The brick restaurant with a large window that looks out toward the street serves unconventional tapas made from local, organic ingredients and thoughtful cocktails and beers.
Centro's decor is simple, with farm tables, metal chairs and industrial lighting. But the dishes (some with memorable names) are colorful, rich and definitely full of flavor.
Centro is located in the hip CalAve District near downtown Reno — Photo courtesy of Centro Bar & Kitchen
Sourcing ingredients from local and regional farms, distributors and the Great Basin Community Food Co-Op, Centro serves up dishes you won’t find anywhere else in town.
Thankfully, Centro is open for both lunch and dinner. For lunch, you can choose from several different pricing options or a la carte and fill up for $15 to $20.
Dinner items range from $5 to $8 appetizer plates to main plates for $10 to $14. Some of the more expensive dishes include items from the grill, like the Espresso Braised Short Rib made with local coffee, coconut beet puree and chocolate chile demi-glace.
Beef short rib, braised in locally roasted coffee — Photo courtesy of Centro Bar & Kitchen
Some other menu favorites include the Daily Tacos (made with new ingredients every day), the Daily Sliders and the delectable Filthy Bastard Fries, which you just have to order because of the name.
The small potatoes are slathered in a cheese sauce made from Arrogant Bastard beer, queso fresco, chorizo, bacon and Calabrian chile.
Other seasonal items include their Grilled Caesar Salad and the Baby Beet Salad with California grapes, snap peas and yogurt. The delicious shrimp po'boy has a Sriracha aioli. Little appetizers and desserts include pickled eggs with a maple sage glaze and quinoa falafel.
The Stone Fruit Cobbler ($8) goes well with the house-made gelato ($5).
Centro's cocktails are inspired by the weather and local produce — Photo courtesy of Centro Bar & Kitchen
Centro's other half specializes in creative and unusual cocktails inspired by local ingredients and Reno's wild and crazy weather. Speaking of weather, when it's warm out, Centro's large back deck is a great place for an evening libation like the Beeten Pig with jalapeño-infused rye whiskey, beet syrup, fresh lime juice and orange bitters.
Other cocktails include the Pimm's Cup a La Centro with blueberry Pimm's liqueur, and also the Cinnamon Ginger Pisco Sour. Centro also has beer on tap from local and regional breweries based in Nevada, California and Oregon.