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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, Jan. 11, 2018

    Last year, four location added growler fill stations, rotating in kegs of Pizza Port’s Bacon & Eggs coffee porter, Lovelady’s peanut butter-laced Paleo Porter and more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

    You must see the Cubana Mexicana torta to truly believe it.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

    The Black Sheep, Momofuku, Sparrow + Wolf and more.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

    One of the most recognizable faces in the local scene is back on the Strip.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    If you’re not sweating it, you’re not getting it.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

    “Once a dish is right, it’s time to change it.”

  • Taste

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    The outstanding skewers are fast becoming destination dishes.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

    Offerings include the “Butcher Block” Craft Burger, ready to take its place among the hierarchy of the Valley’s best.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

    From Tacos El Gordo to China Poblano, the greatest local versions of the most important food.

  • Taste

    Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

    Patty tries to talk me into one of her cinnamon rolls. I regret not taking her advice on that one.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

    Frozen beer, flaky potato pancakes and much more await at Palazzo.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    Chef Josh Horton isn’t serving any old bar food. The former Cili at Bali Hai executive sous has high-end chops.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    Dig if you will the picture, of you and I engaged in a fish.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

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

  • 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, July 6, 2017

    Gordon Ramsay Steak's 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, 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.