A guide to tasty toasty treats in Reno/Tahoe.
By Rae & Troy Matthews Elevation Eats
Nothing says Millennial like avocado toast. Whether you love, hate or happen to be a Millennial (guilty!), there is a reason that avocado toast is everywhere. It’s a simple, yet highly customizable and delicious, strangely healthy, open-faced sandwich featuring California’s favorite fruit (yes, avocado is fruit). The name says it all. It’s literally toast, avocado and absolutely anything else you feel like adding. So whether you’re a proud connoisseur or secretly a curious Baby Boomer, here is where you can cut into the latest in green and toasty creations around Reno/Tahoe.
Livin’ like a Millennial
Revive Coffee & Wine in South Lake Tahoe is a local favorite. They offer three varieties of avocado toast: the cracked egg, which turns your toast into a full breakfast; the friendly goat, which adds goat cheese, bacon, and pesto; and the something green, for the purists. Come hungry, because the toasts are piled high. We recommend a knife and fork. revivecoffeewine.com
Also in South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Pourhouse offers avocado toast on their small bites menu, though “small bites” is a bit of a misnomer. Enjoy the self-poured wine bar with your Serrano ham avocado toast, piled with pickled onions, Romesco and egg. tahoepourhouse.com
Heading north to Reno, we find Great Full Gardens toasting up some goodness. They feature Truckee Sourdough Company’s multigrain ciabatta as the foundation of their trendy tower, complete with radish, tomato, new harvest pea shoots, lemon oil, and … did we say avocado? greatfullgardens.com
Another amazing find in Reno is Rounds Bakery serving delicious fresh-baked bagels, breads, donuts, and so much more. They like to pile their avocado on English muffins. On their breakfast menu you’ll find the egg white brekkie, which is an English muffin layered with sliced turkey, egg whites, hummus, and, you guessed it, avocado. Roundsbakery.com
Around the north side of the lake is Coffeebar Truckee where you’ll find everything the Millennial food scene prides itself on: local produce, sustainable business practices, and avocado on everything. Their toast comes from a home-made sprouted wheat and is served with an optional poached egg and bacon. coffeebar.com
“Whether you’re a proud connoisseur or secretly a curious Baby Boomer, here is where you can cut into the latest in green and toasty creations”
Let’s toast to toast
For those who want to skip breakfast and go right to getting toasty, these hot locations in the Reno/Tahoe scene will light you up with some flaming cocktails.
For a laid-back island vibe right here in the Sierra, check out Rum Bullions Island Bar at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in downtown Reno. Advertising itself as Reno’s only rum bar, Rum Bullions features karaoke on Thursday nights, and live bands and DJ sets Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. With an entire menu of craft cocktails, the “infamous” Flaming Kava Kava is sure to set your night ablaze with Cruzan banana, pineapple, coconut and vanilla rum topped with flaming Bacardi 151. silverlegacyreno.com
For an upscale cocktail lounge vibe, don’t miss Death & Taxes Provisions and Spirits in Midtown. This bar has a classy, rustic, turn-of-the-century speakeasy design, complete with chandeliers, black walls, and black leather couches. With craft cocktails and rotating draft beers on the menu, Death & Taxes also offers specially designed bartending classes for private groups, along with tastings and pairings. From burnt cinnamon sticks to flaming sage, the mixologists at Death & Taxes aren’t afraid to serve their drinks smoking. This is a can’t-miss for anyone who loves a top-shelf, expertly crafted cocktail. deathandtaxesreno.com
Whether it’s avocado toast in the morning, or toasting flaming drinks at sunset, the Reno/Tahoe food scene has plenty of options for the Millennial in all of us.