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Indian Chef Maneet Chauhan Eyes Vegas, Raises Aid Money

Max Jacobson

Vegas Seven’s food critic started his career as a food journalist in Japan in the early ’80s. Since then, he has been a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and has written for a variety of national publications, such as Saveur and Gourmet. He's best known as an authority on Asian food, but he has rarely met a cuisine he doesn't like. He has covered the Vegas culinary scene since 2000.

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    Indian Chef Maneet Chauhan Eyes Vegas, Raises Aid Money

    By Max Jacobson

    On the opposite side of the world, relief efforts are ongoing to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and that enabled me to meet the remarkable chef Maneet Chauhan, author of Flavors of My World ($21.95, Amazon.com), a culinary tour through 25 lands with an Indian slant to every recipe. The photos, by Quentin Bacon, are wonderful. Chef Maneet was here last month to host a dinner at Origin India, held to raise money for the typhoon victims.

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    Where’s the Batali?

    By Max Jacobson

    Restaurant aficionados know the initials B&B stand for Batali and Bastianich—the stalwart duo of chef Mario Batali and his partner, winemaker and hospitality expert Joe Bastianich. The two men bring you B&B Ristorante, Carnevino, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria and an empire in New York City that includes the one-stop Italian food emporium, Eataly. So when one ventures into B&B Burger & Beer—their new burger concept in the Venetian—one does so with expectations.

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    Eat Your Way Through Container Park

    By Max Jacobson

    OK, I’ll say it up front: It’s love at first sight between the new Container Park and myself. There are several places to eat and drink here, as well as myriad oddball shops hawking books, clothing and sundries, plus a cool kids playground in the middle of it all.

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    2013’s Seven Best Eats

    By Max Jacobson

    I ate well this year, thanks to openings such as Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak and Angelo Sosa’s Poppy Den. I’m compelled, though, to single out something I ate in Los Angeles as my favorite dish of 2013.

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    Where to Eat Paleo in Vegas

    By Max Jacobson

    Did you know that it’s recommended to avoid grain-fed beef on the Paleo diet? Since that’s the case, steak-lovers going Paleo—a diet that eschews all things processed or cultivated, mimicking our hunter-gather ancestors—will want to go grass-fed.

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    Basque in Glory at Toros Spanish Kitchen

    By Max Jacobson

    We know them as tapas, but in Spain—especially in Basque Country—home to chef Javier Gutierrez of Toros Spanish Kitchen, they’re called pintxos. (Say “pin-shows”.)

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    The Passing of a Great Chef, and Holiday Shopping for Foodies

    By Max Jacobson

    I feel compelled to begin this column on a sad note. We recently lost Bay Area chef Judy Rodgers, owner of San Francisco’s Zuni Café.

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    Silver State Awards Honor Local Restaurants, Chefs

    By Max Jacobson

    The Best of Silver State Awards for restaurants and nightclubs were held December 14 in the Sands Showroom at the Venetian.

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    Bradley Ogden Shutters Hops & Harvest, Takes on Chain Chicken Scheme

    By Max Jacobson

    Two restaurants closed over the weekend, one quite unexpectedly. Hops & Harvest, chef Bradley Ogden's return to Las Vegas at the Tivoli Village mall, now belongs to the ages.

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    Talking Turkey and Spice, Greek Deals and Lavo’s Proper Brunch

    By Max Jacobson

    Chuck Frommer has built a large local following at his Northside shop, John Mull’s Meats, and on Saturday the lines at Road Kill Grill, a food stand outside his retail store (3730 Thom Blvd., 645-1200), can be staggeringly long.

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    Stewart + Ogden Redefines the Casino Coffee Shop

    By Max Jacobson

    Stewart + Ogden at the recently opened Downtown Grand is named for two 19th-century food lovers, Archibald Stewart and Peter Skene Ogden, who are also honored with street names in the neighborhood.

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    Tip-Top Tonkatsu (Gesundheit!), Plus Sweet Holiday Treats

    By Max Jacobson

    When I lived in Japan, I frequented a Tokyo restaurant, Tonki, where the specialty is tonkatsu, a breaded, fried pork cutlet eaten with piquant sauce. The dish is simple, but when done correctly, sublime. Now, Las Vegas has a restaurant to equal Tokyo’s top tonkatsu places. You may not notice Tonkatsu Kiyoshi if you drive […]

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    1900 Asian Cuisine Trumps the Stereotypical Chinese Takeout

    By Max Jacobson

    At 1900 Asian Cuisine, glorious dumplings, pancakes and steamed buns headline a greatest-hits menu of Northern Chinese cooking. Perhaps you ate at the now-defunct Three Villages, upstairs inside the large Pacific Asian Plaza that also houses a 99 Ranch Market grocery store. Shanghai-born Jimmy Li moved it downstairs, changed the name and greatly expanded the menu.

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    Why Is Las Vegas So Burger-Crazy?

    By Max Jacobson

    Much has been written about the decline of fine dining on the Strip, but this has always been a buffet culture, or a town where visitors prefer eating fast-casual.

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    Two Bites of Rock ’N’oodles, and Joël Drops His Foie Gras

    By Max Jacobson

    It seems there is a new restaurant opening Downtown almost every week. What’s more, almost every one of them has distinguished itself in short order. Rock ‘N’oodles (1108 S. 3rd St., 522-9953) is the newest entry, a tiny place with two four-tops, two high glass tables with stools and three tables just outside the door. On a good day, they can seat 12 inside, six outside.