The Best of Silver State Restaurants & Lounges Awards were announced last Friday night with a bevy of Las Vegas restaurants, nightclubs and bars raking in awards. The awards ceremony from the Nevada Restaurant Association Educational Foundation took place in the Sands Showroom at the Venetian with dignitaries from up and down the Strip sitting in the crowd.
Perhaps the most touching moment of the night came when chef Kerry Simon was honored with The Visionary Award. Top chefs and restaurateurs gathered onstage to support their friend and colleague, who just last week announced that he is battling a severe form of Parkinson's disease. Simon came out on the stage in a wheelchair with chefs and friends surrounding him.
Sirio Maccioni was presented with the honorary Pioneer Award, Emeril Lagasse received the Leadership Award and Alex Stokes was recognized with the Industry Champion Award.
Here's a look at the winners from the night.
Best New Restaurant, Fine Dining: Honey Salt
Best Restaurant, Fine Dining: Cut
Best Neighborhood Restaurant: Vintner Grill
Best Chef: Julian Serrano
Best Bar/Tavern: Commonwealth
Best Buffet: Wynn
Best Interior Design, Restaurant: Andrea's
Best Nightclub: XS
Best Restaurateur: Elizabeth Blau
Best New Restaurant, Casual Dining: FIVE50 Pizza Bar
Best Restaurant, Casual Dining: Eat
Rising Star Chef: Bank Atcharawan
Best Restaurant Wine/Spirits Selection: Aureole
Best Happy Hour: Blue Martini
Best Sunday Brunch: Wynn Country Club
Best Interior Design, Bar/Nightclub: Hakkasan
Best Service, Restaurant: Picasso