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Heidi Knapp Rinella

RJ food critic Heidi Rinella takes you inside your favorite Vegas eateries and let's you know what's worth the bite. Hungry for more? Head to bestoflasvegas.com for all of your foodie needs

Lotus of Siam serves up excellence at new location

Lotus of Siam has a new look in its new location — not to mention a full bar — but the top-notch food, atmosphere and service that earned a national reputation for the original restaurant on East Sahara Avenue haven’t changed.

Black Tap touts its burgers, but don’t miss the shakes

The name — Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer — is a little misleading. Yes, the burgers are finely crafted, using a blend of beef from New Jersey-based Pat LaFrieda, who’s been called America’s most famous butcher. Sure, there are plenty of craft beers — more than a dozen on tap, another dozen in cans, plus standard American and Mexican brews. But The Venetian’s offshoot of the New York cult favorite has got some serious game when it comes to milkshakes.

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