When the weather in the mountains starts to get cold, one of the best ways to warm up is with a cup of coffee or tea and a sweet dessert. Reno has several great coffee shops, cafés, bakeries and restaurants where you can get a wide range of chocolatey, creamy and decadent desserts. Here are the top five:
The popular Chocolate Bar in downtown Reno serves lunch and dinner, but most visitors come for their signature cocktails and their sumptuous desserts. Everything is good here, but the top choices are the Chocolate Fondue with strawberries, bananas, pound cake and chocolate brownies. The fondue for two costs $8. Other desserts here are the Molten Chocolate Lava Cake and the Panna Cotta with Chocolate Crude, both also for $8.
This small café at Mayberry Landing on the West side of the city is an authentic Austrian delight that serves breakfast, lunch and some of the best pastries in town. With one of their great cups of coffee you have a choice of everything from strudel to chocolate croissants. The fresh fruit tarts with kiwi, berries or lemon curd are also wonderful. During the summer, Franz’s also offers fresh gelato.
If you decide to have dinner at this great restaurant at the Peppermill, be sure to save room for dessert. The restaurant serves Italian food, but try their delicious Creme Brûlée. Of course, if you want to stick with Italian, the Tiramisu is a wonderful choice.
For a taste of Ireland without having to cross the sea, the High Tea at the Isles in MidTown is a taste of the old country. The High Tea is served on Sundays and includes various finger sandwiches (cucumber/chive cream cheese, salmon, goat cheese and egg salad) biscuits and the typical clotted cream. The desserts: fruit, shortbread, cookies and scones with jam and lemon curd are delicious. If you do come here for lunch on any other day, order their awesome bread pudding for $3.75.
The Créme Café in MidTown is known for both savory and sweet crepes as well as yummy macaroons, biscotti, cream puffs and cookies. Their best crepes are the Nutella with Bananas, Nutella spread and chopped hazelnuts and the Caramel Apple with sautéed apples in a caramel sauce. Dessert crepes cost around $5 each. If you can stand any more, try their Earl Grey Brûlée for $4.99.
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