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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

Health & Beauty

Best Swimwear Shop

You’ve probably eaten at Paymon’s on Maryland Parkway many times without noticing the small shop two doors down. Yet this discreet strip-mall cell holds a wonderland of not only swimwear but also expertise in what to buy and how to use it. Swim2000 is endowed with an impressive product line and deep institutional knowledge. It began as a mail-order company in 1994, and the brick-and-mortar store opened seven years later. Staff includes current and former swimmers who can wax philosophic on the way varying fabrics will react to chlorine versus salt Read More

Arts & Entertainment

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Best Art Import

If the much-anticipated Vegas art scene is going to be fully realized, we need more participants like JK Russ and Matthew Couper. The married couple and professional artists moved from New Zealand to Las Vegas nearly three years ago and have been working diligently ever since. He creates haunting Old World-style oil paintings with biting contemporary insights. She creates colorful mixed-media collages and video installations that explore gender and sexuality. Both show prodigiously in and out of Read More

Nightlife

Best Country Nightclub

Much as we’d like to, we can’t give this award to the old Stoney’s as it doesn’t exist anymore. But we can say that we love what’s going on at the new Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Town Square. Being just off Strip, it draws real locals who fall in for that beautiful pine dance floor, as well as for the variety of dances (two-step, swing, line and more), a dependable Thursday ladies night, free nightly dance lessons and the variety of music styles. We lost the Cowboy Arcade when we lost Stoney’s South Strip location, but we gained a place with that new-club Read More

Business & Services

Best Place to Learn a Traditional Skill

Perhaps you want to expand on an already accomplished life skill such as quilting, or you seek a beginner’s guide to sewing, or maybe you simply desire a girlie get-together off the Strip. Then Dewey Street awaits you. Founders Cindy and her daughters Lindsay and Laurie grew up on threads and glue and inherited the creative gene from Joan Faust, mother and grandmother of the crafty trio, respectively. Faust lived on Dewey Street in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and inspired the women to turn trash into Read More

Dining

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Best Reason to Lick Your Fingers

The fried chicken at Culinary Dropout is prepared to order, and it is worth the wait. The dish hits all the major criteria for good fried chicken: flavorful and juicy with great crunch, with a bit of the seasoning that lingers on your fingers. Read More

Arts & Entertainment

Best New Venue

From the soulful reggae-blues pop of Maui-born Anuhea, to the heavy Louisiana-boiled Cajun rock of Lost Bayou Ramblers, to the punky-Motown frenzy of Chantal Claret, Vinyl has hosted a diverse array of artists and bands in the year since it’s been open. The sound there is great, the dark-wood bar (with its attractive ’tenders) is fun to belly-up to and we love watching people exiting a butt-rock residency show at the adjacent Joint only to discover there’s something even cooler happening in this little venue in the Hard Rock Read More

Dining

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Best Tourist Food That’s Actually Good

It’s a beautiful thing to behold, and really quite easy, at 12 bucks a pop, to overlook. We’re talking about the Devil Dawg at Gordon Ramsay BurGR, a work of art that is stuffed with cheese, bacon, tomato and almost every condiment you can think of, looking resplendent inside an “Everything” bun studded with sesame, poppy and garlic, tasting just as Read More

Health & Beauty

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Best-Looking Dentist

Chances are, most people with a fear of the dentist have never met Dr. Sufia Palluck. The tall, gorgeous brunette (and Las Vegas native) has been practicing for seven years since graduating at the top of her class from the USC School of Dentistry. She also played soccer at University of San Diego and one year professionally in Germany. Her flawless physical appearance is superseded only by her chair-side manner. Plus, Palluck has attracted many Strip headliners and influencers as patients, so you never know whom you’re going to run into in the waiting Read More

Nightlife

Best New Resident DJ

Light is enjoying its debut summer with the prodigious Zedd on its resident DJ roster. The 23-year-old German wunderkind produces with meticulous complexity, so it’s no surprise that he started playing piano at 4 and drums at 12, then broke into the Beatport charts before he could legally drink. Zedd was notably absent from the Electric Daisy Carnival lineup, making his presence at Light that much more exclusive and his impending appearance at October’s Life Is Beautiful festival Downtown that much more Read More

Dining

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Best Sportsbook Food

Most of us who hang out at sports bars are content with a beer and a couple of sliders, so it’s a bonus when the food is good. Heraea has all the bells and whistles: DJs, private rooms, the requisite number of giant TV screens and a team of comely runners to place sports bets. So Doug Bell’s fare—such as pretzel-wrapped dogs ($9), crispy green beans with sea salt ($9) and tuna tartare tacos ($15)—feels like your team just won the Read More

Arts & Entertainment

Best Broadway Production

Who knew it was possible to create an ’80s-themed show that’s even kitschier than the decade itself? Yet the Venetian’s Rock of Ages is up to the mock-tastic challenge with a crazy-fun riff on the mullet-and-hair-band goofiness of Reagan-era America. With hilarious snark to spare—and with way more verve than the limp movie version—Rock takes a tongue-in-cheek boy/rocker-wannabe-meets-girl/actress-wannabe story on the Sunset Strip and immerses it in a merry hard-rock set list from the likes of Poison, Styx and Journey. Quite simply: Rock rocks. Read More

Business & Services

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Best Vintage Shop

Like a fine wine, the wares in Patina Décor have gotten better with age. Specializing in upscale vintage furnishings, lighting, accessories and a growing selection of vintage clothes, owners Kate Aldrich and Tim Shaffer carefully select each item they sell. Thanks to their eclectic tastes, the store has some of Las Vegas’ best vintage finds. In fact, the place feels like an extension of their home—welcoming and filled with stories to share with Read More