You need 33 reasons to visit Vegas from a foodie’s perspective. The April issue of Saveur gives you that and a bucket of other pieces about what a fab food town Sin City is.
Among the 33 reasons: the tacos filled with cochinita pibil at Los Antojos, the noodles and pickled greens at Yi Mei Champion Taiwan Deli, the pork bellies cooked on tableside grills at Honey Pig, the handmade cinnamon rolls at Mary’s Hash House and the post-Prohibition nostalgia and cocktails at Herbs & Rye. And that’s just some of the off-Strip joints that get the glossy treatment.
Eight must-have dishes at Lotus of Siam from former-now-new LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold make the cut. A stunning showcase of the many dishes at Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas give you a reason to race over to the buffet. A rather sad piece about when Wynn Las Vegas opened, “They weren’t building merely restaurants now, but a whole culture of fine dining” that makes you sniffle for the days of fine dining there.
Max Jacobson unveils the Las Vegas of yesteryear that conducted its business at steakhouses, along with six beef boites to bet the bank on. Ruth Reichl reveals one of Vegas’ best-kept secrets, Amber Unicorn Books, where you can find all sorts of rare cookbooks.
One piece takes a look at what it takes to keep a restaurant like Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace open 24 hours a day. And of course some of the stalwarts make the cut, including a piece on why France’s notable chefs love working at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental and how Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas can serve some of the best seafood in the world in the middle of the desert.
Saveur is in mailboxes now and on newsstands soon. [EaterWire]