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About 50 years ago, the building that would become Postal Cafe was a gas station in Reno. In the early '70s, someone decided to pick up the whole structure and move it to Washoe Valley. Once the gas station ran dry, the building evolved over the years into a video store, a post office, and, finally, this community favorite of a caf?. The overhang that once covered gas pumps still stands, now shading outdoor tables. And though locals can't pick up their mail anymore?they could up until just recently?meals are handmade and hand-delivered to their tables.

Making food from scratch is vital to chef-owner Bella, who begins each day assembling breakfasts of pancakes, veggie- and meat-infused scrambles, and biscuits with housemade gravy. For lunch, she whips up a special dressing to drizzle atop reubens, tops hand-formed burgers with pepperjack cheese and green chilies, and roasts turkey and beef for sandwiches. Even customers who lick their plate clean should stick around for dessert?Bella graduated from Portland's Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts with a degree in baking and pastry arts. Every day, she bakes scones, brownies, cookies, and pies.

3115 Eastlake Boulevard
New Washoe City,
NV
US

The cantina's colorful emblem displays its namesake, "three hombres," who all sport different facial hair but seem to share a single, spacious sombrero. This same blending of whimsy and tradition inspires Cantina Los Tres Hombres's signature margaritas and expansive menu of authentic Mexican dishes.

Natural light plunges through large picture windows, as tables populate with sizzling fajitas, massive burritos, and hearty combination platters overflowing with mesquite-grilled steak or chicken, fresh seafood, and crispy pork carnitas. Chefs add zip to their culinary creations with a variety of specialty sauces ranging from the smoky chipotle chili adobo to the rich and herbaceous butter, white-wine, and fresh-cilantro sauce. Salt-rimmed margaritas complement south-of-the-border morsels, and live acoustic tunes on Tuesday through Friday complement south-of-the-ankle foot twitches.

926 Victorian Ave
Sparks,
NV
US

Jolt-N-Java's baristas brew locally roasted coffee beverages and slice up lunch and breakfast sandwiches within the vibrant orange walls of a cozy cafe. Customers can sip on signature caffeinated mochas, flavored lattes, and teas to prep themselves for a day of work or an all-night knitting marathon. Pair a bagel and cream cheese with a large coffee ($4.50), or wed a breakfast sandwich with bacon, ham, or sausage with a medium chai-tea latte ($7.06). A medium latte can unite with a breakfast burrito—a large flour tortilla coddling scrambled eggs and bacon beneath a shower of salsa or the sinus-clearing El Patio hot sauce ($7.57). Guests can order through the drive-through window for speedier satiation or spend an afternoon perched on couch cushions and stools, rifling through or circling every dangling modifier in the shop's selection of books and magazines or shopping online via complimentary WiFi.

5255 Vista Blvd
Sparks,
NV
US

Funtime Theater’s Dinner Murder Mysteries transforms audience members into amateur detectives, tasking them with solving an interactive theatrical mystery while chowing down on café eats. Actors mingle among theatergoers throughout the show, chatting them up during an abbreviated cocktail hour (6:30 p.m.–7 p.m.) and comfort-fare-filled dinner from Hog Wild Café. The first two fatalities occur once meals are served, leaving patrons, a lone detective, and a wisecracking Great Dane puppy to unravel the thicket of green-chili-stained clues. A prize is awarded to the participant who deduces the solution of the mystery. Like department-store windows and freestyle-rapping telegrams, Funtime Theater’s performances may take on a holiday theme: the October 8 rendition will transport guests to a portentous Halloween party, the November 12 showing may feature Turkey Day-themed intrigue, and the December 10 edition plans to incorporate motifs and characters plucked from Charles Dickens’ Christmas tales. Though sinister wheelings and dealings abound throughout the show, the tone of Funtime Theater’s criminal cavalcades is lighthearted and intended for audiences of all ages.

80 East Victorian Avenue
Sparks,
NV
US

Sure, you can watch a game on one of The Bullpen at Aspen Glen's flat-screen TVs. But this isn't the kind of sports bar where you just watch sports?you can also play along. The bar has tons of activities, from Golden Tee, to darts, and cornhole tournaments. There's karaoke, as well. For eats, wings, 1/2 pound specialty burgers, soups, sandwiches, and risotto balls made from scratch are all on the menu.

5215 Vista Blvd
Sparks,
NV
US

Everyday Gourmet owner and main chef Morgan Hill translates 25 years of expertise into plates of palate-pleasing eats for parties of 6–800 people. The highly customizable menu can net heaps of barbecue pulled pork to celebrate a recent graduation or kebabs of delectable italian veggies to commemorate an eagle's recent transformation into a man (starting at $13.95/person). A generous auditioning process lets prospective party throwers enjoy a complimentary taste testing of each dish. Everyday Gourmet also connects clients with party-appropriate photographers, florists, DJs, hotel accommodations, or strategic advisers specializing in piñata destruction. Drop-off service caters to those who simply need food for the event, rather than full-service catering.

846 Victorian Avenue
Sparks,
NV
US