is an institution. It's definitely not fancy. But it's good, and the only place in Reno left to get basque food. 

I'll leave any other suggestions to the locals. My restaurant knowledge in Reno is getting pretty dated.

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1 minute ago, NVGiant said:

Another thought might be Louis Basque Corner. I used to like the Santa Fe better, but it closed recently. Louis is an institution. It's definitely not fancy. But it's good, and the only place in Reno left to get basque food. 

I'll leave any other suggestions to the locals. My restaurant knowledge in Reno is getting pretty dated.

I was going to say that if there are any legit basque places that would be a nice novelty for him. 

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1 hour ago, NVGiant said:

Another thought might be Louis Basque Corner. I used to like the Santa Fe better, but it closed recently. Louis is an institution. It's definitely not fancy. But it's good, and the only place in Reno left to get basque food. 

I'll leave any other suggestions to the locals. My restaurant knowledge in Reno is getting pretty dated.

Nothing downtown or in Midtown is all that far away from GSR, rckr. 

Right across the street from Louis, which sold some time ago but remains a Basque food joint (though I don’t think I’ve eaten there since it sold—it’s probably about like it’s always been, solid Basque food) is a nice bar named the Jessie, which shares a dining/drinking courtyard with an upscale taco joint named Estella. It is outstanding. That stretch of 4th Street is known as Reno’s brewery district, and there are several within a five minute walk of Louis/Estella. Most of them serve food, though I’ve not eaten in any. Ambiance will be good at all of them and I suspect the food will be solid pub fare. 

Further south and a little west is the Midtown district, where there are numerous good restaurants and bars, from Korean fusion at Arario to great pizza at Noble Pie to refined German at the excellent Von Bismarck to fine dining at Lulou’s (doesn’t have a website) which is among the two or four best restaurants in the area along with the aforementioned Beaujolais, which itself is off on its own in a neat spot next to the Truckee River—great for an after dinner stroll) a little west of downtown. There are a bunch of other good restaurants in Midtown, just do a Midtown Reno restaurant search.

There are plenty of other choices, but this ought to keep you busy enough making a decision.


 

 

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A good lunch spot on Saturday before you leave is SUP in midtown.  I usually hit it up when I fly in.

For dinner I would go with Louis (mentioned above).  Like @NVGiant I used to take my out of town guests to Santa Fe (Covid casualty).  A basque restaurant is a cultural experience for Northern Nevada.

@Posturedoc how is the walkability of the brewery district at night?  Is it fairly cleaned up since the breweries came in?

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6 minutes ago, bitteraztec said:

A good lunch spot on Saturday before you leave is SUP in midtown.  I usually hit it up when I fly in.

For dinner I would go with Louis (mentioned above).  Like @NVGiant I used to take my out of town guests to Santa Fe (Covid casualty).  A basque restaurant is a cultural experience for Northern Nevada.

@Posturedoc how is the walkability of the brewery district at night?  Is it fairly cleaned up since the breweries came in?

It’s very walkable, since it’s still a fairly newly redeveloped part of E. 4th Street, so it’s not yet a long stretch, roughly two blocks, but it continues to expand eastward. There are also a couple of distilleries and tap houses along that stretch. If you expanded that by a few blocks to the southeast, you can find another brewery or two plus at least one other distillery, probably more, as new stuff keeps popping up. 

It’s definitely far cleaner and far less trafficked by homeless folks since they relocated the shelter that was right around the corner from Louis a mile or so east and off of 4th a few months ago and opened a women’s and children’s campus in a different location a couple of miles to the southeast.

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9 hours ago, RogueStout said:

I was going to say that if there are any legit basque places that would be a nice novelty for him. 

That comment made me wonder why. When I googled Basque cuisine I ws surprised to see this mention on Wiki:

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In cities where large numbers of Basque people emigrated, such as Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil, Boise, Idaho; Fresno, California, and Bakersfield, California, there are several Basque restaurants and a noted Basque influence on the local cuisine.[6]

Interesting.

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6 hours ago, TheSanDiegan said:

That comment made me wonder why. When I googled Basque cuisine I ws surprised to see this mention on Wiki:

Interesting.

I didn’t know that there was a basque presence in the Central Valley. But it’s a significant influence in Northern Nevada and Southern Idaho.  Some of the best basque restaurants are in rural Nevada, in places like Elko.

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27 minutes ago, NVGiant said:

I didn’t know that there was a basque presence in the Central Valley. But it’s a significant influence in Northern Nevada and Southern Idaho.  Some of the best basque restaurants are in rural Nevada, in places like Elko.

Used to stop in Jordan Valley Oregon at a place called "The Basque-American Restaurant" when I was making the death run from Boise to the Bay back in the late 80's. Still the best food I've ever had but you had to bring a huge appetite. 

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17 hours ago, NVGiant said:

My favorite place is Beaujolais, but that's probably a bit higher end than you want. Do you like sushi?

I do like sushi. We both do. And while I'm sure the Beaujolais is very high quality, and it's not a money thing, my wife and I have just never been super comfy at the kinds of places that serve duck confit with foie gras. Like, I would probably go to a place like that and just get the burger cuz I can properly pronounce the word 'burger.' We're such plebes.

