Most restaurants serve old wine in a new bottle; that goes double for places off-Strip. But Angelo Sosa breaks the mold at his Tivoli Village restaurant, with personal spins on a number of dishes we’re familiar with, and a number of delicious ones we’ve never seen before. Sosa, a Top Chef runner-up with a natural affinity for media, might be a star even if he weren’t a cooking talent. But his training with mentor Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Prime, and many top restaurants around the world) taught him to use spices and technique like a sculptor uses his chisel. Take something as basic as tomato soup, which he tops with a thick curry cream to reduce the acidity, resulting in an irresistible flavor combination. The usually workmanlike Caesar salad is original, relying on smoked whitefish instead of the anchovies. Sosa also does Chinese pot stickers, Korean-style short ribs and many Asian dishes, but he also does American. His shrimp and grits would put most Charleston cooks to shame, but the Poppy Burger is an oddball treat, spiked with sweet and sour pickles, a fried egg and a Korean kimchi cheese sauce. He’s got good desserts, too. Sosa’s strawberry shortcake swaps tres leches cake for the normal biscuit, and it all works like a charm. This is a chef with flair and imagination. In Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd, 802-2480.
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.