John Curtas is …


ELV note: When we launched this Web site on April 1, 2008, the following was true:

John A. Curtas has been the voice of the Las Vegas food and restaurant scene since 1995. As a resident since 1981, he has seen Vegas grow from The Town That Taste Forgot, to one of the leading restaurant cities in the world. His weekly radio commentaries air on KNPR-Nevada Public Radio, 88.9 FM, and he can been seen Friday mornings as the restaurant critic for KLAS TV, CBS Channel 8 in Las Vegas,

In addition to those duties, he is the restaurant critic for Las Vegas Weekly magazine and has served as the local correspondent for The James Beard Foundation, and writes (or has written) on Las Vegas restaurants for a variety of publications and web-based sites, including VEGAS magazine, Citylife, Las Vegas Life, Desert Companion, VURB, BestPlaces Las Vegas, Fodor’s Las Vegas, TimeOut Las Vegas, and He is also a member of the North American voting panel for Restaurant Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World issue.

Along with Max Jacobson and Al Mancini, he will be publishing Eating Las VegasThe 50 Essential Restaurants through Huntington Press in November, 2010.

John Curtas can be reached at either or (his law office which pays  (most of) the bills for his expensive and outrageous gastronomic habits).

Things have changed in the six years hence (to say the least):

Our book went through three editions of being published (2011-2013); after 15 years on the air, we’re no longer with KNPR (your guess is as good as ours as to why not); and we made a number of appearances on national TV shows including Top Chef Masters (twice) and Iron Chef America (four episodes).

(We also got into a Twitter feud(s) with Anthony “Fuck Nuts” Bourdain, and a Japanese-American blogger of questionable intelligence, but the less said about them the better. We also wasted a year of our life filming a stupid TV show that will never see the light of day…and the less said about it really the better.)

Instead of being on KLAS TV Channel 8 in Las Vegas, you can now see our cheerful countenance every Friday on KSNV TV (NBC) Channel 3, where we occasionally Wake Up With the Wagners and often join them for their News 3 at Noon program to report on our local food and restaurant scene. We are still the local correspondent for the James Beard Foundation, and occasionally write for other serious restaurant Web sites such as John

2015 marks our 20th year of reporting on the Las Vegas food and restaurant scene, and at this point, we can confidently claim to have eaten in more restaurants in Las Vegas, more often, than all other critics, critic-wannabes, Yelpers, bloggers or free ‘zine freeloaders combined. No brag, just fact.

(For the record, we consider Yelp to be a valuable resource tool, but consider its participants to be largely children playing in a sandbox.)

If you want to contact me personally, please use If you leave comments on the site, they will be welcome, no matter how contentious or contrarian. (The only thing we prohibit is witless profanity or ad hominem stupidity.)

Best and bon appétit,


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