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Eat & Drink: 2014 Best of Las Vegas results


AMERICAN NEW

Readers’ Pick:

SKINNYFATS

6261 Dean Martin Drive

Runner-up: Honey Salt

Our Pick:

SAGE

Aria

3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South

AMERICAN TRADITIONAL

Readers’ Pick:

RACHEL’S KITCHEN

Multiple locations

Runner-up: Kailyn’s Kitchen

Our Pick:

BLUEBERRY HILL

Multiple locations

BAKERY

Readers’ Pick:

FREED’S BAKERY

9815 S. Eastern Ave.

Readers have picked Freed’s in this category for … let’s see, how long? Just about as long as the Best of Las Vegas awards have existed, which isn’t quite as long as Freed’s has existed. Readers have long memories, and they clearly appreciate Freed’s for its commitment to quality that produces such fine cakes and pastries — especially, in a reflection of a trend, cupcakes. It’s a Piece of Cake finishes second.

Our Pick:

BOUCHON

The Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South

In Las Vegas, Bouchon Bakery opened as sort of a sidebar to Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro; 10 years later, the bakery’s products have proven so popular that there are three locations at The Venetian outside the restaurant — one right in the lobby, so those checking in can get their fix right away. And well, no wonder, with such treats as ultrabuttery brioche and croissants, the brownielike Chocolate Bouchons and the multihued macarons, with flavors that change with the season. They even have treats for Fido, like foie gras dog biscuits.

BARBECUE

Readers’ Pick:

FAMOUS DAVE’S

Multiple locations

Evidence that Dave’s has a winning formula lies, at its most basic, in the chain’s huge number of locations all over the country, including five in the Las Vegas Valley. And what we think readers like about Dave’s is not only the classic, award-winning barbecued ribs, but also such things as burnt ends, which were tough to find outside of Texas only a few years ago, and brisket burgers including Dave’s Favorite, with bacon and melted jack cheese. Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue rolls into second place.

Our Pick:

BIG ERN’S

Container Park

707 E. Fremont St.

Big Ern’s keeps it fairly simple, with a menu that’s limited to pulled pork or chicken, hot links and St. Louis-style ribs. But sometimes less is more, as it is in this case, because that means the meats get to cook low and slow, soaking up all of that smoky goodness. And, to be honest, we’re pretty fond of Big Ern’s potato salad and coleslaw, too.

BAR ALL-AROUND

Readers’ Pick:

JACKSON’S BAR AND GRILL

6020 W. Flamingo Road

Runner-up: Sagos Baja Tavern &Lounge

Our Pick:

PEPPERMILL

2985 Las Vegas Blvd. South

BAR FOOD

Readers’ Pick:

SAGOS BAJA TAVERN &LOUNGE

4790 S. Fort Apache Road

We’re guessing readers like Sagos’ creative menu and its sense of whimsy, like turning the classic Margherita pizza, which would have mozzarella, basil and tomatoes, into the Margarita, with mozzarella and tomato sauce but also Monterey Jack, queso fresco and oregano. Street tacos, roasted artichokes, coconut crab cakes and mahi mahi with mango butter sauce show how Sagos gives Mexican a tropical twist. Jackson’s Bar &Grill finishes second.

Our Pick:

PT’S GOLD, PUB &RANCH

Multiple locations

Just what’s on the menu depends a bit on whether you’re talking about a basic PT’s, PT’s Gold, PT’s Pub or PT’s Ranch. What they all have in common is variety, which ranges from classic bar food like a bucket o’wings (or party-sized bucket o’wings) or fingers or nuggets, to crispy thin-crust pizzas, a burger bonanza and such dishes as jambalaya, plus such monthly specials as St. PT’s Nachos. All of it’s good.

BRAZILIAN

Readers’ Pick:

TEXAS DE BRAZIL

Town Square

6533 Las Vegas Blvd. South

What do readers like about Texas de Brazil? We’d guess that, one, since it’s a chain, they know just what they’re getting, but also that what they’re getting is going to be meat, meat and more meat, which comes out of the kitchen in a continuous parade of gaucho-dressed servers, plus a salad bar of 50 to 60 items. Just in case, you know, you want something other than meat. Fogo de Chao is in second place.

Our Pick:

VIA BRASIL

1225 S. Fort Apache Road

The independently owned Via Brasil takes the art of rodizio/churrascaria to a whole new level with 18 meats, 16 side dishes and more than 35 options on the hot and cold buffet. But wait! There’s more, like happy hour from 5 p.m. to closing Mondays through Thursday and 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with small plates and salads starting at $3.50 and meats including the signature picanha sirloin available by the ounce.

BREAKFAST

Readers’ Pick:

STACKS AND YOLKS

7150 S. Durango Drive

Red velvet pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream cheese? Yes, please! Oh, sorry; we digressed, but come to think of it, that — and dishes like the amazing skillet specials — obviously is the kind of food that makes readers think Stacks and Yolks stacks up to the competition. And that’s no yolk. MTO Cafe finishes second.

Our Pick:

RISE &SHINE

10690 Southern Highlands Parkway

When a restaurant gives you a timer with your French-press coffee so you can let it steep to your liking, there’s clearly a commitment to quality, and at Rise &Shine that commitment extends well beyond coffee. The restaurant calls itself “a steak and egg place” and delivers with a half-dozen selections, but we go there for the homemade corned-beef hash, and sometimes for the Crunchy Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast.

BRITISH PUB

Readers’ Pick:

CROWN &ANCHOR

1350 E. Tropicana Ave.

Runners-up (tie): Cornish Pasty Co., English’s Quintessentially British Gastropub

Our Pick:

CROWN &ANCHOR

BRUNCH

Readers’ Pick:

FEAST BUFFET

Multiple locations

Many readers insist that brunch is among the best meal offerings at the Feast Buffets at various Station Casinos, which might explain why it was an overwhelming winner in this category. Made-to-order omelets are just the beginning; housemade pastries and other baked goods and a variety of fresh fruit are the building blocks. MTO Cafe finishes second.

