Las Vegas may be better known for its sinful ways, but something heavenly just entered its atmosphere.
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Do you have an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other, duking it out to determine whether you make wise dining choices or decadent ones? Or maybe you’re a big-appetite rock star dating a gluten-free supermodel searching for a place she can eat that won’t leave you hungry? Please everyone with a visit to SkinnyFATS, where the menu is divided into a healthy and a happy side.
Stepping inside Viva Zapata’s Mexican Restaurant is like being transported to the heart of Mexico. From its dim lighting to its colorful lights and banners surrounding the cantina or bar, its festive and relaxed atmosphere will not disappoint.
There are a lot of fast-casual places where you have to sacrifice some flavor and quality for a speedier meal. Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill is not one of those places.
Social Bistro & Wine Bar brings a sense of California to the Las Vegas suburbs and Tivoli Village. Inside, diners will find contemporary chic elements such as a granite bar, dark wood flooring, vanilla-colored padded seats and, on the TV wall, some sparkling bling.
Whoever Coco is, she knows how to make a mean doughnut.
Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky has spun its web in the spot formerly occupied by the short-lived Wild in The Ogden.
How many ways can you use a waffle? At Waffles Cafe, the humble breakfast cousin of the pancake transcends just the morning meal, serving as a pizza crust and bread for a sandwich.
“Be different, burn brighter” is the motto for The Phoenix Bar & Lounge, a pub that doubles as a club at Sahara Avenue and Arville Street. A neon sign flashing rainbow colors hangs above the entrance, and the outside is painted with the mythical creature that is its namesake. The 100 percent locally gay-owned and -operated Phoenix features 4,800 square feet of space with a lounge atmosphere.
Yuki Shaved Snow might not sound so heavenly in mid-January, but on a recent Saturday when valley temperatures were in the 100s for the first time this year, it felt like a godsend.
Las Vegas is known for its buffets, so it wasn’t absurd when Jayde Fuzion at the M Resort reorganized its menu in March to offer only all-you-can-eat options.
Breakfast is served all day at Stacks & Yolks. And unlike many breakfast and lunch spots that close at 2 or 3 p.m., this eatery is open daily until 9 p.m., so all day really means something.
When you click on “entrees” on the website for Tom’s Urban, there’s a juicy, full-color image of the ribs, complete with detailed description. But when we got to the restaurant there was no sign of them on the menu or anywhere else.
Regular readers know I value restaurants with menus that change — but not too much. Seeing the same menu all the time gets boring, but we all hate to see a favorite dish vanish. Restaurants with staying power usually know how to walk that fine line.
I love a good pun — and who doesn’t? (I know, I know) — so maybe that’s why I still remember a radio commercial from the ’70s where the narrator said he went to a particular chain restaurant just for the halibut. Ba-dum-bum.
“Are you familiar with Indian food?” asked our server at Urban Turban. Sure, it’s one of our favorite cuisines. But then again, it didn’t really matter, since Urban Turban isn’t your average Indian restaurant.
I love finding out about new spots that have slipped under my radar. I first noticed Strip-n-Dip as the readers’ choice in the Cheap Eats and Family Restaurant categories in this year’s Best of Las Vegas voting. Then one of my editors, who lives in the neighborhood, told me how much she likes it. Time for a visit, and now I concur.
Over the years, I’ve watched as a lot of local restaurants have met with some success and opened a second, third or even fourth location — and, in a whole lot of cases, ended up scaling back or disappearing altogether. I wondered what would be the case with Lola’s, a downtown spot that specializes in New Orleans cuisine and has more than five years under its sequined belt. And, after visiting the new(ish) Summerlin location, I have high hopes.
Despite what you may have heard, locals do go to the Strip, and they do go downtown. I know because they email me all the time to tell me about their dining experiences in both places, good and bad (though mostly good). And one of the places I hear about most often is Cafe Cortez at the El Cortez.
So here was our big disappointment with Crave: The duck confit flatbread ($15.95) was supposed to come with arugula, but instead it was topped with a whole heap o’ fresh spinach.
I’ve been to the Tap House quite a few times over the years for newsroom departures: Tradition is that you get a dice clock and a send-off at the Tap House. What’s the attraction? That was never clear to me because there aren’t that many of us Browns fans on staff, so I guess it’s just something that nobody’s been moved to change.
Vila Algarve’s name officially ends “Portuguese Seafood and Grill,” and of course “Algarve” refers to the country’s southernmost coastal region.
It’s just a little coffee shop, tucked away in a strip center near a supermarket and a big-box home-improvement store. Yet Jamms Restaurant has managed to maintain a strong local following despite growing competition and also has gained a bit of national attention thanks to a recent appearance on Adam Richman’s “Man Finds Food” on the Travel Channel.