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Jim Begley

Jim Begley is an avid food lover who began writing about his Las Vegas dining adventures to defray his obscene restaurant spending. Follow Jim on Twitter: @splurgemonkey.

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  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    You call it a hoagie or a hero or a sub. These guys call it a grinder. It's delicious by any name.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    The Chicago original is known for a very loud style of customer service. At the local version, it's straight-up Vegas hospitality.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Las Vegas is a hotbed of creative Japanese cuisine, and Cocokala is a welcome addition.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    The mind of a chef is a dangerously delicious place to get lost.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Cool and accessible with a creative, comfy menu, Carson Kitchen is destined to be a Downtown hit.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    Bacon-wrapped meatloaf with a Belgian Moinette Brune strong ale? Beer for the win!

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    It looks like a typical neighborhood gaming bar, but it doesn't taste like one.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    Which will you prefer, brick-oven pies at Flour & Barley or build-your-own pizzas at 800 Degrees?

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    The Grand Tasting is still the centerpiece of this annual fantastic foodfest, but there were coma-inducing delights to be had throughout the weekend.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    With its obvious ties to Macau, Las Vegas was due for a great Portuguese restaurant.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Most local Korean joints specialize in barbecue, but Q diversifies with fried chicken, pizza and more.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    The creativity and innovation behind the latest Cosmopolitan venue extends to its food.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    The Big Easy has reached Vegas. Get ready for light and flaky rolls stuffed with fried seafood from the Gulf Coast.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    You can stuff a pasty with damn near anything.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Bobby Flay's fine-tuned burger machine is a welcome addition to the Strip.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    The Downtown sandwich stand has flavors and prices that fit everyone's needs.

  • Dining

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Hungover? Go grab yourself a bowl at El Menudazo.

  • Dining

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    The new restaurant takes the space formerly known as Diego with a wide-open renovation primed for food and fun.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

    Vegas has long provided refuge to Chicago expats, and they’ve brought their food. Here's where to find it.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    This new Japanese eatery in the southwest is all about the deep-fried pig.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    Sometimes simple fried potatoes deserve the glamorous treatment.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    Thin waffles, thick Belgians, waffle sandwiches ... Tiabi Coffee & Waffle Bar does it all.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    Dining options abound at the Downtown mini-mall. Start your snacking tour with these dishes.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Naked City Pizza Shop's Chris Palmeri teams up with Christian Dolias for authentic, casual eats.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

    Rock'N'oodles packs big flavor into pasta dishes named for rock classics.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

    From bacon-wrapped pork chops to crispy duck salads, these were Begley's bites of the year.

  • Food

    Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

    Award-winning chef Bradley Ogden has left Las Vegas for the second time.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

    With its Thanksgiving burger and mashed-potato stuffed hash browns, Downtown's MTO Café is definitely worth seeking out.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

    The Surf, Turf and Air Wagyu Kobe Burger combines beef, crab and duck, plus truly decadent condiments.

  • Dining

    Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

    The major casinos offer relatively cheap eats, too, if you’re ready to find them.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

    Experience delicious cuisine and get a Spanish lesson at this new hidden gem.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

    Prepare yourself for the melty mild goodness that is Bulgarian cheese dip.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

    It’s just like "Interview with the Vampire" except with less Brad Pitt and more parrots.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

    The mad scientists in this northwest kitchen have unleashed a deliciously terrifying sandwich.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

    Jim Begley tracks down spectacular local dishes highlighting the forgotten pasta.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

    Contrary to popular belief, Chicagoans don't generally eat deep dish pizza.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

    This friendly neighborhood Greek diner reminds Jim Begley of his Chicago childhood.

  • Sports

    Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

    From friendly neighborhood bars to casino sports palaces, these joints have your football needs covered.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

    Kushiage is one of the newest Japanese cuisines to land in Chinatown.

  • Dining

    Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013

    Caesars Palace picked out its very own Herradura Double Barrel Reposado, a complex and smoky treat.

  • Dining

    Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

    Sweet baby Jesus, Brian Howard has done it again. With loads and loads of bacon.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

    Break out of your comfort zone at one of these straight charmers.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

    This new Downtown eatery has plenty of vegan-friendly bites, but carnivores need not be afraid.

  • Dining

    Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

    The mammoth Caesars Palace buffet will offer five courses, each with wine pairing, on August 22.

  • Dining

    Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

    Michael Mina's new casual concept isn't serving Jim Begley's favorites, but it might have yours.

  • Food

    Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

    Who said food trucks are over? Las Vegas may not be buzzing about mobile deliciousness the way we were three years ago, but street food is not a fad. It’s here to stay, evidenced by the transition of trucks into brick-and-mortar restaurants, the growth and popularity of parking lot festivals and continued support and interest from the local dining industry.

  • Dining

    Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

    Go way down south to find Our Families Country Cafe, worth the trip.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

    New southwest cantina features a lively staff that migrated from the former Viva Mercado's.

  • Dining

    Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

    Raku chef Mitsuo Endo and pastry chef Mio Ogasawara are planning to evolve the concept of dessert.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    This version of Mongolian beef is simple, yet big on heat.