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Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Ep. 06 - John Simmons, Chef / Owner of Firefly

This week on Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, The Wife goes into ballbreaking overdrive as we talk about, and play, a portion of our recent chat with Chef Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame at a Food & Wine All-Star Weekend event.  We also dish about our Recent Eats and reveal Five Appetizers In Las Vegas That Can’t Be Missed.  I then sit down with Chef John Simmons, Chef / Owner of Firefly as he talks about the culture of tapas and some of the dark days of Firefly’s struggling beginnings.  Then The Wife makes her return for The News With The Wife, The TLV Cheap Eats of the Week and so much more!

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Chef / Owner of Firefly, John Simmons

Chef / Owner of Firefly, John Simmons

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Joints We Talked About:

  • Firefly
  • Naked City Pizza Shop
  • Jasmine
  • Tender
  • Nora’s Italian Cuisine
  • First Food and Bar
  • The Pasta Shop
  • Sage
  • Wazuzu
  • Table 34
  • Caribbean Cooker / Ernie’s
  • Ethel M. Chocolates
  • Wolfgang Puck’s CUT

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Find out when Chef Jet Tila’s Drunken Noodles play the small screen again here

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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 Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast, Ep. 06 – John Simmons, Chef / Owner of Firefly

  • I like the must have apps, but I’m a little bummed you left out the Blue Corn with BBQ Duck Pancake at Mesa Grill…I am not a fan of duck but whatever they do to that bird at Mesa is amazing!!!

  • There’s SO many that could have easily made the list! That’s certainly one of them!

  • Duane

    Glad to hear you comment on Tender, the only thing worth going into Luxor for since Company closed. The best steak I have ever had in Vegas was at Tender, that includes Cut, Stripsteak, Craftsteak and others. Rest of the casino sucks but Tender is a hidden gem, BTW try the charcuterie tray it’s outstanding, even better than Fleurs on the Tapas menu.

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