Few dining experiences are more American than diner-going. Even if the diner happens to serve Mexican food, as one on our list does, you can’t help but feel the melting pot of America stirring you up in it as the traditional Mexican experience becomes part of the indelible American eating culture. With so many extraordinary diners in Nevada, it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down to only 9, but we’ve done our best to pick out the best in the state.
The Gold ‘N Silver Inn in Reno, Nevada has the distinction of being Reno’s oldest casual dining restaurant, having opened over 50 years ago. This 24/7 diner is known for good food, good company, and their on-site quarter bonus poker. Come in for breakfast anytime, comfort food, dessert… anything you could want to eat, they’ve got it.
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Vickie’s Diner is an old-school soda fountain diner in Las Vegas that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. They’re open 365 days a year and offer specials regularly. The diner has a lot of character, partially due to the owner Vickie’s familial ties to Pete KelesiVickie’s Diner is an old-school soda fountain diner in Las Vegas that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. They’re open 365 days a year and offer specials regularly. The diner has a lot of character, partially due to the owner Vickie’s familial ties to Pete Kelesis, owner of the first diner in Vegas.s, owner of the first diner in Vegas.
Mom and Pop’s Diner in Carson City, Nevada is a family-owned, second generation restaurant serving breakfast and lunch every day of the week with dinner available Wednesday through Saturday. Breakfast is served all day with sandwiches and burgers making up most of the lunch menu. The food is affordable and tasty; just what you want in a diner.
You wouldn’t know to look in the Henderson, Nevada Ford Country car dealership for the Mustang Sally Diner, but once you find out about it, you’ll be coming back and again and again. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Enjoy the nostalgia of a true-blue 1950s American diner experience.
Carlillos Cocina in Sparks, Nevada is a wonderful little Mexican-style diner. They’ve got 24 stools at the bar and are open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily (1 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday). You want a good breakfast burrito? Sorry, they’ve only got great ones.
Roadrunner Café in Dayton, Nevada is a great spot for a quick bite to eat. They serve primarily breakfast but also have a robust sandwich and burger list. Come in for breakfast or lunch and you’re almost guaranteed to leave happy.
The Coffee Mug in Elko, Nevada is a Certificate of Excellence 2016 winner, known for their fantastic customer service. They’ve been an Elko staple for over 25 years and continue to serve great breakfast, lunch, and dinner today.
The Dinky Diner in Goldfield, Nevada is a small diner along route 95 that serves generous portions and small-town charm. One recent reviewer wrote, “If you’re passing by then this is pretty much the gourmet of Goldfield and you know what? It’s pretty damn good!” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Mom’s Diner in Pahrump, Nevada has tons of regulars but there’s always space for you. The atmosphere is cozy, and food is warm and tasty. Check their website for daily specials like Lasagna served with garlic toast and meatloaf; all like momma used to make.