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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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  • A&E

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Local Greek options have expanded impressively, particularly in the southwest Valley.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    A special anniversary tasting menu has been extended through the end of August.

  • Taste

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    The menu highlights artisanal ingredients like Hudson Valley duck ham on the duck Reuben and the Savini truffle sauce on the truffle honey grilled cheese.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Executive chef Rachel LeGloahec, formerly of the Robuchon restaurants at MGM Grand, has crafted a precise and concise menu.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Unless you had your ear to the ground, you missed out on the single case of Firestone Walker’s Stickee Monkee each Lee’s location received a couple weeks back.

  • Reviews

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    The Polish dumplings might be ubiquitous in my hometown of Chicago, but fresh ones are rare finds in the desert.

  • Dining

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Spago's 25th anniversary, Jaleo's Lunch Like a Spaniard and the Grand Tasting.

  • Reviews

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Perhaps the most intriguing part of the menu is dedicated to South Indian specialties.

  • Taste

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Get your drink on while strolling around with the family as live jazz wafts in the background

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    The latest version of the local legend, Andre’s Bistro & Bar is destination dining no matter where you reside.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    This garlic fish dish might alter your consciousness.

  • Reviews

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    What was a generic East Flamingo video poker bar is now a delicious destination.

  • Reviews

    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

    Chabuya’s seafood-forward menu rewards adventurous and risk-averse diners.

  • Reviews

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    The Mandalay Bay mainstay has been revamped with tremendous results.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

    This chef-driven experience is one of a kind in Las Vegas.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016

    For about three years now, chef Masaharu Morimoto has flirted with Las Vegas.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

    Jim Begley and Brock Radke pick the most brilliant culinary arrivals this year.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

    The best seats in the house are the four stools at the end of the counter surrounding the open kitchen, where you can witness noodle pulling and knife shaving up close.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    The popular local food truck goes the brick-and-mortar route on West Sahara.

  • Reviews

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    All your favorites are here, like street tacos, burritos, chilaquiles and much more.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

    A new limited-availability tasting menu allows the chef to show the full range of creativity.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

    Sour Saturday also includes the Atomic Lucky Draw, which will award a few winners with pours of “unicorn tears for beer geeks.”

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

    One can only hope Henderson diners embrace this restaurant while adventurous gourmands from around the Valley make the trip.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

    Beer season has arrived and we'll lead you through it.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    Jim Begley ate his way through Eataly, NoMad, Zuma and Momofuku to give you a heads-up on what's to come.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

    Las Vegas has a diverse ethnic restaurant scene, one with rare finds, like this one, worth tracking down.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

    The arrival of this northwest-area restaurant should help more local diners take note of this wonderful cuisine.

  • Features

    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    The time has come to truly pull back the curtain on this uncompromising, masterful chef.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Chef and owner Maggie Reb is doing something simple, and simply fabulous.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Mall food gets an extreme upgrade.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    The Mediterranean restaurant's new location is more convenient for most, and the food might be even better.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    It’s no surprise that this love child of Downtown’s Le Thai and Chinatown’s District One is a complete success.

  • 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.