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New Spots

North Shore



893 Tahoe Blvd. Ste. 700 | Incline Village, NV | (775) 298-2065

This family-owned counter-service spot in the same building as Sage Leaf restaurant serves up Korean-style fried chicken wings and tenders tossed with a selection of sauces such as honey butter, soy garlic, k-sauce (Korean hot sauce), barbecue and, for the intrepid, “super spicy.” Also fresh from the fryer: an eclectic collection of dumplings, shrimp tempura, mozzarella sticks, cheese balls, fries and onion rings. Beer and soju are available as well. Order to go or enjoy on the small covered patio behind the building. L, D; $11–$70 (party meal combo)



11421 Deerfield Dr.  |  Truckee, CA | (530) 563-5078 |

Located in the former Flame of India space, this eatery’s latest incarnation serves subcontinent standards such as samosas, pakora and pani puri—puffy deep-fried bread with tamarind chaat masala potato and garbanzo beans. Vegetarian favorites include baigan barta, aloo gobi and paneer dishes, while the more omnivorous may choose among biriyani, lamb, goat, chicken and fish curries, masalas, tandoori chicken and prawns. Meals come with a complimentary plate of pappadum and chutneys; outdoor seating and online ordering available. L, D; $12–$22


Carson Valley



2291 Main St.  |  Genoa, NV | (775) 392-1822 |

Located in historic Genoa on the former site of the much loved and acclaimed La Ferme, which closed in 2015, this newly built eight-table fine dining restaurant comes courtesy of Lois Wray, owner of the lovingly restored Pink House cafe nearby. Belgian-born chef Yves Gigot is back in the kitchen and brings a menu of contemporary and classic country French dishes such as roasted quail salad, seared foie gras, hot smoked Chilean sea bass, coq au vin, rack of lamb Provençal and braised rabbit leg Dijonnaise. Look for cocktails such as a lavender old-fashioned crafted with local Frey Ranch bourbon, honey and lavender, regional brews on tap and Belgian beers by the bottle, and an extensive internationally sourced wine list. Seating is available on the outdoor patio, weather permitting. D; $28–$45





150 North Arlington  |  Reno, NV | (775) 384-2564 |

This 21-and-over, 4,500-square-foot “barcade” calls to adults who wanna be kids again, pairing 16 draught beers plus contemporary cocktails such as Mairzy Oats—a blackberry, oat milk and gin-laced iced latte—with some 30 classic arcade games from Pac-Man to pinball. Retro comfort food covers fried pickle chips, cauliflower nachos, corn dog bites, deep-fried Wisconsin white cheddar cheese curds, currywurst fries, Buffalo wings, Nashville hot chicken sandwich and a flattop smashed burger. For a sweet or late finish, save room for the bread pudding or peach cobbler; the kitchen stays open until midnight. D; $8–$16



25 Saint Lawrence St.  |  Reno, NV | (775) 300-3376 |

A Hemingwayesque faux tuna hangs near the entrance to this bistro-styled seafood spot. Tucked into a Midtown brick bungalow adjacent to sister restaurant Finbomb Sushi, ocean-going apps here range from escargot and tuna tartare to oyster shooters and on the half shell; entrées include a crab melt, lobster roll, shrimp scampi, clam chowder in puff pastry, steamed mussels, cioppino, clam linguine, and fish and chips. Landlubbers can choose from prime rib or lamb French dip, chicken pasta and ravioli made with wagyu beef and porcini. In nice weather, head for the covered patio strung with lights. L, D; $13–$39



1041 South Virginia Rd.  |  Reno, NV | (775) 384-6632

Inspired by a hot air balloon flight, owner Nick Fischella named and reimagined this Midtown spot in the former Under the Rose Brewing space, updating the decades-old exposed brick building with whimsical murals and modern finishes. Adam Lundy, a South Lake Tahoe native and veteran of Great Basin, Fiftyfifty and Lead Dog breweries, supplies the 24 taps with brews like an Australasian pilsner named Loose Kangaroo and a pale ale dubbed First Ascension. Chef Jonathan Vasquez’s time in Louisiana shows in his menu laden with shrimp and grits, fish and chips, jambalaya balls, sweet potato beignets, and chicken and waffles with cornmeal and buttermilk batter, topped with sweet wort syrup produced from Wonder’s beer mash byproduct. L, D; $13–$18



124 Wonder St.  |  Reno, NV | (775) 384-1013 |

The long-running Silver Peak Brewery, which closed during the pandemic, is now in the hands of Tim Turner, owner of Huntsman Tavern in Sparks, whose motto is “Beer is Boss.” The renovated brewpub boasts 17 Huntsman taps with offerings like their Misty Mountains Strawberry and Vanilla Milkshake, SOURon Pink Guava and Nicolas Flamel Old Ale. A hearty beer-friendly menu includes fries drizzled with honey and goat cheese, pork belly jalapeño poppers, house-made venison sausage on a pretzel roll with a side of beer cheese. There’s also sandwiches such as French dip and turkey with pesto, as well as wings with spicy orange ginger or curry dry rub, fish and chips, and seven pizza selections. Online ordering available. L, D; $12–$15



1113 California Ave.  |  Reno, NV | (775) 409-3368 |

Located in the former long-running Truckee River Bar & Grill, this sleekly remodeled, electronic gaming-forward spot in the Village Shopping Center serves starters such as seared tuna, polenta fries and mussels steamed in garlic and wine. Also on the menu: a half dozen salads like a Thai teriyaki chicken with noodles and spicy peanut dressing, and sandwiches such as the skirt steak Philly with caramelized onions, mushrooms and beer cheese. Entrées include poutine, mushroom ravioli,
sun-dried tomato chicken pasta and tacos. L, D; $11–$16



