Serving up authentic meals that taste like they came right from Grandma’s kitchen, the mom and pop restaurants of Nevada are important features of the state’s culture. From traditional Greek dishes to old world Italian-style cuisine, you’re sure to feel at home. Here are the 10 best mom and pop restaurants in the state.
Casale’s Halfway Club captures the flavors and atmosphere of eating at grandma’s house—and we mean that in the best way possible. Since 1937, this family-owned and operated establishment has consistently churned out the best in local Italian. When you come here, you’re always treated as a regular.
Nora’s Italian Cuisine opened in 1992 “with a modest seating capacity of 12,” according to their website. Since then, they’ve grown into one of the Las Vegas Strip’s best-kept-not-so-secret. Las Vegas Lite says they’re the “Best Neighborhood Eatery West, Food and Wine Magazine lists them as one of their “Top 100 Bars in the Country,” and the accolades go on and on.
The Great Greek has two locations, one in Henderson, Nevada, and another in Las Vegas proper. Go to either one and you’re sure to experience incredible Greek hospitality from this “Best of Last Vegas” winner. Eat in, order online, or consider their catering options for bigger events.
San Marcos Grill bills themselves as “a family affair,” believing in “the importance of family togetherness.” Everything they do exemplifies this belief, including their larger-than-average tables designed for large groups to dine together. The food, of course, is exquisite.
We could tell you about Carlillos Cocina’s incredible Mexican food, or rave about their service. And we will. But we think a recent reviewer put it best when she wrote, “imagine an old-fashioned counter service diner with a super talented family of Mexican chefs cooking up a storm for you right before your eyes.” At Carlillos, you don’t have to imagine.
Chicago Greek is a mom and pop restaurant in Mesquite, Nevada, serving up authentic Greek and Mediterranean food by way of Chicago. In other words, Nevadans can enjoy Chicago-style Greek food at an affordable price. Choose from items like the Chicago Dog or classic gyro and have your palette rewarded with bold flavors and a worth-while experience all around.
The Cider Factory in Virginia City, Nevada, is part of the greater Edith Palmer Country Inn, a historic bed and breakfast. The Cider Factory is owned by the same family as the Edith Palmer, and continues the tradition of home-style friendliness and hospitality began with the inn’s founding in 1948.
Winnemucca’s Pizzeria opened in 2008 and currently offers hand-crafted food and regularly scheduled live music. You’re always in for a good time and great food at the Winnemucca Pizzeria. Consider dining on the patio on warmer nights.
Listen, you’re going to have to travel a bit out of your way to find the Gold Diggers Saloon. But like the gold diggers of yore, a little traveling could end with a huge reward. The Gold Diggers Saloon, just past Lovelock, Nevada, is the perfect respite for hikers, boaters, campers, or anyone else in the mood for family-prepped food.
The Gourmet Deli at 76 is attached to a gas station and propane tank refueling station. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find a wonderful family owned-and-operated spot with great shawarma, breakfast burritos pizza, and more.