Best Hidden Gem

Penn’s Thai House



Amid a nondescript stretch of Sunset Road just east of U.S. 95, Penn’s Thai House is tucked away in a seedy strip mall in old Henderson that you have to want to find. But it’s worth it to discover chef-owner Penn Amarapayark’s homemade sauces, perfectly sticky rice, light-not-leaden noodles and several off-the-menu treats.

724 W. Sunset Rd., Henderson, 564-0162.

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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.