LAS VEGAS: Annual Restaurant Awards Tempt Travelers

Honey Salt's Farmer's Toast

Honey Salt’s Farmer’s Toast

One of the biggest conundrums when visiting Vegas is where to eat. I’m not just talking about the Michelin-star chef restaurants that are now requisite amongst Strip hotels, but the hidden gems in Chinatown, the cool new dessert bars, the outliers in Summerlin and Henderson that are worthy of a cab ride. With all the restaurant openings and closings, it can be a tough road for visitors, but Vegas Seven has just made your Sin City trip planning a little bit easier by announcing this year’s best restaurants, both on and off the strip, be it a brasserie, brunch, bar bite or buffet.

This year awards were handed out in 27 categories that run the gamut from Best Under-the-Radar to Best Obscure Ethnic Dish, with Best Mixologist, Pizzeria, Dessert and Buffet mixed in. While you can view the complete list of winners here, we thought we would share our favorites with you and encourage you to try something new on your next visit:

Best Brunch: This year’s surprise winner is China Poblano, the Cosmopolitan Asian-Mexican fusion restaurant. While you might frown at the pairing of these two cuisines, this restaurant makes it work. The a la carte brunch includes the more traditional dim sum and chilaquiles, as well as a fresh take on gazpacho that includes pineapple, cucumber, jicama, dragonfruit, queso fresco and chile pequin, a beautifully presented rainbow congee, and churros with hot Mexican chocolate to complete your meal.

Best Mexican Restaurant: Leticia’s Mexican Cocina, located on the north side of the valley, focuses their entire menu on authentic family-style items, prepared with fresh ingredients. You can enjoy community plates of carnitas, carne asada, enchiladas, or chile rellenos, or go a la carte with chef specials such as Cecina a la Tampiquena, Mojarra, and delectable Langosta.  They also serve hangover-worthy menudo (Friday through Sunday only) and authentic Mexican coffee and donuts.

Best Restaurant Off-Strip: Honey Salt over in Summerlin makes the grade here, using carefully sourced ingredients for their “farm-to-table inspired menu.” Drool-worthy items include grilled peaches & ricotta, caramelized sea scallops (with a vanilla bean cauliflower puree), and a brown bag baked peach pie. Chef Joe Zanelli also offers a three-course tasting menu ($45) for those who just cannot decide.

San Diego: Celebrate Restaurant Week

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Cities around the nation are hosting Restaurant Week, a bi-annual event promoting local restaurants.  San Diego will be celebrating during the week of September 15th-20thwith over 180 restaurants participating throughout the county.  Each participating restaurant will have a special prix fixe menu for both lunch and dinner. Lunch options will be 2 courses for $10, $15, or $20, with dinner serving 3 courses priced at $20, $30, or $40.

A special website is set up for diners to search for participating restaurants, with the option to sort based on restaurant name, price, type of food or neighborhood. To make things easier, San Diego has been broken into 12 neighborhoods or areas, which include:

  • Central San Diego
  • Coronado
  • Downtown San Diego
  • East County
  • Gaslamp Quarter
  • La Jolla
  • Mission Bay/Beaches
  • North County Coastal
  • North County Inland
  • Old Town
  • Pt. Loma/Harbor Island
  • Uptown

Additionally, there is an Open Table feature on the site allowing you to make reservations instantly. Bon Appetit!

San Diego Restaurant Week
When
: September 15-20
Where: San Diego County
Cost: $10-40 per diner