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Reno’s Top Three Restaurants

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Reno is a pretty populous town, since there are casinos bringing in tourism revenue and the town is kind of big in general. One thing that I have noticed since I moved here is how many great restaurants there are, and I’m always finding something new that I can enjoy. Not everyone in Reno knows which restaurants are the best, whether you are a tourist visiting Reno or you’ve been here as long as me. As such, I thought that I would use my extensive knowledge of the Reno cuisine life to review my favorites in town.

pisces restaurant sushi reno

The first Reno restaurant that I am going to talk about is not just a personal favorite of mine, but of all my friends that I have taken to lunch here as well. Personally, I think that Pisces Sushi is the best restaurant for sushi in town. Ijji’s is also pretty great, but there are a few things that I think Pisces Sushi does better. First of all, the variety on the menu is better. Ijji’s has a special location for each aspect (hibachi, sushi, etc) but Pisces Sushi just gives you everything you want in one location.

This location is in South Reno, but even if there are sushi places that are closer I would still recommend going here instead. Although the overall menu choice isn’t the same as having three separate restaurants, the menu here incorporates something for a person of every taste. Offering a lot of different food doesn’t mean a whole lot if the food itself isn’t very good though, right? That’s where the chefs separate themselves from the competition.

Pisces Sushi has great sushi, but the chefs didn’t stop there. They went even deeper into the cuisine and made the restaurant Asian fusion as well. For those of you who don’t know what Asian fusion is, it just means that the dishes combine aspects of American and Asian cuisine. You get the best of each, so it is pretty much a win-win situation regardless. I don’t have one specific favorite roll, but there are three ones at the top (just like these restaurants). Those three would be the Zodiac, the Donald Duck, and the cotton candy rolls.

There are a few different rolls named after Disney characters, but I have to say that the Donald Duck is my favorite. It probably helps if you have an appreciation for sushi beforehand, but if you have never tried it then you will likely get hooked. I know I did. Another thing that this Reno restaurant does great is the service. Lots of restaurants have waiters who either bother you too much, or they leave you alone the whole time. Both of those situations are bad, and a good waiter or waitress will know how to balance it out.

Pisces Sushi’s servers aren’t just helpful though, they are also very nice to you. I love being greeted with a smile upon entering a restaurant. And this wasn’t just the first time, either. Each time I go for sushi, I know not to expect frowns or unhappy staff. I have also found that the staff are very knowledgeable of the menu, and if you are uncomfortable pronouncing a roll then they pretty much already know what you are going to say.

They can also offer suggestions, and I have never had any major complaints with the items that were suggested to me. Overall, I would say that Pisces Sushi is definitely one of the better restaurants that you will eat at in your lifetime. Even if you only go once just to try it, I would still encourage you to do that. Go online and read some of the great online reviews if you don’t believe me.

burger me burgers reno

Burger Me is a good alternative to sushi if you’re more inclined towards eating burgers instead of sushi. Burger Me is found in the Summit Sierra Mall in Reno, right next to the theater. I have eaten a burger before my movie plenty of times, and if you’re looking for an affordable one then this is your place. It’s becoming more and more common that burger places in Reno offer garlic fries and sweet potato fries, but I am glad to say that they’re not as good as Burger Me’s. Believe it or not, there was one diner in Reno I visited that served my meat undercooked.

That’s a serious health violation, and luckily I was in a good mood then. One issue that a lot of Reno restaurants struggle with is pricing. It’s tough to keep prices low when the rent is high. Fortunately for anyone with families or large groups, Burger Me shies away from the higher prices. The quality if their food is still maintained, and I have no idea how they do it. If you want to learn more, as I did, make sure you read some of the positive reviews. That’s where I get all of my food suggestions now.

reno char b que

Finally, there is Butcher’s Kitchen CHAR-B-QUE. You can get burgers here as well, but I like the balance between sandwiches and salads as well. Here, you will be eating in South Reno again. My favorite dish to order at Butcher’s Kitchen CHAR-B-QUE is the pulled pork burrito, so that just tells you how much choice there is on the menu. Normally sandwiches would be my thing, but this restaurant doesn’t really serve any bad food. I thought I would get something different this time, and it’s nice to ask the waiter what they like personally.

