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Vegas - 2015 - Issue 5 - September - Fall Fashion - Kate King

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Rainbow cauliflower, from Carson Kitchen's farm-fresh menu. Small but mighty CARSON TCHEN, THE YEAR-OLD RESTAURANT FROM "ROCK 'N' ROLL CHEF" KERRY SIMON, ANCHORS AN EXPLODING DOWNTOWN DINING SCENE. BY JOHN CURTAS pHOTOgRApHY BY SABiN ORR If someone had told me a year ago that Kerry Simon's Carson K itchen would be bot h a rag ing success a nd t he spa rk of a restaurant renaissance, I would have looked at them with the same bemusement I usually reserve for conspiracy theorists and Chicago Cubs fans. A year ago (or three, 10, or 20 years ago), Downtown Las Vegas was a restaurant wasteland. The idea t hat you ng couples, subu rba n ites, professiona ls, a nd entire families would come here to eat seemed as far-fetched as having a mob law yer for a mayor. But here they come now, not only to Carson K itchen but to a dozen upscale bars and restaurants that have followed in its wake. Every month, Downtown (yes, we capitalize it now) Las Vegas seems to celebrate the opening of a chef-driven restaurant continued on page 78 taste  77

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