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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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  • 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.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Boca Park steakhouse has involved into something more interesting, including special event dinners.

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Do you really have something better to do today?

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Chefs team up to spread the word about sustaining our seafood.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    After running kitchens at Cosmopolitan, this Vegas chef is again focusing on one restaurant.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    The kitchen boss at Aria's supreme steakhouse likes to kick it at Money Plays.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    Chef/owner Carlos Fernandez said his food would return. That's a good thing.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    It all started with delicious deep-fried Filipino egg rolls. Now we here.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Make your morning better with these local bites.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Celebrity chef's new Summerlin burger bar is pricey yet delicious.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Award-winning chef Guy Savoy and longstanding food, drink and pop culture journalist Robin Leach are two legendary hallmarks of the Las Vegas ...

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Regional specialties distinguish this recently relocated restaurant.

  • Dining

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Vegas Uncork'd can be an overwhelming culinary experience. We're happy to break it down for you.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    The Hungry Islander is a market with a tasty buffet in the back.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    From street food stand to full-fledged restaurant, Viva Las Arepas has flavors that should not be missed.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

    From Big Dog's to Sierra Nevada to Deschutes, these folks know what they like.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    East-side favorite prepares to bring its stellar taps and massive menu westward.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Look for Dodoni feta cheese at International Marketplace to complete this easy recipe.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Executive chef at Todd English P.U.B. takes his boys to Sushi Mon for an all-they-can-eat feast.

  • Food

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Small curry house has a simple, fun menu.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Delicious and cheap satay skewers, roti bread, shrimp cakes and more.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Famed pizza maker Enzo Coccia came to Caesars Place to drop some knowledge.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    The friendly Badger Cafe next to Rum Runner serves a damn fine burger.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Top Chef alum brings tasteful Asian fusion to the Summerlin area.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    It doesn't get much better than this.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

    Chef's varied Vegas experiences culminate with great new Asian American cafe.

  • Chef Talk

    Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

    Chef Rodolfo Guzman started as a dishwasher at Jaleo in Washington, D.C.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

    Chef Steve Piamchunter’s fun new restaurant has you covered from Thailand to Ireland.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

    Biscuit sliders are the main attraction at Biscuits 2 Burgers, until you discover the Zumex.

  • Recipes

    Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

    Executive chef worked with celeb cook Aarón Sánchez on a new menu.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

    Chef Devin Hashimoto helped turn Okada into the more modern Mizumi at Wynn last year.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

    Sample a couple lamejuns, Armenian pizzas, while you shop.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

    Winter is the right time to return to the Vegas soul food institution.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

    Also, you gotta try the pides.

  • Recipes

    Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

    Try these Irish pigs in blankets at home, and don't forget the Guinness mustard sauce.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

    Brock Radke and Jim Begley ate everything this year, and these dozen dishes stood out.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

    Blue Ribbon executive chef shares why his father is his ultimate food inspiration.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

    Venetian burger joint offers a mechanical pickle, crazy grub and lots of graffiti.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

    A tasty little piece of Michigan, right here in fabulous Downtown Las Vegas.

  • Print

    Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

    Like the critics who wrote it, there are some things about this Top 50 restaurant list that annoy us.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

    Veteran Vegas chef is now running the kitchen at Todd English P.U.B.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

    Carla Pellegrino's latest Italian eatery is automatically Town Square's best.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

    Your bar, a cold beer, a big burger. Any takers?

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

    Name one other Strip chef who has eaten this much pickled okra from Shoney's.

  • Features

    Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

    Get ready for non-stop meat delivery at our finest Brazilian churrascaria.

  • Features

    Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

    These meat accompaniments (almost) steal the show ...