Homage is located in a darling house near downtown and features coffee drinks, loose leaf teas, breakfast pastries and lunch items. Pick up one of Homage's croissants, pastries or danishes with dark chocolate, almond or fruit. The savory croissants include cheese, herb, bacon and fresh veggies and can be enjoyed on the front porch or the garden. For lunch you can enjoy a salad like the Quinoa & Squash ($8) with acorn squash, dried tart cherries, roasted almonds, chevre, arugula and honey-mustard balsamic vinaigrette or a French dip sandwich ($9) with roast beef, horseradish aioli, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese on a ciabatta.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Homage has a huge selection of daily pastries and other baked goods and some really great coffee and tea.
Christina's expert tip: At Homage tea for two comes in a pretty cast iron pot.
Great Full Gardens Cafe & Eatery in Midtown Reno offers a casual and healthful menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a full coffee, beer and wine menu. The restaurant features items from local farms, vendors and their own greenhouse. The menu also caters to vegan, gluten-free and Paleo diets. For breakfast, try one of the Liege Belgian style waffles with fruit or eggs. The Elvis Liege waffle has bacon, sliced bananas and peanut butter drizzled with honey. For lunch or dinner Chef/Owner Gino's Totally Tomato soup goes well with the Paleo Lunch Bowl ($12.99-$14.99) with grilled chicken or wild salmon on a bed of kale, onions, broccoli, mushrooms and cabbage, sauteed in organic coconut oil. Other dishes include Wild Cod Tacos or Pizza ala Bismark.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Great Full Garden's menu features fresh, local eggs and seasonal vegetables.
Christina's expert tip: Great Full Gardens makes all their own dressings which includes Cilantro Lime and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette.
As the office space for much of Reno's hipster and business crew, Coffeebar knows how to cater to busy people. While they specialize in coffee, they also have some great pastries, quiche, seasonal crepes and panini sandwiches. Coffeebar has several locations, but the Mount Rose location has tons of seating including an outdoor area with lots of shade. Breakfast and lunch dishes include the Apple Apricot Veggie Panini with fresh apple, dried apricot and roasted garlic-thyme chutney over a brie-cream cheese spread with fresh arugula and a balsamic reduction on Coffeebar's daily baked ciabatta. Try the Farm Crepe with lack Forest Ham, Roasted Red Peppers, Brie & Spinach topped with pesto.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Coffeebar is one of the best coffee and meeting spots in Reno.
Christina's expert tip: Try Coffeebar's Lavender Latte or Lemon Chiffon Latte.
Located in the Whitney Peak Hotel in Downtown Reno, Roundabout Grill features comfort food with an elegant, and local, twist. Chef Colin Smith built the grill up from his initial catering business and the family atmosphere shows up in the food. The grill features breakfast and dinner every day and lunch Friday-Sunday. A Sunday four-course brunch ($25) is also available and includes dishes like Hawaiian French Toast with grilled doughnut bread pudding and coconut; and an all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Other breakfast and brunch dishes include an exotic array of ingredients. Try the Apricot Granola hot cakes ($10), the Avocado Toast with fried egg and bacon ($12.50) or Colin's Special which is an egg white scramble with chicken, spinach, feta, onions, artichoke and roasted red pepper ($13.50).
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Roundabout Grill is beautiful decorated and located right beneath the iconic Reno Arch.
Christina's expert tip: The Roundabout Grill's Hppy Hour is Monday-Friday from 4:00-6:00 and features 25 percent off small dinner plates.
Located in the cool Midtown area of Reno, Two Chicks serves comfort food in a friendly location. Specializing in breakfast and brunch, Two Chicks uses only local free range eggs and bakes their own fresh bread. For coffee and their fun cocktails, the cafe features local fire-roasted beans and features local breweries. Their menu features classic dishes like omelette, two egg breakfasts with steak and ham and various Benedicts. Try their Salmon Bene with fresh salmon and grilled red onion ($15.49) or the Chorizo and Eggs with locally made Basque sausage ($9.99). Two Chicks also serves delicious pancakes like their Three Sourdough Pancakes ($8.99).
