I'm the restaurant critic for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and a dedicated foodie.

The Dish: Oktoberfest breaking out all over town

reviewjournal.com — Oktoberfest comes to Downtown 3rd Friday with a celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. at Triple George, 201 N. Third St. Food specials will include currywurst with garlic and parsley fries, knockwurst, pulled pork over peppercorn spaetzel and braised cabbage, Wienerschnitzel, soft pretzels and drunken sausage, priced at $5 to $15.

On the Menu: 5 pumpkin treats

reviewjournal.com — Botero, Encore The classic Latin-American dessert gets a twist from the flavors of fall and is drizzled with liquid cheesecake sauce, topped with citrus-infused fresh cranberries and served with house-made maple-cinnamon ice cream, $14. Pie in the Sky Terrace Point Cafe, Wynn Las Vegas This holiday cocktail combines nutty brown butter, Bacardi 8 year rum, Hennessy VSOP cognac, St.

Dining Guide: Ethnic restaurants

reviewjournal.com — Each week Neon spotlights a different cuisine in the Dining Guide, with ethnic restaurants this week. Restaurants are rated on a letter-grade scale, from A to F. Opinions by R-J critic Heidi Knapp Rinella (H.K.R.) are indicated by initials.

The Sparklings hard to define, but tasty

reviewjournal.com — Our first impression of The Sparklings was that the place is more than a little incongruous. It feels like a poker bar - a big barn of a place, tables widely spaced, located on a strip-center outparcel - but it's not.

The Dish: Restaurants hold benefits

reviewjournal.com — The next Farm Table dinner at Honey Salt, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday, will feature One Hope Winery. It's $45, plus $25 for wine pairings; a portion of proceeds will be donated to breast-cancer research. Additionally, half of all proceeds of One Hope Winery glasses and bottles sold throughout the month will be donated to breast-cancer research.

Eat your heart out at these Asian restaurants

reviewjournal.com — Each week Neon spotlights a different cuisine in the Dining Guide, with Asian restaurants this week. Restaurants are rated on a letter-grade scale, from A to F. Opinions by R-J critic Heidi Knapp Rinella (H.K.R.) are indicated by initials.

Italian-American Club blends old and new

reviewjournal.com — It'd be easy to dismiss the Italian-American Club as a throwback, just another attempt to cling to a time best viewed through rose-colored glasses. Take a closer look, though, and the vintage prints and slightly schmaltzy touches take on a softer patina that reflects an appreciation for the history of our fair city, shaped by the finely honed sense of irony held by most of us today.

The Dish: Free Bobbies and more

reviewjournal.com — Capriotti's will open its 33rd Las Vegas location on Thursday at Downtown Summerlin. To celebrate, the company plans a grand opening on Nov. 1, during which the first 100 customers in line will each get free Bobbies for a year (that's the Thanksgiving-on-a-bun for which Capriotti's is justly famous).

Looking for a bite to eat? Try these

reviewjournal.com — DINING OUT ANNIE'S GOURMET ITALIAN, 75 S. VALLE VERDE DRIVE, HENDERSON After five years on Horizon Ridge Parkway, owner Annie Payton in May moved her restaurant to a larger location with a full bar.

Flaming Fajitas are fiery good

reviewjournal.com — Yes, the fajitas really are flaming, just before they're served. I know you wondered because so did I, but we weren't at Juan's Flaming Fajitas &Cantina for more than a few minutes before we saw the first order of fajitas being flamed across the room. We were tempted to yell "Opa!"
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Sep 24, 2014

Wahlburgers planning to open three locations in Las Vegas, early next year. No locations set yet; more to come. #lvrj

Aug 05, 2014

Do you take care of those all-important knives? Find out in Wednesday's Taste section.

Jul 29, 2014

Gramercy project to open in SW valley in fall with Alex Stratta restaurant, DW Bistro offshoot, The Cuppa coffeehouse.

Jul 21, 2014

El Cortez to close Flame Steakhouse Aug. 31 to make way for the 24/7 Siegel's 1941 this fall.

Jul 10, 2014

Miami Beach's Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to strut into the Venetian early next year.

Jul 10, 2014

The immensely popular Giada at The Cromwell to open for lunch July 16; locals can reserve on special line, 702-667-1799.

Jul 10, 2014

Stewart + Ogden at Downtown Grand, now S+O, expanding menu to include Northern Chinese dishes. Red Mansion to convert to private-dining.

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