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Best of the City: Food and drink

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Best Gelato

Art of Flavors

Half the fun of this petite shop is just seeing what’s in the case. Pastry chef-turned-gelato goddess Desyree Alberganti can make almost anything into gelato — from savory surprises like fried chicken and waffles or leftover Thanksgiving dinner to sweet temptations like creme brûlée and warm apple cobbler. Sample till you find your frozen soulmate, then settle into creamy, creative bliss. 1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S. #103, 702-676-1027, facebook.com/pages/art-of-flavors SF

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Best Frozen Drinks

Serendipity 3

While it may not be necessary to don a parka on the Strip during Las Vegas winters, we’d gladly suit up to get our hands on a frozen hot chocolate at this upscale soda fountain, which offers its patrons wildly decadent dessert treats, drizzled with syrup and mounds of whipped cream. Your head will spin with all the variations: Oreo, peanut butter, white chocolate, amaretto almond and more. Caesars Palace, caesarspalace.com JP

 

Best Frozen Treat

Sasa Pops from Chillspot

Brother-and-sister team Joe Vergara (manager) and Liza Vergara-Gross (chef) sell their creative frozen pops only locally. The fruit pops (such as blackberry lemonade and mango chile) and dessert pops (such as Mayan chocolate and blueberry cheesecake) are made by hand with few ingredients. On a triple-digit day, the calamansi-lime pop is as refreshing as a rope swing into a mountain lake. Container Park, 707 Fremont St. #1300, 702-900-7873, chillspotlv.com TL

 

Best Cheap Eat

KoMex Fusion

KoMex Executive Chef/owner Sonny Yi knows no self-restraint. And his inability to grasp moderate portion sizes makes his fusion specialties some of the Valley’s best deals. From billowing plates of fried rice to overstuffed bulgogi cheesesteaks to mountains of fusion nachos, you’re guaranteed to not go home hungry — at a pittance of a price. 4155 S. Buffalo Drive, 702-778-5566, komexexpress.com JB

 

Best Pasta

Portofino

Since taking over the Mirage’s Italian restaurant, Michael LaPlaca has elevated its cuisine to true fine-dining status. That means dishes like agnolotti stuffed with burrata cheese and served with lobster in corn butter; a flat, hand-torn noodle the chef calls ripatelli in a lamb Bolognese with roasted peppers and mint pesto; and what may be the best carbonara in Las Vegas. The Mirage, 866-339-4566, mirage.com AM

 

Best French Food

La Belle Terre Bread

Which of these gives La Belle Terre indisputable frog cred? A) It still serves quiche Lorraine in 2015. B) French culture and conversation clubs meet there regularly. C) Its website features a food-porn video of a guy decked out in 1980s gym gear getting physical with bread dough. That’s right: all of the above. 8390 W. Sahara Ave., 702-685-7712, labelleterrebread.com HK

 

Best Korean Barbecue

Honey Pig

The Honey Pig experience is all about the sizzle and the sides. Meats like marinated beef short ribs are seared by staff members at the center of circular tables, while multiple bowls of Korean condiments such as kimchee, miyeok muchim (shredded seaweed) and nokdumuk (mung bean jelly) put chopsticks to serious work. 4725 Spring Mountain Road, 702-876-8308, facebook.com/honeypiglasvegas GT
 

Best Place for a Pint of Guinness

Ri Ra

Ri Ra was meticulously disassembled from several Dublin theaters and pubs and reassembled in Mandalay Place to be Vegas’ quintessential Irish pub. Once you have a pint of draft Guinness poured the right way, in an Irish pub, by an Irish barman, with Irish music and Irish food, there’s no going back. The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 702-632-7771 www.rira.com/las-vegas MW

 

 

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