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 readers to these potential discoveries, Eater Vegas enlisted some of the city’s food players to share their recommendations for a feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
Honey Salt’s chef Joseph Mosconi grew up in an Italian family, which spurred his love for cooking. The Vegas-raised chef has more than a decade of work in the culinary industry, working at restaurants such as Tao Asian Bistro, Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis, and most recently DW Bistro. When he’s not in the kitchen, Mosconi can be found fishing or exploring the beach. Here the chef behind Honey Salt shares some of his favorite restaurants in Las Vegas.
Eater Vegas: Do you remember your first trip to Vegas? What happened that was memorable?
Joseph Mosconi: I remember I was 15 years old coming from outside of Chicago and it was very different than it is today. I remember the Old Wet n Wild and that age, I wasn’t allowed in the casinos at all.
What made you decide to move to Las Vegas?
I moved here with my family not long after my first visit. I went to high school in the valley. Vegas is a big part of me now and coming from a major city I love watching this city grow. I decided to stay here and raise my family because of the opportunity this city has to offer.
Where do you like to eat breakfast in Las Vegas?
My wife and I spend a lot of time at Bad Owl Coffee. Tasty food and great lattes.
What about lunch?
Jaleo at the Cosmo has a great pre fixe lunch. I’ve been there multiple times and have never been disappointed. Also the best gin and tonics around.
If you’re going out for dinner, which restaurants do you like to frequent? What makes them special? Any dishes you can recommend?
My go-to for dinner ranges by what were in the mood for that night but we visit Settebello at the District at Green Valley Ranch. We love that pizza. I’m loving the new spot downtown Hatsumi at Fergusons. Super tasty food.
Where do you like to dine for a special occasion?
If my wife and I are really going for a special occasion we always end up at Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at the Sahara. Never a bad experience there. Food is excellent and the service is outstanding.
Are there any brunches in town you like to frequent?
I really enjoy the brunches I’ve had at CraftKitchen in Henderson. The pastries and food are consistently good.
Let’s say you want to hang out with your friends after work. Where do you like to go?
I like to head downtown and hop around from spot to spot. So many great places to choose from.
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