Eat Your Veggies
Looking to freshen up your meal fare while trekking through the Silver State? It may surprise you, but Nevada is home to many “mini oases” of rich farmland pocketed within its desert landscape. And Nevadans make the best of it, bringing their creativity to local cuisine. So stop by these farm-fresh finds. Your taste buds will thank you!
It’s no surprise the Oasis of Nevada is known for its farm-to-fork cuisine. Farms occupy tens of thousands of acres in the verdant valley, providing an agricultural bounty that is easily found in many restaurants.
For five generations, Rick Lattin and his family have maintained one of Nevada’s largest organic farming operations. The farm is known for its tomatoes, berries, peppers, and squash, but their signature crop is the Hearts of Gold cantaloupe—an award-winning melon that is the namesake of Fallon’s greatest event. Lattin Farms is passionate about bringing farm-fresh produce to the community, and visitors are encouraged to stop by their incredible café, bakery, and produce stand.
Maine Street Café
For almost 15 years, this homegrown restaurant has adapted to the ever-changing landscape of food trends. Maine Street’s Chef Wenceslao Sandoval has more than 26 years of experience at four- and five-star restaurants, and he incorporates the café’s garden produce into a delicious and eclectic menu.
The Slanted Porch seems as if it were plucked out of a trendy urban neighborhood and dropped into rural Nevada. The loving detail that went into remodeling the 1908 residence into a trendy Fallon restaurant is also in the locally sourced food. Produce makes the less-than-4-mile trip from Lattin Farms, and beef is hand-selected from Fallon’s H5 Ranch. Even the delectable homemade potato chips come from potatoes grown at Fallon’s Workman Farms.
On a quiet stretch of U.S. Route 95 on the Walker River Indian Reservation, an unassuming coffee shop beckons. Before entering, visitors may think they are in for a normal cup of joe, but one step inside this small sanctuary and you know you’re in for something special.
Next Evolution Coffee Shop
Andrea Martinez sought to provide her small community with healthy organic food and drink options. Her menu focuses on vegetarian and vegan cuisine, an unusual choice for the former burger joint, but one that’s paid off. Regulars love the fresh fruit smoothies, beet juice shots, acai bowls, sandwiches, and coffee sourced from an American Indian family-owned Nevada business. A drive-through window conveniently delivers colorful smoothies, wickedly delicious coffee drinks, and flavorful organic sandwiches to hungry patrons.
The opportunities to eat whatever your heart desires are rife in Las Vegas. Finding farm-fresh, plant-based foods is easy, but a couple standout choices include:
Locations in Downtown Las Vegas and Henderson serve flavorful fare that just happens to be meatless—not the other way around. Try the “chicken” pot pie gnocchi garnished with pie crust; classic Vietnamese pho loaded with seasonal vegetables; or pizza topped with vegan sausage, jalapeños, and pineapple.
Those looking to add more plants to their diet should head to NoButcher’s bustling community table. Some great items to try: “Pulled NoPork” sandwich, “NoEgg” sandwich, and the “NoTuna” sandwich.
The Biggest Little City’s Midtown District is home to a growing dining scene, and tasty, plant-based eating is at the forefront. Look for vegetarian options on most menus, but make sure to splurge on these fine choices.
With locations in Midtown and at the University of Nevada, Reno campus, Laughing Planet, focuses on delicious vegetarian and meat dishes served fast and fresh. Awesome salads and soups start things off, but save room for the Bollywood bowl, which will make your taste buds dance with the southern Indian flavors.
Great Full Gardens
Since 2013, this eatery has offered vegan, gluten-free, and paleo choices along with healthy dishes for the meat lover in the family. The three locations feature many options from local vendors and farmers. Start with the sinful cheesy bruschetta, then indulge in the wasabi vegetable bowl. Wrap up your meal with their delicious signature Liège waffles.