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Reno’S Hidden Gems

Reno’s Hidden Gems

Exploring some of the city’s best kept culinary secrets

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Kwok’s Bistro

275 West St. Reno, NV 89501

In 2018 renowned Chinese chef Kwok Chen debuted the bistro, which he describes as serving “chinese chinese” food. You won’t find americanized staples like general chicken on this small, but authentic menu. Kwok’s menu features about 45 choices ranging from starters and soups to stir-fries with vegetables, seafood and meat to rice porridge (called congee) and clay pot dishes like braised beef stew or soft tofu with seafood. The tiny space seats just over 30 for an intimate experience.

Fish displayed on white dish with vegetables

Fried sole Kwok’s Bistro



Sabrina’s West Street Kitchen

138 West Street Reno, NV 89501

Sabrina’s serves up eclectic international cuisine. The menu offers items from a global perspective.  Sabrina, the chef owner, pulls from her experience operating her café in Belize. The tiny village where she lived acted as a microcosm of various cultures and it shows in the food. You’ll find Sabrina warmly welcoming her guests in the small, but colorful dining room.  The restaurant is great year round, but summer is where it’s at when the patio opens and you can enjoy the sunshine in the courtyard of the West Street Market.

a bowl of food on a plate

Sesame Seed Crusted Mahi Mahi



Cafe Capello

248 W 1st St #202, Reno, NV 89501

Café Capello is a local family owned coffee shop, eatery and community gathering space in the gorgeous Riverwalk District of Downtown Reno. Their coffee is roasted fresh by Brendan, Café Capello’s owner and head barista. Every bean is sourced from the highest quality coffee farms and hand-roasted in small batches to ensure quality and consistency. Their breakfast and lunch menus feature simple and delicious Mexican-inspired dishes and American café classics including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

a cup of coffee on a table

Cafe Capello serves up locally roasted coffee.



50 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501

The founders and executive chef share a vision of creating a quick-service spot with fresh ingredients and flavorful combos. They make the bread, roast their own veggies, slow-cook all the meats, season it all well and most importantly, care about where our ingredients come from, but also where the dish is going! They aim to bring you great tasting meals with conscientiously sourced ingredients made fresh for you to enjoy. Because the founders love the local mountains around us, they decided to name each of them after their favorite lifts, chutes and runs that you can find at the surrounding resorts. 

a box filled with different types of food



Rebel Pioneer Bakery

704b S Virginia st Reno,NV 89501

Rebel Pioneer describes themselves as a local bakery fighting for a better tomorrow through our female lead baking team.They are working to eliminate excess food waste, encompass more dietary alternatives/restrictions, and highlight the overall importance of the food you put in your body. All without compromising on flavor and morals. Their sourdough chocolate chip cookies are to die for, and the vegan gluten free “loser” cookie is top notch.

a piece of cake sitting on top of a table

Custom Cake


Taco Shop

811 S. Center Street, Reno, NV 89501

Taco Shop is tucked in an alley off of Cheney Street in Midtown Reno, concealed by hot pink doors on top of a white exterior. Their signature  crispy fish taco makes for a great summer treat under thier curbside umbrellas. This setting makes for a very photogenic scene and you can enjoy the murals of Cheney alley.

a sign on the side of a building

Taco Shop



Big Ed’s Alley Inn

1036 E 4th St, Reno, NV 89512

Big Ed’s Alley Inn has been a 4th Street staple since they opened up in 1982. The building, originally a home built in 1924 stands at the corner of 4th and Quincy. Here you’ll find a historic feel and welcoming staff. Their menu is rustic, much like the interior. You’ll get big portions and comforting favorites. Before the brewery district drew a crowd Big Ed’s was a reason for eating in this part of town. Their grilled sandwiches and breakfast entrees are reminiscent of a small town cafe.

a dining room table

Big Ed’s Alley Inn


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