Best of Northern Nevada 2019

This is it! Our biggest, baddest edition of the year, our annual Best of Northern Nevada issue. In the following pages, you’ll find the results of our readers’ poll about the best our region has to offer—from best antique store to best local politician. There are nearly 300 categories, and tens of thousands of locals voted in the two rounds of the contest.

Huge congrats to all the winners!

But, of course, like every prom king runner-up, you might want to point out that it’s just a popularity contest. To which we say, “Yep, you’re right. What’s wrong with that? Do you hate democracy, you pinko?”

Still, there are places where we might disagree with the results of the readers’ poll, or we just want to highlight a comparable but undersung alternative. So pay close attention to those editors’ picks—they’re also an opportunity to bask in some of our award-winning blather.

In the BONN issue, we showcase the work of one of the area’s best artists. This year, it’s Eunkang Koh, an art professor up at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her surreal illustrations, with the anthropomorphic cast doing all kinds of Nevadan things, are a perfect complement to this year’s contest results, which are just as bizarre as ever.

Every year, we have a different feature section focused o n something special in our community. This year, it’s “Green Thumbs,” a section partly inspired by Koh’s artistic interest in culinary practices.

If you or your business won a first place prize, that means you score two tickets to our annual Best of Northern Nevada party later this fall. You should receive an invitation to the party from someone on our sales staff in the next few weeks. But if you want to make it easier for them to track you down, send a “Hey! I want to party!” message to

A friendly reminder: Winners, if some shady operator calls you up and asks you to purchase a plaque to commemorate your victory, you can just hang up. They’re not affiliated with the RN&R. You get your plaque free at the party.

And a heartfelt thank you to everyone who took the time to vote—especially if you voted in both rounds. You’re the absolute best.