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Cinco De Mayo Fiestas y Food

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Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated by use of sombreros, fake mustaches and a decent supply of margaritas. But let’s not forget about the delicious mexican FOOD! There are so many different food and drink deals during the first weekend of May in Reno Tahoe (preceding Cinco de Mayo on the following Monday). Here is your guide to delicious Mexican food and festivities going on at the beginning of May:

Grand Sierra Resort

This party is widely regarded as Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of Latino heritage. The entire party will be held at the parking area of the GSR May 2 from 3-8 & May 3 from 11-7. The party costs $5.00 for ages 12-65 years. Children under 12 and seniors 65+ get in absolutely free. The event is catered by Big Daddy’s Barbecue, and there are almost too many options. There will be chile rellenos, fajitas, fully loaded nachos, and almost every type of meat you could possibly dream of! Besides the food, there will be games, contests, boxing matches, carnival rides, and even dancing horses! By the way, if you prefer American food, Big Daddy’s also has ribs, sandwiches, and other BBQ treats. Click on the event picture for the whole menu and more event details!

Circus Circus

The extended happy hour schedule in honor of Cinco de Mayo will runon May 2-5 from 2-7 p.m. with a whole different type of happy hour schedule. Enjoy amazing drink deals such as buckets of regular Corona priced at 4 for $15, and you keep the Corona metal bucket! Also, Premium Jose Cuervo Gold Margaritas for only $5, enjoy all our Mexican premium drafts for $4 (including Modelo, Pacifico, Dos Equis and Modelo Negra), top tequila shots for only $2 (including Espolon Reposado, Campeon, El Sagrado Anejo and Toro de Lidia Extra Anejo) and complimentary tortilla chips and house-made red and verde salsa.

The food specials are a basket of Jalapeño Poppers for only $1.99 or house-made mini tacos in soft tortilla with your choice of chicken or pork for only .99 cents each. In the Dos Gecko’s Cantina restaurant on Cinco de Mayo only, bring in your family, friends or the entire neighborhood for Dos Gecko’s specialty foods and our famous family style platters for $12.95 per person ($8.95 for children under 6). For those over 21, enjoy a $1 margarita with each order. The kids won’t be left out; they each can get a real Mexican celebration sombrero while supplies last!

Reno Mexican Food

The Grand Sierra and Dos Geckos are not the only places with Mexican food in Reno. There are many other places to get your chimichanga fix this Cinco de Mayo. Here is a list from renotahoe.about.com of the top Mexican restaurants in the Reno area.

A Nouveau Beaujolais Emerges on Riverside Dr.

Longstanding Local French Bistro Gets New Look, Feel and Location

After 11 years on West Street, it was time for an upgrade in scenery for the longtime French hotspot, Beaujolais Bistro. The restaurant’s new setting along the Truckee River in downtown Reno perfectly complements the historic French Bistro ambiance inside. Items on the menu will instantly transport diners to France – yet with a more approachable price tag.

Watch the culinary team at work through the window of the open kitchen, or the bustling Riverwalk goers just outside; both add a dynamic element to the dining experience.

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Wrapping around the kitchen, a new bar offers small plates that allow patron to enjoy Beaujolais’ enticing, everyday French fare more often than just on special occasions. The bar’s drinks are modernizations of the classic from the French cultures of New Orleans and the French Caribbean.

Beaujolais is now located at 753 Riverside Drive, and will be open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner beginning at 5pm, with small plates and drinks available in the bar and lounge areas at 4pm.

The Countdown Ticks on Trader Dick’s

All good things must end, and the tropical sun will set soon on Trader Dick’s at JA Nugget. The restaurant will be open through February 8, 2014.

To make the Polynesian parting a sweeter sorrow, enjoy a farewell feast at Trader Dick’s from January 29 through February 8, 2014 at 25% off your entire bill. It’s also your last chance to enjoy Trader Dick’s specialty cocktails at 25% off and you get to keep the souvenir glass, while supplies last.TraderDicks

It’s been a delicious, rum-rich run for this legendary restaurant that opened in 1958 on the South side of B Street in Sparks, Nevada, across from the casino. Trader Dick’s opened at a time when World War II soldiers were returning home from the Pacific Theater with fond memories of hula girls and tiki culture.

The restaurant moved inside the casino in 1973 and was relocated to its current location in 1988. Tiki fans have traveled from all over the country to visit this historic Polynesian paradise that features traditional décor and a 5,000-gallon saltwater fish tank.

