Las Vegas Food

Chinese New Year cuisine in Vegas

Chinese New Year in Vegas has become a major event. After all, a 128-foot dragon (at the Palazzo) isn’t built for just anything. In addition to opulent decorations from hotels like the Palazzo and the Bellagio, the year of the dragon has brought a surge of Chinese New Year menus…

Java Jolt: Coffee in Vegas

Let’s face it, many of us need a little java jolt to get us started in the morning or keep us going at night. After all, it is Vegas, land of sensory overload and home of too much to see and do in a weekend. But not all cups of…

A taste of Italy in Vegas

Onda is a gem, tucked away in the corner of restaurant row in the Mirage. The restaurant offers a few terrific deals, sure to leave your both your stomach and your wallet full. This Italian eatery is featuring a “Discover Italy” series every month from now through June 2012. For…

Start your 2012 off right in Las Vegas

The holidays have taken a toll on your well being. You danced at company parties. You had all four of your siblings (and their families) over for the holidays. You were 56 stories higher than you were comfortable with for New Year’s Eve. Between the stress of the season and…

Viva Las Vino: Wine in Vegas

Good wine isn’t hard to find in Vegas. Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Comme Ça is a modern French Brasserie from celebrity chef David Myers, located on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Comme Ça has an extensive wine list—and the best place to…

Cheers to a romantic New Year’s Eve in Vegas

New Year’s Eve can be quite the party in Vegas. From celebrity-hosted parties to deafening music and a seemingly endless flow of Champagne, Vegas is known for over-the-top celebrations. Fortunately, there are also a few restaurants perfect for just you and your date. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway…

Holiday cocktails in Vegas

While in Vegas this season, you might indulge in an alcoholic beverage with dinner or at a nightclub. But, not just any cocktail will do. Creative infusions, syrups and garnishes have replaced much of the dull vodka cranberry drinks in Vegas. Even lobby bars, center bars and casual-dining restaurants are…

Souvenirs you can eat

By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com You’ve partied at a nightclub, dined on lobster, hailed a taxi to the airport and just caught your plane — and then it hits you — you forgot to get souvenirs. They aren’t necessary, but souvenirs are usually the best way to let someone know: A. You…

Top 10 Thanksgiving Day Dinners in Vegas

It’s Thanksgiving and you’re in Vegas. Maybe you planned a holiday vacation or maybe you’re just passing through. Whatever the occasion, you’re going to need turkey and I’m here to help. There’s a lot of variety on this list — from an AAA five-diamond restaurant to a sports bar and…

Vegas desserts: Standard sweets, redefined

By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com Boring hot fudge sundaes, tired tiramisu and unexciting cupcakes — not exactly what you want out of your dessert, but sometimes, that’s what you’re left with at the end of your meal. Even some fine-dining restaurants don’t offer more than a simple chocolate cake or the typical…

The cheese stands alone in Vegas

          By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com Those who know me, know my love of cheese. It’s no secret—when something cheesy is on the menu, I order it. A cheese plate, fried cheese, cheese fondue, macaroni and cheese—If it’s in the kitchen, I want it on my table. In…

It’s about wine! (Food & Wine, that is)

The Grand Tasting. It sounds like a banquet fit for a king — and in many ways, it is. Start with star chefs and restaurateurs from Aria and Bellagio such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Masa Takayama and Sirio Maccioni. Sprinkle in guest chefs like “Top Chef” Winner…

Vegas Weekender: Food, fun and Foster the People

This weekend in Vegas, it’s all about a good time. The fun starts at 5 o’clock–just make sure your fins can go to the left and to the right at the Jimmy Buffett concert. Continue the weekend and sing along to Motown favorites with Human Nature. Finally, eat and drink ’til…

Eat like a kid again in grown-up restaurants

I’m not your typical food snob. I’ve never been comfortable eating in stuffy restaurants and ordering food I can barely pronounce. Foie what? Don’t get me wrong. If fancy food is your thing, then more power to you.  As for me, I’d rather not sit and savor goose liver or snails — definitely not my cup…

Celebrity chef profile: Michael Mina

Recently, I chatted with Chef Michael Mina about everything from quality controlling his 18 restaurants in eight states to the surprising tunes on his iPod. Mina has established himself as a culinary powerhouse here in Las Vegas, with five restaurants in four properties: Stripsteak at MGM Grand, Michael Mina at…

Hollywood glamour in the most unlikely of places

Have you heard about The Barrymore restaurant? It’s not exactly easy to find. Located just off Las Vegas Boulevard inside the Royal Resort — you’ve heard it’s near the convention center, sort of around the corner from Encore — but you’re not sure where. Then once inside the resort, you…

Las Vegas Restaurant Week(s) best values

Las Vegas Restaurant Week is in full swing — and this year, it’s for two weeks. From now – Sept. 11, dine at extraordinary Las Vegas restaurants with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Three Square — Las Vegas’ food bank. Restaurant Week is a great way to try new…

Best dining deals in Vegas: Dining on a dime

By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com Sometimes we have to make hard sacrifices. Going to the gym instead of watching TV. Battling through a child’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Forgoing a great sale at Saks to make your car payment. Times are tough, but one sacrifice you shouldn’t have to…

Are you the next Food Network Star?

If you have to watch reality television, Food Network’s “The Next Food Network Star” is definitely on the more wholesome end of the spectrum. But don’t think the competition isn’t just as fierce. Food Network is holding an open casting call for all culinarians in Las Vegas to try out for the show.…

Celebrity chef profile: Carla Pellegrino

By Nikki Neu VEGAS.com When almost every head in a busy corridor turns around and stares at you, it could be unnerving. But Chef Carla Pellegrino seems to go unfazed. “I normally don’t sit out here,” is the only acknowledgment given to the starstruck passers-by. The bubbly, energetic Pellegrino has appeared…

Bring on the vino: Aureole’s Wine Weekend is here

It’s no secret celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer makes wine a big feature in his restaurants. Anyone who’s been in Aureole, his Las Vegas restaurant in Mandalay Bay, can tell you that. Aureole contains a massive three-story wine tower in the middle of the restaurant, complete with flying wine angels and a sommelier…

Dining Do’s and Don’ts

InVegas, it’s perfectly acceptable to go crazy a little. Have fun, stay out late, toast each other one too many times. However, sometimes in the midst of winning at the tables and lounging by the pool, certain manners and acts of common sense seem to slip — especially when dining. Here’s your refresher…

All-Star Cochon: The perfect piece of pork

It starts with 14 pigs, 10 chefs and the heavy scent of bacon in the air. All-Star Cochon brought the goods this past weekend when the national pork-loving tour stopped at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. From bacon cotton candy to an adult Manhattan SnowCone with bacon-infused bourbon, the creativity at Sunday’s main event seemed…