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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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  • 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.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

    The multi-course dinner at new Japanese Cuisine by Omae is unlike any other local dining experience.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    Not only was there swine galore, but there were pork fat-washed Templeton Rye cocktails, too.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    Get ready to pair a huge barbecue turkey leg with a can of sake while you're enjoying the festival.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    This menu is interesting and affordable, worth a visit even if the cuisine can be a bit confusing.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

    Our favorite dish on this menu is the chicken souvlaki plate with rice pilaf, warm pita and creamy tzatziki.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    Finding Mexican food in Las Vegas is easy, but just because it’s plentiful doesn’t mean it’s all good.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    The Turkeygiving Burger should be crowned Vegas’ quintessential Thanksgiving-inspired dish.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

    Rare varieties from France, a mead from Denmark and more at the Cosmopolitan eatery.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    You call it a hoagie or a hero or a sub. These guys call it a grinder. It's delicious by any name.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    The Chicago original is known for a very loud style of customer service. At the local version, it's straight-up Vegas hospitality.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Las Vegas is a hotbed of creative Japanese cuisine, and Cocokala is a welcome addition.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    The mind of a chef is a dangerously delicious place to get lost.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Cool and accessible with a creative, comfy menu, Carson Kitchen is destined to be a Downtown hit.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    Bacon-wrapped meatloaf with a Belgian Moinette Brune strong ale? Beer for the win!

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    It looks like a typical neighborhood gaming bar, but it doesn't taste like one.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    Which will you prefer, brick-oven pies at Flour & Barley or build-your-own pizzas at 800 Degrees?

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    The Grand Tasting is still the centerpiece of this annual fantastic foodfest, but there were coma-inducing delights to be had throughout the weekend.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    With its obvious ties to Macau, Las Vegas was due for a great Portuguese restaurant.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Most local Korean joints specialize in barbecue, but Q diversifies with fried chicken, pizza and more.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    The creativity and innovation behind the latest Cosmopolitan venue extends to its food.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    The Big Easy has reached Vegas. Get ready for light and flaky rolls stuffed with fried seafood from the Gulf Coast.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    You can stuff a pasty with damn near anything.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Bobby Flay's fine-tuned burger machine is a welcome addition to the Strip.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    The Downtown sandwich stand has flavors and prices that fit everyone's needs.

  • Dining

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    The new restaurant takes the space formerly known as Diego with a wide-open renovation primed for food and fun.

  • Dining

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Hungover? Go grab yourself a bowl at El Menudazo.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

    Vegas has long provided refuge to Chicago expats, and they’ve brought their food. Here's where to find it.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    This new Japanese eatery in the southwest is all about the deep-fried pig.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    Sometimes simple fried potatoes deserve the glamorous treatment.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    Thin waffles, thick Belgians, waffle sandwiches ... Tiabi Coffee & Waffle Bar does it all.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    Dining options abound at the Downtown mini-mall. Start your snacking tour with these dishes.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Naked City Pizza Shop's Chris Palmeri teams up with Christian Dolias for authentic, casual eats.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

    Rock'N'oodles packs big flavor into pasta dishes named for rock classics.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

    From bacon-wrapped pork chops to crispy duck salads, these were Begley's bites of the year.

  • Food

    Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

    Award-winning chef Bradley Ogden has left Las Vegas for the second time.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

    With its Thanksgiving burger and mashed-potato stuffed hash browns, Downtown's MTO Café is definitely worth seeking out.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

    The Surf, Turf and Air Wagyu Kobe Burger combines beef, crab and duck, plus truly decadent condiments.

  • Dining

    Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

    The major casinos offer relatively cheap eats, too, if you’re ready to find them.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

    Experience delicious cuisine and get a Spanish lesson at this new hidden gem.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

    Prepare yourself for the melty mild goodness that is Bulgarian cheese dip.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

    It’s just like "Interview with the Vampire" except with less Brad Pitt and more parrots.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

    The mad scientists in this northwest kitchen have unleashed a deliciously terrifying sandwich.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

    Jim Begley tracks down spectacular local dishes highlighting the forgotten pasta.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

    Contrary to popular belief, Chicagoans don't generally eat deep dish pizza.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

    This friendly neighborhood Greek diner reminds Jim Begley of his Chicago childhood.