Best Re-Import

Chef Shawn Giordano

lucky_foos_chef_shawn_giordano_WEBHe came up through the “school” of Wolfgang Puck, opening Trattoria del Lupo in Mandalay Bay (among the star chef’s many other restaurants). But after eight years in Las Vegas, Shawn Giordano decamped for New York City in 2000, right before the start of the Valley’s big culinary boom. Now he’s back, having brought his talents to the kitchen at Lucky Foo’s, where his specialty is creating inventive dishes that toy with exotic flavors. A few signatures: the Foo Dogs (a funky take on pigs in a blanket with three kurobuta sausage dogs wrapped in a potato chip); a deconstructed brothless ramen called cheese Mazemen with smoked gouda, Monterey jack, Parmesan, dashi and green onions; and his version of Taco Tuesday, where the fillings come straight from the Robata grill. Giordano is a renegade in the kitchen who plays with flavor like he plays with fire—and we’re lucky to have him back. Lucky Foo’s, 8955 S. Eastern Ave., 702-650-0669,

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