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.
Jeremy Pacheco just joined Society Cafe back in May after being the executive chef at Lon's at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, Ariz. The Encore Las Vegas chef got his start at Scottsdale Culinary Institute and moved on to The Phoenician's Terrace Dining Room in Scottsdale, Ariz. Pacheco then joined Wynn Las Vegas as the chef de cuisine of SW Steakhouse before working as the tournant chef of Encore and Wynn and the chef de cuisine at Society Café. Pacheco says he doesn’t have a lot of time to get out and about with two kids. "With a 3 year old and 6 month old, I don’t get out as much as I would like these days, but here are some of my favorite spots:"
Which restaurants do you turn to when you’re not working?
Honey Salt, Rising Sun and Pho Kim Long.
What dishes are most memorable?
Honey Salt: I opened Society with Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau and have much respect for all they do. Honey Salt is great because I don’t have to be afraid to take the kids — they have a great family atmosphere. My favorite appetizer is the charred octopus with romesco and potatoes; the romesco and octopus is great combination.
Rising Sun on Flamingo is just off the Strip. I was a big fan of Rising Sun when it was in Summerlin and have since followed the owner Tony and his wife to their new location just off the Strip. Tony always has fresh and interesting ingredients. The last time I was there I really enjoyed — on Tony’s suggestion — eating the fresh sweet shrimp heads raw.
At Pho Kim Long on Spring Mountain Road, I love to pick up pho on the way home especially when I’m feeling under the weather. The broth always makes me feel better.