What To Eat in Nevada
Las Vegas has some of everything, from high-dollar celebrity chef cuisine to affordable soul food, but Nevada’s personality north of Vegas takes on a distinct Basque accent. Meaty, garlicky, hotel banquet meals once enjoyed by shepherds when they came to town still are the highlight of a road trip across Interstate 80.
Three questions: 1. Are you extremely hungry? 2. Do you like garlic? 3. Do you really like garlic? If you answer yes to all of the above, you need to sit down for a traditional Basque dinner in northern Nevada. Legacy of shepherds who came to the American west in the late 19th century, they are big feeds designed to satisfy hungry men who have spent months living solitary lives and eating off the land. When these guys came to town, they brought formidable appetites.
There are chicken-fried steaks throughout the West. Most are bad. When we come across a good one, we shout hallelujah. That is why we list it as a Nevada specialty, which it isn't. But tuck into one at the Cracker Box in Carson City and you will understand. Flavorful chuck steak, hand-cut and pounded tender, is battered and griddle-fried and served with from-scratch gravy. A meal to remember!
A diner / town cafe radiating Roadfood charm, The Griddle is THE place to go for breakfast in Winnemucca -- including chicken-fried steak breaded to order.
A longstanding Carson City cafe known for breakfast and terrific chicken fried steak, the Cracker Box has been around over 30 years.
In this Nevada Basque restaurant, meals are served family-style, featured entrees being lamb chops and pork chops flavored with plenty of garlic.
Grand, multi-course Basque meals flavored with plenty of garlic are the specialty of Reno, Nevada's Santa Fe Hotel restaurant.
Family-style Basque meals at the Martin Hotel include vegetables, chorizo sausage, a main-course meat with mashed potatoes and, of course, Burgundy wine.
Settebello's pizzas are Neapolitan-style classics (VPN certified), sized for one person. They are cooked directly on the brick floor of a wood-fired oven.
Hash House is a Las Vegas, Nevada, restaurant that makes everything in house: hash-browns, sausage and biscuits, jams and jellies, and yes, the hash.
A vegan donut shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ronald's excellent apple fritter is a deep-fried cinnamon bun laced with bits of apple and dipped in sweet glaze.
M&M is a modest, downhome soul food restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada: fried chicken with highly seasoned crust, succulent pork chops and pancake-style cornbread.
Red Beans and Rice with Hot Links, Fried Chicken w/ 3 Sides,
Sweet Potato Pie
, Collard Greens,
Fried Pork Chops
, Cornbread Dressing,
Dark Meat Fried Chicken