Elko was originally just a small town and stopping point on the First Transcontinental Railroad, but the local beauty of the Ruby Mountains and the Jarbidge Wilderness made it an early site for taverns and dining. After a day of sightseeing, you can still find some great eating at Elko restaurants. Visit an Italian favorite to try all kinds of delicious dishes like freshly topped bruschetta, fried calamari, baked manicotti, and Italian sausage lasagna. You can also find a wide array of international flavors in Elko, including pan-Asian food and Mexican cuisine. A few of the favorite dishes that can be found in the Japanese restaurants in the Elko area include beef negimaki, salmon teriyaki, and various types of sushi.