Our Pick:

JAZZ BRUNCH, THE COUNTRY CLUB

Wynn Las Vegas

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South

We love to go to The Country Club’s Jazz Brunch for the jazz, but of course we’re also there for the food of New Orleans expatriate chef (and Commander’s Palace alum) Carlos Guia, with dishes such as a NOLA shrimp, crawfish and andouille gumbo, shrimp and grits or French toast bread pudding with candied pecans. And we can get our fill of the house-smoked andouille at the carving station, an opportunity that’s unique in Las Vegas.

CAFE

Readers’ Pick:

MATTEO’S GOURMET CAFE

2779 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson

Runner-up: MTO Cafe

Our Pick:

CAFE BELLAGIO

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

CAJUN/CREOLE

Readers’ Pick:

LOLA’S A LOUISIANA KITCHEN

241 W. Charleston Blvd.

Runner-up: Hot ‘n Juicy Crawfish

Our Pick:

LOLA’S: A LOUISIANA KITCHEN

CARIBBEAN/ JAMAICAN

Readers’ Pick:

BAHAMA BREEZE

375 Hughes Center Drive

Runner-up: DW Bistro

Our Pick:

JAMMIN’ JERK HUT

3333 S. Maryland Parkway

CATERING

Readers’ Pick:

MATTEO’S GOURMET FOOD SERVICE

2779 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson

Runner-up: Joe’s New York Pizza

Our Pick:

WILD TRUFFLES

7905 W. Sahara Ave.

CHICKEN WINGS

Readers’ Pick:

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

Multiple locations

Runner-up: Napoli Pizzeria

Our Pick:

TAP HOUSE

5589 W. Charleston Blvd.

CHINESE RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

P.F. CHANG’S

Multiple locations

P.F. Chang’s: Let us count the ways — or rather the times — you’ve won in this category, except that as journalists we usually don’t count that high. It’s no mystery why readers like P.F. Chang’s; its approachable cuisine is ever-changing (although such classics as Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Salt and Pepper Calamari tend to hang around), and it keeps up with the times, with specialty menus that help people with special dietary needs. Ping Pang Pong bounces into second place.

Our Pick:

JOYFUL HOUSE

4601 Spring Mountain Road

The existence of its Chinese-language website and that it’s not unusual to see an extended Chinese family dining together at Joyful House do a lot for the restaurant’s credibility. But we also like that Joyful House has a more elegant atmosphere than most local Chinese restaurants, and we love dishes like crispy fried curry puffs, imperial Peking duck, braised shark fin, abalone and a dazzling array of seafood including live lobsters and Dungeness crabs.

CIGAR SELECTION

Readers’ Pick:

ANDRE’S AT THE MONTE CARLO

3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Runner-up: La Casa Cigar Bar

Our Pick:

HAVANA CIGAR COMPANY

25 Via Brianza, Henderson 3900 Paradise Road

COFFEE/TEA

Readers’ Pick:

STARBUCKS

Multiple locations

When there’s a secret Starbucks (because it wasn’t an official sponsor) at the Olympic Village you know this is one heck of a popular brand, and no less so in the Las Vegas Valley, which has, if we’re counting right, upward of 100 locations. Oh, make that 101. Oh, 102. Coffee Bean &Tea Leaf brews up a second-place finish.

Our Pick:

LEONE CAFE

Tivoli Village

400 S. Rampart Blvd.

Leone Cafe may not be as elaborate and glitzy as some of the coffee houses in the general vicinity but that’s part of its charm; this is a place that’s small enough that it doesn’t take long until they really do know your name. It’s an island of serenity amid the bustling Tivoli Village and we like to stop in just for a latte, but salads, sandwiches, wraps and breakfast dishes also are part of the appeal.

CUBAN

Readers’ Pick:

FLORIDA CAFE

1401 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Runner-up: Havana Grill

Our Pick:

FLORIDA CAFE

CUPCAKES

Readers’ Pick:

SHOWBOY BAKE SHOP

2591 Anthem Village Drive, Henderson

Runner-up: Freed’s Bakery

Our Pick:

THE CUPCAKERY

Multiple locations

DELI

Readers’ Pick:

JASON’S DELI

Multiple locations

The extensive Best of Las Vegas staff thinks Jason’s longtime dominance in this category can be summed up in one word — muffaletta, which, while maybe not fresh from the Central Grocery in New Orleans, is the closest it gets in Southern Nevada. But, heck, we know our readers have diversified palates, and we figure those deli sandwiches, soups, salads and all the rest of it count heavily in Jason’s favor as well. Capriotti’s stacks up second.

Our Pick:

HARRIE’S BAGELMANIA

855 E. Twain Ave.

We never feel like chopped liver at Harrie’s. Well, sometimes we do, but that’s only when we don’t feel like corned beef. (Rimshot.) At Harrie’s, both are very special indeed. Then again, so are the bagels, perennially considered among the best in town. Add to that the piled-up-to-here sandwiches, salads and soups and the random grocery item (like matzoh bread), and you can see what we mean.

DESSERTS

Readers’ Pick:

FREED’S BAKERY

9815 S. Eastern Ave.

Cannoli. Eclairs. Lemon tarts. Cream puffs. Chocolate-covered strawberries. Parisian brownies. Fruit tarts. Napoleons. Mousse cups. Black Forest cakes. Florentine cheesecakes. Tiramisu. Strawberry shortcake. Blackout cake. Brownie cheesecake. Oh, yeah, readers; we totally see where this is going. And it’s good. It’s a Piece of Cake stacks up in second place.

Our Pick:

PATISSERIE JEAN PHILIPPE

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Aria

3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South

You’d think that the gigantic dark-, white- and milk-chocolate fountain at the original Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio would be impressive enough, but we think it’s surpassed by the amazing creations that are offered at the counter at both the Bellagio and Aria locations. There are pastries, and crepes and cookies and pretty much you name it — and ooh, la la!

