This is all very helpful. The train trip looks cool, so we are looking forward to a good experience. The limitations are that we won’t have a car once we hit Reno, so our choices will be constrained by that. That leaves Sparks and Virginia City out of the loop for this trip, as far as I can tell.
Restaurants can be either end. We don’t mind investing in a good meal, but also love to find a classic diner A good selection of wine by the glass is always a plus - I don’t like to commit to a whole bottle when I am away from home. Fresh and interesting, but not so far as to be “art food.” Local favorites? An especially good breakfast? Seems like it’s easy to get dinner recommendations, but breakfast can be hit or miss.
Not Burning Man - I can’t tolerate that sort of heat! We decided we needed to get away and I was browsing Amtrak - Reno is a better deal than Sacramento, and we expect to have more fun.
Any local dopers who would like to meet for a drink or something, we could probably manage - we have made no plans other than to arrive Saturday afternoon and leave mid-day Monday.