Established in the early 1900s when the Southern Pacific Railway Company built a switch yard, Sparks is now a small city located east of Reno. Known for hosting special events throughout the year, this area also features great places to eat from fine dining venues to budget-friendly options. We’ve take a look at the best restaurants in Sparks, Nevada.
BJ’s Nevada Barbecue Company is a family owned and operated venue specializing in mouthwatering BBQ. For those seeking morning time fare, the eggs Benedict with a split buttermilk biscuit topped with shaved ham, poached eggs and hollandaise accompanied by home fries or cheddar grits is a particularly popular option. As for BBQ, diners can’t go wrong with the barbecue combination platter, which comes with a choice of two meats — try the pork ribs and beef brisket — and two sides, which include potato salad, sweet potato fries and macaroni and cheese.
Bar, Restaurant, Chinese, Vegan, Vegetarian, Cocktails, $$$
Fortune Palace is a famously friendly restaurant specializing in Chinese cuisine and featuring a full bar. This restaurant presents guests with a large menu sure to please many tastes. From appetizers to rice and noodle dishes and everything in between, the culinary team procures the freshest ingredients available for flavorful dishes. Enticing options to note are the lightly battered honey walnut shrimp; Peking duck, served with steamed buns, scallions and hoisin sauce; and spicy crispy beef.
With a passion for home brewing, Tom Young and his wife Bonda opened Great Basin Brewing Company. Touted as Nevada’s oldest brewery, this venue has garnered many awards over the years for its specialist brews. Featuring 14 beers on taps every day — try the multi-award winning Outlaw Milk Stout — this lively brewery also offers guests a large menu full of mouthwatering meals for lunch and dinner. Must try entrées include fish and chips – Alaskan cod filets in the brewery’s famous Wild Horse Ale batter served with cucumber salad and regular or garlic fries – and the popular black and blue burger covered in Cajun spices then blackened and topped with blue cheese crumbles.
Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Serving high quality seafood dishes, the Oyster Bar is a well loved restaurant nestled in the JA Nugget, a casino and hotel. In addition to oysters on the half shell and oyster shooters, the menu here also features everything from soups to stews and pan roasts to sandwiches plus other succulent entrées. One notable highlight is their lobster pan roast in a stew of spices, white wine, clam broth, special cocktail sauce and a touch of lemon. A selection of wine and beer is also available to wash down the delicious repast.
Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
The eponymous Pietro’s Famiglia Ristorante Italiano specializes in delicious Italian cuisine. Located on the second floor, this gem of a restaurant presents diners with excellent service, a warm and inviting interior and a lively ambiance complete with live music by Richie Ballerini on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Guests have a host of enticing options for dinner from the house made pan-fried mozzarella on a bed of marinara sauce to veal sautéed with garlic, shallots, fresh mushrooms and Marsala wine, to tiramisu or ladyfinger cookies soaked in espresso and layered with mascarpone cheese and chocolate.
Sparks Coffee Shop is a friendly restaurant serving up tasty American and Mexican-inspired breakfast and lunch dishes. A locally owned café, the culinary team has created a large menu ensuring that there is something to tempt anyone’s taste buds, including those seeking something meat-free. Popular choices from the menu include the French toast with fruit and whipped cream; eggs Benedict with chorizo patties, poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise sauce and the ultimate burger, which is a half-pound burger topped with pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, bacon, onion rings and barbecue sauce.
Squeeze In is a family owned and operated small chain serving generous portions of American cuisine to hungry diners. An eclectic and vibrant atmosphere, complete with mismatched furnishings, walls covered in customers’ signatures, and a super friendly staff, makes this a fun spot the entire family will enjoy. Tasty items from the menu to note are the Racy Tracy omelette with mushrooms, Monterey jack cheese, bacon and avocado; crab eggs benedict topped with quarter pound of crab, poached eggs and hollandaise and the tuna melt with tomatoes and cheddar cheese.
Specializing in modern Asian cuisine, Tha Joint Sushi and Grill is a fun and lively establishment known for its innovative sushi. Within a contemporary interior featuring a black and white motif, guests have a delectable array of appetizers, hand rolls, nigiri, entrées and sweet endings from which to choose. Vegetarians are welcome here as well with vegetarian rolls and entrées available. Must try dishes include tha bomb sushi roll, and the tempura veggie roll with fried carrots, sweet potatoes and zucchini with an avocado garnish.
Tucked inside the Western Village Inn and Casino, The Steak House is a casual yet elegant dining establishment serving up succulent steaks, seafood and fish. The friendly staff, which provides impeccable service and cuisine, keeps discerning diners coming back time and again. Within an interior adorned with warm colors, guests can feast upon a host of appetizers, soups and salads, entrées, house specialties and tableside desserts. Exquisite highlights include the steak Diane – beef tenderloin with mushrooms, merlot, brandy, garlic and beef essence – and the seasonal dish, blackened diver scallops with butternut squash and apple polenta. Extensive wine and martini lists are also available.
Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
Woody’s Grille and Spirits is a sports bar featuring delicious New American cuisine within a vibrant atmosphere. A place to enjoy great drinks and food while watching sporting events — there is a HDTV in every booth — Woody’s is open every day for lunch and dinner. The menu offers guests a wide selection of flavorful meals all made with the freshest, high quality ingredients available. Share an order of creamy artichoke spinach dip with friends before digging into a western bacon cheeseburger topped with cheese, crispy onion rings, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and BBQ sauce all on a pretzel bun.