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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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  • Taste

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    Big Dog’s will also be releasing a quartet of fruited goses—a light, easy-drinking style of beer just right for a Vegas summer night.

  • Taste

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    There isn’t a printed menu, and the website isn’t updated frequently, so consider it an effort in beer exploration.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    Gina Marinelli’s new spot brings a strong pesto game to the scene, beginning with the Italian—greens interspersed with dense mozzarella and salami cubes—and continuing with the pesto and truffle pizza and the bucatini Genovese, cylindrical pasta with dandelion greens pesto.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Head brewer Eddie Leal, a Gordon Biersch and Steelhead Brewery alum with an infectious laugh, has been overhauling his menu to accompany the casino’s heralded karaoke scene.

  • Features

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

    From Other Mama’s oyster shooter to Sparrow + Wolf’s miso-rubbed porterhouse.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    It’s a singular experience, a deliberately paced meal well worth your time.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    The event moves into a new home, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, this weekend.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Clevelander Michael Symon’s beef brisket is smoked so the fattiest bits melt in your mouth, in strong contrast to the charred skin. Equally noteworthy is the Cleveland-style chopped pork, mixed with jalapeño and sauerkraut.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

    The mandilli di seta is a must-order, thin sheet pasta similar to lasagna, prepared in a sharp almond basil pesto.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

    The menu collects Choi’s greatest hits—like the short rib tacos that sparked his empire—with new, Vegas-only offerings.