The name might sound Irish, but Daniel Coughlin grew up with a Thai mother and grandmother in a restaurant family, and many of the recipes at Le Thai, his insanely popular downtown restaurant, are adaptations of food he grew up eating. That means such fare as Waterfall Beef, three-color curry and pad thai, a stir-fried flat rice noodle dish that has come to be synonymous with Thai food in this country. It’s not hyperbole to say this is the best pad thai you’re likely ever to taste outside Thailand. Most Thai restaurants in America use a pre-made, sweet red sauce to bind it, and after you eat it, you’ll be in a sugar coma. Coughlin’s uses cilantro, garlic and fiery spice. Suffice it to say you may never be content with another version again. While the pad thai is Coughlin’s signature dish, there’s a lot more to eat here; pork jerky, for instance, as well as a beef meatball noodle soup made from a stock simmered with bone, meat and tendon. Details magazine says the dish is the best excuse to “dine on the Strip.” We know better. Off-Strip, Coughlin is the new king.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.