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Lola's - A Louisiana Kitchen

We dined there last night and each of us had the bronzed catfish - outstanding - if you like a spice in your life. The catfish was very tender and the gouda grits brought tears to my eyes. We also shared an order of low country greens which were just okay. The table next to us were enjoying their meal as well with orders of gumbo, oysters on 1/2 shell, jambalaya, and the bronzed catfish. The restaurant on a Tuesday night was close to capacity though there were tables outside that were vacant because of the cold weather. The noise level inside was very high so I can imagine it would be annoying on the weekend. Laissez les bons temps rouler

Apr 02, 2014
westie in Las Vegas

Lola's - A Louisiana Kitchen

I had the bronzed catfish and grits last year and they were excellent. My wife and I will be dining there next week so I provide an update.

BTW Lola is opening a 2nd, larger restaurant in the near future (April?) so she must be doing something right.

Mar 28, 2014
westie in Las Vegas

New Restaurants..Fairfield, County.

I believe you are referring to Qdoba Mexican Grill, not Adoba. It is an mediocre national chain that also has a location in Norwalk.

Feb 11, 2014
westie in Southern New England

Casual Lunch in Henderson?

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill is casual and serves up delicious Greek specialties.


Jan 23, 2014
westie in Las Vegas

Jayde Fuzion?

Michael Wilburn has a review of Jayde Fuzion in this week's LV Citylife magazine.

Jan 17, 2014
westie in Las Vegas

Looking for great scacciata like D&S or Marino's used to make in Middletown, CT?

Sadly, Biscotti e Dolci has gone out of business.

Jan 05, 2014
westie in Southern New England

Chef Flemming's, Crepe Expectations, Master Donuts, Yellowtail, and Five50 - 12/21/13 Dining Report

Thanks for the local reviews. I have been to Chef Fleming's several times and have never been disappointed. Quite by chance I discovered Master Donuts on my way from the Boulder Highway to Ronalds and thought the apple fritter was quite good. I do want to try Friendly Donut House that you previously reviewed.

Dec 26, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Max Fish (Glastonbury)

On our first visit to this member of the Max Restaurant Group we decided to time our arrival to coincide with the daily happy hour. We arrived shortly before 4:30PM and made our way to the bar area where there was a mix of seating options available. We chose the bar and were immediately greeted by a bartender. After perusing the happy hour menu, my wife chose a pom margarita which turned out to be stronger than one would expect. I was very happy with my Vertigo which included amaro and ginger beer. We also ordered crab cake sliders (2) with a cajun remoulade sauce and cauliflower fritters served with an excellent brown butter-caper aioli.

For the second round of drinks, I remained faithful to my new friend Vertigo while my wife decided to play the field by ordering a pinot grigio. Having learned that portion size run small, we each ordered RI Rhody mussels pasta – coconut green curry, udon noodles and cilantro. The mussels were excellent as was the curry. We next ordered a ¼ pound (5) Baltimore style shrimp cocktail embellished by the accompanying stone ground mustard with Old Bay seasoning. The shrimp were good size, crisp and the mustard sauce proved to better than I expected.

We concluded the meal by ordering a perfectly executed crème brulee off the regular dessert menu. Overall, we found the food and service to be excellent.

Dec 19, 2013
westie in Southern New England

Chinese and Korean restaurants

We went to 9 On The Plate, a relatively new Korean tapas style restaurant, in October. Here are my trip report notes:

This new Korean restaurant offers an interesting selection of appetizers. Part of the menu is designated as being modern and the remainder features traditional Korean dishes. Like the menu, there are 2 dining rooms – a large plain room typical of Korean/Asian restaurants plus a smaller, more upscale and modern room where we were seated.

We started off with a sampler plate of modern dishes that included bimimbop salad (rating 4.5 out of 5), spicy pork taco (5), crispy grilled bulbogi (3.5) and sweet potato delight (3). Our second order included Japachae noodles (3) and tofu kimchi (4.5) from the traditional side. I am looking forward to further exploring the traditional section of the menu on a future trip. http://9ontheplate.com/

Dec 09, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

less expensive options?

The South Point Casino, located only a few exits south of the Silverton, offers a number of recommendable options including Big Sur Oyster bar with inexpensive lunch specials, Primarily Prime Rib, Silverado Steakhouse and Don Vito's. I would avoid the buffet except for breakfast. The Coranado Cafe is very popular day or night.

A bit further afield, I highly recommend Todd's Unique. On weekends, Todd offers seafood specials and on Wednesdays there is no corkage fee.

I totally agree with the recommendations of Palace Station's Oyster Bar, but be aware that there is limited seating so the wait can be long.

Dec 02, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Looking for a restaurant on the strip for a group - inexpensive

Maggiano's in the Fashion Show Mall offers family style dining that would fit into your price range.

Nov 20, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Fat Choy at the Eureka Casino on Sahara

My wife and I have done both lunch and the Sunday-only brunch. Here is a write-up I did recently for a trip report I posted on several Las Vegas discussion boards:

This restaurant now offers a Sunday only brunch menu. There were no other diners during our entire visit so finding a table did not present a major problem. Ann ordered a traditional eggs Benedict while I sought gold by choosing the Fat Benedict. The latter is served with pork belly rather than the traditional Canadian bacon. Each was as close to perfection as possible – toasted English muffins, easy over eggs and a delicious Hollandaise sauce. Both came with freshly prepared home fries. Our server was very friendly and took care of all our needs. Prior to departing we had the opportunity to talk to and compliment the chef.