DINER

Readers’ Pick:

BLACK BEAR DINER

6180 W. Tropicana Ave.

Well, lookee there; it won’t be hard for us to figure out what readers like about Black Bear Diner, because we’re pretty sure it’s the same things we like about Black Bear Diner. We like that it serves all of the diner favorites we like, like omelets and waffles and biscuits and gravy, and that portions of things like chicken-fried steak are so bearlike that they can carry us into lunch and dinner, too. Kailyn’s Kitchen cooks into second place.

Our Pick:

BLACK BEAR DINER

So, what else do we like about Black Bear Diner? Well, we love that it serves things we can get in few other local places, like linguica sausage and seven-grain granola-nut pancakes and chicken-apple sausage, and that it serves into the dinner hour, so if we haven’t gorged on that chicken-fried steak we can have one of their superlative burgers, or pot roast or a steak. Oh, and we love the cobbler and the bread pudding, too.

DIVE BAR

Readers’ Pick:

DISPENSARY LOUNGE

2451 E. Tropicana Ave.

What do readers like about the Dispensary Lounge? Well, our guess would start with its being a self-proclaimed dive bar; there’s something you have to love about that down-to-earth perspective. It’s been around since the ’70s, which says something about its dive-bar cred, and it promises “old-fashioned bar food” — most of it fresh from the fryer, and none of this frou-frou stuff — including a half-pound burger, plus fries, for $5.95. The Front Row Lounge finishes second.

Our Pick:

DINO’S

1516 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Dino’s appeal can be condensed to one word: karaoke. You won’t be surprised to hear we’re kind of shy, and when it comes to karaoke, the fun’s in the watching. And at Dino’s — at, say 4 a.m. (Thursdays through Saturdays) — there’s always somebody interesting, maybe even colorful, to watch.

DOUGHNUT

Readers’ Pick:

WINCHELL’S

Multiple locations

It isn’t hard for us to understand the appeal of Winchell’s, because it’s there for us, too: plump, ultrayeasty (except for the ones that are delicately cakey) doughnuts, subtly spiced, fresh from the fryer and graced with a sugar glaze or — better yet — a layer of sweet old-fashioned maple or chocolate icing. Pink Box Doughnuts finishes second.

Our Pick:

PINK BOX DOUGHNUTS

Multiple locations

The thing is, sometimes we want to break out of the classic, old-fashioned mold, and that’s where Pink Box and its Portlandia-reminiscent doughnuts come in. At Pink Box we can indulge in a plain glazed, to be sure, but we’re more likely to go with a Maple Bacon Bar or a Date With a Nutty Pig, which actually pairs bacon and dates. No wonder Pink Box has expanded so quickly to four locations.

DRAFT BEER

Readers’ Pick:

YARD HOUSE

Multiple locations

Runner-up: Ellis Island Casino and Brewery

Our Pick:

BIG DOG’S DRAFT HOUSE

4543 N. Rancho Drive

ETHIOPIAN

Readers’ Pick:

MERKATO ETHIOPIAN MARKET &CAFE

855 E. Twain Ave.

Runner-up: Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant &Market

Our Pick:

COTTAGE CAFE

4647 Paradise Road

FAMILY RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

OLIVE GARDEN

Multiple locations

Since we’re loyal to the red-sauce guy down the street we’re not quite as fond as readers are of Olive Garden, but there’s no mystery why they pick it in this category year after year. Olive Garden has a menu broad enough to please the whole family, it’s easy on the wallet, and with the company continually rolling out new features and specials — and quickly responding on the rare occasion something doesn’t work — the draw is obvious. Cheeburger Cheeburger flips into second place.

Our Pick:

HASH HOUSE A GO GO

Multiple locations

We know some people say they like the gargantuan portions at Hash House A Go Go but we like it for another reason, and that’s simply good food. With “twisted farm food” that includes sage fried chicken and griddled meatloaf with smoked mozzarella and roasted red peppers, there’s always something there to please everybody (and enough noise to camouflage the kids).

FILIPINO

Readers’ Pick:

NANAY GLORIA’S

5989 Spring Mountain Road

Runner-up: Full House BBQ

Our Pick:

PINOY PANAY

1217 E. Sahara Ave.

FINE DINING

Readers’ Pick:

TOP OF THE WORLD

Stratosphere

2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South

With a view like this — the entire valley, from more than 100 stories up, and moving in slow rotation — we see why readers would consider the Top of the World one of the high points of Las Vegas dining. Luckily, the food hits the heights, too, in dishes such as roast Kurobuta pork belly with chimichurri and orange gastrique, or Mexican prawns with New England scallops and lobster. Andre’s at the Monte Carlo finishes second.

Our Pick:

HUGO’S CELLAR

Four Queens

202 Fremont St.

When we think of fine dining we tend to think “old school,” and it doesn’t get more old school than Hugo’s. We like the vaguely cellarlike atmosphere, but mostly classic dishes like duckling anise flambe, the rolling salad cart and other tableside dishes like bananas Foster and cherries jubilee. The red roses for women and courtly service are just great reminders of a more genteel era.

FOOD TRUCK

Readers’ Pick:

THE HUMMUS FACTORY

www.Facebook.com/HummusFactory

Runner-up: Dragon Grille

Our Pick:

SLIDIN’ THRU

www.slidinthru.com

FRENCH

Readers’ Pick:

MON AMI GABI

Paris Las Vegas

3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Ah, heck, what’s not to like about Mon Ami Gabi? This is one of the best tables on the Strip (because it really is on the Strip if you sit on the patio), but we suspect readers also like the not-too-snooty approachable French cuisine that includes a dozen variations of steak frites, chilled seafood including oysters mignonette, classic beef bourguignon and steak tartare. Alize finishes second.

Our Pick:

ANDRE’S AT THE MONTE CARLO

Monte Carlo

3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South

We love French food, and we especially love it when it’s prepared by a Frenchman, as it is by Andre Rochat at Andre’s at the Monte Carlo. The atmosphere is elegant Continental but the food’s even better, with such dishes as pan-seared duck foie gras, classic lobster bisque and imported Dover sole.

FUSION

Readers’ Pick:

ZENSHIN

South Point

9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South

At first blush we think of Zenshin as more Japanese than fusion but we see where readers are going with this, with Zenshin serving such dishes as the Spicy Mexican specialty roll, eggplant fries and ahi tuna poke, which sit comfortably on the menu beside the tonkotsu ramen, nigiri and sashimi. Poppy Den finishes second.