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17 hours ago, NVGiant said:

Another thought might be Louis Basque Corner. I used to like the Santa Fe better, but it closed recently. Louis is an institution. It's definitely not fancy. But it's good, and the only place in Reno left to get basque food. 

I'll leave any other suggestions to the locals. My restaurant knowledge in Reno is getting pretty dated.

 

17 hours ago, RogueStout said:

I was going to say that if there are any legit basque places that would be a nice novelty for him. 

I do like basque a lot and haven't had it in a long time. Will consider this. There's actually basque not too far from us in Los Banos, but we never take the 45 minute drive to go out and eat there. 

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16 hours ago, Posturedoc said:

Nothing downtown or in Midtown is all that far away from GSR, rckr. 

Right across the street from Louis, which sold some time ago but remains a Basque food joint (though I don’t think I’ve eaten there since it sold—it’s probably about like it’s always been, solid Basque food) is a nice bar named the Jessie, which shares a dining/drinking courtyard with an upscale taco joint named Estella. It is outstanding. That stretch of 4th Street is known as Reno’s brewery district, and there are several within a five minute walk of Louis/Estella. Most of them serve food, though I’ve not eaten in any. Ambiance will be good at all of them and I suspect the food will be solid pub fare. 

Further south and a little west is the Midtown district, where there are numerous good restaurants and bars, from Korean fusion at Arario to great pizza at Noble Pie to refined German at the excellent Von Bismarck to fine dining at Lulou’s (doesn’t have a website) which is among the two or four best restaurants in the area along with the aforementioned Beaujolais, which itself is off on its own in a neat spot next to the Truckee River—great for an after dinner stroll) a little west of downtown. There are a bunch of other good restaurants in Midtown, just do a Midtown Reno restaurant search.

There are plenty of other choices, but this ought to keep you busy enough making a decision.


 

 

Well I'm definitely game for any part of town called the brewery district. Any specific breweries to recommend, whether it's for dinner or for just a beer?

All of these suggestions are great. Going on the list. 

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7 hours ago, TheSanDiegan said:

That comment made me wonder why. When I googled Basque cuisine I ws surprised to see this mention on Wiki:

Interesting.

There were a bunch of basque immigrants here back in the day. Shepherds and such. They used to blame them for wildfires up in the forests. Still a lot of families here, and some very good restaurants. We used to go to one in Bakersfield when visiting my grandma when I was a kid. Loved it.

There are a couple in Los Banos, which is about 40 minutes away from where I live, that are supposed to be good. Just never got around to heading out there just for dinner. 

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Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I have a list from these that my wife and I are going to pick from on the way. I wish we had more than one night, but we're at least going to have dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow in town. Never been to Reno before... only driven through. 

My sister in law and brother in law who live in Sacramento a while ago got tickets to see Bill Burr Friday night and a room for the night at the Grand Sierra, and then something else came up so they're letting us take them. It'll be the first night just the two of us have been somewhere together that hasn't involved a hospital since our son was born, so it should be fun. We considered buying a second night and going to the SJSU/UNR game too, but we both have a ton of work to do Sunday so I'll have to wait until another year to watch my Spartans not beat the spread in Reno. 

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10 hours ago, bitteraztec said:

A good lunch spot on Saturday before you leave is SUP in midtown.  I usually hit it up when I fly in.

For dinner I would go with Louis (mentioned above).  Like @NVGiant I used to take my out of town guests to Santa Fe (Covid casualty).  A basque restaurant is a cultural experience for Northern Nevada.

@Posturedoc how is the walkability of the brewery district at night?  Is it fairly cleaned up since the breweries came in?

All is duly noted. Will add to list. 

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1 hour ago, smltwnrckr said:

Well I'm definitely game for any part of town called the brewery district. Any specific breweries to recommend, whether it's for dinner or for just a beer?

All of these suggestions are great. Going on the list. 

While I love beer (pretty much all the boozes, really), I don’t get out to breweries much at all because The Wife! isn’t a beer gal and I’m not much of an out drinking with the guys type. She does love hard cider, so if a few of these places added that to their repertoire, life would be even better. Anyway, I haven’t actually eaten or dranken at the 4th St establishments, but have talked to enough people who have to recommend them.

I have had the pleasure of spending some time at one of the breweries I mentioned in my previous post that is a few blocks to the southeast of 4th St. IMBĪB makes a wide range of excellent brews, including some unique, funky stuff—sours, wild ferments, and more—which are right up my ally. It’s on its own in its location (no nearby restaurants worth eating at unless Jimboys appeals) and doesn’t serve food, so eat elsewhere first so you can soak up some of that booze from the second and third pours you will absolutely have to have.

If I may comment on your response to NVGiant re Beaujolais, in spite of its excellence, it is not at all pretentious, foo-foo French. You’d be comfortable in jeans and a collar, no formal wear needed. It’s worth the small extra effort to eat here and enjoy the beautiful location. Call ahead and get a reservation, though, as it can get busy on weekends. Bonus, my younger son’s longtime GF is on the wait staff. Ask is you can have Karissa serve you, and tell her her BF’s father, Neil, sent you.

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2 hours ago, smltwnrckr said:

Well I'm definitely game for any part of town called the brewery district. Any specific breweries to recommend, whether it's for dinner or for just a beer?

All of these suggestions are great. Going on the list. 

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Inside the mens room is the walk-in safe that the railroad used. They left it in.

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