• Caitlin McAninch

Breakfast in Reno: Oxbow Café & Bistro

Updated: Feb 16, 2019



Reno has quite a few breakfast restaurants that are packed every Saturday and Sunday morning. Since Dylan is such a breakfast-food lover we spend every Sunday morning waiting 10 to 15 minutes to sit at the incredibly packed Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs, so he can order his pancakes or biscuits and gravy.

With the popularity of breakfast in Reno, it’s no surprise that a number of new places have opened up and even old restaurants have added Brunch to their menus. To get us out of our normal routine, I have convinced Dylan to follow me in a new blog series covering different breakfast places in Reno. I have quite a few places on the list, so we’ll see how many posts come later!

This morning we decided to start with Men Wielding Fire, but when we arrived at 9am, it wasn’t open yet! So then we headed to Two Chicks, but there were so many people outside, we opted to skip that too. We decided to try a place my friend, Emily, recommended: Oxbow Café and Bistro.

Nestled on Dickerson, (west on 2nd Street from Keystone) is this small place you would drive straight past if you didn’t know it was there. It’s in an old industrial area, and the restaurant used to be an auto body shop, and the kitchen stands in an old paint shop. Oxbow is somewhat new, opening in 2013, and from what I can tell, not too well known.


When we walked in around 9:15 the place was relatively empty with the hostess allowing us to sit wherever we would like. The restaurant itself is adorable, with a great looking bar, cute decorations, and fresh flowers at every table.


I was excited because I was able to get a mimosa. A drink I always crave on a Sunday morning, but never get at the alcohol-free Peg’s.


I ordered the Oxbow Breakfast, which was quite fantastic. It’s basically the exact same meal I order from Peg’s, excepted served with home style potatoes instead of hash browns. I could taste the butter that that the eggs were cooked in and the ham was so good.


Dylan ordered their pancakes. He said they were like every other pancake, but when I asked him what the thought about the place overall, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “It was good.” Which basically just means we can go back.


An hour later as we paid and were getting ready to go, we noticed that the place was completely full. And we overheard many people speaking about how they were getting their usual, making us think that those who know about Oxbow Café are frequent visitors.

There were a few tables outside too, which makes me excited to spend warm summer mornings there eating outdoors. Overall, I am so pleased that this was the first place to kick off this blog series. I loved the Oxbow Café and Bistro and I highly recommend it!!!

Here’s their menu:


Oxbow Café & Bistro

Distance: 2.9 miles

Driving Time: 5 minutes

#Food #Reno

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