Beef Jerky at Strip House

Executive chef John Schenk marinates prime meat in a blend of eight spices, soy sauce, oyster sauce and rice vinegar to produce the best beef jerky in Vegas. He oven-dries this bounty, deep-fries it to order and serves it with sliced tomato and fried onions. $11, in Planet Hollywood, 737-5200.

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By Marvin Lucas

Chef John Schenk is master of two things: steak and spinach. As executive chef of Strip House, he oversees six steak houses and holds the recipe for the most sensuous creamed spinach in the city. “It’s kind of my job to taste creamed spinach everywhere I go, and I find very few that even come close to ours,” Schenk says. “I’m a very modest person, but our creamed spinach is the best out there.”