COURTESY OF RENO FOOD AND DRINK WEEK FACEBOOK: Playfield '76 will be offering Bison Cheesesteak Egg Rolls during Reno Food and Drink Week.


The fourth annual Reno Food and Drink Week, a 12-day celebration of Reno’s eclectic food and drink scene, takes place June 5-16. Participating restaurants and vendors will offer prix-fixe menus, drink flights and/or specialty food and drink items available only during the event period. A portion of proceeds will be donated to local charities. For a full list of participants and menus, visit

The Sierra Arts Foundation’s next Sip and Screen event takes place Friday, June 2, and will feature Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Attendees meet at 6 p.m. at the Sierra Arts Foundation, 17 S. Virginia St., in Reno, for bites from Wild River Grille and drinks from Coffee and Comics before walking to the Century Riverside 12 for a private screening of the film. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite Marvel Comics character. Get tickets for $30 at

Food Truck Friday kicks off for the season on June 2 in Idlewild Park, 1800 Idlewild Drive, in Reno. With more than 40 vendors, Food Truck Friday is one of the largest food-truck gatherings in the nation. The event runs 4 to 9 p.m., every Friday through Aug. 25. Learn more at

The 26th annual BBQ, Brews and Blues festival takes place Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, outside of The Row on South Virginia Street. Festival food will be available at Gregg’s BBQ Pit, including St. Louis-style barbecue ribs, smoked beef brisket, pulled pork and more. Guests can also enjoy a variety of brews and beverages from more than 50 microbreweries, and participate in a beer olympics event. Details at

Carnival-food fans, rejoice—the Reno Rodeo, aka the “wildest, richest rodeo in the West,” is back in town June 15-24 for its 104th year. Get your fill of funnel cake, loaded fries and more while supporting one of Reno’s longest running annual events;

Summer is (almost) here, which means it’s time for the Margarita Crawl on Saturday, June 10. The event starts at noon at The Eddy, at 16 S Sierra St., in Reno and continues throughout downtown until 6 p.m. Buying a cup for $10 means $4 margaritas and beers at participating locations, with access to extras. For more information, head to

Noble Pie Parlor is offering provisions for your pups! Proceeds from both the Pupperoni Fries (made from meat, grains and other carefully selected components, paired with cooked fries to make a dog-safe dish) and K9 Brewing’s “Paws Pilsner” (nutritious bone broth) will be donated to the SPCA of Northern Nevada. The Midtown location (777 S. Center St., Suite 100) will have both options while the Summit Mall location (13979 S. Virginia St., No. 505) will only have Pupperoni Fries;

Openings + Closings + Shifts

The Juicy’s Giant Hamburgers at 301 S. Wells Ave., in Reno, is closing up shop after decades at the location. The owner told the local daily the restaurant had lost its lease. The South McCarran Boulevard location (and a Sparks location with different owners) will remain open;

Reno is getting two new concepts from renowned chef Gordon Ramsay: Ramsay’s Kitchen and Ramsay’s Fish and Chips, both at the Silver Legacy. Ramsay’s Kitchen will feature worldly fare, while Ramsay’s Fish and Chips will offer British-centric food in a fast-casual setting. Both restaurants are slated to open late 2023;

Lo-Bar Social is replacing what was once Matador Lounge (previously St. James Infirmary) at 445 California Ave. Owners Missy and Josh Callen—the partnership behind Blind Dog Tavern, The Hideout Lounge and Poor Devil Saloon—intend for the main bar space to be called the “Lo-Bar” with the rooftop deck being the “Hi-Bar.” Search for the bar on Facebook for updates.

Virtual food hall Vistro has taken over the former Taste of Chicago location at 180 E First St., in Reno. Created by UNR alums Tristen Houston and Derek Sornson, Vistro—once a delivery and takeout-only concept—offers more than 10 restaurant options for customers to choose from, and will soon have riverside patio seating. Details at

Shanty Dolan’s, at 211 Keystone Ave., is partnering with local cheese and specialty-goods shop The Wheyfarer to offer guests cheese and charcuterie boxes. The boxes will include a variety of meat, cheese, jam, nuts and other goodies;

Maude Ballinger is a food writer who grew up in Reno, studied communications in San Francisco, and earned her master’s degree in Global Communications in Paris, France. She is the founder of Fork Me,...

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