Desert Companion

Best of the City: Personal bests

Local favorites from valley tastemakers

Elizabeth BlauElizabeth Blau

Restaurateur (Honey Salt, Made L.V., Andiron Steak & Sea)

Best cause
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Best sushi
Yui Edome

Best juice
Juice Standard. “Cold-pressed and tastes great!”

Best boutique
Vasari in Tivoli Village. “The owner has a great eye and buys great lines of clothing.”


Vicki RichardsonVicki Richardson

Director, Left of Center Gallery; artist

Best place to dine for a special occasion

Marche Bacchus. “A quality meal, French Bistro-style, accompanied by an excellent wine selection while on a lake with stone bridges and swans. A nice place to take out your pen and sketchbook.”

Best place to find inspiration

Valley of Fire. “Amazing sandstone formations against the deep turquoise of the desert sky. Stunning!”

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Best slice of local history

“The petroglyphs and early artifacts of the Southern Paiutes transport me back in time … a reminder of our origins.”

Best place to spend free time

The Writer’s Block. “A unique collection of classics, but also secret doors, a lop-eared rabbit, and an enchanted forest.”


Troy HeardTroy Heard

Artistic director, Onyx Theater

Best slice of local history

“Monti Rock’s ’68 stint at Caesars where he was paid $14,000 a week before getting canned.”

Best public figure

Broadway in the Hood’s Artistic Director Torrey Russell. “This guy goes above and beyond to mentor kids who really deserve it.”

Best bar for cocktails

Velveteen Rabbit. “A constantly rotating menu of craft cocktails.”

Best date-night restaurant

Pamplemousse. “Classy service and a romantic old Vegas atmosphere.”

Best sushi

Goyemon. “The fresh wasabi gives it an edge above the others, but you have to request it.”


Kate AldrichKate Aldrich

Co-owner, Patina Décor

Best coffee house
Makers & Finders. “Quality coffee, great ambience.”

Best venue
Cabaret Jazz. “Love dressing up and seeing great shows there.”

Best thought-provoker
Black Mountain Institute

Best artists
Suzanne Forestieri, Sandra Mitchell, Wendy Kveck, Jo Russ


Steve SebeliusSteve Sebelius

Political columnist, Las Vegas Review-Journal, host of PoliticsNOW on KLAS Channel 8

Best breakfast

Veranda Cafe at the Four Seasons

Best steak
Carnevino in Palazzo

Best cigar store or lounge
Casa Fuente in the Forum Shops at Caesars

Best hike
“For me? Between Casa Fuente and Joe’s Stone Crab in the Forum Shops at Caesars.”

Best show on the Strip
Rock of Ages (formerly at The Venetian, now at the Rio)

Best place to spend free time
“Any bookstore, new or used, but preferably one with a good selection of current events books.”


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