Trader Dick’s will be under construction beginning mid-February through mid-Spring to convert the space into a new country western-themed venue, called Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que. Gilley’s is set to open in late Spring of 2014. Click here to see The Nugget’s new plans!

Chez Louie eatery inside the Nevada Museum of Art

chez louie is a new French-inspired eatery located in the Nevada Museum of Art. It is fun, modern, and affordable bringing high-class cuisine to a comfortable, friendly, and truly unique setting. Gifted Tastemaker & Owner, Mark Estee complements the cultural fabric of the museum by highlighting seasonal ingredients and treating guests, volunteers, donors and members alike as family.chez louie

Hours of Operation

Wednesday – Friday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm (Perfect mid-week lunch portions!)

Thursday: 10am – 8pm (Museum and dinner date night, anyone?)

Sunday Brunch: 10am – 3pm (Hello, bottomless Bloody Mary and Prosecco bar!)

Closed: Monday – Tuesday

What foodies say on Yelp:

“…making a return visit to the museum sounds all the more enticing knowing that we could couple it with a good meal.” – Nate from Sacramento

“French onion soup and pear hazelnut salad for lunch.  The soup was the best French onion soup I have had in years.  Of course, I burnt the top of my mouth it was so hot, but it was too good to wait for it to cool.” – Earl from Reno

“Third restaurant in this location. This is the best so far. Very good food, smaller portions than a chain restaurant, yet it is an adequate serving size… I enjoyed my meal and will return. The place was packed yet we had great service.” – Linda from Reno

It’s a must-go!

Local Foodie Feature: Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee Holiday Blend

Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee announces its Holiday Blend, a medium, lively roast with a note of caramel, a luscious creaminess, and the subtlest wisp of apple.

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Tim’s been roasting Holiday Blends since 2006. This year he changed his creative process a bit and came up with his best Holiday Blend yet. He explains, ”Normally, I have a flavor profile that I’m trying to achieve. I put the coffees together and try to determine the best way to get the profile.” This year, he took the opposite approach, finding inspiration in a particular coffee and adding two other varietals to enhance its strengths. He was taken with the brown-sugar sweetness, hint of orange-like acidity, and subtle earthy tones of a creamy Honduras. He added Nicaraguan beans to enhance its earthy character and blended in Ethiopian beans to emphasize the bright, lively acidity. He dark-roasted the blend over an apple-wood fire. It’s flavor is full and round, brightened by a delicate acidity, and capped with a briefly lingering finish. “But like a good friend, it knows when to leave,” says Tim.

Enjoy Holiday Blend by the cup in Reno at Dish Cafe, Hi Point Coffee and Café, Joe’s Good Java, or Daughters Cafe.

Holiday Blend will be available from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31 (or while supplies last) from Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee headquarters, 30 Ohm Pl., Reno or online at woodfireroasted.com.

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Best time to serve: Any time. It’s a wonderful, well-rounded coffee for breakfast or after dinner.

Best way to brew: Any method works well. French press brings out flavors to their very fullest.

Best way to use in a coffee cocktail: Holiday Roast with Baileys.

Best food pairing: Pumpkin pie.

Peppermill and Atlantis Restaurants receive Wine Spectator’s 2013 Award of Excellence

bimini-steakhousePeppermill Resort Spa Casino’s Bimini Steakhouse and Romanza Italian have received Wine Spectator’s 2013 Award of Excellence, recognizing restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, pair well with the menu and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

Guests of Bimini and Romanza will find wine selections perfectly paired to the menus. At Romanza, enjoy exquisite Italian cuisine in a setting of romantic elegance. Dine beneath an enchanted sky dome while chefs skillfully prepare each course of handcrafted pastas, exotic sauces and seafood. Bimini offers hardwood grilled steaks, chops and seafood in an unparalleled atmosphere where high open spaces provide spectacular views of the pools and gardens. Wines from the expansive cellar pair perfectly with seasonal menus.

steakhouse-dining-smAtlantis Casino Resort Spa’s Atlantis Steakhouse and Bistro Napa receive the prestigious Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

Capturing the essence of Chicago to San Francisco, the Atlantis Steakhouse is a five time recipient of the Award of Excellence. Atlantis Steakhouse proudly serves Allen Brothers meats, the nation’s finest steaks. Experience the art of traditional tableside dining, unsurpassed services and attention to detail. Classic cocktails, metropolitan martinis and over 336 selections of wine complete the experience.

Seven time recipient of the Award of Excellence, Bistro Napa serves contemporary cuisine inspired by the Napa Valley with emphasis on seasonal, organic ingredients. The Sommelier will help complement any Bistro experience with a thoughtfully chosen wine from the 4,000-bottle wine cellar.

