The first course of action if John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini arrived at your restaurant in 2010 should have been to hide the cutlery.
Fortunately, no one got stabbed during heated debates between the local restaurant critics while they carved out their new book, "Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants."
They disagreed often and passionately, according to Mancini. Most of the time it was about who should make the final cut. Tempers flared one night over a tipping issue, with bills being testily tossed across the table, said Mancini.
The top 50 had to be unanimous. Seven restaurants were killed by veto, and they are named in the "Vetoes" section.
What the trio eventually came up with, said Mancini, was "a broad spectrum that everyone could enjoy, not just French fine dining and expensive steakhouses."
The 50 were unveiled Wednesday night at a media event at Joel Robuchon’s L’Atelier at the MGM Grand.
The book can be purchased locally at Borders in Town Square or ShopLVA.com.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Paris Hilton’s boyfriend, Cy Waits, and his twin brother, Jesse, are suing former partner Victor Drai over a financial dispute. The twins are seeking $3 million for alleged breach of contract, misrepresentation and deceptive trade practices, among other claims, according to RadarOnline.com. They were to receive 16.66 percent of the monthly net profits from Tryst and XS nightclubs and 33.33 percent from Drai’s After Hours, plus 49 percent of the net profits at Drai’s Hollywood bar-lounge in Los Angeles, which they also managed, said the lawsuit, which was filed in Clark County District Court. A December hearing is scheduled. …
Fox News Channel business journalist Stuart Varney, who spoke at the Nevada Development Authority on Thursday at Bellagio, was asked who was on the air in his absence. "I don’t know," he said, "but I hope they’re awful."
Correction: Departing Cirque du Soleil social media director Jessica Berlin is joining American Eagle outfitters, the apparel company, not the website developing company.
Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, rehearsing for the Monday debut of ABC’s "Skating With the Stars" with girlfriend Alicia Jacobs on Thursday at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Camera crews from ABC have been on hand for all of his sessions with an unidentified professional skater. ABC has kept competing media away but Jacobs, entertainment reporter for NBC affiliate KSNV-TV, Channel 3, received special permission from ABC and Channel 3 to do an skating-lesson interview. She wore a shirt with the words "Can’t Skate." … Rio headliner Penn Jillette, guest starring on CBS’ "The Defenders" on Wednesday.
THE PUNCH LINE
"A senior citizen was arrested after shooting his TV when Bristol Palin wasn’t kicked off of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ Come on, John McCain, it’s been two years. Get over it." — Jimmy Kimmel
Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.‘THE 50 ESSENTIAL RESTAURANTS’ IN LAS VEGAS
Alex (Wynn); American Fish (Aria); Aureole (Mandalay Bay); Bar Masa (Aria); Bartolotta (Wynn); B&B Ristorante (The Venetian); Beijing Noodle No. 9 (Caesars Palace); Border Grill (Mandalay Bay); Bouchon (The Venetian); Burger Bar (Mandalay Place)
Carnevino (The Palazzo); China MaMa (Chinatown); CUT (Palazzo); Eiffel Tower Restaurant (Paris); Julian Serrano (Aria); Joel Robuchon (MGM Grand); L’Atelier (MGM Grand); Le Cirque (Bellagio); Los Antojos (South Eastern Avenue); Lotus of Siam (East Sahara Avenue)
M&M Soulfood Cafe (two valley locations); Marche Bacchus (Desert Shores); Monta (on Spring Mountain Road); Mozen Bistro (Mandarin Oriental); Nove Italiano (Palms); Osteria del Circo (Bellagio); Payard Patisserie & Bistro (Caesars Palace); Picasso (Bellagio); Ping Pang Pong (Gold Coast); Prime Steakhouse (Bellagio)
Raku (Chinatown); Rao’s (Caesars Palace); Restaurant Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace); RM Upstairs (Mandalay Bay); Rosemary’s Restaurant (on West Sahara Avenue); Sage (Aria); Sen of Japan (West Desert Inn Road); Sensi (Bellagio); Settebello (Green Valley Ranch); Simon (Palms Place); Society Cafe (Encore); Spago (Caesars Palace); The Steak House (Circus Circus)
Todd’s Unique Dining (East Sunset Road in Henderson); Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak (MGM Grand); Top of the World (Stratosphere); (Twist (Mandarin Oriental); Valentino (The Venetian); Vintner Grill (Summerlin); and Yellowtail (Bellagio).