After a movie by the Truckee River or a concert at the Knitting Factory in downtown Reno, locals are apt to grab a late night snack at various places around town. This is a great time to see Reno at its most fun. In this 24-hour town there are several places where you can grab a burger or pizza and watch the midnight crowds.
Most of these places are inside or close to the casinos and a few are independent spots where you can get away from the regular tourists. Several places are open all night, while some close early in the morning.
Grab an infamous Awful Awful Burger for around $7, some Pancakes and Eggs for around $3 and wash it down with an Oyster Shooter at this diner in the back of the Golden Nugget near the Reno Arch. The Little (or Golden) Nugget is a hotbed of late night diners. You might find yourself sitting next to an attorney or a woman of the night, while being surrounded by boisterous college students.
One of the most popular places to head after a downtown movie or show at the Brüka Theater. This small diner looks more like a French bistro, but they serve up really good thin-crust pizza and beer specials. Their sauce and dough is vegan friendly and their slices are around $3.50.
This lively bar and restaurant in the Eldorado is a fun place to get some really great food and beer while listening to music or watching a late-night game. It has been named Best Brewpub in America by Nightclub & Bar magazine, and they offer eight custom microbrews and gourmet wood-fired pizzas, salads, burgers, ribs, sandwiches, homemade soups and complete dinners.
While it closes at 11 p.m., Fuego is just a few steps away from the river, the Pioneer Theater and other downtown venues. They serve up Spanish tapas, wines, sherries, ports and margaritas. They also offer full meals such as Paella and seasonal fish. If you can get there a little earlier, they have acoustic flamenco on Fridays from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
This little charmer near the Reno courthouse serves up excellent and fresh food made from local ingredients until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. You can start your meal with their pleasant appetizers including an excellent cheese plate, the Devils on Horseback made with dates and bacon or their Shishito Peppers. Entree include Fish and Chips, Pork Tenderloin, Crab Cake Salad, steak and various burgers. The White Chocolate Bread Pudding is highly recommended to round off your night.
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