A Brew-tiful Day: Walden’s Coffee House in Reno


Nothing screams morning to me like the smell of a fresh brewed pot of coffee. Typically, anyone who knows me, knows it best not to engage with me until my coffee is poured and I have gotten the first sip flowing through my veins. I get coffee, nobody gets hurt!

My caffeine tolerance these days can compete with some of the best barista’s in the world, and I have sharpened my survival skills by learning how to ask for a cup of coffee in 4 different languages. “Kikombe cha kahawa tafadhali”, you know, just in case I need to speak Swahili. Now let me espresso my thoughts on this brew-tiful little coffee house we stumbled upon in Reno, NV.

Walden’s Coffeehouse

3940 Mayberry Drive

Reno, NV 89519


Saturday morning rolled around and my husband and I decided to go out to breakfast. I was pre-funking with my home brewed cuppa Joe, while getting ready, anxiously awaiting to get this show on the road. Every morning, I scroll through Instagram, and I always see these scrumptious food posts teasing me from Walden’s Coffee House. That is exactly where we were headed.

Upon pulling into the parking lot, the smell of roasted coffee beans filled the air. But there was more than that…I could smell garlic, pesto, toasted fresh bread chorizo and much more. I could feel the excitement rushing over me.

IMG_9962The exterior of the coffee house is quaint and beautifully landscaped. When you walk inside, there are tables, overstuffed chairs with little coffee tables, and outside seating on the patio to choose from.

The concept is like a fast casual hybrid. You stand in line and order your breakfast/lunch at the counter, help yourself at the adorable self serve coffee station and then find your table and patiently await your culinary dreams to come true.


When we got to the front of the line, I was a bit nervous because everything on the menu sounded so good. After asking the kind young lady at the register what her recommendation was, I chose the Mega Scramble and hubs ordered the breakfast burrito. He went with a hot chocolate and I chose the, “Monsoon Medley” coffee. They have multiple options to choose from, Light, Medium or Dark Roast and assorted creamers and sweeteners including honey. Score!

IMG_9965As I was waiting for my breakfast to be made, I noticed that there was such an eclectic group of people dining in Walden’s. There were your hipsters, business professionals, senior citizens, athletes and us, the coffee fanatics. (Yes, we have a look)



IMG_4610Our breakfast arrived and all I could say was “Whoa!” My Mega Scramble delivered Mega flavor and was beautifully arranged on the plate. There were steaming hot scrambled eggs, roasted veggies, mushrooms and feta all meshed together and topped with fresh chopped basil.





IMG_4608The Breakfast Burrito that hubs ordered, had something unique to it. It wasn’t the tortilla, it wasn’t the filling, it was the house made salsa that set this baby apart from all the others. The tomatoes were smoky and roasty. The burrito filling with the eggs, veggies, potatoes, cheddar cheese and chorizo all wrapped snugly in the grilled spinach tortilla was heavenly. My husbands exact words were, “It’s as if you made it at home kinda good!”


We ate every bite on our plates, and left there feeling energized and fueled. We couldn’t believe we had never been here before, but hey, better “latte” then never! Well executed Walden’s, we can’t wait to return! Cheers!


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My passion for good eats and restaurants started when I was 5 years old. Yes, you read that correctly, 5. My grandparents were my foundation and always enjoyed everything from a good ‘ole hole in the wall burger to seared octopus at the San Francisco Ritz Carlton. Of course, they always brought along yours truly, and I believe they had no idea what kind of foodie fanatic they were creating. Our family restaurant was always, “Original Joe’s” in downtown San Jose. The waiter would kindly ask what I would like to eat, (expecting me to order something like a child’s sized spaghetti like the rest of my cousins) and I would very confidently state, “I would like a New York steak, rare, with seasonal vegetables and a baked potato with sour cream and chives, please.” My Grandpa would always laugh and tell the waiter, “She better marry someone with money, this girl is expensive!” Later in life, the fire for food that burned inside me grew into a full on blaze. I started off in the restaurant business and worked every single position that exists. With dedication and a strong desire to succeed, I soon grew to be a professional chef. I absolutely loved watching people enjoy the meal I put in front of them. I loved seeing families laugh and create memories over a heart felt meal that I had prepared. The intensity of the kitchen, the plating, the perfection of timing in bringing a dish all together was a rush that I craved on a daily basis. After 8 years, I did decide it was time to keep my passion alive through my family and friends, so here I am! Thankfully, I have had the blessing of living and experiencing great culture. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area with hanging chickens on the streets, eventually moving to the beautiful city of Chicago with my husband for a short stint only to settle in the Biggest Little City aka Reno, NV with Lake Tahoe as my back yard to play in. I have experienced everything from Alligator in the back woods of Florida, deep dish pizza in Chicago, to Escargot right here in Reno. I also spend a lot of time in Lake Tahoe finding the local hot spots and lounging on the beach. I’m looking forward to bringing you exciting, witty yet genuine reviews right here from the Reno/Lake Tahoe area! Check out my blog Reno Tastebuds.

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