Nov 08, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Viva Las Arepas

I just received a notification that Viva Arepas no longer participates in restaurant.com.

Oct 24, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Vegetarian friendly restaurant in greater Hartford area

Fire and Spice in Hartford serves Jamaican fare.

Oct 05, 2013
westie in Southern New England

Viva Las Arepas

Viva Las Arepas now participates in restaurant.com.

Oct 03, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Echo & RIg

I noticed Heidi Knapp Rinella review in this week's paper was less than complimentary and, for a change, John Curtas concurred.

Sep 24, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Mundo - Is it turning the corner?

Very timely review - thanks. I have been undecided whether to return or not after reading some mediocre reviews. Based on your positive comments, I'll put them on my To Do list for our next trip.

Aug 13, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Quick Midcoast Maine Report - Boothbay, Portland, Damariscotta

We did not eat at the Tug Boat Inn, but I noticed the sign with lobster prices the same as the Fisherman's Wharf.

Jul 06, 2013
westie in Northern New England

Quick Midcoast Maine Report - Boothbay, Portland, Damariscotta

Thanks for the reviews - we will be in Boothbay Harbor in less than 2 weeks. Did you notice and lobster dinner specials? Last year both Fisherman's Wharf and Tug Boat Inn offered twin lobsters for $15.

Jul 04, 2013
westie in Northern New England


I have never dined at Alize, but travelzoo has is currently running an offer:


Jun 26, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Buffet with BBQ?

There are no specialty buffet nights at Texas Station,but according to Eater - Las Vegas, the smoker is back:


May 23, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

New late night/early morning dining option

Dave - No, I am usually sleeping at that time of day. LOL I only posted the information because there has been some interest in late night dining options in the past.

May 18, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

New late night/early morning dining option

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar (4480 Paradise Rd., 364-5300), Mezzanotte (Italian for “midnight”) is offering an authentic Italian fine-dining experience every evening from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Chef Mimmo Ferraro is offering the entire dinner menu at 50 percent off and drinks at 25 percent off.

May 16, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Ideas for adventurous 13 YO that won't break the bank

A few random thoughts:

pick-up the free the shuttle from Bally's to the Gold Coast for a dim sum brunch at Ping Pang Pong.

$22 3-course lunch at Milos

purchase a restaurant.com certificate for Border Grill @ Mandalay Bay during a 50% off sale and take her to either dinner or the weekend brunch

May 08, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Treva in W. Hartford

Thanks to a Groupon offer, we were introduced to this northern Italian restaurant during a recent lunch. We were given a choice of being seated in the front or in the back. We chose the latter and I noticed a good size deck in the back which would be perfect on a warm spring day. We were brought menus and some warm crusty bread along with olive oil – delicious. I ordered an arugula salad and our waiter immediately asked if we wanted to share. It was good that he did because the portion size was perfect. Lightly dressed and topped with shaved Parmesan – simple perfection.

My wife ordered the tagliatelle with mushrooms, asparagus and very tender veal. I requested the Pettine – lightly seared scallops, wild mushrooms, shaved asparagus and the creamiest polenta I have ever experienced. Both dishes were perfect as was the luncheon size portions. We closed out the meal with a shared La Bomba that was devine.

Though very busy, our server (Conor?) was exceptional.

Though we dine out frequently, this proved to be one of the best dining experiences we have had in a while.

Apr 27, 2013
westie in Southern New England

Coupons and Deals

Monte Carlo: Andre's

$99 for a 3-course dinner for 2 including 2 Kir Royal Champagne cocktails

or $89 for the dinner for 2 without cocktails

Expires 10/26

See offer for restrictions


Apr 16, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

made some reservations for our trip

I have reservations for brunch at Border Grill for this Saturday and it is nice to know you enjoyed it so much. I am not sure we will be able to match your 6 shared plates, thinking 4 plus some fruit would be have me loosening my belt. The $5 bottomless mimosas sounds like a must do. Thanks for the report.

BTW - Border Grill offers discounted gift certificates from restaurant.com. Through 3/28 use promo code Bunny for 50% off.

Mar 27, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Best Indian restaurant?

Sam - we tried India Masala in October 2012 - here are my TR notes;

This relatively new restaurant is an upscale offshoot of the India Masala located in the Riviera food court. It is a decent size and nicely appointed. We shared vegetarian and tandori thalis that included a variety of vegetarian entrees and sides, pappadum with chutneys, tandori chicken, basmati rice, naan, chicken tika, and rice pudding. Everything was pretty good, but I thought prices were high in relation to the quantity of food we received. Next time I will opt for the luncheon buffet or order regular entrees.

Mar 21, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Tactical Question re Dining in Vegas

There is a Thai restaurant named Ocha Cusine that is located at 2211 LV Blvd - the Strat is at 2000. Thai Original BBQ, while not on the Strip proper, is located at 1424 S 3rd St, just north of the Strat.

Mar 15, 2013
westie in Las Vegas

Best Chinese Options

Al Mancini has a review of Shaanxi Gourmet in today's Citylife magazine:


Mar 07, 2013
westie in Las Vegas