To qualify for the Award of Excellence, a wine list must present complete, accurate wine information with vintages and appellations for all selections, including wines available by the glass. Lists are judged on well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically these lists offer at least 100 selections.

Buildings, Bites, and Brews

Looking for a new way to dine? Look no further, Reno’s newest addition to Dine the District Food Tour has arrived… Buildings, Bites, and Brews is here Saturday, July 13th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Over 15 businesses are coming together to excite your taste buds!

_E2A8511 Reno’s original Wine Walk has become a very popular monthly event, but for those non-wine drinkers the Dine the District Food Tour provides another occasion for the community to enjoy the area. Dine the District Food Tour is typically known as “where foodies come to feast,” but this time around the opportunity to try a few options of locally brewed beer from the Brewers Cabinet is presented with a variety of culinary delights from the finest restaurants and taverns in the Reno area.

Throughout the Riverwalk many buildings are strolled by unnoticed and generally people never think to look up at some of the most iconic ones. Every building has a past and the Riverwalk wants to share their stories during Buildings, Bites, and Brews. While patrons are sipping away on their brews donated by the Brewer’s cabinet and enjoying their bites they will be educated about the rich history and vibrant past of the buildings. For an additional $10 you can enjoy a 1-hour tour prior to dining with locally renowned author and historian Alicia Barber, Ph.D from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Dine the District Food Tour is simple; you will receive a food tour map as your formal admission to the self-guided tour during the day of the event. It’s $20 per person pre-sale and $25 day of. If you have children 10 years of age and under bring them down because it’s free and family friendly.

If after the feast of food you want to learn more about your “Biggest Little City,” from 4pm to 6pm there will be a free book signing by authors at the Reno/Tahoe Visitor Center, featuring Alicia Barber, Ph.D., who wrote Reno’s Big Gamble, and Chris & Courtney Meredith, authors of Reno’s Riverwalk District Images of America.

Tickets can be purchased online or the day of the event and are limited. Redeem tickets by presenting a receipt at the new Reno Tahoe Visitor Center located in the Reno eNVy store. Proceeds support continued development of the Riverwalk District!

To find out more information about the Riverwalk, how you can help or donate online visit www.renoriver.org email info@renoriver.org, or call 775-825-WALK (825-9255) Ticket sales are at: http://buildingsbitesbrews.eventbrite.com.

The Original Margarita Creators, Hussong’s Cantina, Opens in Reno

As inventors of the margarita, Hussong’s Cantina has stayed true to its authentic yet quirky roots since its 1892 opening in Ensenada, Mexico. As the story goes, in 1941 bartender Don Carlos Orozco whipped up a combination of tequila, lime juice and Damiana liquor for a regular, Margarita Henkel. She loved it and since then the margarita has become a staple in bars worldwide. Now Hussong’s is moving north and opening its third location in Reno!

As summer quickly approaches, Hussong’s is the place to cool down with the original margarita, always served on the rocks.

img18Hussong’s isn’t just a bar. It’s a landmark….a legend…a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed experience. It has this certain mystique. It’s famous. People all over the world know about it. It’s popularity has never waned in all these years. It’s also the place where the Margarita was invented back in October, 1941.

Today, the cantina remains in the very same building in which it opened in 1892, and little has changed since it opened. The Hussong family still owns and operates the cantina.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in Reno Tahoe

What do professional folk dancers, Mexican dancing horses and $1 margaritas all have in common? Aside from providing an unforgettably good time (maybe a little more forgettable with the margaritas), you’ll find them all in Reno Tahoe USA for Cinco de Mayo! Here’s a look at what to look forward to this year.

Ballet Folklorico

May 4

Baile folklórico, or “folk dance,” refers to traditional Latin American dances that express the local folk culture in regions spanning from Mexico, the Southwestern United States and Central American countries. The Grand Sierra Resort invites you to enrich your Cinco de Mayo celebration with this beautiful display of dance and Latin tradition as professional folklórico performers grace the Grand Theatre stage in full, vibrant costume.  Tickets start at $25, and the show begins at 7:00 pm.

Cinco de Mayo Festival 2013

May 4-5

Join Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of Latino heritage at the Grand Sierra Resort and enjoy two fun-packed days featuring:

  • Cinco de MayoLive music from Los Dareyes de la Sierra and El Flaco Elizalde y Su Banda
  • Ms. Cinco de Mayo Talent Show
  • Mexican Dancing Horses parade and performances
  • Armature Boxing
  • Carnival Rides
  • Children’s Playground, including FREE face painting
  • Delicious Mexican and American food

Admission is only $5. The festival runs from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm each day.

