Take a Big Bite

When it comes to eating in Las Vegas, no one can claim to be short of options. In fact, the choices are almost overwhelming. What you need, food lover, is a guidebook penned by local dining critics who know our chefs’ kitchens better than their own.

Enter Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants (Huntington Press, $13). In this new book, due out Nov. 5, you’ll find recommendations from not one but three of the Valley’s most experienced foodies. Created by John Curtas of KNPR 89.9-FM and KLAS Channel 8, Al Mancini of CityLife and Vegas Seven’s very own Max Jacobson, the guide distinguishes itself by offering three mini-reviews on each eatery—and not always with the same results.

“Working with Al and John was easier than we all thought, given that there is no shortage of egos,” Jacobson says. “We found that we were basically on the same page with many of the inclusions, but when we weren’t, we decided to add a veto section.”

If the trio could not see eye-to-eye on a particular restaurant, the veto section allowed them to argue for or against it making the top 50. “Anyone who eats out in Vegas should buy the book,” Curtas says. “It’s the only restaurant guide in Las Vegas where the top three critics compared notes, argued and eventually decided upon the best of the best in town. Take that, Michelin and Zagat!”