You’re going to have to tell us what kind of food you want/like to narrow things down. Peppermill isn’t near a whole lot of places, so drive or Uber/Lyft.
If you like classic cars, hopefully it will coincide with Hot August Nights. Ambivalent about them? I hope it doesn’t coincide, traffic increases a bit.
Into fishing at all? Pyramid Lake, <45 minutes north, has Lahontan cutthroat, one of the larger non-invasive species of trout. Also pretty much the only place to find cui ui, but you can’t keep them unless you’re Paiute.
Virginia City is sort of a tourist trap but it’s a very good and honest one if that makes sense? There’s Mark Twain stuff. It’s also a seminal origin point of the San Francisco sound (psychedelic rock), if you’re into that. Looks like their only major August events are the Rodeo 18-19 and random car shows.
I’m not sure which are the least crowded beaches around then but Sand Harbor is pretty accessible. Some nice hikes too, in Reno and Tahoe and down towards Carson. Galena area might be the more accessible and pretty.
There’s a Burger Me in NW Reno and one in the south, don’t need to drive that far. The owner (Mark Estee) owns other places, including Campo, which is probably the most decorated local restaurant.
Err… you do you. I had a taster, and it was good but not something I’d drink more than that in 1 sitting. They make very good beer though. Can’t say what OP’s “not particularly” into drinking means, but my other favorite places are Imbib and Lead Dog. Revision is also winning all kinds of awards, very IPA heavy though so I haven’t tried too many. FiftyFifty in Truckee is also popular, particularly for their stout/porter.
Eh, hipster-y these days. There aren’t too many particularly bad neighborhoods like I’ve been to in in California.