Burritos, tacos, quesadillas, these are some of my favorite dishes. But let’s be honest, loaded with cheese and sour cream, wrapped in flour tortillas, they aren’t free from guilt either. I’m not saying Laughing Planet’s quasi-Mexican fare equates to eating kale, but a few healthy swaps makes these dishes a little better than most of their counterparts.
Like many locals, I missed Laughing Planet. The restaurant didn’t go anywhere, but during home orders and trade restrictions, they took a lot of precautions to keep the community safe. Food was available for take out only.
While the indoor dining area is still not open for seating at the Midtown location, this outdoor patio is being used more and more. And at the location near the University of Nevada, Reno, live jazz is back.
For me it’s a burrito here nine out of ten times. Ditch the meat for a delicious vegetarian option of spinach and black beans, along with brown rice, jack cheese, and pico de gallo. Personalize it by adding guac instead of chicken or indulge yourself with sour cream.
It’s easy to see how a few substitutions, such as smart black beans and brown versus white rice, make this burrito a little more palatable if you’re diet conscious. There’s also the option for vegan cheese, which plays into the menu’s dietary attributes. (Many items are marked as vegan, paleo, and gluten free).
Tacos and quesadillas are pretty much the same, similar toppings, and possibilities for customization.
When I want something lighter, I take a bowl. The paleo bowl is my favorite. Grilled vegetables and garlic green beans on a bed of sautéed kale and grilled chicken breast drizzled with the infamous killer green sauce – it’s lighter than most other dishes but just as filling.
For a grab and go, don’t skip the smoothies. After training or as a morning pick-me-up, berry berry good (blueberries, puppets, strawberries, bananas and apple juice) is a classic. But for something a little different, the PB&J is a filling alternative.
The only thing I still miss are the plastic dinosaurs that were sitting on every table. With safety and cleanliness protocols in place, it makes sense that these centerpieces have gone extinct, but I certainly hope they’re sitting in a back room somewhere waiting for the day when they can join the crowd again. dining room, bringing back a dose of that fun and quirky atmosphere for which Laughing Planet has become known.
Nora Heston Tarte is a longtime Reno resident who lives in the south of the city. In addition to food, his hobbies include wine, hiking, yoga, and travel. She is also the editor of a regional lifestyle publication and works freelance for other publications mostly in the travel industry. She graduated from California State University Sacramento with a BA in English and is currently pursuing her Masters in Professional Journalism. You can follow his travel adventures and local exploits on his Instagram account @wanderlust_n_wine.