7665 Town Square Way Ste. 105 | Reno, NV | (775) 622-4491 |

Rocking a skull-centric pirate theme, this Somersett spot named for a nineteenth-century Italian swashbuckler showcases wines from owner Dave Armstrong’s NorCal Lido Bay winery and sports a cigar lounge dubbed “Bones.” Antipasti from the briny include lump crab cakes and mussels in a tomato-wine broth and moves on to salads such as burrata with snap peas and arugula tossed with beets and pistachio pesto. Also on the menu are piadini—rustic Italian flatbread that’s topped perhaps with truffle cream, duck sausage, mushrooms and pesto, as well as entrées including lobster ravioli, seafood tagliatelle and cioppino. D; $16–$41



7500 Rancharrah Pkwy. Ste. 100 | Reno, NV | (775) 409-3178 |

Michoacan natives Jesus “Chuy” and Maria Guitierrez launched their third Mexican restaurant (the first is in Midtown and the second in Sparks’ Victorian Square) at the new Village at Rancharrah. This airy indoor-outdoor space presided over by a whimsical mural of Frida Kahlo sporting a floral headdress serves over 140 tequilas; a pyramid of bottles stacked on the horseshoe bar greets guests, some of whom store their stash in onsite lockers. Botanas or snacks include tacos tendedero, pinned like laundry to a little line, shrimp and tuna ceviches, chicken mole enchiladas, chile verde and Colorado, nopale salad and tequila lime salmon. L, D; $16–$22



7300 Rancharrah Pkwy.  |  Reno, NV | (775) 507-2400 |

Also new at the Village at Rancharrah, Jade and Chad Bogan’s swanky 4,000-square-foot, two-story space is split into a wine and whisky bar with retail sales on one side and on the other, a restaurant serving a short menu of pairable and shareable eats such as focaccia with dipping oils and vinegars, Asian-style ribs and ahi poke, a spinach salad tossed with spicy pecans and Humboldt Fog goat cheese, and fennel sausage and kale flatbread. Membership options offer expertise and events plus perks like private sommelier service, personalized glassware and conditioned lockers for clients’ bottles. D; $11–$32



7200 Rancharrah Pkwy.  |  Reno, NV | (775) 772-0032 |

La Dolce Vita Spa’s cool and calming bar and lounge with terrace overlooking the Rancharrah clubhouse and its pond was built to chill. Longtime local beverage pro Debby Bullentini, who manages this chic wellness spot complete with indoor and outdoor fireplaces and live music, created the menu that offers eclectic wines by the glass and cocktails like the Lunar Eclipse made with Tahoe Blue Vodka, carrot juice, lemon, local honey, Bitterman’s honey tea bitters and turmeric syrup. There are also superfood smoothies, matcha, chai and coffee lattes for sipping, and acai bowls, charcuterie or hummus/veggie box and baked goods on which to snack. L, D; $11–$25



465 South Meadows Pkwy. Ste. 19 | Reno, NV | (775) 440-1088 |

Located in the former Subway space in the same shopping center as the Flowing Tide Pub, the second location for this counter-service New York-style deli (the first is in Midtown) starts the day with eggs—in omelets, breakfast burritos and scrambled with lox and onions, then moves on to hot and cold sandwiches piled high with turkey, roast and corned beef, pastrami, ham and salami that also find their way into panini, subs and wraps. Nearly 20 salads, all served with roasted garlic and parmesan crostini and pickled onions, can also be rolled into a wrap. And if you’re craving a kosher hot dog or marinara mozzarella meatball sandwich, there’s that too. Online ordering and delivery available. B, L; $7–$13



325 Harbour Cove Dr. Ste. 101  | Sparks, NV | (775) 351-1500 |

This long-awaited new 600-seat restaurant at Sparks Marina comes courtesy of Tom Turner’s Tahoe Restaurant Collection (Caliente, Gar Woods Grill & Pier, Riva Grill and Bar of America). The 13,000-square-foot, two-story space done up in wood, stone and glass features an open kitchen, pair of spacious terraces and signature rum-based Wet Woody cocktails. Its seafood-strong menu features favorites like lobster deviled eggs, Dungeness crab cakes, ahi poke tacos, shrimp and lobster bisque, arugula teriyaki salmon salad, Spanish seafood tagliarini, pistachio-crusted halibut and seared diver scallops, along with landlubber options such as Korean short rib tacos, peppered tenderloin and bleu cheese salad, and Hawaiian chicken sandwich. L, D; $36–$50



1272 Disc Dr.  |  Sparks, NV | (775) 384-2517

This bright, modern, Spanish Springs storefront brings a little bit of Vietnam’s food and beverage culture to Northern Nevada. Coffee drinks are made to order using a Vietnamese-style “phin” drip filter, with condensed milk, sweet and spicy horchata, and ube—sweet purple yam extract. Also on the menu: coconut matcha drinks, lychee green tea and Vietnamese cinnamon hot chocolate. Eats include fried and fresh spring rolls, banh mi sandwiches with tofu, chicken or pork, a bun bowl with vermicelli noodles and breakfast items such as grilled Vietnamese sausage, fried eggs and baguette in a bowl. B, L; $9.50–$13.50

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