Yes, it’s true food fans, ELV has sold out, capitulated, given in, rolled over, lifted his skirt and is now working for “The Man,” as restaurant critic for the Las Vegas Weekly. (“The Man” in this case is uber-editor Scott Dickensheets — a guy it’s hard to say no to.)
Those of you with a sense of history might remember that we were the first restaurant critic for the Weekly (from 1997-2000), and before that, wrote reviews for SCOPE magazine, its predecessor-in-interest (as we say in the law).
Here is the link to today’s first reviews (Union Restaurant and Jean Georges Steakhouse in Aria), and you can expect about two of our reviews a month in this publication from now on.
Don’t worry, you’ll get the same insightful, incisive and snarky criticism for which we are known — but things will be better written (actual grammatical rules will be followed), and certain sophomoric humor may be minimized.
After all, that’s what this website is for.
A comment about “stars” being awarded along with the reviews: The editors want them and the readers like them, so we’re going to award them. The Weekly uses a five-star system (we wish it was a four-star system along the lines of the NYTimes), but we’ll do our best to remain true to a certain standard of judging and award them accordingly. In fair warning to all restaurants (and unless or until we’re asked to recalibrate it by management of the ‘zine), our star system will be as follows:
5 stars: Exceptional, outstanding, close to perfect, worth a special trip, mortgage the house, sell the kids if you have to (i.e. a Michelin 3-star experience/New York Times 4-star experience).
4 stars: Excellent, one of the best in town.
3 stars: Very good, solid, precise cooking and a generally top-shelf experience for its type of restaurant.
2 stars: Good, enjoyable food for the type of cuisine offered (most interesting, small or ethnic restaurants will fall into this category).
1 star: Acceptable if you know what to order.
No stars: Run away!