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Happy Saturday!

April 14, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: Food, KNPR, Las Vegas Weekly, Wake Up With the Wagners 3 Comments →

As ELV ponders getting back to work on this overcast day in Sin City, he also cogitates on what Las Vegas was and has become.


Thai Me Downtown

January 12, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: Food, Las Vegas Weekly, Openings 8 Comments →

ELV note: The following article (in slightly abridged form) hits the newsstands today in the Las Vegas Weekly. You can access the original by clicking here, or continue reading below.



The beef curry is just one of many tasty reasons to sit next to Tony Hsieh at Le Thai.

Photo: Beverly Poppe

Two restaurants opened in downtown Las Vegas at the end of last year, and in a number of subtle and not so subtle ways, each is charting the landscape for what downtown diners can expect in the future.


Top Tastes of 2011 in Las Vegas Weekly

December 30, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Critics, Food, Las Vegas Weekly, Reviews, Zines 5 Comments →

ELV note: Click here to read this article in its original format, or scroll below to see what Brock, Jim and ELV thought were their top bites of 2011.

On the plate, it was a very good year. In revisiting their best bites of 2011, the Weekly food critics will get you salivating for 2012.


John Curtas

1. Oxtail Bucatini with Oxtail Sauce (Le Cirque, at Bellagio) This Gregory Pugin dish looks like a plain, savory custard but unspools to reveal bucatini strands hiding insanely rich braised oxtail. It’s a meat dish made by angels with a devilish calorie count, and it might be the biggest umami bomb of the year.

2. Roasted Sea Bass over Arugula (Due Forni, 3555 S. Town Center Dr.) Take a talented Italian chef (Carlos Buscaglia) and give him an 800 degree oven and a juicy piece of branzino—in a minute or two he can turn out a crispy, succulent seafood wonder, atop a bed of tangy arugula sprinkled with capers. The best off-Strip seafood dish I had this year.


CENTRAL Reviewed in Las Vegas Weekly

September 22, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Food, Las Vegas Weekly, Openings, Reviews 1 Comment →

ELV note: our review of Central can be accessed in its original format by clicking here, or continue reading to bathe yourself in the soul-cleansing, appetite-exfoliating, succulence-sloughing prose for which we are known.


Whether or not you like Central (pronounced sen-TRAL) pretty much depends on whether you like your 24-hour-a-day casino restaurants to be ho-hum coffee shops or demand more from their food. Caesars Palace is gambling that this chef-driven spot right off its main lobby will satisfy the latter niche and raise the bar for dining and drinking for all three meals it serves. For two of those three, it seems to be succeeding. The third has a long way to go.


BLUE RIBBON Reviewed in Las Vegas Weekly

August 17, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Food, Las Vegas Weekly, Reviews, Zines Comments Off

ELV note: The following review appears in today’s Las Vegas Weekly, and can be accessed on its website by clicking here, if you want to read it in its original, on-line format. Our staff suggests doing so…but also suggests scrolling down this page to indulge your eyes in some of our tasty snaps.

I don’t get Blue Ribbon. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it; it just means I don’t groove on its pricey, all-over-the-map menu. I’ve eaten there six times and never had a bad bite, but still can’t explain why it’s so appealing to everyone from fussy food-o-philes to the clippy cloppy heeled set. But wildly popular it is. Raw fish aficionados flock here, carnivores crave it, and women who’ve seen way too much Sex and the City practically use it as a private club. Maybe it all comes down to the fried chicken.


Best Brunches in Las Vegas Weekly

July 22, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Critics, Food, Las Vegas Weekly, Reviews 3 Comments →

ELV note: This article appeared in the LVWeekly last Thursday when we were out of town. Our staff thought you might like to view it in this format and file these tasty choices away should you be thinking about where to grab a nosh this weekend.

By: Jim Begley, John Curtas and Brock Radke

Thu, Jul 14, 2011 (midnight)


First’s cinnamon bun French toast

Beverly Poppe

The Weekly food crew guides you to the best Vegas has to offer in sweet, savory, delectable brunchiness.


Bar + Bistro This cozy space has held several restaurants over the past 10 years, none within a bouquerones’ width of what chef Beni Velazquez is doing with his modern tapas menu. A groovy new bar has added some urban cool to the space, and Velazquez’s Hangover Brunch keeps the joint jumpin’ with a cangrejo Benedict mofongo (lump crabmeat with plantain-garlic mash, topped with a fried quail egg), house-made black currant scones and a brioche/flan French toast that will soothe your hunger and headache simultaneously. For those who want to keep the party going, “recovery libations”—sangria, mojitos, Bloody Marys and mimosas—are only $5 apiece. At the Arts Factory, 107 Charleston Blvd., 202-6060. Brunch served Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., dishes priced individually. —JOHN CURTAS


Happy Bastille Day!

July 13, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Events, Food, Las Vegas Weekly Comments Off

In honor of Bastille Day and Manon Patissierie and Bistro‘s being featured in today’s Las Vegas Weekly, we thought a few more tasty snaps from its pastry cases were in order:

And if that isn’t enough to fill you with the spirit of Les Français…perhaps this will put you in the mood to chop the head off some aristocrat:

HAPPY BASTILLE DAY from ELV and his staff!

PATISSERIE MANON in Las Vegas Weekly

July 13, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Food, Las Vegas Weekly, Reviews 1 Comment →

ELV note: The following article hits the newsstands tomorrow morning in the printed version of the LVWeekly, or you can access the original, on-line version by clicking here. Or continue reading if you’d like to read it in this format. However you ingest the information, we guarantee it will have your mouth watering.

When word got out that a French boulangerie (bakery), patisserie (pastry shop) and bistro was coming to the outskirts of Summerlin, you could almost hear a “Vive la France!” go up among lovers of great baked goods. (more…)

SAMOSA FACTORY – Reviewed in Las Vegas Weekly

June 16, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Food, Las Vegas Weekly, Reviews 2 Comments →

ELV note: This article appears in today’s Las Vegas Weekly. Click here to read it in its original format, or continue below for ELV’s (slightly edited, slightly more insulting to vegans) version.


Vegan food is usually about as interesting as the people eating it. Which means, not very. Rabid vegans may get excited about a big dish of steamed mung beans, but in my world, anyone who obsesses over what they won’t eat rates somewhere between a Wal-Mart greeter and an actuarial accountant as a dining companion. The problem, of course, is many people who forswear animal products in their diet are gripped by a certain “fear of food.” This trepidation consumes them to the point where they think the more boring some foodstuff is, the better it must be for them. If more vegans would start recognizing Indian food for its historically non-boring treatment of a pure vegetarian diet, this rift in our relationship could easily be repaired, because, happily, the Indian sub-continent has thousands of years’ experience, and hundreds of spices, to disabuse them of that notion. Even better, all of us have Samosa Factory here to deliver the goods.


TABLE 10 – Reviewed in Las Vegas Weekly

May 19, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Food, Las Vegas Weekly, Reviews, Zines 1 Comment →


The last time I paid serious attention to an Emeril Lagasse restaurant, Congress was asking Monica Lewinsky to explain the stains on her dress. Polite company should not be forced to discuss such things, so I’ve tried to avoid both subjects since the turn of the century. It’s not that I don’t like Emeril—he’s a charming, generous and funny guy—but the mass appeal of his ingredient-heavy, caloric, fatty, often charmless food is lost on yours truly. When he opened Table 10 in the Palazzo in 2008, two meals there convinced me his food (as it appears outside of New Orleans) was headed straight to Applebee’s land. Then, a month ago, an email arrived from chef Sean Roe that intrigued me …