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Heidi Knapp Rinella

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

This week’s 5 best bets for dining in Las Vegas

reviewjournal.com — Tuesday isn't just Taco Tuesday; it's National Taco Day, and Cabo Wabo at the Miracle Mile Shops is celebrating by featuring its carne asada tacos, $15.95. Off the Strip, the newly opened Pancho's Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Summerlin will offer shredded chicken, shredded beef or ground beef tacos for $2.50 each from 5 to 9 p.m.

5 spots in Las Vegas to celebrate National Shake Month in October

reviewjournal.com — Just like the classic dessert, the shake is made with sauteed bananas, Myers' dark rum, caramel sauce and hard caramel, $13. Somoa! Elixxr - Hexx Kitchen + Bar, Paris Las Vegas Inspired by the Girl Scout cookie, it's a combination of vanilla ice cream, coconut vodka, butterscotch schnapps and - yup - the cookie, $14.95.

Goodwich is good, no matter how you slice it

reviewjournal.com — Cheese grits on a sandwich: Now that's something I'd never encountered before. But odd stuff tends to hook me - scallops with white chocolate and mead comes to mind - in some probably unseemly combination of curiosity, schadenfreude and wondering what in the heck they were thinking.

Smooth opening of Standard & Pour means restaurateur ready for next project

reviewjournal.com — This time, Cory Harwell didn't have to go shopping on the eve of his restaurant opening. Harwell, president of Simon Hospitality Group, opened Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas with Kerry Simon in 2014. As the big day approached, Harwell decided some of the chairs were just too big, and frantically headed to the few stores that were open late in the evening.

Chef Martell: Too much flipping takes a toll on steak on the grill

reviewjournal.com — New Jersey native Jeffrey Martell became a chef after a teenage pocket-money job ignited a passion for all things culinary. A graduate of a culinary-arts school in his home state, Martell has worked in kitchens in Chicago, Philadelphia and Florida; Las Vegas posts include The Orleans, Excalibur and a local culinary school.

Chefs dress up grilled-cheese sandwiches for grown-up tastes

reviewjournal.com — Figs, ham, preserved lemons, bacon, truffles, brisket, lobster, macaroni and cheese: Local chefs are putting all kinds of things into grilled-cheese sandwiches these days. And cheeses, lots of cheeses, with no American or Velveeta in sight. These are grilled-cheese sandwiches for grown-ups, created through imagination.

Fall color, scenic views, historic stops and the night sky beckon visitors to Flagstaff

reviewjournal.com — The aspens on Mount Charleston put on a great golden show every autumn, but if you're looking for more extensive fall color - or just a chance to get away - Flagstaff, Arizona, is a great choice.

5 spots in Las Vegas to celebrate Chili Peppers Month

reviewjournal.com — Put some spice in your life during Chili Peppers Month. Pea pod leaves China House, Palms The tender leaves are simply charred and stir-fried with garlic and chilies, $14.95. Burning Mandarin Katsuya, SLS Las Vegas Absolut Mandarin vodka is mixed with hand-crushed Serrano chili, fresh lemon and orange juices and a splash of cranberry, $15.

This week’s 5 best bets for dining in Las Vegas

reviewjournal.com — It's been a year of juicy election-related tidbits, but these may be even juicier than most. Holsteins Shakes and Buns at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is inviting you to vote with your mouth. The Wall Burger is topped with pepperjack cheese, pico de gallo, avocado, tortilla chips and chipotle mayo, while The Foundation Burger has American cheese, lettuce, tomato, crispy onions and "top donor" sauce.

Mr. Chow delivers on food, service and atmosphere

reviewjournal.com — If food and dining are among your interests, you've no doubt heard of Mr. Chow. Michael Chow launched his eponymous restaurant in London in 1968, and it soon became known as much for its celebrity clientele as for its Beijing cuisine. Outlets in Beverly Hills, New York, Miami and Malibu followed, each becoming a celebrity hangout.
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Sep 26, 2016

It's official: North Las Vegas Cracker Barrel to open at 6 a.m. Oct. 24. 2815 E. Craig Road.

Aug 01, 2016

Cracker Barrel North Las Vegas opening pushed back to mid- to late October.

Jul 21, 2016

Black Bear Diner to open third valley location 6 a.m. July 27 at 8565 W. Sahara Ave.

Jul 15, 2016

Offshoot of Truckee landmark Squeeze In opens at 5165 S. Fort Apache Road, promising "best omelets on the planet."

Jul 14, 2016

Kneaders changes opening at 7100 W. Craig Road to 4:30 p.m. today. Still free french toast to first 100 Friday and Saturday.

Jul 14, 2016

Kneaders opens second valley bakery cafe 4:30 p.m. Friday, 7100 W. Craig Road. Free cinnamon french toast to first 100 Friday and Saturday.

Jul 01, 2016

BarMasa and Tetsu Teppan Grill at Aria to close at 11 p.m. July 31.

Jul 01, 2016

The Beat coffee house to close on or before Sept. 30 to make way for Eureka!

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