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<p>The &amp;#8220;5 napkin burger&amp;#8221; is shown at the Divine Cafe at 6380 S. Valley View Blvd. in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.</p>

BIG, SLOPPY, MESSY AND LOADED!

Oct 09, 2013 10:10am
“This burger does not belong in this restaurant.” That’s all I could think as I dug into the 5 napkin burger ($9.50) at Divine Café. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a damn fine burger. It’s big, sloppy,...
<p>Kim Canteenwalla</p>

WORTH THE EXTRA CASH FOR LIB FOOD CRAWL

Oct 03, 2013 7:10am
If you want a real taste of how beautiful life in Las Vegas can be, sign up for one, or both, days of the Culinary Crawl at the Life Is Beautiful festival Oct. 26-27. Since this takes place within...
The Goat Taco is shown at Naked City Pizza at 3240 Arville St. in Las Vegas on Monday, Sept. 22, 2013. Mexican food is being served at the pizzeria on what the owners call &amp;quot;Desnudo Tuesdays&amp;quot; prior to the scheduled opening of the Desnudo Taco shop in November. (Bill Hughes/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

INSIDER TACOS

Oct 03, 2013 10:10am
As a critic, it’s always a dilemma how long one should wait before reviewing a restaurant. You want to be the first to explore a new spot, but you also want to give it time to work out the kinks. It...
Jolene Manina

PRE-FEST GRILLA-PALOOZA

Sep 19, 2013 9:09am
Before Life Is Beautiful officially kicks off, the festival’s culinary crew will throw a pre-party called Grills and Guitars on Friday, Oct. 25. Set for an undisclosed downtown location, the event...
The Spicy Pork Tacos are shown at Tacos El Gordo at 1724 E. Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas on Monday Sept. 16, 2013.

TACOS TO THE RESCUE

Sep 19, 2013 9:09am
Fate can be interesting. Most weeks, for example, I choose the restaurant I’m going to review. This week, it fell into my lap — with an unexpected disappointment providing me the chance to discuss a...

PIZZA: YES, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE!

Sep 12, 2013 3:09pm
Shawn McClain is one of my favorite chefs in Las Vegas. The food at his Aria restaurant Sage is as delicious as the restaurant is beautiful, making it one of my favorite places to celebrate special...
<p>Bulgogi Beef Sliders are shown at 9 On the Plate Korean Bistro</p>

OLD AND NEW

Sep 05, 2013 10:09am
Traditional vs. modern — it’s an argument foodies have probably been having for centuries, particular with regard to ethnic cooking. Is it a chef’s responsibility to faithfully recreate recipes the...
<p>Mont Blanc Chestnuts with Chestnut Cream are shown at Sweets Raku at 5040 Spring Mountain Road on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (Bill Hughes/Las Vegas Review-Journal)</p>

Straight to dessert

Sep 05, 2013 9:09am
At the risk of offending Las Vegas’ many brilliant pastry chefs, I’m not big on dessert, at least in the realm of fine dining. Dinner at one of Las Vegas’ top restaurants usually includes so many...
<p>Bartender Melissa Ridenour pours a Balls to the Wall, made from Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and Angry Orchard Hard Cider, at Aces and Ales at 3740 S. Nellis Blvd. in Las Vegas on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (Bill Hughes/Las Vegas Review-Journal)</p>

Beer cocktails!

Sep 05, 2013 9:09am
Beer usually stands alone. You might stick in a lemon or lime wedge or pour a shot alongside it, but that’s about all. However, as brewing and its products become more polished and unique, it’s...
<p>The Kalua Pig Tacos with guacamole and roasted corn are shown at Braddah&amp;#8217;s Island Style Burritos, Bowls and Tacos at 2330 S. Rainbow Blvd. on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (Photo by Bill Hughes)</p>

Dining: Hawaiian glaze

Aug 28, 2013 3:08pm
Sure, fast food sucks. But every once in a while you want to walk up to a counter, and walk away a few minutes later with a meal and change for a $10. It would help if it was something a little more...

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