1305 N Virginia St
Reno, NV 89503
I returned to Reno recently to visit my good friend and college roommate Carla, and of course, we had to return to some our old food haunts. We used to indulge in the famous Awful Awful Burger with a full basket of fries, which I claim to have devoured all by myself, every single fry. This time we went to the newly renovated bar called the Wolf Den situated near the University of Nevada, Reno’s dorms. It proved to have the same Awful Awful burger that I remember from The Nugget, minus the greasy diner vibe and now trade it for the college hangout vibe. An advantage now is that school is currently out, so we got to dine in peace and did not have to battle parking. (Wow, I’m starting to sound old! Ha ha)
Bliss with my hamburger. Behold! … but I did not finish all my fries.
Black Rock Pizza
2855 N McCarran Blvd
Sparks NV 89431
Tastes like Digiorno and I mean that in a bad way.
I’m sorry, Tina. I lied to you big time when I told you that the pizza was good. I didn’t want everyone to feel bad that I actually thought otherwise. Black Rock Pizza had everything going for them with their unique toppings and sauce combinations but upon my one bite to the pizza, my immediate “thin slice” (pardon my pun to the book Blink heheheh) told me that I was eating grocery store bought pizza in a pizza joint! It’s not that I don’t enjoy a good store bought pizza, but I expect to eat that at HOME.
Conclusion: Reminds me of Digiorno in a bad way. 1/5 beeps.
Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs
6300 Mae Ann Ave
Reno NV 89523
With a name like that, how can you not have amazing breakfast food. I chose the “homemade” corned beef hash and eggs. I have no idea why homemade was in quotes, but I do know that I fell in love with it. I love corned beef hash when it is super crispy and finely chopped and it was made to that exact specification. Crispy in almost every bite with no hint of sogginess that I get at some other breakfast places (see the close up of crispiness!).
Conclusion: Its a bold statement but Peg’s made the best corned beef hash that I’ve had yet. (Keep in mind that I like them in a specific way – crispy crispy salty salty.) I suppose that I can try the other bfast dishes also, but I’m already in heaven with my favorite hash made exactly the way I like!! 🙂 5/5 Beeps! (Even beats my previous corned beef hash winner, Paul’s Country Kitchen experience in Placentia, CA)
Tip: There are two locations in Reno so if you can’t make it to the downtown location and find parking, go to the Mae Ann location for easy parking in the ‘burbs.
The Nugget Diner
233 N Virgina St
Reno NV 89501
Returning to Reno, it’s been approximately 6 years since the last time that I experienced the glory of the awful awful burger at the diner in The Nugget in downtown Reno. So, on our rare trip back, we had to have it, and it was no other perfect time than 1130 pm at time for a greasy burger and crispy seasoned fries.
My first bite brought me back down memory lane to the days where I could totally down the entire burger AND the entire basket of fries. The burger patties here are of the “smashed” style left with a nice crispy char on the outside. The plethora of crispy fries are generously seasoned and I call you lucky if the chef ends up being more heavy handed with seasoning your batch of fries. Either way, you get a saltyriferous (yes, shouldn’t you be used to me making up words by now?) batch of heart attack spuds and I loooove it.
Conclusion: This is definitely THE diner to go to for the guilty pleasure of stuffing your face with one of the most fantastic greasy burgers and fries ever. 5/5 Beeps!
Tip: Get the ketchup and anything else that you might need beforehand because once your order is ready, you’ll want to chow down right away. If you’re slow, fries will get steamed by your burger sitting on top and you get a squishy mushy texture disappointment.