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Where Ivy Stark Dines When She's Not Cooking Mexican

Ivy%20Stark_1000%204-23-13.jpgSin 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.

Dos Caminos made its big return to Las Vegas last month, taking over the former Agave space in Summerlin. Ivy Stark has the big job of creating the tastes of the Mexican restaurant as the corporate executive chef for all seven nationwide locations of Dos Caminos. The graduate of Peter Kump's (now the Institute for Culinary Education) worked in the kitchens at places such as Border Grill, Cena, Ciudad, Zocalo and Rosa Mexicano. In 2011, her first cookbook, Dos Caminos' Mexican Street Food: 120 Authentic Recipes to Make At Home, came out. Even though she's based in New York, she still has some favorite haunts in Las Vegas. Here's a look at where she goes.

Which restaurants do you turn to when you're not working?
My favorite off-duty restaurants in Las Vegas are Firefly, China Poblano and Lotus of Siam.

What dishes are most memorable?
My favorite dishes are at Firefly, the Padron Peppers, fried quickly and tossed in sea salt. They are amazing with a glass of Albarino. I also love the Baked Tetilla there, a wonderful, creamy Spanish cheese fondue. 

At China Poblano the Viva China Taco, an unusual combination of beef tendon, kumamoto oysters and sichuan peppercorn salsa is the perfect combination of Chinese and Mexican cuisines, and at Lotus of Siam, the Tod Mun Plar, a Thai curried fish cake with cucumber salad.

Why do you enjoy going there?
I love going to all of them for the great food. Firefly has a great casual vibe and TVs over the bar if I want to catch a sporting event and eat good food at the same time. China Poblano is super hip and always buzzing. The design is really fun. Lotus of Siam is totally unpretentious and has an amazing wine list with a great selection of Riesling which pairs perfectly with their food.
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China Poblano

3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, , NV 89109 (702) 698-7900 Visit Website

Dos Caminos

675 Hudson Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 699-2400 Visit Website

Border Grill

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119 702-632-7403 Visit Website

Firefly*

11261 South Eastern Avenue, Henderson, NV 89052 702-778-1400

Lotus of Siam

620 East Flamingo Road, , NV 89119 (702) 735-3033 Visit Website

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