Top three to try in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is becoming a foodie mecca, with many world-reknown chefs opening up restaurants on the Strip, once they've tackled the LA or NYC food scenes. Unfortunately I've yet to try most of these, so until I do, here's a few hidden gems that may not have the famous name attached, but tantalize the tastebuds just the same.

Double Stuffed Potato Spring Rolls, Grand Lux Cafe

-- Nine Fine Irishmen -- Located in the New York-New York casino, this restaurant has a great lively atmosphere and a sampling of Irish specialties. Try the Sausage appetizer - it comes with mustard and Guinness dipping sauces, the Colcannon soup or Traditional Bangers and Mustard Mashed Potatoes.

-- Cheeseburger Restaurants -- Founded by two Southern California women and started with numerous locations in Hawaii, there's
now a location at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Vegas. Cheeseburger Restaurants have mouthwatering cheeseburgers - you can't go wrong with any of them - and delicious fries and onion rings to match.

--Grand Lux Cafe -- Grand Lux Cafe is a new venture from the person behind Cheesecake Factory, after the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas asked to create an upscale casual eatery for their resort. Now there is also a second location next door in the Palazzo Resort. They have excellent brunch and of course desserts, following in the footsteps of their predecessor. The restaurant is a fusion of American, European and brasserie.

And an culinary excursion while you're visiting:
-- Ethel's Chocolates Factory -- Ethel's was started by Forrest Mars, Sr., part of the family behind Mar's Chocolates. They produce high quality chocolates and truffles under the names Ethel M's Chocolates and Ethel's Chocolates. Visiting their factory is a must do for chocolate lovers. Their factory is located in Henderson outside of Las Vegas, with a self-guided tour, store and botanical cactus garden outside.