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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, Oct. 18, 2018

    You get to eat with tweezers!

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

    “We were a desert of beer culture in 1999. There was no such thing as craft beer in Las Vegas back then.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    Tender wrappers, each plumped up to the size of a playing card, swaddle a juicy pork/vegetable blend worthy of being trumpeted on the marquee.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

    Ever find yourself craving fish salsa?

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

    The eel/roe/sea urchin trilogy is a destination dish, as is the oxtail croque monsieur.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Every day is like Friday.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    The uni duo allows diners to compare the subtle differences in salinity between Santa Barbara, California, and Hokkaido, Japan, versions.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Their recently unveiled brunch immediately vaulted to the upper echelon of our city’s’ midday offerings. It’s that good.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Block 9 is less a new restaurant than a quick-service Secret Kitchen.

  • Taste

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    From the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace to Picnic at the Park to Black Tap at Venetian, we were all over the big Strip food fest.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    At 99 cents each, you can make a reasonable meal from four of the steamed dumplings, which are like Chinese shumai—wonton wrappers swaddling savory pork.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Bonus: Some dishes are sent out on a robot cart!

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Beyond tacos, the menu features a collection of ceviches, cocktails and tostadas, all of them seafood-centric.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

    It features a menu with lighter fare paying homage to the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

    The time put into the soup is apparent.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

    Triple garlic yakisoba comes in a Chinese takeout container, while mapo tofu Frito pie arrives atop a sliced-open Fritos bag.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Gordon Ramsay Steak's special anniversary tasting menu has been extended through the end of August.

  • 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.