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Family Friendly Dining at the All-New Toucan Charlie’s Buffet and Grille

signAfter hearing about the all-new My challenge to the kids: I told them they couldn’t select anything that was on a typical kids menu, including mac and cheese, chicken strips, buttered noodles and pizza. I encouraged them to try new foods and to make healthy choices.

We walked the entire buffet before even getting a plate, as we had to take in all of the amazing options.

What they chose:

boy at Toucan Charlie's BuffetMy son is a carbo-holic, and fell in love with the fettuccine Alfredo and won-tons. For some protein, he chose bacon wrapped chicken on a stick. (Bacon wrapped anything has to be good, right?!) He also made a stop by the salad bar for some peas, corn and tomatoes.



girl at toucan charlie's buffetMy daughter discovered the orange chicken, and also had fettuccine Alfredo, won-tons and fruits and veggies from the salad bar. I encouraged her to try an egg roll, which was the only thing she turned her nose up at, but heck, I was glad she tried something new.


Meanwhile, on my mission to eat healthy, I started out with cabbage rolls, an ahi and seaweed appetizer, and then had a freshly made spinach and bacon salad. On my second trip, I enjoyed some teriyaki chicken with some more vegetables. So far, I was extremely proud of my healthy choices, and happy the kids were trying new foods.

Toucan Charlie's Dessert IslandThen, it was time for the Dessert Island, which has nearly tripled in size in the remodel. I swear my kids felt like they had entered Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as they perused the freshly spun cotton candy, homemade gelato, cakes, eclairs, pastries and more. They couldn’t believe it when I said they could each try a few things, since the serving sizes were relatively small. Once again, I encouraged them to take this opportunity to try new things.

We made up a few plates to share among the three of us, including bread pudding, a chocolate éclair, Easter egg cake, a blackberry tart, and lemon cake.

Wow. So darn good.

And that was where my mission to eat healthy ended.

But it was totally worth it!

We left with big smiles and bellies full – the kids have been begging to go back ever since. They even made a video to document their experience, which turned into a tribute to the Dessert Island.

What you need to know before you go:

This place is hopping on the weekends, so I’d highly suggest you take advantage of being a local and go during the week.

Breakfast and lunch prices are lower than the dinner prices, so if you’re on a budget, go for one of those meals.

You can find full pricing here.

Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille is open daily for breakfast from 8 am until 11 am, lunch from 11 am until 3pm, and dinner from 4:30 pm until 9 pm. The buffet features a Friday and Saturday evening seafood buffet and Sunday champagne brunch (Mother’s Day, anyone?!).


About Lynnette Bellin

Lynnette Bellin
Lynnette Bellin is the former owner and site manager of the Reno Moms Blog. She is a married mother of a teenage daughter and a highly energetic tween boy. Lynnette moved to Reno in 2001 after choosing to live in a place that she loved for its natural beauty. She has written four children's books, including The Kindness Ninja and a series of three books called Adeline’s Magical Moments Collection. She has been obsessed with blogging since 2002. Lynnette loves to experience outdoor adventures in our area, including skiing, hiking, camping, and open water swimming. She spends her days working from home for a NYC ad agency and shuttling kids to dance, lacrosse and basketball.

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