Our Pick:

BACHI BURGER

470 E. Windmill Lane

9410 W. Sahara Ave.

Bachi Burger was one of the first accessible fusion restaurants in the valley and remains one of our favorites, for dishes such as the Banh Mi Burger, pork-belly steamed buns, oxtail fries and housemade pickled vegetables. And now that there’s a second location, it’s easier to get to than ever.

GAY BAR

Readers’ Pick:

THE PHOENIX BAR &LOUNGE

4213 W. Sahara Ave.

Runner-up: The Garage

Our Pick:

BADLANDS SALOON

953 E. Sahara Ave.

GERMAN

Readers’ Pick:

HOFBRAUHAUS

4510 Paradise Road

Runner-up: Cafe Berlin

Our Pick:

CAFE BERLIN

4850 W. Sunset Road

GREEK/ MEDITERRANEAN

Readers’ Pick:

MARKET GRILLE CAFE

7070 N. Durango Drive

7175 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

We’re not at all surprised that readers picked Market Grille Cafe in this category; we’ve seen the place grow in a tough economy from one counter-service spot to one counter-service (in a different location) and a sit-down restaurant. The appeal is a well-executed menu of such familiar dishes as saganaki and moussaka and lesser-known treats like the pomegranate chicken, which is not to be missed. Yassou Greek Grille opas into second place.

Our Pick:

MARKET GRILLE CAFE

See why we totally understand why readers are so fond of Market Grille Cafe? But here’s something else, in two words: Aphrodite’s Cheesecake. That’s all you have to remember. It’s a rich cheesecake with a baklavalike crust, and well, it’s truly spectacular. There’s a pumpkin version, too, if you really have no shame.

HAMBURGERS

Readers’ Pick:

IN-N-OUT BURGER

Multiple locations

No surprise here; when there are people all over the country bemoaning the fact that In-N-Out is a Western U.S. thing (let’s stop and be smug about that for a minute), it’s no surprise that our readers, who tend to see the big picture, would choose them in this category year in and year out. Besides, we think they like ordering from the secret menu. Wild Burger flips into second place.

Our Pick:

FIVE GUYS

Multiple locations

We like In-N-Out as well as the next guy, but not if the next guy is Five Guys, where the burgers just seem more indulgent. Maybe that’s not a good thing — we’ll admit to being horrified on looking up the nutritionals after a particularly appreciated bacon cheeseburger — but nobody ever said burgers were health food.

HAPPY HOUR

Readers’ Pick:

ZENSHIN

South Point

9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Zenshin may not have invented happy hour but they know how to do it right, with hours from 2 to 6 p.m. daily, longer than those at most other restaurants in the valley. And while they’re quaffing $5 specialty drinks and $2 draft Asahi, readers can fill up on sushi rolls priced at $3-$6, and pork-belly bao for $5. No wonder they’re happy. PT’s Pub finishes second.

Our Pick:

McCORMICK &SCHMICK’S

335 Hughes Center Drive

McCormick &Schmick’s didn’t invent happy hour, either, but the chain prides itself on providing a great one at every location. In Las Vegas, that works out to a $3.99 cheeseburger and fries, or $5.99 for Baja fish tacos, from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays in the restaurant’s very comfortable bar area. So we’re awfully happy, too.

HAWAIIAN

Readers’ Pick:

OHANA HAWAIIAN BBQ

7435 S. Eastern Ave.

Runner-up: Aloha Kitchen

Our Pick:

ALOHA KITCHEN

Multiple locations

HOT DOGS

Readers’ Pick:

PINK’S HOT DOGS

Planet Hollywood Resort

3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Pink’s dogs are just plain good, whether we’re talking about a classic chili dog (we’re guessing that’s a reader favorite) or even just a plain dog to be dressed at will. If we had to guess, though, we’d say there’s a pretty solid fan base for the Brooklyn Pastrami Swiss Cheese Dog and for the Guadalajara Dog, with relish, tomatoes, onions and sour cream. American Coney Island comes in just one slot short of top dog.

Our Pick:

PINK’S HOT DOGS

In Southern California, people line up around the block to partake of one of Pink’s Hot Dogs, but we’ve never seen the Planet Hollywood Resort location quite that busy. Which means that not only is this an exceptionally good hot-dog fix, it’s usually a quick one. And the Brooklyn Pastrami Swiss Cheese Dog is simply not to be missed.

ICE CREAM/ FROZEN YOGURT

Readers’ Pick:

BEN &JERRY’S

Multiple locations

Flavors like Hazed &Confused, a hazelnut-and-chocolate combination that we guess they didn’t want to call Nutella, plus classics like Cherry Garcia and Chubby Hubby are examples of the quality-meets-whimsy appeal that we think makes Ben &Jerry’s so popular with readers. Well, that and the butterfat content. Yogurtland swirls into second place.

Our Pick:

LUV-IT FROZEN CUSTARD

505 E. Oakey Blvd.

You might say we have a soft spot for Luv-It, which is practically an institution with R-J staffers over the years, but that would be not giving it due credit for the quality of its frozen custard. While we still like the classics like Malt Creme, we appreciate that Luv-It periodically adds new and/or seasonal flavors. Oh, and the Western Sundae? We definitely luv it.

INDIAN RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

TAJ PALACE

9530 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson

This is one of the most serene restaurants we’ve ever seen in a suburban strip-center location, so it’s no wonder readers love it. Well, that plus the polished service and dishes such as spicy coconut curry, shrimp tandoori and a great selection of vegetarian options. Bombay Indian Cuisine finishes second.

Our Pick:

MOUNT EVEREST

3641 W. Sahara Ave.

You know how sometimes a dish is so good it just haunts you? That’s the case with Mount Everest’s Palak Paneer, a deceptively simple dish of housemade cheese (that’s the paneer) with spinach and herbs that is nothing short of nirvana. Which is not to fault the rest of the food; we love to indulge at the lunch buffet, when we can get a great variety.

ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

TERRA ROSA

Red Rock Resort

11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

Terra Rosa has long been one of the most popular restaurants at Red Rock Resort — and with Best of Las Vegas voters — and for good reason. The menu mixes classics like spaghetti Bolognese, lasagna and osso buco with things like branzino with cherry tomatoes and asparagus, and the nightly pasta special is a great deal. Streets of New York finishes second.

Our Pick:

GAETANO’S

10271 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson

We love the atmosphere at Gaetano’s, which feels more like it’s in a luxury resort than in a strip shopping center, but we also love the food, like the hearty Bolognese sauce with hearty rigatoni, and the osso buco that’s nothing short of sublime. And we especially love the personal touches that come from the restaurant’s owners, who greet every customer.

JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

HACHI

Red Rock Resort

11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

Well, we’d like to tell you what readers like about Hachi (we suspect it had something to do with its extensive selection of sushi rolls and its creative cocktail menu), but Station Casinos closed it early this year. But since Best of Las Vegas covers things that happened in 2013, we include it as a sort of In Memoriam. It’s survived by Zenshin, which finishes second.

Our Pick:

ZENSHIN

South Point

9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South

If you read the fusion category that preceded this by a whole bunch you know that while readers think of Zenshin as fusion we think of it as Japanese, which is why we chose it in this category. We’ll admit that it’s pretty fusion-y, though, since our favorite dishes there include the 8 Second Bull Ride roll, which is snow crab, avocado and tempura asparagus topped with seared Wagyu. Still, we can fill up on sashimi if we want.

KOREAN RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

TOFU HUT

3920 Spring Mountain Road

We’re pretty sure what readers like about Tofu Hut extends well beyond tofu. Not that we have anything against tofu, but we think Tofu Hut’s main claim to fame is its all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue, with favorites like brisket, pork belly, tongue and rib-eye. Jun’s Korean Restaurant is in second place.

Our Pick:

JIN MEE KOREAN BBQ

953 E. Sahara Ave.

We like Jin Mee because the portions are generous, the staff isn’t shy about telling you that one dish is better than another when listing the specials and every now and then they include a little something extra, like orange slices for dessert. And there’s a good variety of banchan, those little dishes that start the meal. Jin Mee is no frills, but it does some things very, very well.

LATIN

Readers’ Pick:

VIVA LAS AREPAS

1616 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Runner-up: Mundo

Our Pick:

MI PERU

1450 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson

MALAYSIAN

Readers’ Pick:

SATAY THAI BISTRO

3900 Paradise Road

Runner-up: Island Malaysian Cuisine

Our Pick:

ISLAND MALAYSIAN CUISINE

5115 Spring Mountain Road

MARGARITA

Readers’ Pick:

NACHO DADDY

9925 S. Eastern Ave.

Runner-up: Lindo Michoacan

Our Pick:

DONA MARIA’S

910 Las Vegas Blvd. South

3205 N. Tenaya Way

MARTINI

Readers’ Pick:

BLUE MARTINI

Town Square

6593 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Runner-up: Level 107 Lounge

Our Pick:

TOMMY BAHAMA’S

Town Square

6635 Las Vegas Blvd. South

MEAL FOR LESS THAN $10

Readers’ Pick:

CAPRIOTTI’S

Multiple locations

We have no problem figuring out what readers like about Capriotti’s: Their subs are not only delicious but also overstuffed, which means you can spend less than $10 on one and it’ll keep you satisfied for a long time, which kind of is the whole point of a bargain meal. Custom Built Pizza takes second place.

Our Pick:

KOMEX EXPRESS

633 N. Decatur Blvd.

4155 S. Buffalo Drive

We love Komex for the Korean-Mexican fusion — bulgogi nachos, anyone? — but also for the fact that we can get Korean or we can get Mexican if we don’t feel like a combination of the two. But what we like best is that we can do it all on a budget. And now that there are two Komex locations, it’s easier to get to.

MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

LINDO MICHOACAN

Multiple locations

Lindo Michoacan has long dominated in this category. If you ask a Michoacan native, they’re likely to tell you that’s because the best cooks hail from that region. Whether or not that’s true, all three locations of Lindo Michoacan have awfully good food. Taco Y Taco Mexican Eatery spices up second place.

Our Pick:

EL SOMBRERO

807 S. Main St.

Well, well, well. After 66 years in business — and all of it in the same family — El Sombrero is planning to close, shutting its doors the last week of April. It’s the end of an era, and the end of some awfully good enchiladas, chile rellenos, salsas and everything else. We’ll miss it all, but no more than we’ll miss Teresa’s smiling face at lunch.

MICROBREWERY

Readers’ Pick:

BARLEY’S BREWING

4500 E. Sunset Road, Henderson

We used to feel kind of sorry for Barley’s, all alone in what was a nearly deserted shopping center, but it seems that readers didn’t have a problem finding it. And with the renewed theaters nearby, we figure they’ll be stopping in even more often for a Blue Diamond or a Black Mountain to go with their burger, or steak, or wood-fired pizza. Ellis Island Casino &Brewery finishes a heady second.

Our Pick:

TRIPLE 7

Main Street Station

200 N. Main St.

Do we go to a microbrewery for the brews or for the food? When the microbrewery is Triple 7 we’ll admit to having a real soft spot for their Royal Red Lager and their Blackchip Porter, but we also love the sushi, the burgers, the pizzas and those salads in the tostada shells. So, we guess the brew-to-food thing is a tossup.

MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

KHOURY’S

6115 S. Fort Apache Road

The appeal of Khoury’s sure is easy to figure out; we don’t know about readers, but we can spend a pretty pleasant evening beginning with the House Mezze Platter with its baba ghanoush and labni and falafel and on and on (and on), and wash it down with a pitcher of delicious (and potent) sangria. Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe finishes second.

Our Pick:

JERUSALEM GRILL

4825 W. Flamingo Road

What we like best about Jerusalem Grill starts with the warm seasoned chick peas that are served before dinner and continues on to dishes we don’t normally find in Middle Eastern restaurants in Las Vegas, like hummus with mushrooms or shawarma, a plate of grilled tomatoes and onions and Moroccan cigars, which come in either potato or meat. You may think a cigar is just a cigar, but at Jerusalem Grill, it’s so much more.

