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Manny Vargas Returns to His First Job on Nights Off

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. Know a chef who wants to share some top dining spots? The tipline is open.

Manny%20Vargas%2010-2-13.jpgManny Vargas [Photo: Chelsea McManus]

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Manny Vargas was on track for a career in baseball when injuries sidelined him. He returned to the city after attending the University of San Francisco to work at Fiamma at the MGM Grand. He became a server assistant supervisor at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Los Angeles before moving on to the Beverly Hills Hotel. Later he returned to Vegas to study finance at UNLV and worked at BOA Steakhouse at the Forum Shops at Caesars, Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas and XS at Encore Las Vegas and later became a co-owner of both Chicken Bonz locations in Las Vegas. His latest project, For Goodness Shake, his shake emporium that gives back to Three Square Food Bank with every purchase. Here he shares some of his favorite local restaurants to frequent.

Which restaurants do you turn to when you're not working?
When I do have the opportunity to dine out, the first of which I like to frequent is Fiamma at the MGM Grand. This also happen to be where I had my first restaurant job several years ago.

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza & Grill is also a place that has my attention. My girlfriend and I have spent many happy hours here enjoying a majority of the menu.

Last would have to be some Mexican dishes of at Lindo Michoacan.??

What dishes are most memorable?
Fiamma has this raviolini with braised short rib filling the inside and it's absolutely to die for.

Sammy's has some excellent duck tacos that always end up as one of my selections, and well, Lindo Michoacán has everything, and every time I go there I get something different!? ?

Why do you enjoy going there?
Atmosphere, service and price, and all can be frequented for different occasions which is awesome!
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For Goodness Shake

4220 S. Grand Canyon Drive, Las Vegas, NV