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Las Vegas Weekly Announces Their Own Best Of List for 2010

The alternative weekly magazine, Las Vegas Weekly, announced their own Best Of lists for 2010 today. Thankfully, the LVW list is miles beyond the R-J’s joke of a list in terms of accuracy / common decency.  I’ll give LVW props for naming Julian Serrano at Aria as Best New Restaurant and The Palm Restaurant at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace for Best Lunch Specials, both of which would be deemed by many as controversial choices, but I will say good ones.  Certainly one could argue for the sort-of-new $19 prix fixe lunch at Payard Patisserie and Bistro (also at Caesars Palace) and of course the best lunch deal in town (which I would certainly call “special”), the $8.99 Lunch Buffet at Namaste Indian Cuisine.

Las Vegas Weekly 2010 Best Of List (courtesy:

Las Vegas Weekly 2010 Best Of List (courtesy:

I can live with Shawn McClain of Sage being called Best New Chef, although I would give the title to Shawn Armstrong at MOzen Bistro at the Mandarin Oriental. No one in this town kicks the ass off of so many diverse cuisines like Armstrong.  I’m amazed how he does it.  He’s good.

While I thought most of the nods were justifiable, if not spot on, there were a few in the Land of the Ridiculous.   I was shocked to not see First Food and Bar take the Best Late Night Eats on The Strip category.  No other place is even close to First when it comes to the Late Night Nosh.  Also, whoever put Smashburger and BLT Burger in the same league as Bradley Ogden and Burger Bar for Best Burger needs to have their head examined.  I, myself, can’t make up my mind between Bradley Ogden and Burger Bar for Best Burger in Vegas, but I do know they are both in a league of their own. Smashburger and BLT belong in the burger category that also holds Wendy, Carl, The King and The Clown.

However, the burger debacle wasn’t the only Crime Against Bovinity on this list.  Once again Carnevino gets a nod for Best Steak, and once again I call shenanigans.  Both N9ne Steakhouse at The Palms and Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at the Palazzo know how to roll with things that moo far better than the over-priced, over-hyped Batali attempt.

To check out the picks and see what you agree or disagree with on the 2010 Las Vegas Weekly’s Best of Food List, visit:

Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

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3 comments to Las Vegas Weekly Announces Their Own Best Of List for 2010

  • When I was filling out the form I did get a kick that they had an entry for “Best Olive Garden”.

  • Well, at least The Weekly’s “Best Of” list actually lists some of the best grub in town. What a relief!

    Still, there were a few things I disagreed with. Why bother with The Palm for lunch when there are so many more interesting choices? Why give Paymon’s ANY “best” award??!! (Best lousy grub pretending to be “Mediterranean”?) Why declare Capriotti’s sandwich “best”? (They’re good, but nowhere near Earl of Sandwich IMHO.) And why give Dick’s ANY “best” award? (Best lame Light Group attempt at a restaurant?)

    But yes, their list has far more hits than misses. It probably helps to have great food writers, and good management that lets the great food writers actually do their job. :-)

  • Ha! Everyone is always so hard on Paymon’s. I like some of the things there. Sure not everything is a win, but I think the Gyros, Hummus and Fries are perfectly acceptable for lunch. I would probably give the nod to the Naked City Sandwich Shop for best Sandwich, although I haven’t been to ‘wichcraft yet and I’ve heard good things about it. I’d give it to Capriotti’s about 5 years ago, before the quality went down the tubes a bit at all the locations I’ve been at. I still like to chow down on a Bobbie every now and then, though.

    And as far as the Olive Garden’s go, I think the best one is the one that’s at the bottom of the ocean. Although, in light of the oil disaster in the Gulf, I guess I don’t want to put anymore poison in the sea.

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