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Best of the City 2013

Best Community-Supported Agriculture

Quail Hollow Farm has prevailed over the harsh growing conditions and meager profit margins that have kept Southern Nevada from jumping on the CSA trend in a significant way. Only about a half-dozen of these co-op farms, which deliver food to paying members on a regular basis, are thriving here. Among them, Quail Hollow is Read More

Business & Services

Best “Shop Locally” Cheerleader

The local jewelry designer could rest on her laurels and play Vegas socialite as the daughter of Jack Weinstein, owner of Tower of Jewels, but Polly Weinstein has enough chutzpah to make a name for herself. The young, fiery blonde spends her time designing her own line of jewelry (the Jeweler’s Daughter) and organizing a biannual “pop-up” showcase event Downtown called Neon Bazaar that features Las Vegas-owned businesses only. Shop the next one November 30, Small Business Saturday, and support Weinstein’s Read More

Arts & Entertainment

Best Vegas Movie Moment

Much funnier than the horrid Hangover Part III, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone satirizes the out-of-control-for-far-too-long egos of the Strip’s headlining magicians. While he’s almost outshined by Jim Carrey’s sado-masochistic Criss Angel caricature, Steve Carell’s falling-star protagonist unveils a neat feat. He manages to potshoot David Copperfield by having groupies sign consent forms even as he invites these ladies to witness the Biggest Bed in All of Las Vegas: “Would you like to see it?” he Read More

Dining

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Best Pizza

After years of mediocrity, Las Vegas has turned into a respectable pizza town, with places such as Dom DeMarco’s, Grimaldi’s and our Best of the City runner-up, Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan, which makes the best—and most reasonably priced—Strip slice. But the winner and still champion is Settebello, which opened in Henderson in 2005 and now has several national locations. Brad Otton, the man who started the chain, did an LDS mission to Naples, Italy, and came back with a passion for tomato Read More

Dining

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Best Underappreciated Restaurant

With so many restaurants vying for attention in Las Vegas, it’s easy to overlook some. Onda Ristorante is one of those slightly-forgotten-but-easily-lovable restaurants that has everything from an impressive cheese selection to tender osso bucco, braised beef cheeks and char-grilled octopus. Onda also features a fine-dining room and a more casual bar area, lined with white marble. An impressive wine list and reasonable prices for the Strip make it our go-to spot for Friday dinner. Read More

Nightlife

Best Nightclub VIP Host

What makes a great nightclub host so great? For Padraic Breeze, senior VIP host for XS, Tryst and Botero, it starts with reliability. He replies quickly and positively. Whether it’s for you or just your friends, it’s always affirmative. In fact he’ll take care of your friends without even knowing they’re your friends, no intro needed. He’s the host you trust to take care of your girlfriends. Want a table? No gauging or “$300 handshake” tip-racketeer here. He’ll greet you at the rope and make you look good in front of your crew. He’ll write up your slip and walk you Read More