Meet your Foodie Friend – Shaun Marcus Barnett
Shaun is originally from Riverside, California but considers Las Vegas to be home sweet home. In 1988, when he was just 8 years old, he and his father stepped off the train at the Union Plaza (currently the Plaza Hotel and Casino) in downtown Las Vegas to start a new life. He spent much of his childhood in Sin City so he has many memories of what Vegas used to be.
“I remember Vegas before Fremont Street became the Fremont Street Experience, before the Dunes became the Bellagio, and when Wet N’ Wild was located on the Las Vegas Strip.”
As a young adult, Shaun tried out living in a few other places around the United States.
“I left Vegas a few times to live in Michigan, Indiana, and Utah but Vegas keeps calling me back.”
He officially moved back to Vegas in 2015. Over the years, he has had many food and beverage jobs from working as a cook to owning his own sandwich shop. In May of 2018 he officially became one of your Taste Buzz Food Tours tour guides where he combines his love for food, history, story telling, and meeting people.
Shaun typically shows people around Downtown Las Vegas on our Downtown Delights Foodie Tour, sharing his knowledge of Vegas history and foodie recommendations in the area. Even if he’s not working, you might find him hanging out in the area feasting on prime rib at one of the old school steakhouses or checking out one of the new restaurants that are popping up all over DTLV.
When did you realize you were a foodie?
I didn’t realize I was a foodie until it became a “thing.” I used to drive to places I would read about just to try it. One time after working a 16 hour shift, I drove 60 miles for sliders and Coney dogs that a food critic had written about in New Haven, Indiana.
What’s your favorite food?
Rib meat. I love ribeye, prime rib, ribs, short ribs and all vegetables especially cruciferous vegetables.
What’s your favorite food to cook?
I love making comfort food like soup, stew, and pasta sauce. I make a mean red sauce with Italian hot sausage and red wine.
What’s your favorite Las Vegas restaurant?
Bob Taylor’s Original Ranch House. Everything is smoked. The Prime rib, chicken liver, crab meat…
Where can we find you on your day off?
Dining, a magic show, or signing karaoke at Dino’s, Ellis Island, or Champagnes.
Check out my great reviews
Shaun Marcus knows his stuff - what a funny, engaging guide! Forget the "knocked a hotel down to build a bigger one" history of the Strip - go downtown! The story of the area, with its historic hotels and casinos, and colorful characters to boot, forms a great backdrop to this 1.5 mile walk around downtown Vegas - and you get a full food experience as well. Everything from sandwiches and dogs in Container Park to Carolina BBQ at a food truck to the coolest, lightest dessert you've ever had, it's filling and never boring. Shaun has a real love of the downtown area, and will show you exactly why - see the real Vegas, and enjoy the culinary (and more than a bit of the cultural) variety available away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.
This tour is well rounded with food and background of historic Downtown Vegas without the feel of a history lecture! Shaun showed us an amazing evening to the point we forgot we were on a tour but being shown around by a friend!
Our tour guide Shaun loves Las Vegas as much as he loves the food, I think. Loved the choices in this casual tour. Every stop was something unique. History lessons included.
Shaun did a great job. Was friendly, funny and easy to talk you. He made us very comfortable and will be referring it to any friends in the future! Thanks Shaun!
This walking food tour of Downtown Vegas surpassed my expectations on many levels. Shaun,the tour guide was professional, helpful, engaging and very knowledgeable about downtown Vegas. Five *****stars for him alone! The food at each stop was varied, delicious and nicely presented. The dessert was unusual and one I will remember. The amount of Downtown we covered was amazing. I saw places I never knew existed. The interesting facts Shaun shared made it even more enjoyable. Do yourself a favor. Take this tour. Do it early so you will know about places you will want to go to. Wonderful experience. Thank you Shaun