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.
Siegel’s 1941 chef Aaron Neeley started his career at Shoreline Grill in Austin, Texas, moving up to sous chef before he moved to Las Vegas in 2001. Neeley worked at Caesars Palace before opening the Renaissance Hotel as assistant executive chef. He moved back to Texas to open Hotel ZaZa in Houston in 2006 as assistant executive chef, and later as executive chef. In 2010, Neeley returned to Las Vegas and worked in several restaurants at Red Rock Resort before becoming the executive chef at The El Cortez. In June, he helped open Siegel's 1941. Here he shares some of his favorite places to dine in Las Vegas.
Which restaurants do you turn to when you’re not working?
Sen of Japan, Cafe Prince and Glutton.
What dishes are most memorable? Why do you enjoy going there?
I dine often at Sen of Japan as they have a great variety of sushi rolls and I love their soy black cod. At night, there is also a great view of the city from their location on Desert Inn.
Next, I like to hit a little joint right off the corner of Flamingo and Rainbow called Café Prince. They have really good Serbian cuisine. I highly suggest ordering the Cevapi. It is a very hearty sandwich with grilled sausages, onions, kaymak (think of cream cheese on steroids) and Ajvar (a red pepper spread) and served on a Lepinja roll. I know it is a little off the beaten path but if you have one of these sandwiches you will want to go back.
Last but not least, there is a great spot at Seventh and Carson called Glutton. It is a nice cozy place with an open kitchen that features a wood-burning oven. I like to start with an order of spicy pork rinds and move on to their New York steak with ancho cajeta sauce. Glutton is a great meal spot that has a good vibe and some pretty cool tunes playing in the background.