MIXOLOGIST

Readers’ Pick:

ECHO &RIG

Tivoli Village

440 S. Rampart Blvd.

Runner-up: Herbs &Rye

Our Pick:

WYNN LAS VEGAS AND ENCORE

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South

NEW RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

SKINNYFATS

6261 Dean Martin Drive

Yeah, it’s not real hard to figure out what readers like about Skinnyfats. The Healthy Breakfast menu, for example, lists dishes such as 3 Healthy Chicks, with three egg whites, turkey bacon, nine-grain toast and fruit. But then there’s the Happy Breakfast, with such dishes as Drunken Monkey Cakes, buttermilk pancakes with maple-glazed bananas, graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate and applewood bacon. There truly is something for everyone. Echo &Rig finishes second.

Our Pick:

LA COMIDA

100 Sixth St.

La Comida’s menu may be a little more specific — updated Mexican, in a nutshell — but that’s fine with us, because what’s there is both creative and high in quality. In a rustic, Baja-reminiscent atmosphere, we can feast on such dishes as Tostada de Atun, a tostada topped with raw ahi tuna, red onions and microgreens, or amazing fish tacos with the fish served either grilled or fried. And with a big selection of specialty margaritas, it would be hard to go wrong here.

NOODLES

Readers’ Pick:

MONTA RAMEN

5030 Spring Mountain Road

9310 S. Eastern Ave.

Runner-Up: 28GO

Our Pick:

NOODLES

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

PIZZA

Readers’ Pick:

VILLA PIZZA

Multiple locations

What do readers love about Villa Pizza? Well, it might have something to do with convenience, since Villa has 10 locations around the valley, with some at shopping centers and the airport. And readers can get thin-crust Neapolitan, thick-crust Sicilian and even stuffed pizza, with top and bottom crusts. Metro Pizza is in saucy second place.

Our Pick:

SETTEBELLO

140 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson

9350 W. Sahara Ave.

While we like all kinds of pizza, we admire Settebello for its rigid adherence to the traditions of the Neapolitan pizzamakers who invented the pie. And besides, we think their pizzas, such as the namesake with its crushed tomato, pancetta, wood-oven sausage, roasted mushrooms, toasted pine nuts, mozzarella and basil, are awfully good. And now there are locations on both sides of the valley.

PIZZA DELIVERY

Readers’ Pick:

STREETS OF NEW YORK

7570 Norman Rockwell Lane

5135 S. Fort Apache Road

Runner-up: Joe’s New York Pizza

Our Pick:

EAST SIDE PIZZA

1000 S. Rampart Blvd.

POWER LUNCH

Readers’ Pick (tie):

MUNDO

495 S. Grand Central Parkway

and TRIPLE GEORGE GRILL

201 N. Third St.

It isn’t difficult to figure out where the power-lunchers lunch, since it tends to be near the corridors of power. It makes sense, then, that readers would pick two locations in or near downtown, Mundo with its “Latin chic” cuisine and Triple George with its San Francisco steak-and-seafood vibe. And we figure it’s no coincidence that both restaurants have a lot of little private areas where the powerful can wield their power.

Our Pick:

MUNDO

We tend to gravitate to Mundo when we’re reporting (read: eavesdropping) on the powerful, in part because its off-the-beaten-path location (except when The Smith Center has a performance) tends to make it less crowded, but mostly because of dishes such as the rock shrimp tacos and the Sarape de Pollo. And there’s a vegetarian menu, for the more conscientious among us.

RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW

Readers’ Pick:

TOP OF THE WORLD

Stratosphere

2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South

We sure wouldn’t argue with readers on this one; there’s no disputing that the Top of the World, more than 100 stories above the Las Vegas Valley, has an unparalleled view, which is even better since the restaurant slowly rotates, making one revolution in about an hour. And with dishes like surf and turf gnocchi with lobster and braised short ribs, there’s a lot to look at on the plate, too. View Wine Bar &Kitchen is in second place.

Our Pick:

EIFFEL TOWER RESTAURANT

Paris Las Vegas

3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South

We love view restaurants but we like our views to be soothing, and the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, with its stellar vista of the Bellagio fountains (especially if you ask for a table along the front of the restaurant), has soothing views that are hard to top. We also like that the Eiffel Tower Restaurant isn’t sooooo high as to leave us guessing at some of the landmarks.

RUSSIAN

Readers’ Pick:

RED SQUARE

Mandalay Bay

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Runner-up: Tverskaya

Our Pick:

RED SQUARE

SCOTCH SELECTION

Readers’ Pick:

RI RA IRISH PUB

Mandalay Place

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Runner-up: Double Helix

Our Pick:

STRIPSTEAK

Mandalay Bay

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

JOE’S CRAB SHACK

4250 E. Sunset Road, Henderson

1991 N. Rainbow Blvd.

Readers clearly like to keep it simple when it comes to seafood: Instead of froufrou stuff like diver scallops and line-caught whatever, they’re looking for Buckets of Crab and Shrimp &Lots of It, both of which Joe’s promises. And since Joe’s broadens its appeal with both a kids’ menu and a gluten-free menu, we’d be the last people to argue. Red Lobster sees food differently from second place.

Our Pick:

BARTOLOTTA RISTORANTE DI MARE

Wynn Las Vegas

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Well, OK. We may not seem like the type to like that froufrou stuff, but we admit to absolutely loving it now and then. And what better place to love it than at Bartolotta, which imports its fish from the Mediterranean, protecting it along the way with a LoJack-style fish-minder system? It’s tough to beat Bartolotta’s whole fish, roasted with herbs and carved tableside.

