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Behind The Scenes: How My 2010 7 & 7 Restaurant Picks Were Picked

I don’t know about you, but when I see Top (insert number here [that's what she said]) Lists, my blood usually starts boiling.  I often find myself thinking, “Are these people fucking stupid, corrupt, or a little bit of both?”  Whether it’s a Top 5 Greek Restaurants in Vegas list that doesn’t have The Fat [...]

Stephen Hopcraft Talks About His Journey From Dishwasher To Top Chef

For the last four years or so, Stephen Hopcraft has served as the Executive Chef of Michael Mina’s Seablue in the MGM Grand.  It’s been quite the journey for him, growing up in Ohio, then onto Santa Cruz where he first got into cooking, then up to San Francisco where he honed his craft and [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Chefs of First Food and Bar to Have Wing Throwdown

The Site of the Wing Throwdown. Lives will be changed forever.

Three chefs of the First Food and Bar kitchen; Sam DeMarco, Rob Ryan & Jake Mual, are going to have a Wing Throwdown on Saturday, July 31 to see who makes the best Chicken Wing at First. Diners will be the judges of who’s [...]

The Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food: Kurobuta Pork from Stripsteak

Not even the mighty iPhone can capture the beauty of a fine piece of Kurobuta Pork poached in bacon fat.  Put it atop a bed of Collard Greens with a Cup O’ Grits on the side, and the iPhone chokes harder than A-Rod in October. Please welcome the Kurobuta Pork from Michael Mina’s Stripsteak at [...]

The Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food: Wood-Grilled Sausages from Nobhill Tavern

It’s a Nobhill Tavern Palooza in posts this week, and of course no “palooza” is truly complete without an iPhone camera nightmare.  You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but this should be slices of sausages and potatoes, pearl onion and hunks of bacon all in this dijon beurre blanc-ish sauce that made my [...]

Dish Spotlight: Lobster Pot Pie from Nobhill Tavern

Hot off the heels of the 2010 James Beard Award Semifinalist announcements, I wanted to go to one of the nominees that I haven’t been to before.  Almost ashamed to say, I haven’t been to Michael Mina’s Nobhill Tavern at the MGM Grand in the 5 ½ years The Wife and I have called Las [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Nobhill Tavern Offers 2 for 1 Entrees to Las Vegas Locals

Nobhill Tavern at the MGM Grand

2010 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Outstanding Service, Nobhill Tavern at the MGM Grand is currently offering Las Vegas locals two for one entrees!  Nobhill staff told me that the promotion doesn’t have a specific end date, so call ahead at (702) 891-7337 to confirm it’s still happening. By [...]

Las Vegas Shines with James Beard Award Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has announced their 2010 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists, and no surprise, Las Vegas has a strong representation!

James Beard Award

The Outstanding Restaurateur gave a nod to Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Mon Ami Gabi & Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab).  [...]

A Brief Response to Two Idiots in New York

Looks like I’m already late to the party to fire back at David Landsel and Andy Wang’s seemingly unresearched display of Manhattanite Superiority Complex Idiocy they wrote for their 3rd Rate Rag (a.k.a. – The New York Post), as Eating Las Vegas’ John Curtas has already brilliantly responded in his blog.  However, with the magnitude [...]