Best Bad-Day Go-To Grub

Viva Las Arepas



When all you want is to wrap up in the comfort of a food blanket, nothing satisfies like a tall order from Viva Las Arepas—not that the owner will let you place it. Go in solo and ask for too much (say, Viva’s last-supper-worthy chalupas and a veggie arepa and an empanada and fried cheese), and soft-spoken Felix Arellano will say, “I can sell you anything, but I don’t want to see you waste.” How’s that for love? Although after the helluvaday that took you there in the first place, who said anything about not finishing?

1616 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 120, 366-9696,

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.