SHAVED ICE

Readers’ Pick:

FROST BITE SHAVED ICE

2200 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson

7235 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Runner-up: Purple Penguin Snowcone Shack

Our Pick:

SNO SHACK

Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet

1717 S. Decatur Blvd.

SIGNATURE DRINKS

Readers’ Pick:

ATOMIC LIQUORS

917 Fremont St.

Considering that Atomic Liquors, founded in 1952 and recently given new life by a team of downtown investors, can claim to being a place where the Rat Pack and the Smothers Brothers drank, are readers just waxing nostalgic by choosing it in this category? We don’t think so; we think they’re motivated by those signature Atomic Cocktails that may pack more punch than the Atomic Test Site ever did. Poppy Den finishes second.

Our Pick:

FRANKIE’S TIKI ROOM

1712 W. Charleston Blvd.

We love the tiki kitsch of Frankie’s, but what we especially love is the wide variety of signature cocktails, many of them concocted by Frankie’s resident mixologists. Whether we get them in a custom tiki mug or a plain ol’ bar glass, we have a lot of love for the Malekula, the Wild Watusi and the Ninth Island.

SINGLES BAR

Readers’ Pick:

STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY

Town Square

6611 Las Vegas Blvd. South

True story: We know somebody who once met a now-famous country star at Stoney’s. No, they didn’t end up married, or even dating, but still, we can see the potential, and we think readers can, too. Besides, when there’s all that boot-scootin-boogieing going on and people are having so much fun, it just seems natural that they’d end up linking up. Rockhouse finishes second.

Our Pick:

BLUE MARTINI

Town Square

6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South

We don’t hang out at singles bars regularly, but sometimes when we go to the movies at Town Square, we stop in at Blue Martini for, well, a martini, and we have observed the local wildlife in action. We noticed a lot of meet-and-greets, and it seemed that some of them were successful. So there you are.

SMOOTHIE

Readers’ Pick:

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE

Multiple locations

Runner-up: Skinnyfats

Our Pick:

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE

SNACKS

Readers’ Pick:

POPPED

9480 S. Eastern Ave.

Town Square, 6649 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Runner-up: 7-Eleven

Our Pick:

LA CREPERIE

Paris Las Vegas

3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South

SOUL FOOD/SOUTHERN

Readers’ Pick:

ROLLIN’ SMOKE BARBECUE

3185 Highland Drive

Barbecue isn’t strictly Southern but it always seems to be rooted in those parts (well, except for Kansas City-style), so it makes sense that readers would choose Rollin’ Smoke in this category. It also makes sense that they’d choose them because Rollin’ Smoke’s brisket — and pork, and ribs, and pretty much everything else — has long-steeped flavor that’s just good for the soul. M&M Soul Food finishes second.

Our Pick:

SOUL FOOD CAFE

7320 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Mmm … hot-water cornbread, and chicken with ultracrispy skin that’s so moist the juices stream out when we poke it with a knife; if that’s not food for the soul, we don’t know what is. Add fantastic grilled (or smothered, or fried) pork chops and yams with enough honey and cinnamon to make us think of Mama’s Thanksgiving, and we think you understand what we’re talking about.

SPORTS BAR

Readers’ Pick:

SAGOS BAJA TAVERN &LOUNGE

4790 S. Fort Apache Road

We already told you we get what readers like about Sagos’ food, but holy moly, have you seen the video screens that line the place? There are some absolutely humongous ones, and they’re surrounded by a whole bunch of smaller ones. Sitting near those, it’s nearly impossible to miss any of the action. PT’s Pub finishes second.

Our Pick:

LAGASSE’S STADIUM

Palazzo

3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Well, sure, we like Lagasse’s Stadium because they serve Emeril’s food (Emeril’s New Orleans BBQ Shrimp is great game-waching grub) but Lagasse’s Stadium offers plenty more for the sports lover, in the form of 100 video screens (and talk about huge screens …) With tiered seating on comfy couches with loads of throw pillows, this is way better than watching at home.

STEAKHOUSE

Readers’ Pick:

T-BONES CHOPHOUSE

Red Rock Resort

11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

We figure one of the things readers like about T-bones has to be the view; it has a wall of windows overlooking the very scenic pool area at Red Rock Resort, which just makes us feel all serene and everything. Though with a menu of such classics as oysters mignonette or big eye tuna poke, and tableside Chateaubriand or John Dory with grilled fennel, we don’t know how much time they spend looking outside. Echo &Rig finishes second.

Our Pick:

PRIME STEAKHOUSE

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South

To us, Prime is the epitome of the modern steakhouse. There’s the plush seating, but it’s in an updated blue-and-burgundy color palette, and the menu of classic steaks and chops is accompanied by things like gnocchi with mushroom-truffle fondue. And, well, talk about a view; watching the Bellagio fountains certainly puts the icing on the cake.

STIFF DRINKS

Readers’ Pick:

ATOMIC LIQUORS

917 Fremont St.

Runner-up: Rockhouse

Our Pick:

ATOMIC LIQUORS

SUB SANDWICH

Readers’ Pick:

CAPRIOTTI’S

Multiple locations

Readers pick Capriotti’s in this category year after year, and it’s no mystery to us; we love Capriotti’s, too. Whether they go for the Thanksgiving-on-a-bun Bobbie or the joys of the Capastrami — or any of a number of traditional choices, and vegetarian ones, too — Capriotti’s comes through. Subway finishes second.

Our Pick:

BROADWAY PIZZERIA

840 S. Rancho Drive

Two words: pepper and egg (well, OK, that’s three words, but two that are vital). Every now and then we get an almost irresistible craving for this old-favorite Italian sandwich, and when we do, we turn to Broadway Pizzeria, which makes a perfect one, with soft, pungent peppers and fluffy scrambled eggs. They have other great sandwiches, too, but you really should try the pepper and egg.

SUSHI

Readers’ Pick:

ISLAND SUSHI &GRILL

Plaza

1 Main St.

9400 S. Eastern Ave.

Readers may be showing some local-boy loyalty with this vote since Island Sushi is from longtime local chef Terence Fong, but more than likely, they just like the sushi. There’s plenty of straightforward nigiri and sashimi, but if they’re feeling adventurous or fusiony, they can also get rolls like the Big Island, with shrimp tempura, crab, cream cheese, ahi and avocado ponzu, or even a Spam roll, with tamago and furikake. I Love Sushi rolls into second place.

