Most North Valleys locals drive to Reno or Sparks for nightlife, but residents can stay in town to dine at a few local favorites in the neighborhood. Though chain restaurants dominate the area along Highway 395, people can find a few mom-and-pop places, mostly diners and Mexican restaurants, scattered about North Valleys on Stead Boulevard and other main roads.
Fiesta Mexicana, a neighborhood Mexican restaurant, serves many classic Mexican menu items. Customers can order large, tasty burritos and quesadillas with plenty of cheese, peppers and onions. Others prefer the steak taco combo, a favorite among the combination plates. Locals generally order a margarita to help wash down their meal, and most say they're some of the best drinks in North Valleys.
Breakfast fans head to Lemmon Valley to dine at the small Hometown Cafe, one of North Valleys' only choices for local breakfast joints. This small western diner serves up biscuits and gravy, large omelets and plenty of sandwiches. Get the thinly-sliced potato chips for a savory side with a Reuben sandwich or a turkey club. Hometown Cafe proves to be the perfect place for North Valleys residents who love the good old days of small-town diners.
People in North Valleys looking for more than just local places in their neighborhood can head over to northern Sparks, which houses
many different restaurants just off Los Altos Parkway. Tha Joint Sushi & Grill, located in this area, gives North Valleys inhabitants the opportunity to dine on Reno's famous All-You-Can-Eat sushi deals. Order the Five-O roll or the Jailbait roll for a homemade sushi delight. If you have room for dessert, try the tasty tempura banana to top off their All-You-Can-Eat meal.
North Valleys folk who need a beer have a few dive bar choices. Sneakers Bar & Grill makes typical pub fare and attracts locals who want a place to hang out after work or on the weekends. Similarly, Air Base Inn in Stead attracts residents for after-work drinks and company.
For music and dancing, most locals go to Reno and Sparks to watch shows.