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About.com guest contributor E.C. Gladstone

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About.com guest contributor E.C. Gladstone

Zeke Quezada has been the GoVegas Editor for About.com pretty much as long as anyone can remember. As such, he’s essentially the single most-read voice on Las Vegas anywhere on the interwebs (in other words, Anywhere, Period), and is remarkably humble about it. Well, humble relative to many other writers whose readerships are considerably less significant.

Every so often, though, I will experience something that my good friend and colleague hasn’t (it’s rare, I admit) and so, he’ll ask me to guest-blog for About.com. Here are some of my contributions there:

Gay Marriage Is Legal in Las Vegas: How To Celebrate

What It’s All About In Downtown Container Park

Los Vegans in Las Vegas

The Best Late Night Food In Vegas Isn’t On The Strip

20 Places To Eat In Las Vegas Right Now

Why Festivino is Not Your Ordinary Vegas Food Event

Hawaiian Fish Is Very Fresh At Wynn Las Vegas’ Lakeside Grill

Do You Trust Gordon Ramsay With Your Beef?

Bubbles and Brunch at The Cosmopolitan

Top Burgers In Vegas, 2011

More on What Makes A Great Burger, and Holstein’s Lamb Burger

The Cosmopolitan’s Secret/Nameless Pizza Joint

Downtown Vegas’ Revamped Classic El Cortez Casino

Aureole Wine Weekend

Zeke's on the left. ;-)

Zeke’s on the left. ;-)

Come See! Brian Howard Behind Burners at Comme Ça

With Chef Brian Howard and the glorious Comme Ça burger

With Chef Brian Howard and the glorious Comme Ça burger

It may not quite be a SCOOP, but it seems to have not been reported yet that Brian Howard has taken over the day-to-day reins as Executive Chef at Comme ça in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort. Howard is known as one of the more ambitious chefs in the local dining scene, most recently executing a very molecular/fusion menu at Nu Sanctuary in Town Square that should be remembered as one of the most adventurous culinary experiences in Las Vegas dining (particularly off-Strip–and joining Carlos Guia at Louis Osteen in the Town Square too good/too soon club).

Bone marrow and oxtail starter

Bone marrow and oxtail starter

Howard, who executed a very French-leaning classic menu at the under-regarded CatHouse under Kerry Simon, is just what Comme ça needs. While top toque David Myers (of Sona/LA Comme ça fame) is devoting more of his time to the Vegas outlet than many other out-of-town chef/restaurateurs, Howard understands the competitive nature of Strip dining. In particular, Vegas has more serious French cuisine–both classic and modern–than perhaps any other American city at the moment. Just on the Strip, there’s the justifiably well-regarded Mon Ami Gabi, unjustly maligned Andre’s (and sister Alize at Palms), Aureole, Bouchon, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Fleur (if that still counts), Le Cirque, Morel’s, Payard, Picasso, Pinot Brasserie… not to mention the world-class Mansion and L’Atelier of Joel Robuchon, Restaurant Guy Savoy, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, and mIX by Alain Ducasse (no wonder Restaurant Alex couldn’t do enough numbers to combat its closure–btw, it’s closing week was allegedly one of its best ever.) Even off-Strip there are the well-regarded Marche Bacchus, Rosemary’s, the enduring Pamplemousse, and certainly more I’m overlooking. That’s a very big field, in which it’s easy to become regarded as an also-ran, even if you do a respectable job–and even having an impressive raw bar with a strong selection of oysters is, well, not that uncommon. CC also walks a tightrope between being a casual brasserie (which it is in name) and a more elegant dining room (which it is in some pricing).

Housemade charcuterie

Housemade charcuterie

Howard definitely does not want to be an “also-ran” kind of chef, and is in the process of revamping everything, along with a new Summer menu. Already, he’s tweaked Myers’ already-great burger and buzzed-about bone marrow and oxtail starter, and put together an impressive charcuterie (even Batali’s salumi master Zach Allen should check it out) and is promising more in the next couple weeks.

Oh, that burger

Oh, that burger

In the meantime, there’s already something else very exciting there for late night diners: from 10 p.m. to closing (typically 1 am, but they will stay if busy) Comme ça’s entire “Hourglass” Menu is priced 50% off. That includes, among other things, that great burger (certainly the best you’ll get for $9 bucks), and even their Grand Plateau of raw bar/cold seafood (an insane deal at $65).

They also have an excellent classic cocktails menu that, even in a property filled with fantastic libations, is a worthy contender for top tippling.

Comme ça’s official website

With Executive Chef David Myers

With le grand fromage David Myers