Our Pick:

I LOVE SUSHI

11041 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson

We love sushi, and when we get a sushi jones we head to I Love Sushi, a big barn of a place with tons of sushi chefs and enough servers to ensure that the food keeps coming. Among our favorites are the Screaming Orgasm, which pretty much lives up to its name, as well as the Crunchy Roll and the Rainbow Roll. And the Washington Roll. And …

TACOS

Readers’ Pick:

ABUELA’S TACOS

4225 E. Sahara Ave.

What do readers like about Abuela’s Tacos? Seriously? You have to ask? Who wouldn’t like tacos that remind them of their grandmother’s tacos? OK, so we think the made-to-order tortillas might have a little something to do with it, too, as well as the mellow, deeply flavored carne asada, and the barbacoa, a house specialty. Taco Y Taco Mexican Eatery finishes second.

Our Pick:

TACOS EL GORDO

1724 E. Charleston Blvd.

3049 Las Vegas Blvd. South

What do we like about Tacos El Gordo? Well, they have tons of personality — extremely close to street tacos, and that’s a good thing. (And it makes sense, considering they’re based in Baja California.) We like the crispy, crunchy tortilla enfolding the moist, perfectly seasoned meats, especially the (pork) abodabo and the (beef) asada. With horchata to wash it down, this just may be the perfect meal.

TAPAS

Readers’ Pick:

FIREFLY

Multiple locations

Doesn’t surprise us at all that readers would choose Firefly. Yes, there was an unfortunate spate of food-borne illness at the original flagship last year, but with the other two locations unaffected and the flagship relocated, it appears that both Firefly and Best of Las Vegas voters have moved on. No wonder, with bacon-wrapped stuffed dates (not to mention the manchego and Serrano) like these. Nosh &Swig finishes second.

Our Pick:

KYARA JAPANESE TACOS

6555 S. Jones Blvd.

We love that most local tapas places have gone multinational, branching out significantly from the original classics that characterize the little dishes of Spain, but we think few places are more creative than Kyara, which, as the name makes clear, puts a Japanese spin on things. Plus, the bacon-wrapped asparagus and agedashi tofu are nothing short of amazing.

TEQUILA SELECTION

Readers’ Pick:

CANTINA LAREDO

Tivoli Village

440 S. Rampart Blvd.

Runner-up: Lindo Michoacan

Our Pick:

TACOS &TEQUILA

Luxor

3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South

THAI RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

PIN KAOW

Multiple locations

Pin Kaow is easy to love because its interiors are nothing short of beautiful. But we also figure readers like it for the classic dishes, like larb and Panang curry and pad Thai and tom ka kai, and also for dishes like Thai duck salad and the colorfully named Crying Tiger Beef and Hell Curry. Archi’s Thai — Kitchen, Bistro and Cafe — finishes second.

Our Pick:

NAGA THAI

76 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson

Naga Thai serves a lot of dishes we can’t get at most Thai restaurants in town, which is the No. 1 thing we like about it. Those would include the Miang Khum, which translates to “eating many things in one bite” and which involves spinach leaves and seven items that can be layered into them at will. And where else can we get Salad Rolls, which are vegetables, noodles and tofu rolled sushi-style?

VEGETARIAN/ VEGAN

Readers’ Pick:

GARDEN GRILL

Fresh 52 farmer’s markets

Multiple locations

We’ll admit to never having experienced the Garden Grill, which is at the fresh 52 farmers’ markets in three locations within the valley, but we can totally understand why readers like it, with dishes like beer-battered mushrooms, jackfruit tacos and beer-battered avocado tacos. At this rate, they’re going to give vegan food a good name. Bronze Cafe finishes second.

Our Pick:

BRONZE CAFE

The Center

401 S. Maryland Parkway

The Bronze Cafe isn’t a vegan or even vegetarian restaurant per se — not with a sandwich like the LGBTQ (a BLT with not only maple-glazed bacon but also bacon jam) on the menu — but they have plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes for those who adhere to those diets and those of us who might just be in the mood. And with dishes like the Tree of Life sandwich, with roasted red pepper, avocado, tomato, mixed greens, mango-cilantro ginger vinaigrette and housemade pickled onions, even carnivores can get in the mood.

VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

Readers’ Pick:

PHO KIM LONG

4029 W. Spring Mountain Road

Well, sure, readers like the name; those who know how to produce pho usually giggle at least a little bit once they get over the shock. But we also think they like it because the pho is just really good, like the Pho Tai Chin, also known as rare steak and brisket noodle soup, which you can pile high with the vast assortment of vegetables that are brought to the table. The Viet Bistro finishes second.

Our Pick:

HUE THAI

5115 Spring Mountain Road

A restaurant with “Thai” in the name is our pick for best Vietnamese? Well, if you remember your Vietnamese history, Hue is the name of a major city in Vietnam. And anyway, we think Hue Thai’s Vietnamese food is better than its Thai food, especially the banh mi, with amazingly fresh, crisp-crusted bread, packed with meats and vegetables.

WHISKEY/ BOURBON SELECTION

Readers’ Pick:

DOUBLE HELIX

Multiple locations

Runner-up: Andre’s at the Monte Carlo

Our Pick:

WHISKEY ATTIC

4700 S. Maryland Parkway

WINE LIST

Readers’ Pick:

T-BONES CHOPHOUSE

Red Rock Resort

11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

We already understood why Best of Las Vegas voters liked T-bones as a steakhouse, but here’s a further clue to its popularity: its wine list. It may not be the biggest wine list in town, and it may not be housed in a fancy tower with comely fairies fetching it, but it’s reasonably deep, well varied and pretty well-priced. Mezzo Bistro uncorks a second-place finish.

Our Pick:

AUREOLE

Mandalay Bay

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Ummm, what were we saying about fancy towers and comely fetching fairies? Yeah, we’ll admit that we’re highly entertained by the winejinks at Aureole, but we also have a great deal of respect for the depth and breadth of this wine collection, and the 3,200-bottle touch-screen wine list.