Since most people aren't up for eating lizards and rattlesnake, or even wild hare, the native foods of Nevada or quite limited. Luckily, casinos and hotels have developed their own Nevadan cuisine.
A way to entice gamblers to casinos, buffets became more extravagant to compete with one another. Today, Nevada hotels and casinos boast some of the most amazing buffets in the World.
You wouldn't expect a desert location like Las Vegas to be home to some of the finest Thai restaurants in the country. Las Vegas and Reno literally have hundreds of Thai restaurants.
The invention of the shrimp coctail is credited to Italo Gheli, an Italian-American from San Fransisco who bought the Golden Gate Casino in 1955. It was his idea to serve cold prawns in a tulip sundae glass.
The Golden Gate hotel-casino introduced the shrimp cocktail in 1959 for the low-price of only fifty cents. This is where the price stayed until 1991, where it now still only costs $2.99.
The Basque people migrated to Nevada during the gold rush from a region in Europe located between France and Spain. Basque migrants came from both South America and Europe to work the mines. People love to do what they do best and soon sheep farming replaced mining as their principle occupation. Most of those migrants have moved to more fertile pastures but they left their imprint in the way of food.
Basque restaurants can be found throughout Nevada, specifically Las Vegas and Elko, which is home to the annual Basque festival. Enjoy chateaubriand, a thick steak cooked between two thin-cut steaks. The thin-cut steaks are fed to (kitchen staff?) before serving the final cut of rare, center-cut steak.