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Jim Begley

Jim Begley is an avid food lover who began writing about his Las Vegas dining adventures to defray his obscene restaurant spending. Follow Jim on Twitter: @splurgemonkey.

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  • Reviews

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Numerous lists have dubbed Peruvian food the next breakthrough ethnic cuisine.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Begley doesn't do spicy, but Begley does do Chengdu ... that's how you know it's good.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Who needs Roscoe’s when you’ve got Lo-Lo’s?

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    An interesting menu heavy in standards that also rewards more adventurous eaters.

  • Reviews

    Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

    A farm-to-table concept that highlights local purveyors—yes, we have those—that lets the chef shine.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

    Vegas' all-night party ends with loaded burgers, buttery pancakes and a hot bowl of salvation.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    Former Red Rock Resort executive pastry chef Jaret Blinn brings his locally inspired fare to Henderson.

  • Dining News

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    Chef Justin Kingsley Hall is set to bring his SLO-Boy concept to the popular shack in Dino's parking lot.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

    Executive chef Stephen Hopcraft has envisioned a brunch menu much better than it has to be.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

    Simply put, if you like food, you’ll love this lunch.

  • Features

    Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

    Raising a fork to Cosmopolitan’s fifth anniversary: From tapas at Jaleo to spaghetti at Scarpetta and everything in between, Cosmo, you’re still delicious.

  • Dining

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    When a dish is gone for the evening, it’s scratched off the board and done for the night, so eat early and eat often.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

    15 fresh spots where we’ll still be dining long after the year is over.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

    Alain Ducasse's remade restaurant atop Delano Las Vegas is definitely worth a visit.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    The restaurant offers an array of Mediterranean dishes as small plates along with more traditional entrée options.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

    With Shake Shack and In-N-Out, the Habit's arrival resulted in a holy trinity of fast-food burgerdom.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    Bottle shares allows beer lovers to circumvent distribution limitations and try brews from around the world.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

    These stellar chicken wings are a labor of love for chef Michael Ingino.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

    Think of it as a trip to Santa Fe, minus the nine-hour drive.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

    Sausages like the Hungarian gyulai, charcuterie, chicken blintzes and more.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

    Crispy fried pig ears, oxtail empanadas, Mexican street corn and more.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

    Ever had Hainan chicken? The Fat Choy owner wants to pass his obsession with the Chinese dish along to you.

  • Dining News

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Plus: Honey Salt's Summer of Love, Border Grill's Top Chef Masters reunion dinner and Crush's "Forgive Me" menu.

  • Food

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    If Chicago dogs are dragged through the garden, Venezuelan dogs have rummaged through the pantry.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Are you ready for bean to bar?

  • Dining

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Nothing is as it seems at Searsucker, which leads to some seriously addictive dishes.

  • Food

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    While our English word barbecue is derived from barbacoa, the two styles of cooking couldn’t be more dissimilar.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    This restaurant renovation includes all-new everything, and it deserves to be on your must-eat list.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    The owner of the upcoming Harvest & Larder restaurant joined a murderer's row of guest chefs for a flavor-packed pop-up dinner.

  • Food

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Do not miss the Nigerian prawn with uni butter.

  • Food

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Chef Gregg Fortunato is doing great things on Spring Mountain Road.

  • Food

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Chef and restaurateur Nina Manchev is at it again, bringing flavors from all over the world to your morning meal.

  • Food

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    This hip new Indian restaurant is a different beast, with nary a buffet line in sight.

  • Food

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    The food is just more interesting at this neighborhood bar. Try making the skirt steak and crushed potatoes in your kitchen.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    A neighborhood restaurant operated by nightclub folk could be a disaster, but Lucky Foo's is the farthest thing from it.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    Add another great local izakaya to your eat list.

  • Food

    Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

    From Shake Shack to Guy Fieri and hangover burgers to jerk turkey burgers, let the battle for the best commence!

  • Food

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    The scarcity of food from the Land of Dixie in the desert raises expectations for this Miami import.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

    We didn’t know deep-fried scallops were a thing, but we're glad they are.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

    Thirty-hour sous vide Berkshire pork belly? Yes please.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

    The restaurateurs behind the former Tverskaya have returned, armed with delicious pelmeni and vereniki.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

    We have some surprises—only five of our 14 choices are on the Strip this year.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

    Jim Begley focuses on five most memorable bites, from bar snacks to escargot pie.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    Chef Brian Lhee's late-night, collaborative party turns into a monthly event.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

    A unique concept and precision execution make this distant southeastern restaurant worth the trip.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Start with potato pancakes and save room for the rouladen.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

    Meat and potatoes? Nah. Try 87 different dishes from blood sausage with sea urchin to suckling pig.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

    The search for the perfectly overflowing pita sandwich leads to Yassou.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    And its varied menu is arguably better than the award-winner down the street.

  • Booze Issue

    Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

    Max Solano's menu is worth the trip—you just have to catch him at the Venetian steakhouse's bar.