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Two Chicks is conveniently located close to Downtown Reno and serves comfort food in a friendly and funky atmosphere.
Christina's expert tip: Get to Two Chicks early on the weekends. They fill up fast.
This local favorite in the CalAve District serves not only the best bagel sandwiches in the area, but also homemade pastries and muffins and Brewster's coffee. Try the classic Breakfast Sandwich with your choice of fresh bagel, egg whites, provolone cheese, tomato and turkey sausage. The Lox & Cream Cheese and the Breakfast B.L.T. include the protein you need. Lunch sandwiches include the Kick-n Roast Beef with roast beef, horseradish sauce, lettuce and tomato and the Big Apple Club has ham, turkey, bacon, American cheese, mayo, lettuce and tomato. My Favorite Muffin also caters special events and offers gift baskets.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Grab a Breakfast Box with 12 bagels, cream cheese and muffins in a box that doubles as a serving tray.
Christina's expert tip: My Favorite Muffin is a great place to meet locals for breakfast or lunch.
As one of the original independent coffeehouses in Reno, Walden's is still going strong. Located in a pretty part of town near the Truckee River, Walden's serves breakfast, brunch and lunch along with divine coffee drinks. Their breakfast menu includes basics like bagels and homemade pastries as well as more elaborate dishes. Try their Biscuits and Gravy stuffed with homemade Italian sausage ($9.99), the Powerhouse Oatmeal with bananas and cranberries ($7.49) or one of their breakfast burritos or frittatas with fresh vegetables. Each are made to order. Their coffee and espresso bar offers various drinks including Americano and Chai Latte. Walden's offers organic coffee and their house coffee is available on the counter with free refills for only $2.50.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Walen's staff are always helpful and friendly and the coffeehouse has a nice backyard for summer dining.
Christina's expert tip: The baked goods at Walden's include gluten-free and vegan options.
This is where the locals go for a huge breakfast that will last you way into the evening. Peg's is a popular coffee and breakfast spot that is well know for its huge portions, excellent staff and fun selection various items including stacks of pancakes, skillet meals and Latin inspired dishes. Favorite menu items include the Huevos Ranchero served in a skillet with fresh salsa, beans, hash browns and fruit or the Mexicali Omelette with guacamole and salsa. For something lighter you can order the huge portion of Lox, Bagel and Cream Cheese or a Veggie Benedict. Their classes Eggs Benedict is excellent as well as the their French Toast and Pancakes.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Peg's has several locations in Reno. The most popular is the downtown location.
Christina's expert tip: Expect lines at Peg's on the weekends.
This local favorite is one of several small restaurants in Washoe Valley, between Reno and Carson City. Run by a pastry chef the restaurant features country style breakfasts and lunches, smoothies, coffee and daily baked goods. Menu items for lunch include daily sandwich specials, burgers, soup, salad and special items like the Harvest grilled cheese with brie, apples, coconut flakes and walnuts or the Ham Reuben with sauerkraut, swiss cheese, house dressing on marble rye. The Postal Cafe is located in a beautiful valley with views of the Sierra Nevada, during nice weather the front deck has outdoor, pet-friendly seating.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Postal Cafe is located in Washoe Valley between Reno and Carson City; it's a nice stop if you are traveling between the two cities.
Christina's expert tip: The Postal Cafe has a fun atmosphere with a chance to meet Washoe Valley locals. Try the breakfast special with the home fries.
Squeeze In has several locations in the area including Reno and Truckee. This casual breakfast and lunch spot has some massively huge omelettes as well as classic breakfasts, sandwiches, salads and some great coffee and mimosas. Their fun omelettes come with various cheese sauces and salsas and include the Shake & Bake with black olives, avocado, Monterey Jack cheese and salsa and the Lake Taco with ground beef, red onions, peppers and sour cream. Try the crazy Zweifel with peanut butter and bananas. The various eggs benny dishes come with different ingredients like the Bacon Benny with mushroom in a wine sauce.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: There's a reason Squeeze In has been featured on Food Network: it's fantastic. The service is tops and the omelettes are the best.
Christina's expert tip: Squeeze In has locations in South Reno, North Reno, Sparks and Truckee.