Following an eater tradition, we asked a group of restaurant journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to consider the year of eating. Your answers to the annual Year in Eater survey will be published in multiple posts. Initially, the restaurants will share their restaurant stands from 2020.
What were your regular takeaway and delivery points of contact in 2020? What about dine-in service?
Diana Edelman, founder Vegan, baby:: My regular takeaway and delivery destinations in 2020 were Guerrilla Pizza, Chikyū, and Tacotarian. I haven’t eaten anywhere since the pandemic.
Scott Roeben, Vital Vegas:: On the take-out and delivery front, there are a few time-honored favorites including Archis Thai and Angara India Spice Grill in Summerlin. Dine-in favorites are Triple George Grill at Downtown Grand and Andiamo Steakhouse at The D. No list would be complete without Esther’s Kitchen in downtown.
Melanie Lee, Esser Vegas: Red Rice, Jjanga, and Win Kee were the three places I turned to the most for delivery. I’ve only eaten them to take away most of the time, so it felt normal to do so. Nacho Daddy and Shake Shack were my regulars this year. Both locations felt very clean and safe, which was very important to me.
Bob Barnes, editor of The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional and Las Vegas writers for Gayot:: My take away tips were also two of my favorites: Locale Italian Kitchen and Esther’s Kitchen. My favorite food is still honey salt, and this year I discovered the brunch menu, my favorite of which is the breakfast pizza with scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, broccolini, peppers, cream cheese, and fresh mozzarella. Also this year I rediscovered the Grape Vine Café, which is only worth a visit because of the bread baked in-house by the very talented co-owner Moeen Taqi. an extremely reasonable and extensive wine selection; and some outstanding daily happy hour deals in my opinion.
Ken Miller, editor of Las Vegas Magazine:: I didn’t really have a regular goal. I’ve made most of my meals at home. I tried not to go out as much as possible.
Philip Tzeng, food blogger at Las Vegas Fill:: Ocean Fresh Fish Las Vegas, while not a traditional takeout, was the biggest challenge during the lockdown process. He switched from delivering sushi-quality fish to restaurants and sold it to the public. All anyone had to do was watch a few YouTube videos on how to make sushi and it really satisfied the cravings! After the restaurants reopened after the lockdown, Marrakech was the ideal place to meet friends with its festive atmosphere with live belly dancing, a six-course feast for $ 50 and plenty of alcohol. I’ve done that quite a lot this year.
Krista Diamond, Freelance Writer at Eater Vegas: I’ve loved the panang curry at Archi’s since moving to Las Vegas. I could probably eat it for every meal for the rest of my life and never get fed up with it. And to be honest, during the quarantine it feels like I did. On the dine-in side, the Mayfair Supper Club was one of the last places I ate on the strip before 2020. What a perfect combination of spectacle and substance. To say that I especially loved the Wagyu and Caviar Hand Roll sounds so stereotypical Vegas, but it’s true.
Rob Kachelriess, Las Vegas writer Thrillist:: My wife and I live in the Southwest and most of our take-away meals came from restaurants near home. We often ordered from Graffiti Bao including Gemma Gemma’s pizza which is from the same kitchen. We also brought home great pizza from Brooklyn’s Best Pizza & Pasta and Pizza Anonymous and ordered quite a bit at Big B’s Texas BBQ and Me Gusta Tacos. Of all the sushi restaurants we tried, Other Mama and Sen of Japan were sure to be the best. As for dinner, we’ve been to Sparrow + Wolf and Osteria Fiorella more than a couple of times in the past year.
Sonja Swanson, Food and culture author: I’ve cooked so much more at home this year, but when I ordered some of my favorites were Afandi, Weera Thai Kitchen, Pizza Rock, and Evel Pie (you just can’t cut a New York replica at home). The sourdough breads from Desert Bread supported me this year. I made good use of the dog friendly courtyards at Hop Nuts Brewing and Tacotarian. And my favorite pick-me-up was getting black sugar Boba Milk Tea from Tiger Sugar and drinking it in the park – a tiny, lonely moment of sanity and sweetness.
Louiie Victa, Eater Vegas photographer and co-host of Two hot cooks and a microphone:: 2020 is the year I cooked and ate more at home than eat out. My take away options are limited to what’s near my house: Soho Japanese Restaurant, Ohana Hawaiian BBQ, The Noodle Man, Mama Bird Southern Kitchen, Spaghetty Western.
Lorraine Moss, co-host of Two hot cooks and a microphone:: Takeaway – Naked City Pizza, the Back Home Pie, and Metro Pizza Skye Canyon – everything Chris Decker does. Dine-in – EDO tapas. You can’t go wrong with Chef Oscar’s creativity in terms of flavors and toppings for a unique, delicious experience.
Nina King, Las Vegas Magazine Editor in Chief: I took advantage of the Big Dog’s Brewing Co. and Tenaya Creek Brewery store openings to get some amazing beers and had darn big potions at Buca di Beppo. I had forgotten how monstrous the little ones really were. Chica at The Venetian has always been one of my favorites and I was thrilled to have the Cachapas again.
Susan Stapleton, Editor of Eater Vegas: I spent a lot of time cooking at home, mostly blue apron. But when I dared take out, I tried to spread love. Del Frisco’s and Lawry’s The Prime Rib had a great takeaway, and Lawry rolled out the cart to show off the food before I put it in my car. I loved getting Birria at Durango Taco Shop and Ay! Jalisco Mexican grill. Wynn really impressed me for the dine-in service and the new menu from Chef Min Kim at Mizumi, the breathtaking food on the terrace and the langoustines on the Costa di Mare, the dinner and a show experience in the SW Steakhouse as well as the fantastic Mexican cuisine at Elio all perfect getaways. Cant wait to dine at the Majordomo again.
Disclosure: David Chang produces shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, a company of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater employee is involved in the production of these shows, which does not affect the coverage of Eater.
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