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.
Joseph Kudrak, the chef and owner of Glutton with Bradley Manchester, grew up in Connecticut, where he learned about food from his grandfather, a chef. He started washing dishes at age 14 and then headed to Paul Smith College for a degree in culinary arts. In Las Vegas, he worked as the executive chef of Tbones Chophouse at Red Rock Resort and as an assistant executive chef of Red Rock overseeing nine food and beverage operations. Here he shares three of his favorite places to find good food when he’s not working at Downtown’s Glutton.
Which restaurants do you turn to when you’re not working?
Fat Choy, Rollin' Smoke BBQ and The Goodwich.
What dishes are most memorable?
At Fat Choy, I enjoy the Grandma’s pot stickers: the filling and the sauce are a great combination. I also always get the duck rice, which is duck confit that is always cooked perfectly with rice and salad; the rice is topped with fresh grated ginger and it really sets the dish off and completes it. It's $12 and make sure you add the egg for $1.
Rollin' Smoke BBQ, in my opinion, is the best barbecue in town. The Biggin' is what I order and it has barbecue pork, brisket and sausage. It's a really good deal for the portion you get for $9. Where else can you get the quality and this big of a selection and taste of three different types of barbecue meat?
The Goodwich I really enjoy for the falafel sandwich and the patty melt. The menu is always changing, which I really enjoy, and they have sandwiches that start at $3. They do a really great job at combining flavors and textures.
Why do you enjoy going there?
I really enjoy these restaurants because I enjoy supporting small businesses in Las Vegas. These restaurants and chefs take great pride in what they do and their passion come through in their food.