Food & drink
Best pub grub
O’Ski’s Pub & Grille
840 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 359-7547
There are some days when all you crave is pub grub—garlic fries, steak sandwiches or the king of all pub grub, fish and chips. Now, not everyone can fly to England to taste the real deal, but if it tastes half as good as what the friendly folks at the only Irish-Polish bar in town, O’Ski’s, serve, then it might be time to book reservations. O’Ski’s is one of the few places in Reno and Sparks where you actually get more fish than batter in your serving. Add a splash of malt vinegar and a squeeze of lemon, and you’ll be in fish-and-chips heaven. While the coleslaw and fries are a pleasant bonus, the delectable nuggets of white, flaky cod are worth the price of admission all by themselves.
Best place to find bottom cleavage
Reno’s Indian food restaurants
You’ve seen it. You’ve probably done a double take. And if you’re a heterosexual male, you probably thought, “Now why don’t women dress like that here?” Those who’ve dined at Reno’s Indian food restaurants have surely caught a glimpse of that special kind of cleavage that peeks out from below a woman’s very short shirt rather than peeking out from above a low-cut top. The bizarre but artistic fabric wall-hangings at local Indian food restaurants feature many women modeling the above-the-waist version of hot pants. This fashion trend, though not perhaps prêt-à-porter in contemporary India, surely enhances the Indian food dining experience, which involves many hot and savory spices. Who knew Indian food could be so sexy?
The best food court from which to watch swans while you eat
If your memory of food at the UNR student union is of the snack bar that has been little changed since God was a boy, a visit would be an eye opener. This same facility, now called the Overlook, has been moved upstairs into a hall that extends over Manzanita Lake. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the view is of swans, fountains, trees, an island, the lake’s green opaque water (which, granted, was once clear blue), and, in the distance, the city skyline. OK, the food is no great shakes, though it is varied—Asian food, salads, sandwiches (none are pre-made, so allow time), burgers and fries (pre-made), desserts. But the atmosphere makes up for the pedestrian fare. If you have to eat in a cafeteria, this is the one to pick.