Again, you will find great prices and service here. The reason I think that Butcher’s Kitchen CHAR-B-QUE is one of Reno’s best is because of the accommodations for business lunches, though. I have eaten here with a decent amount of large groups and there are never any issues when we eat. All of the dishes we have been served with have never been dirty or anything like that, which is always a plus. If you see a dish at a restaurant that is dirty, you should probably eat somewhere else. No restaurant like that would ever find a place on my list. A lot of the people who I have brought to Butcher’s Kitchen CHAR-B-QUE on business lunches have given it positive online reviews, so don’t just take my word for it.

If you eat at any of these restaurants frequently enough, you will start to recognize tons of people at these restaurants. Most people who try them get hooked, and the best plumbers in Reno will always have room in their stomachs for great food.

Rating all of The Strokes’ albums, best to worst

If you’ve never heard of the Strokes before, they’re an early 2000s rock band. Basically the poster child for rock bands. Technically they formed in 1998 and released and EP, but that was only three songs. They released their first full album in 2001, so they’re now an early 2000s rock band. I used to think that their first album, Is This It, was by far their greatest album, but now that I’ve listened to it a lot more, I realize that the sound quality is actually pretty fuzzy and a lot of their songs sound the same. Upon closer inspection, I’ve actually decided that Comedown Machine, their most recent album released in 2013, is their best. And by best, I just mean that it is the best sounding.


I’m not a sound engineer or a music producer, so I don’t know any technical stuff about music that would change my opinion. However, Is This It is definitely in second place. One business that I wouldn’t put in second place is the best Denver Hood Cleaning. Even though Comedown Machine doesn’t really sound like the Strokes, because they’re transitioning into more electronic experimental music, the songs are still great. There’s only one on the album that I actually dislike. Is This It has two songs that I dislike, so that places it further. Third place is also almost a pretty close tie, but I’ll give it to Room on Fire, their second album from 2004.

It sounds more like the original Strokes, and First Impressions of Earth, which gets fourth place, has way more songs that I dislike. First Impressions is the album where they tried way too hard to be a loud rock band so there’s tons of shouting and loud music. Unfortunately, it doesn’t that great. There are still a few good songs on the album, though. Angles definitely gets last place. The three songs that I actually enjoy on the album are amazing, but the rest of the songs on there are terrible. They just sound desperate to push songs out, and the songs have no rhythm or melody.

Roadtrip 1 Completed and Trip to Chiropractor Needed

Well, we made a big run through California Gold Country, including Sierraville, Sierra City, Downieville, Grass Valley, and Nevada City.  We mostly cruised around all the towns and did not delve too deep into the available properties.  So, it was mostly about environment and whether we felt these would be places that we’d like to retire.  Although the towns are all awesome, we might be running up against the California income tax situation.  So I think we’ll head in other directions.

After the drive, I did notice one thing.  Physically, driving is not as much fun to me as it use to be.  I was stiff for two days and finally broke down and went to my favorite chiropractor for an adjustment.  Dr. Potts was easy to get an appointment with and we discussed chronic back pain issues.  I’ve not had back pain all the time, but when I get it – I truly suffer.  This was one of those occasions.  Guess this stuff gets worse with age because I found myself really sore from a pretty passive activity (driving).

Chiropractor recommends that next time I get out of the car more often.  A little roadside stretching might go a long way towards keeping me out of lower back pain.

By the way, I’ve never been much for chiropractic until now.  The whole crackling my neck thing bugs the crap out of me and seems awfully dangerous.  Dr. Potts says that there is a checklist of things to make sure of before you ever give anyone an adjustment because you don’t want to risk harm.  I hope he’s always right.

Anyway, I digress.  My trip made me really miss my teen days in Downieville.  The drive around town reminded me of days in the river, dating local girls, hanging out in the great swimming holes, and more.  Might have to write some stories about those memories soon.  I’ll let you in on some fun things that happened in those years.

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