Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
David Walzog spends his nights manning the kitchens at SW Steakhouse and Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas, so it’s no surprise that the Baltimore native wants anything but steak when he’s not working. The three-time nominee for the James Beard/Perrier-Jouet Rising Chef Award shares his favorite places to dine when he’s not in the kitchen.
Where do you enjoy eating when you’re not working at your own restaurant?
"I prefer Asian food when I’m not working. Sen of Japan and Blue Ribbon Sushi & Grill for Japanese and sushi, Monta for ramen noodles, Honey Pig for Korean barbecue and Saigon 8 for Vietnamese Pho. Besides Blue Ribbon in the Cosmopolitan, all the others are off the Strip and really great places to experience these specific cuisines."
What dishes are most memorable?
"At Sen of Japan, I always order the tempura avocado and shiitake mushrooms and also the mushroom salad. At Monta, I never deviate from the Tonkatsu Shoyu with extra Chashu pork, kimchi and scallions on the side and at Honey Pig, any of their great sliced beef or pork cooked on the tabletop."
Why do you enjoy going there?
"I always go to these places above for these specific dishes.
"I work during the week at SW Steakhouse and Lakeside, so when I’m off, I enjoy the restaurants in the different neighborhoods of Vegas, some close to home, some in Vegas’ Chinatown. All of the restaurants are very humble dining experiences that serve perfectly executed food with very welcoming service."
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David Walzog [Photo: Jeff Green/Wynn Las Vegas]