Dos Geckos Cantina

For authentic Mexican food at a delicious price, stop by Dos Geckos Cantina inside Circus Circus Reno where the talented chefs are preparing tasty specials from May 3-5. Bring the whole familia and enjoy the Family Platter Special, which includes carnitas, beef biria, homemade tamales and more for $10.95 per person. And to kick the party up a notch, Dos Geckos is offering $1 margaritas with the order of a Family Platter!

Aura Lounge, Rum Bullions Island Bar and Silver Baron Lounge help toast Mexican Independence Day!

Stop by Silver Legacy for Sauza Margarita shots for $3 and Patron shots for $5. Savor a traditional or strawberry Margarita for $5 or, for some big fun, sample the Toro Toro; a Sauza Tequila shot dropped in Red Bull for just $5! This is one libation you have to try to believe! Aura will have the Senorita Go-Go dancers on Friday and Saturday night. And take your picture with the Corona girls from 10 p.m. till 12 p.m. on Saturday while you participate for great prizes for Best Macho mustache and Hottest Salsa dress on Saturday at 11 p.m.

At Rum Bullions, join the fun on the back patio and meet the Cazadores Girls from 9 p.m. till 11 p.m as you enjoy the sounds of live music with Flock of 80’z on Friday and Saturday night. The same revelry is taking place in Silver Baron’s, along with Dos Equis drafts all month long for just $4.50. Enjoy free chips and salsa all night long in all three venues!

Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse has a special menu to commemorate Cinco de Mayo, Friday through Sunday, featuring Baked filet of Chilean sea Bass in Oaxacan Sauce with Chimichurri rice pilaf, vegetables and warm corn tortillas. Finish with warm Flan drizzled with a spicy cinnamon caramel sauce and Biscochito cookie. Reservations are recommended. $38.00/p.p.

Hungry for more? Here are a few more mouth-watering Mexican restaurants to add to your Cinco de Mayo celebration list:

Check out our dining page for a full list of great restaurant options in Reno Tahoe USA.

The Riverwalk just got Munch, Munch, Munch Tastier!

Dine The District Food Tour

May 4th, 2013 1pm-4pm

To kick off the spirit of spring, the merchants of downtown Reno’s Riverwalk District have teamed up for a third time to organize the “Dine The District” Self-guided Food Tour on Saturday, May 4th 2013, 1pm to 4pm. Not only will guests have an opportunity to enjoy entertainment, and a variety of culinary delights from the best restaurants in the Reno area, the proceeds will help support the continued development of the Riverwalk District. Wearing your best Kentucky Derby hat is highly encouraged!

dining_logo2The Riverwalk Dining District is where Foodies come to feast on the many options of culinary excellence located in the Heart of Reno, Nevada. The Riverwalk features unique options in dining & entertainment showcasing selections from around the world. Adding the title of Northern Nevada’s new “Dining District” is one more attraction for the community.

The cost is $20 per person pre-sale and $25 day of the event, FREE for children 10 years of age and under. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.renoriverorg/dining_district.html or during the day of the event. Tickets sales are limited to 600. Redeem tickets by presenting receipt at the new Reno Tahoe Visitor Center located in the Reno eNVy store, at 135 North Sierra Street Reno, during the day of the event, you will receive a food tour map as your formal admission to the self-guided tour during the day of the event.

The first “Dine The District” Self-guided Food Tour hosted by the Riverwalk was held on June 9th, 2012 and was an incredible success with tickets selling out two hours before the event began. With the already very popular monthly Wine Walk the Dine the District food tours will provide another opportunity for the community to enjoy the area. Some of the food tours participants include Wild River Grille, Java Jungle, West St. Wine Bar, Campo, Noble Pie Company, Fuego for Tapas & Vino, Bumble Bee Blooms & Boutique, Imperial Bar & Lounge and an estimated 15 other merchants already located within the Riverwalk.

All the funds raised by the Riverwalk Merchants Association will help establish a safer, cleaner and more vibrant downtown area.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED TO 600!

To purchase tickets online visit: http://www.renoriver.org/dining_district.html Or visit Reno eNVY the day of the event.

RENO eNVy:

135 N. Sierra Street, Suite C, Reno NV, 89501- (775) 682-3800

To find out more information about the Riverwalk, how you can help or donate online visitwww.renoriver.org email info@renoriver.org, or call 775-825-WALK (825-9255).