Finally, you can’t have hip these days without beer and food. One central city favorite is Brasserie Saint James (901 S. Center St., 775-348-8888), which was named the country’s best mid-size brewpub at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. It just opened a branch in San Francisco’s Mission District. In addition, Jeremy Warren, a co-founder of popular Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn, plans to open his own Revision Brewing in the Reno suburb of Sparks some time soon.
Another recent culinary addition is Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market (1401 S. Virginia St., 773-683-9300), which started in Truckee, Calif. The restaurant specializes in East Coast-style specialties such as lobster rolls and oyster po’ boys. Yes, heading inland for good seafood isn’t the most obvious move, but that didn’t stop owners Shawn and Heather Whitney.
For those who have long loved Reno, the city still sports plenty of its well-worn charms. Its casinos continue to offer an array of games, including sports betting, which isn’t available on California gaming floors. Over the summer, wannabe miners can look for opals at the Royal Peacock Opal Mine (#10 Virgin Valley Road, Denio, 775-941-0374). And Incline Village is still only about an hour away on the north end of Lake Tahoe.