Where to Eat and Drink
Pine State Biscuits loads fluffy biscuits with mouth watering combos such as over-easy eggs and braised greens doused with hot sauce, and gravy-topped fried chicken, bacon, and cheese. You’ll also find seasonal “Pop tarts” and pie in the industrial-chic space warmed with homey touches including vintage wooden rolling pins on the wall.
Dining options at buzzy Liberty Food & Wine Exchange run from its own butcher shop’s fennel-kissed finocchiona salami to thin-crust pizza Margherita from the wood-fired oven and specials like a Moroccan-style, braised Bordad Ranch lamb shank. Afterward, for live music and a cocktail or a pull of local Tahoe Amber Ale, retire to Shim’s Surplus Supplies, a onetime surplus supply store where the speakeasy vibe is enhanced by exposed brick walls, pressed-tin ceilings, and an alley entrance (marked deliveries only) at the back of the building.
Two Chicks, a bustling Midtown brunch spot started in 2014 by two female veterans of the local restaurant industry, has become one of the city’s iconic eateries. The menu features elevated comfort food such as giant omelets, sweet potato fries, and local wood-fired coffee. The owners’ first partnership was a grilled cheese truck, so it’s a good idea to try one of the melts. The Wiseguy—with fontina cheese, salami, and artichoke hearts on sourdough—is a great place to start. Also worth sampling: the Bumble Brie, with sliced green apples, ham, local honey, and melted brie on cinnamon-apple bread.
Cocktail aficionados swear by Death & Taxes, a dark and dimly lit lounge that specializes in artisanal cocktails made with seasonal ingredients and house-made syrups and infusions. Mixologists here have been doing exceptional work with mezcal. For those who prefer brown liquor, the Bill & Ward—with Rittenhouse Rye, cocoa-infused Cappelletti, Cynar 70-proof amaro, Carpano dry, and house tobacco bitters—is smoky in a good way.
Reno has become a lively craft beer city, and the Brewery District, east of downtown, has many breweries worth exploring. Two of the best include Lead Dog, which offers unusual options such as peanut butter–chocolate stout, and Imbib, which specializes in sours. Another standout from this neighborhood is 10 Torr, where head brewer Melissa Test uses independently grown hops and malt and clarifies beer through a centrifuge to protect the aromas and flavor without adding chemical fining agents. (The folks at 10 Torr distill their own spirits, too.)