The words frugal and John Curtas have never, ever collided in the same sentence.
Just ask his his colleagues, his sons (still chafing at what will be their pitifully small inheritance), his ex-wives, his accountant and the IRS.
So he usually cedes the reporting on lower-end joints (unless they’re Asian joints) to others.
And that’s where The Frugal Foodie comes in. The Frug is a blog by a little gal (Jillian Plaster) with a big appetite. She trained as a chef so her reviews tend towards the food-and-recipe-specific, and sometimes she’s tougher to please than ELV with a hangover. But she has some serious food chops, and covers a lot of ground — including places that Eating Las Vegas wouldn’t be caught dead in — so give her a look.
Mike Dobranski’s Tasting Las Vegas puts forth a steady stream dining posts that are always fun, if sometimes a bit logorrheic (The Frugal Foodie suffers from this as well). He is clearly a worshiper of great chefs and good food, has quite the sense of humor and more opinions than Glenn Beck Keith Olbermann.
Are they the next generation of food writers in Las Vegas? Too early to tell, but if you’re looking for thoughtful opinion on our restaurant scene, check them out.