Reno lives up to its billing as "The Biggest Little City in the World" with museums, public art displays, cultural centers, and restaurants worthy of a metropolis, all packed together on Virginia Street. Explore the Truckee River Arts District, home to the Nevada Museum of Art and the National Automobile Museum. Because of its location just east of Tahoe National Forest, visitors can also enjoy visiting the forest’s rushing rivers and high mountain ranges for hiking, rafting, and gold-rush reenacting. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
The Hop's hands-on owner, Dee Dee La Rue, can be found in the kitchen of her retro 1950s malt shop, whipping up classic American fare to feed Reno's nostalgia-starved diners. More than 45 flavors of KaleidoScoops ice cream take center stage as soda jerks blend malts and scoop out kosher, gluten-free, and no-sugar-added flavors that range from Birthday Cake to Candy Factory. Besides ice cream, the retro shop serves up classics such as hand-dipped corndogs and chicken strips, and specialty ice-cream cakes can be used to hilariously smother a clown’s hair fire. The décor, which was sourced directly from Dee Dee's garage according to KTVN, and the staff's old-fashioned uniforms celebrate nostalgia and 1950s malt-shop culture.
Reno lives up to its billing as “The Biggest Little City in the World” with museums, public art displays, cultural centers, and restaurants worthy of a much larger metropolis, all packed together on Virginia Street. Explore the Truckee River Arts District, home to the Nevada Museum of Art and the National Automobile Museum. Because of its location just east of Tahoe National Forest, the city also puts visitors within reach of rushing rivers and high mountain ranges for hiking, rafting, and gold-rush reenacting.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
J.J.'s Pie Co.’s crust craftsmen have been hand-tossing their menu of sauce-slathered pies for nearly three decades, earning the title of best pizza in Reno from Metromix users in 2010 and 2011. Nosh on wings in mild, medium, hot, or nitro hot sauce ($7.75 for 12; $9.90 for 18), served with celery, garlic toasy, and ranch dressing while waiting on the main attractions. An incognito dough disk hides in the hawaiian pizza ($14.75 for a 12") under crisp canadian bacon, juicy chunks of pineapple, and a pile of surplus vowels. Patrons can opt to adorn their own savory circles with one of nearly 20 topping options, including salami, italian sausage, artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes ($11.75 + $1.50/topping for a 12") or abscond with a baked or specialty sub’s mouth-moistening cargo, such as baked ham, italian meatballs, polish sausage, or barbecued beef ($5.39–$5.99). After their meal, eaters can linger beneath the signs and sports memorabilia festooning J.J’s walls, sipping on one of the daily draft-beer specials and debating whether or not Michael Jordan really invented hops.
At Fairly Grounded, brew-believers can sip on coffees, espressos, and teas while indulging in a menu of local, sustainable fare. Quell cavernous appetites with a homemade ham and cheddar scone ($3), or a gobbler panini on fresh local focaccia, featuring herbed turkey, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce ($5).