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With stunning views, bottomless mimosas and comfort food, brunch always wins.

By Tiara Wasner

Our favorite brunch spots include everything from tried-and-true American classics to island-inspired specialties, modern comfort food, and adult beverages. Not in the mood for brunch? We have you covered. Swing by one of our favorite coffee shops, Clydes Coffee Roasting Co, for a latte and scone before heading out on an epic adventure. clydescoffee.com

Back to brunching…

“Brunch” pronounced / br n(t)SH/ (noun): A late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch. Some might even call it a second breakfast or early lunch, either way, Reno/ Tahoe knows how to brunch.

Bistro Edgewood Tahoe
Bistro Edgewood Tahoe

Brunching Around Lake Tahoe

Typically, I pick the best brunch spot based on who I’m with and what I’m in the mood for.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m brunching with my girls, we pick the restaurant based on two words — bottomless mimosas. If we’re on the South Shore, Kalani’s is our go-to. Aside from mimosas, their island-inspired brunch menu will leave you planning your next vacation. Order the mahi-mahi florentine or kahlua pig benedict and thank us later. kalanis.com

Kalanis (AJ Marino)
Kalanis (AJ Marino)

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, The Bistro at Edgewood is an ideal place to celebrate mom or any special occasion. Between spectacular views, an excellent menu selection, and perfectly curated wine list, The Bistro is top notch. While the menu offers various traditional brunch options, I recommend living on the edge. Order something you wouldn’t make at home like chicken and waffles, chilaquiles or pumpkin bread french toast. Pro tip: Call ahead and make a reservation. edgewoodtahoe.com

When you drive around the Lake you’ll encounter various iconic Tahoe restaurants. Opening in 1978, it’s safe to say the Fire Sign Cafe is not only a Tahoe landmark but worth the wait. For those looking for a traditional breakfast, this place is for you. Try the Westshore special or french toast. Several gluten-free options are also available. firesigncafe.com

Rosie’s Cafe has been a Tahoe City staple for 30 years and the vintage flair will make you feel like you’re stepping back in time. Rosie’s Cafe keeps dishes simple and traditional. Fuel up for the day with the all American breakfast or “create your own” scramble or omelet. You’ll leave feeling full and ready to conquer any adventure. rosiescafe.com

Shacked up in a cozy lakeside cabin? Looking to stay out on the lake or the slopes, finish the book you’ve been halfway-done-with for six months — heck, start a new book, take a hike, run business meetings or sit on the deck and enjoy the quintessentially slow Lake Tahoe time? Hire a personal chef like Amy Power, owner of Fed and Full. fedandfull.com

Drool-Worthy Brunch in Reno

If you find yourself in Reno, Roundabout Grill should be at the top of your list. Especially if you’re a foodie at heart, like me. They had me at chef-inspired comfort food. Recommended dishes include the crab & artichoke benedict, Hawaiian french toast or hanger steak & eggs. Did I mention bottomless mimosas and bloody marys! roundaboutgrill.com

AJ Marino

Not only is Midtown Eats insta-worthy, but they’re living up to their motto, “Damn Good Food & Drinks.” It’s that legit. The menu isn’t overwhelming with options, but there’s a little something for everyone. Make sure to try the BLTA, veggie benedict, or atomic burger. My mom always said never pass on a signature cocktail and, while I’m a fan of the pineapple mule, I’ve heard the Cheney Street sour, their version of a whiskey sour, is the best in town. Just saying. midtowneatsreno.com

Before heading home, let us introduce you to a little hidden gem called Daughters Cafe. Know before you go, the menu isn’t extensive, they will treat you like family, and their offerings change based on availability and season. You can guarantee your food will be fresh, delicious and made from the heart. My mouth is watering thinking about their apple, goat cheese and walnut omelet, beignets, and eggs in a hole with apple doughnuts. daughterscafe.com

It’s truly hard when it comes to narrowing down a favorite brunch spot. Each place is unique. However, we can all agree on one thing — there are several enjoyable places to brunch in Reno/Tahoe. You really can’t go wrong. Happy brunching!

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