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

5 spots in Las Vegas to toast National Tequila Day on Sunday

reviewjournal.com — Vintner Grill Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and Zapopan 100 percent Blue Agave blanco tequila are mixed with fresh lime juice and garnished with an orange wedge, $12. Jalapeno margarita Pancho's Mexican Restaurant, Downtown Summerlin Sliced jalapenos and a Tajin-powder rim add fire to a combination of Zarco Silver tequila, house-made margarita mix and triple sec, $10.25.

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

reviewjournal.com — Take your honey out for some honey - or a number of other seasonal specialties at Nove Italiano at the Palms through Aug. 31. In addition to the Sardinian-style fregola seafood paella-style pictured (the pearl-shaped pasta with white sea bass, littleneck clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, 'nduja sausage and saffron tomatoes), $38, they include a fresh fruit and cheese board (Gruyere, aged Gouda, Port Salut, pistachio mascarpone, strawberries, grapes, pear Gorgonzola gelato and honey), $16.

DB Brasserie celebrates stone fruit with special menu

reviewjournal.com — The glories of stone fruit are being celebrated with a special menu from Monday through July 31 at DB Brasserie at The Venetian. The four-course menu plus shared plates, with such dishes as blue cheese and nectarine flatbread and pork blade with grilled peaches, is $60, plus tax and tip.

New Mexico fare, Santa Maria-style barbecue are a winning combination

reviewjournal.com — The recession brought a lot of changes to the face of dining in Las Vegas, many of which have stuck around as things gradually get back to normal. Fine dining began to fall out of favor as we found ourselves with less money and time.

Search for ‘perfect’ chile relleno leads to several suggestions

reviewjournal.com — I love a good chile relleno and recently had a good one - the outer shell slightly crisp, light and puffy, with a just-done-enough pepper and lots of oozy cheese - for lunch at Casa Don Juan at 1204 S. Main St. downtown; there's another Casa Don Juan at 1780 N.

The long wait for Cracker Barrel in Las Vegas is almost over

reviewjournal.com — Lori Orchow Haney won't be heading to work next Monday morning. She's already arranged to take the day off for a very special trip: heading to the Cracker Barrel restaurant at the Silverton to be there on opening day.

Capriotti’s offering BBQ Chick sandwich for limited time

reviewjournal.com — Here's something we haven't seen for a few years: a limited-time sandwich from Capriotti's. It's the BBQ Chick, made with grilled chicken, melted Provolone, cole slaw and barbecue sauce, and it's available only through the end of July.

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

reviewjournal.com — Yeah, this is something you wouldn't want to undertake on a date - or, really, when anybody else is watching. It's the Smorgasbird, the July sandwich of the month at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken in Downtown Summerlin.

Poutine in Pawn Plaza makes for an only-in-Vegas experience

reviewjournal.com — One of my "only-in-Vegas" memories dates to a few years ago. It was after it had become clear that people from all over the world would stand in line in the heat just to glimpse members of the "Pawn Stars" TV show at their Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on a somewhat less tourist-friendly part of Las Vegas Boulevard.

5 spots in Las Vegas to celebrate National Ice Cream Month

reviewjournal.com — This is National Ice Cream Month, so why not chill with one of these? Olive oil gelato Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria, Grand Canal Shoppes Light and fluffy and made with olive oil for a balance of sweet and salty, the gelato is $12 for three scoops of one or more flavors, which also include espresso, salted caramel and pistachio.
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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!

Jul 01, 2016

The Hubert Keller Burger at Burger Bar, Mandalay Place, among The Daily Meal's America's 15 Best Burgers.

Jun 30, 2016

Mermaids is closed, but Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo is serving deep-fried Twinkies, with raspberry batter and chocolate sauce.

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