71 episodes

“Food and Loathing” is a savage journey into the stomach of the Las Vegas restaurant and bar scene – with occasional detours to explore some of the valley’s other decadent offerings (edible and otherwise).
Each week, veteran food writer Al Mancini offers the lowdown on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s delicious in America’s most glamorous culinary city.
Along with a wide variety of co-hosts, Al invites you into their conversations with the chefs, bartenders, journalists, and other experts who know where to go – and what to order when you get there.

Food and Loathing Al Mancini

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    • 4.8 • 40 Ratings

“Food and Loathing” is a savage journey into the stomach of the Las Vegas restaurant and bar scene – with occasional detours to explore some of the valley’s other decadent offerings (edible and otherwise).
Each week, veteran food writer Al Mancini offers the lowdown on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s delicious in America’s most glamorous culinary city.
Along with a wide variety of co-hosts, Al invites you into their conversations with the chefs, bartenders, journalists, and other experts who know where to go – and what to order when you get there.

    EP 71 - Cake Boss & Mob Bosses

    EP 71 - Cake Boss & Mob Bosses

    It's a deep dive into the Las Vegas of the late 60's, and a fictional battle for control. On one side, the mob. On the other, the Mormons. What? It's fiction, and it's the latest novel by P Moss, owner of the Double Down Saloon and Frankie's Tiki Room. "Dead Ringer" is Moss's fifth book - a thoroughly researched trip back in time. The places are real. The story is fiction. Also: Cake Boss Buddy Valastro gets the Key to The Strip, Honey Salt celebrates ten years, Samantha Gemini Stevens recounts her taco marathon, and Rich hits Allegiant Stadium for Rebels football.
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    • 58 min
    EP 70 - Restaurant Residency?

    EP 70 - Restaurant Residency?

    It's a beyond-packed episode as Gemini recounts her end-of-summer multi-animal roasting party. Al caught up with new cocktails at the Cosmopolitan, a new hockey bar at M Resort, new pizza at Atomic Liquor and a New World Order at the venerable Henderson eatery Table 34. Oh, and Rich had hot chicken and KFC. We recorded in the party room at Vegas Valley Winery, and talked to Tasting Room Manager Crystal Torres. Anchoring this episode: Al talks to Chef Alicia Shevetone, creator of the culinary entertainment company Dink Cuisine, and Gemini hangs with Nina Manchev of Forte Tapas and Chef Josh Bianchi. He'll be taking over Forte starting this Sunday for a two day a week "residency restaurant" called Binky's. What's a "residency restaurant?" Listen and learn.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP 69 - Dive Bars, Bacon & Recovery

    EP 69 - Dive Bars, Bacon & Recovery

    It's tough, this restaurant business. It's been romanticized in books, movies and TV. But the reality is not so romantic. And now some restauranteurs are trying to help their people with their struggles. Al talks to Sparrow & Wolf's John Anthony about that. And he talks to the new co-owners of The Hard Hat Lounge, one of the area's premier dive bars - if 'premier' and 'dive bar' even belong in the same sentence. Also: Samantha Gemini Stevens shares her recent restaurant experiences - along with a semi-big scoop about Anima by EDO. And Rich talks food carts after his latest visit to food cart heaven, Portland. But Al got the best perk of all: a preview of Bacon Nation, the new bacon-centric 24-hour joint coming to The D on Fremont St.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    EP 68 - Chefs Steak Their Claims

    EP 68 - Chefs Steak Their Claims

    There's a new guy on Main Street - or rather, there's a new guy IN Main Street - as in Main St. Provisions. Samantha Gemini Stevens has a long talk with its new executive chef, Patrick Munster. And we get a preview of a new steakhouse coming to Henderson thanks to Chef Matt Meyer. Also: the fall menu's nearly in place a Piero's, Al talks to Marche Bacchus owner Jeff Wyatt about the wine-centric restaurant's huge whiskey and tequila collections.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    EP 67 - Please Send Noodles!!!

    EP 67 - Please Send Noodles!!!

    It's all about cookbooks and community as Al, Rich and co-host Symantha Gemini Stevens welcome third-time guest Kim Foster. The James Beard Award winning author is also the founder of "Please Send Noodles!!!" That's a Facebook-based book club that focuses on cookbooks. Gemini, who's a core member, also welcomes Natasha Kaul, a local attorney and activist who loves to try out new recipes on her husband and dog. Also in this episode: good news about Main St. Provisions, sad news about POTS Egyptian, and Rich shares his first bites of Bodega Bagel. Metaphorically, that is.
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    • 59 min
    EP 66 - Take Care of Yourself

    EP 66 - Take Care of Yourself

    Physical and mental health has long been ignored by much of the hospitality industry. And Justin Kingsley Hall says he was as guilty as most in that regard. Long out of the daily kitchen, Hall came back to establish Main St. Provisions and Peyote. But now he says it's time to step back again to address chronic, decade-long issues. He shares his journey in a frank talk with Al. Also: a visit with the new executive chef at Jaleo, co-host Rick Moonen heaps praise on Edge Steakhouse at the Westgate, and The Golden Tiki celebrates its anniversary with Mai Tais for the masses!
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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

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Just what Vegas F

I love tuning into Food

Hotwifecouple ,

Fun list for foodies!

Just started listening to Fear and Loathing and have been really enjoying it. Great info and interesting guests. Love hearing about the Vegas food scene as a local.

daynamr ,

Must listen!!

Al Mancini knows Las Vegas! An excellent food writer for many years, he knows the food and restaurant scene like no other. I’m so happy to see Al enter the podcast world with this great podcast. Along with Jason Harris, it’s the perfect podcast for FOOD & FUN!

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