Robert Smith

Smith is the Susan Lucci of the wine world. He has been in Las Vegas since 1989 and at Picasso since it opened, has been a finalist for the Beard House’s Outstanding Wine Service an impressive four times, and four times has been passed over.

If you feel like the Beard Awards are New York-centric, get in line. “I don’t mind actually,” Smith says, “but I think Vegas deserves more recognition.”

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Gyoza, Monta

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Gyoza, Monta

This bustling noodle shop’s gyoza, or hand-made dumplings, take a little extra time, so when you order, the waitress will immediately shout over your shoulder to the kitchen that you’d like some. The gyoza are made in-house daily with pork and vegetables, then pan-fried for a nice crust on the outside. Make your own dipping sauce from the accoutrements in front of you: soy sauce, a little vinegar and a little chili oil or shichimi seven spice. $5, 5030 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 6, 367-4600.