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7th & Carson’s Gregg Fortunato Takes a Culinary Journey Through His Favorite Vegas Restaurants

His top picks for breakfast, brunch and special occasions

Gregg Fortunato
Gregg Fortunato
Amelinda B Lee

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 feature dubbed Dining Confidential.

Gregg Fortunato just brought his dishes to the new 7th & Carson in Fremont East. The Long Island, New York, native started his culinary career in Las Vegas under Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, where he held the title of chef de cuisine and was a member of the corporate training team that helped to open three new Roy’s restaurants. By 2006, MGM asked him to open Jia at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. Later he became executive chef at Little Buddha inside the Palms and Buddha Bar in Washington, D.C. Fortunato returned to Las Vegas in 2011 to become chef of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and later opened Inyo Asian Variety Restaurant in Chinatown. “It’s all about evolving and learning something new everyday I step in the kitchen” he says. “That’s what keeps the passion going.” Here he shares some of his favorite restaurant to explore in Las Vegas.

Do you remember your first trip to Vegas? What happened that was memorable?

No last call. Sold! LOL.

What made you decide to move to Las Vegas?

My parents moved here in 1995 and I followed two years later. I love to be surrounded by family and friends so it was only a matter of time before I moved here myself.

Where do you like to eat breakfast in Las Vegas?

Since opening in downtown I’ve been enjoying Eat across the street for my breakfast needs.

If you’re going out for dinner, which restaurants do you like to frequent? What makes them special? Any dishes you can recommend?

I love Japanese food so Raku is my go to. The house made tofu is just perfect, simple and clean. That’s what I love about Japanese cuisine.

Where do you like to dine for a special occasion?

Bazaar Meat. Mashed potatoes with butter or should I say butter with a hint of potato.

Are there any brunches in town you like to frequent?

Hexx Kitchen & Bar for bottomless mimosas.

Let’s say you want to hang out with your friends after work. Where do you like to go? I’ve been sticking downtown lately — Park on Fremont, Gold Spike and Downtown Cocktail Room.

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Hexx Kitchen & Bar

3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 331-5100 Visit Website

7th & Carson

616 East Carson Avenue, , NV 89101 (702) 868-3355 Visit Website

Inyo Asian Variety Restaurant

6000 Spring Mountain Rd #1B, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (702) 248-0588

Gold Spike

217 Las Vegas Boulevard North, , NV 89101 (702) 476-1082 Visit Website


5030 Spring Mountain Road, , NV 89146 (702) 367-3511 Visit Website

Downtown Cocktail Room

111 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89101 (702) 880-3696 Visit Website

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 698-7000 Visit Website


707 Carson St., Las Vegas, NV 89101 702-534-1515 Visit Website

Blue Ribbon

3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 698-7880 Visit Website

Park On Fremont

506 East Fremont Street, , NV 89101 (702) 376-0177 Visit Website