Best Barbecue Joint

Rollin Smoke



Never mind the sneaky-hot barbecue sauce on every table, or the enormous cast-iron drums in the parking lot where meats here are smoked low and slow. Rollin Smoke is possibly the best-ever barbecue joint in Vegas, opened by some good-old boys from Arkansas. The tender ribs and brisket have that de rigueur smoke ring; the chicken is moist, without the usual rubbery skin; and the side dishes—particularly an amazing, buttery cornbread—are state of the art.

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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.