Dining Profiles


Dining Profile


Wild Woman

When I met up with New York restaurateur Miki Agrawal at Le Thai last month for a long-overdue dinner (it’s been, oh, about 13 years since we last saw each other at Cornell University), it was like nothing had changed since she was a soccer-obsessed whirlwind of a communications student: The petite powerhouse was juggling a pot of hot tea, a cellphone that went off on the minute and a remarkably deep and earnest conversation with the guy one stool over. Read More


Trading Wheels for Steel

It’s no secret: There’s a great food-truck movement established in Las Vegas. It seems like you can get anything off the back of a truck nowadays, from burgers and fries to Hawaiian-style shave ice to everything in between. A few of those adventurous truckers decided to trade their mobile hot spots for brick-and-mortar restaurants. As Read More



Paymon’s Owner Takes on the Spice Trade

Across from the hostess stand in Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe & Lounge on Maryland Parkway is a little door hidden behind a plant stand. It leads into a tiny room, not much more than a closet, thick with the heady aromas of a Middle Eastern bazaar. The storage racks are stacked ceiling-high with bags and bottles of Turkish turmeric, Syrian Aleppo pepper and Persian sumac. A small counter offers some workspace alongside a modest spice-bottling machine. This is the start of Paymon Raouf’s next empire—this one built on the spice Read More



Special Delivery

A growing trend in Las Vegas, health-conscious meal preparation and delivery services offer programs tailored to your diet and delivered to your doorstep. This type of service isn’t new, but here’s the twist: The food is actually delicious. And flavorful recipes (think grilled filet mignon) attract the most discriminating foodies, while respecting their dietary Read More


What’s Cooking in Rachel’s Kitchen?

The “Rachel” of Rachel’s Kitchen is more likely to be found in elementary school than in the kitchen of the franchise that bears her name. At just 9 years old, Rachel already has four eateries named after her in the Valley—and that number is growing fast. It’s her mom, Debbie Roxarzade, who decided to name her first Las Vegas-based restaurant after her daughter when she moved her family to Las Vegas in 2006 from Los Angeles, where she had several other restaurants at the Read More



Pho Get About It

A good bowl of pho is only as good as its ingredients. Start with thinly sliced beef and al dente rice noodles, then load up on fresh basil, bean sprouts and scallions. Finish with a squeeze of lime, and you’ve got a soup brimming to the top with beefy goodness. Spring Mountain Road just west of the Strip may be called Chinatown, but there’s more Vietnamese restaurants down this stretch than you can shake a chopstick at. And here is where the pho Read More



Seven Sips To Seek

Editor’s note: Southern Wine & Spirits territory manager Tony Goitia has been selling wine for 30 years, so it’s fitting that he would have his favorites—wines that he would recommend to the novice wine drinker as well as to his wine-geek friends. Both will descend in expected record numbers on UNLVino’s Grand Tasting on April 20 at Paris Las Vegas (



Food University Lets Amateur Cooks Get Face Time with Culinary Masters

The first day of Food University at Caesars Palace, about 40 dedicated foodies were busy trying on their brand-new, sparkling-white chef’s jackets, figuring out how to button them, taking bets on who will get theirs dirty first. Food U host Claudine Pepin—her very name is a culinary legacy—welcomed the inaugural class of students whose culinary expertise ran the gamut from established home cooks to those who don’t know their cumin from Read More



Pair Your Beer and Fries

Oxtail Chili-Cheese Fries This heaping platter of fries has familiar elements to those of us wise in the ways of chili-cheese fries, except this is way better than any greasy-spoon version. Oxtail is braised in a savory, hearty chili until it’s tender, then slapped on top of fries and accented with cheese, raw jalapeños and a glistening, runny egg. Garlic aioli punches its way through the plate. $12, Bachi Burger, 470 E. Windmill Lane, 242-2244; 9410 W. Sahara Ave., 255-3055,



Get Out of Your Kitchen (And Into Theirs)

Entrepreneur Marcus Fortunato earned a good living in gaming-industry software development. Three years ago, however, he started a company built around his passion for cooking. He wanted it to appeal to Las Vegans who love food so much they not only dine in the city’s finest restaurants, but who would embrace a learning experience: cooking in a celebrity-chef-worthy Read More



Pink’s Dishes Out Hot Dog History (with All the Fixins)

Taking Orders Pink’s Most Popular Las Vegas Dogs Red Rock Dog A Polish sausage topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, three strips of bacon and nacho cheese. $7.29, Red Rock Resort only. Showgirl Dog A dog topped with bacon, onions, relish, shopped tomato and sauerkraut and sour cream. $7.29 Planet Hollywood, $6.49 Red Rock Resort. Vegas Strip Read More

Cocktail Culture


Grains of Truth

Growing up in Hawaii, Relyn Timbal fell in love with the Japanese culture that pervades her homeland. At Kamehameha Schools, the private college prep she attended from kindergarten through high school, she chose Japanese as her language elective, hoping this would lead to class trips across the Pacific. It did, and 15 years later, Timbal’s eyes still light up when recalling the welcome she received from one rural Japanese middle school. “They literally shut down the last three periods to hold this huge assembly for this one girl from Read More


Stand By Us

Atom Miller and Kevin Schanda are Las Vegas kids. The two grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, running around the Montara neighborhood off Tropicana and Pecos. Miller’s single mom worked at the Horseshoe Casino—her aunt once owned a lease on some ground under the fabled property. Schanda’s dad was responsible for one of the city’s firsts when he pioneered time-share sales at the Hacienda. The Midtown Read More