We’re all familiar with the quote: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” The same rule applies to restaurants. Some restaurants may not look like much from the outside, but they serve the most delicious food you’ll ever eat. And some of these restaurants may not look like restaurants at all. Several ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants are located throughout Nevada, and the 15 restaurants listed below are some of the very best.
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1. Monta Ramen - Las Vegas, NV
Monta Ramen may have a limited menu, but they serve the best ramen outside of Japan you'll ever eat. Guaranteed!
Pictured: Kuro Ramen
2. The Lady Tamales - Carson City, NV
You won't find tamales any better than those served at The Lady Tamales. Without a doubt, this restaurant has the best tamales in Carson City. They're also very affordable. You can order a dozen to go for only $10.
3. El Paisano - Reno, NV
El Paisano is a great place to go if you're craving authentic Mexican and Salvadorian cuisine. A few of their popular menu items include pupusas, tamales and chimichangas.
Pictured: 2 Pupusa Combo
4. Cugino's Italian Deli & Pizza - Las Vegas, NV
Cugino's Italian Deli & Pizza is the perfect place to go in Vegas for affordable, authentic Italian cuisine. A few of their delicious menu options include a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, pastas and salads.
Pictured: Margherita Pizza
5. Bell's BBQ - Henderson, NV
Bell's BBQ is the only chef-inspired BBQ joint in Henderson. Their St. Louis-style ribs are incredible, and their smoked brisket is a definite must try!
Pictured: St. Louis-style Ribs with Cheesy Grits & Greens
6. The Cracker Box - Carson City, NV
The Cracker Box is one of Carson City's best breakfast spots. Cinnamon Apple French Toast, Bananas Foster Pancakes and Biscuits & Gravy are just a few of their many delicious breakfast choices.
Pictured: Cinnamon Apple French Toast
7. Ryan's Saloon & Broiler - Reno, NV
Ryan's Saloon & Broiler is a classic pub that's best known for its delicious burgers, in addition to its great beer selection. Be sure to start your meal off with their famous fried cheese curds. They're fantastic!
Pictured: Bacon Cheeseburger
8. The Blind Onion Pizza & Pub - Elko, NV
The Blind Onion Pizza & Pub is the place to go in Elko to satisfy your pizza craving. Their pizzas are made using only the best ingredients. In addition to pizza, The Blind Onion offers paninis, salads and wings.
Pictured: General's Pizza
9. Little A'Le'Inn Restaurant & Bar - Rachel, NV
Little A'Le'Inn Restaurant & Bar is located on the Extraterrestrial Highway. A couple of their creative menu items include the Alien Burger and Cosmic Wrap. Earthlings are always welcome!
Pictured: Cosmic Wrap with Macaroni Salad
10. Baladie Cafe - Las Vegas, NV
If you're a fan of Mediterranean cuisine, Baladie Cafe is a definite must try. Their delicious gyros can't be beat!
Pictured: Lamb & Beef Gyro
11. Mi Ranchito - Reno, NV
Mi Ranchito is a true hidden gem in Reno. Their food isn't only delicious, but it's also quite affordable. The portions are huge, especially their famous burritos.
Pictured: Chili Verde Burrito
12. J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room - Gardnerville, NV
Year after year, this historic restaurant is voted "Best Basque Restaurant" in the Carson Valley. If you decide to try this amazing restaurant, be sure to bring along a hearty appetite. Their multi-course, family-style meals are huge.
Pictured: Osso Buco
13. The Cowpoke Cafe - Lovelock, NV
The Cowpoke Cafe is one of Lovelock's most popular breakfast and lunch spots. Their French Dip Sandwich is amazing, and their made-from-scratch pies are sinfully delicious.
Pictured: French Dip Sandwich
14. Hometown Pizza - Tonopah, NV
The next time you find yourself driving through Tonopah and craving pizza, be sure to stop by Hometown Pizza - especially if it's during lunchtime. Hometown Pizza features a lunch buffet that includes pizza, salad, soup, breadsticks and a drink for less than $10.
Pictured: Muckers Special Pizza
15. Ghost Town Art & Coffee - Pioche, NV
The 150 year old building that houses Ghost Town Art & Coffee was once a workshop. It's now an art gallery with a cafe and gourmet coffee shop. Burgers, hot dogs and grilled sandwiches are just a few of the restaurant's delicious menu options.
Pictured: Chili, Cheese & Bacon Dog