EATING LAS VEGAS 2017 is Here!

It’s here and you know you want it. You know you need it. You know you gotta gotta have it.

And it just-hit-the-shelves. like yesterday: The 5th edition of EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants – a concise, literate, irreverent, honest, meticulously researched tome that tells you where you should be eating and drinking in Las Vegas right now….and for the next year.

Everything you’ve come to know and love about Las Vegas’s only definitive dining guide is here:

  • The Top 10 (with several surprises in store)
  • The Rest of the Best (with 13 new entries added just since last Spring)
  • Chinatown (Updated and expanded with almost 20 pages of recommendations of where to get your Asian on.)
  • Steakhouses (Why we’re becoming the center of the steakhouse universe + our top 10 + shout outs to all the usual suspects.)
  • A new “French” section (Did you know there were 16 great French places in town? Neither did I until I wrote the darn thing.)
  • 17 Mexican joints rate a wave; 28 Italian ones do.
  • Expanded “Desserts” section
  • “Sushi” now merits its own chapter.
  • A fun and fascinating foreword by fantastic foodie Barbara “Babs” Fairchild.
  • 8 full pages of “Cheap Eats” (Done under duress by yours truly; thank god for Mitchell Wilburn and Greg Thilmont.)
  • “Drinking Las Vegas” now gets a serious section, with Thilmont and young Wilburn weighing in on everything from coffee culture, to brewpubs to dive bars. (Cooler, more sober heads prevailed and they left the wine recommendations to me.)
  • And my favorite section of all, soon to become a fan favorite: “JOHN CURTAS’ BOTTOM 10”! Rather than give away too much, we’ll just quote our introduction to the chapter and let you find out for yourself who won this race to the bottom.

Do you enjoy overpriced tourist traps? Tired food? Dated decor? Giving hard earned dollars to celebrity chefs who are phoning it in? Then Las Vegas has you covered too! Not only does Sin City boast dozens of the world’s greatest restaurants, it also hosts more htan a few half-baked concepts, licensing deals with “name” chefs, and sad old warhorses, all of which exist to separate the gullible from their cash. Proceed to any of these at your own risk, and don’t say I didn’t warn you.

We at ELV are warning you:

Buy this book here or here


How simple can it be?

Do it now….to avoid that most dreaded of all eating-out fates: dining in Tourist Trap or  Celebrity Chef Hell.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you!


P.S. They make great stocking stuffers for the restaurant goer in your life….which is like everybody these days, isn’t it?

1 thought on “EATING LAS VEGAS 2017 is Here!

  1. The Las Vegas food Bible has arrived! Pre-ordered on Amazon long ago and it arrived a week early and I have basically read it cover to cover already. John I have been reading you for years and you have kindly responded to my comments and even emailed me and I have a question sir. I love this book so much it is hard to even express but I have a question about some of the reviews being word for word the same as the 2016 edition. Is this a combination of how close the 2016 and 2017 editions were in terms of preparation and publication and does it also signify that a restaurant like Carson Kitchen basically has not changed anything about itself in the last six months? This is not a complaint or a criticism in the most minute sense. I guess really what it is is that I would so love to read something new and different about every restaurant that is in last year and this year’s books.

    I want to thank you for writing this book. I buy books on Las Vegas like you make restaurant reservations and really I’m not sure if there’s any book about anything I look forward more to now than this book. I have been to Las Vegas at least once every year since 1992 and I have dined at six of the top 10 and 23 of the top 50 in this edition and I have really great foodie friends in Las Vegas in the music biz who even know Al Mancini.

    So this book and your work and your experience and your hilarious attitude really really do make Las Vegas even better for me so thank you again sir.

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