Given that John Curtas has been chronicling the Las Vegas restaurant scene for two decades via radio (KNPR 88.9 FM), TV (KLAS CBS-TV), print (Las Vegas Weekly) and now the Internet (eatingLV.com), it’s remarkable that it’s taken this long for him to come out with a book like Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants.

The guide was officially launched on Wednesday at the MGM Grand’s L’atelier (one of the tome’s Top Ten eateries), and given the fact that The Strip is such a critical LA power player destination, the choices will no doubt reverberate out here as well. Curtas wrote the book with fellow food critics Max Jacobson and Al Mancini, who each had veto power and as a group used that privilege seven times.

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