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 café. 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.