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.
Jamaican-born Dalton Wilson learned how to work with the heat of the red and green chiles of the Southwest from his father Basil. The chef behind DW Bistro and the soon-to-open DW Kitchen at the Gramercy headed to Las Vegas and started working in catering. After personal chef stints, Wilson developed the recipes that now give DW Bistro its loyal following. He partnered with Bryce Krausman, a former public relations buff who worked in production shows such as Blue Man Group. Krausman's company House Seats helps put butts in seats at shows all over Vegas. Here, the duo shares some of their favorite restaurants in Las Vegas.
Which restaurants do you turn to when you’re not working?
We love Cafe Chloe for sure! Chef Piero and Peggy Broglia run the best in local dining. They remember to take off days of the week. We are inspired by them. We go to Olives at Bellagio for afternoon cocktails. We've been going there for 17 years. At Spago, chef Eric Klein definitely has a menu that is consistent and honestly good.
What dishes are most memorable?
Cafe Chloe has piping hot Bolognese and crispy Caesar salad. Dalton opts for the spicy salmon puttanesca, which inspired a dinner menu item at DW when we first opened. We order Spago's salmon pizza and old school menu items that they keep just for us. Chinese chicken salad is always a must.
Why do you enjoy going there?
Cafe Chloe's owners understand the importance of employees taking time off, and keeping the demand there when they return from vacation. Reservations are recommended since the restaurant is small. At Spago, who can argue with Carlos Perez at the door? He knows everyone and always gives us the best table to chat when we are having a meeting.
Dalton on his own loves Chada Thai and the flavors and intimacy of the bistro. Bryce loves a good progressive dinner, eating course by course, many times at the Cosmopolitan. Bryce and Dalton had the best dining experience of their lives at French Laundry — 21 courses and four hours later, it stands as the best in dining.