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The Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food: The Munch Burger from Munchbar

Do you know how to start a psychological complex that would have given Sigmund Freud a 4-tissue cleanup level change of shorts?  Open a burger joint down the hall from your Daddy who already happens to have what is usually regarded as the best burger in Las Vegas.  This is what Bryan Ogden, son of [...]

The Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food: Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale From Mesa Grill

I can tell you from personal experience; being young, successful, good looking and landing a smoking hot Wife attracts the haters like a Tea Party attracts the inbred.  This is the only reason why I can imagine so many people hating on Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace.  I’ve now visited Bobby’s Vegas outpost [...]

Five Outstanding Dishes From The 2010 Vegas Uncork'd Grand Tasting

The culmination of all that is Vegas Uncork’d is the Grand Tasting.  Held at the gorgeous Garden of the Gods pool complex at Caesars Palace, there are over 70 chefs representing over 50 restaurants, 100 vintners and other variants of booze producers with 2,300 people loosening their belts ready gorge on a whole bunch of [...]

Tasting Las Vegas Has Got Vegas Uncork’d Cover’d!

The time has arrived where food geeks and gluttons rejoice as Vegas Uncork’d presented by Bon Appétit is here on May 6-9! A series of demonstrations, tastings, lectures and more tastings, Vegas Uncork’d features the top culinary talent found on Earth and celebrates as they do their thing in our little twinkle in the desert.

Monday Mise en Place: Las Vegas Chefs Find Out If They're James Beard Award Winners TODAY!

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Could this be the Year of the Moonen? A Jöel Robuchon Vegas Trifecta? We will all find out in just a few short hours as the Chef and Restaurant James Beard Foundation Awards will be announced in New York City starting at about 2:00pm Vegas time (5:00pm in the [...]

Monday Mise en Place: New Restaurants Open All Over The Las Vegas Valley

A crop of new restaurants have opened up in the last few weeks or so, hopefully a sign of things turning around here in Las Vegas!  Up in the north, Choices Pub, Grill and Showroom opened at 6720 W. Cheyenne (corner of Cheyenne and Rainbow).  In the southern part of the valley, Asian-inspired BBQ Burger [...]

Hanging Out At The (Garden of the Gods) Pool With Francois Payard

“My dream is to make the most beautiful pastry shop in the world.”

How refreshing is a statement like that to hear?  Not the biggest, the most profitable or even the most talked about…but “the most beautiful.”  The legendary Francois Payard had me at hello when I recently got to chat one-on-one with him in the [...]

Dish Spotlight: The 837 Club Burger from The Palm Restaurant

Beloved by the carnivorous, mover and shaker power-lunchers across this great land of ours, The Palm Restaurant has their Las Vegas outpost located in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.  One of the highlights on The Palm’s lunch menu is The 837 Club Burger.

The 837 Club Burger gets its name from The Palm’s 837 Club, [...]

Diamonds Are A Chef's Best Friend: Las Vegas' 2010 AAA Four and Five Diamond Award Winners

One of the most coveted awards for a restaurant in North America to receive is a nod from the annual AAA Diamond Awards.  With even more of a readership than Tasting Las Vegas (for now!), restaurants see a great deal of business based from AAA’s recommendations.  AAA reserves their Four and Five Diamond appointments for [...]