French Food Las Vegas

Payard Patisserie & Bistro: Playful Pastries + Cafe in Caesars [CLOSED]

Francois Payard has built a pastry and chocolate-based empire that began in Manhattan and extends as far afield as Tokyo, Seoul and Sao Paulo. In November 2007, he debuted in Las Vegas, and his...
Steak Charleston

FIG: Best Chef-in-Waiting at Seasonal Charleston Winner

Mike Lata’s farm-driven Charleston restaurant consistently delivers culinary satisfaction. This year, Robert Stehling from cross-town Hominy Grill won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast. It just as easily could have been the...
Steak Charleston

FIG: Reinforcing Food Is Good at Seasonal Charleston Bistro

My family and I returned to Mike Lata’s seasonal Southern bistro for the second time in 2007. Once again, Lata proved (F)ood (I)s (G)ood. The Charleston Stage adaptation of David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries” let...
Chicken Charleston

FIG: Elevating Seasonal Cuisine in Charleston’s Historic Core

Chef-owner Mike Lata has developed a national reputation for his seasonal, local market-driven cuisine. This year, he was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award, in the Best Chef Southeast category. After tasting his...

Nook Bistro: Follow the Blue Arrow to Southern Tinged Food [CLOSED]

This dimly lit Nook Bistro is tucked away in the back corner of a strip mall, behind a blinds store. Thankfully, the gigantic blue arrow points prospective diners in the right direction. Chef James...
Restaurant Las Vegas

Bouchon: Sidestepping Vegas Glitz at Earthy Bistro with E.A.T.Z.

To begin 2005, I co-founded an eating club with three friends: Adam, Krystal and Tamara. At first, it was an excuse for us all to meet and share some exotic dishes, with no pretense....