This morning a few friends and I were calling each other back and forth trying to figure out what we wanted to do for breakfast. I decided to jump on Foursquare and see if I could find some place new to try. I ended up stumbling on Sparks Coffee Shop. The pictures and tips on Foursquare showed Sparks Coffee Shop to be a full service breakfast and lunch restaurant as opposed to just being a coffee shop.
My friends all came over to my house were we got in one care and drove down to Sparks Coffee Shop. We pulled up to the restaurant which looks like a bland red house far removed from any other business on Oddie and El Rancho. We walked into the restaurant and were promptly seated in a booth. As I looked around I was surprised at the amount of decor especially compared to the outside of the restaurant. It was pretty clear by the decorations that Sparks Coffee Shop is owner by a mexican family.
As I looked through the menu I noticed that Sparks Coffee Shop has a pretty extensive menu for both breakfast and lunch. While they offered a number of Mexican dishes like Huevos Rancheros, the menu was very “American” with omelets, hamburgers, etc… The first thing that caught my eye and what I ended up ordering was the crab cake benedict with a side of fruit.
All the plates that came out looked delicious and were in large portions. My crab cake benedict was very tasty. The crab cakes themselves tasted like good crab meat and the hollandaise complimented them well. The fruit was fresh and juicy.
The bottom line
Despite the name, Sparks Coffee Shop is much more than a coffee shop. I think they may have some issues their branding. They have great food, great service, and reasonable prices. I recommend giving it a try. What are some of your favorite breakfast spots in Sparks?
On Tuesday I had some time to kill while I was waiting for my Toastmasters group to start, so I decided to stop by The Aroma Club and utilize their free WiFi to get some homework done. The Aroma Club is located just behind the Round Table in the Old Town Mall. With the exception of a small sign on the side walk in the parking lot you would never know it is there. I think The Aroma Club is one of the best kept secrets in Reno as far as coffee shops go. The Aroma Club is owned by a russian family who have a different spin on what a coffee shop should be.
Walking in you immediately get a sense of relaxation. It almost feels like you are walking into a green house with plants on the walls, floor, and tables. In the background they have some oldies music playing. I have found that the people there are always quite friendly.
Beyond the main coffee shop area, they have a back room that they allow large groups to use as long as they order food or drinks. The room is perfect for holding anything from meetings to small yoga classes. I don’t know who would have yoga classes in a coffee shop, but you could…
The most intriguing part of The Aroma Club for me is the menu. For starters, they don’t serve coffee. They do however serve a wide variety of coffee drinks like espressos, americanos, mochas, and lattes among other things. I’m far from a coffee aficionado, but I’m sure the menu would please even the most avid coffee drinker.
I am however a big fan of food, and The Aroma Club goes far beyond your standard coffee shop menu of muffins and donuts. On a small chalkboard by the counter where you order they have the quiche of the day. In their largely vegetarian menu they have a number of other quiches, 11 different freshly made wraps, as well as five home made soups to choose from.
The bottom line
If you love your coffee but want to try something different, The Aroma Club is the place for you. They offer a relaxing atmosphere and in the number of times that I have been there, it has not been crowded at all. Please tell me about some of the other great coffee shops that Reno has to offer.