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Grimaldi's pizza Las Vegas review

I can believe the rent is 3x more. They told me they were looking at a spot in Boca Park (Rampart blvd bet Charleston & Alta). That's where the Cheesecake Factory (always packed) and Kona Grill is located. Along w/ some fancy little boutiques. Boca Park is also more than triple the size of the strip mall they're currently located in. There's also a lot of restaurants surrounding that area too; Roy's, Fleming's, PF Chang's. That area is always congested w/ shoppers and diners.

They also mentioned Green Valley Ranch as another area for expansion.

Where ever they decide to expand, I'm there!

Dec 02, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

Grimaldi's pizza Las Vegas review

I just tried Settebello's yesterday and was thoroughly pleased w/ their pizza! That crust was unbelievably good... so crisp and chewy at the same time. They added the perfect amt of sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil. The only downside was the trek down to Henderson. I spk w/ the lovely Christine who waited on us and she informed me that they were contemplating opening another branch in Summerlin. The only thing holding them back is the rent which would be 3x more expensive. Then again, the revenue would be 3x more too.

Anyway, I've finally found great pizza in Las Vegas w/ really nice ambience.

Dec 01, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

Grimaldi's pizza Las Vegas review

I was about to check it out this wk. I've heard lots of good things about this place. Things like their being certified by Vera Pizza Napoletana for making authentic, true-to-form Neapolitan pizza. I'm really psyched to try this place out. Thanks for the recommendation!

Nov 28, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

vegas...4 days and 8 meals

They've been upgraded to an A as of Nov. 13th.

I wish I could say something in their defense but it's true that they were closed for their health code violations. It's also true that they've cleaned up, been allowed to reopen and been upgraded to an A from the health inspectors in a short time. And it's ALWAYS been true that their food has been good. Now's probably the best time to go to Food Express since they're on their best health inspection behavior!

Nov 28, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

vegas...4 days and 8 meals

This place hardly ever gets mentioned on CH but has gotten great reviews on yelp.com. It's a Chinese restaurant called Food Express. Don't let the name fool you, they're really good. They're located on Decatur Blvd. between Sahara and Oakey. If you like seafood, this place is a must. I love the following:

Salt and pepper crab: Dungeness crab fried and stir fried w/ garlic, jalapenos and other spices. The crab is deliciously moist and infused w/ the other flavors. The crispy garlic and jalapeno bits are yummy and addictive.

Walnut shrimp: Lightly battered shrimp cooked w/ candied walnuts and glazed lightly w/ a creamy sweet sauce. I've had this dish in many Chinese restaurants in NY, LA and Las Vegas. This place does this dish the best.

Steamed fish: Choose a fish from their tanks or have them do it. Have it steamed and prepared w/ ginger scallion sauce.

Pan fried noodle w/ beef: The beef is so tender and goes so well w/ the crispy noodles. It's my comfort food.

Pea pot leaves or Spinach: Have it stir fried w/ or w/o garlic.

The best thing about this place is that they're cheap for what they're offering and the quality they're offering it in. They're also open till 2:AM every night! Try them for lunch or dinner and you'll still come under budget.

The only negative is the ambience. It's a small nondescript place located next to a giant flea market (The Fantastic Swapmeet). But who cares if they're food is really good. They can get crowded during dinner time (after 7pm).

Nov 27, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

Dinner Suggestions Needed

I couldn't agree more about Le Bernardin. The food was mediocre at best and undeserving of any accolades. But worse than the food was the service. Short of being spit on, my guests and I were treated horribly. The waiter slammed our glasses down on our table. He never came back to check on us or to refill our water glasses. He treated us w/ the utmost contempt. I've gotten much better treatment at cheap dives! I can think of nothing that would warrant such behavior. We were there for lunch and dressed in business attire. We were a polite and quiet group of 3. The only thing I can think of and hate to suggest is that we weren't caucasian and they felt it beneath them to serve us. I never made a formal complaint which I regret, but I have vowed never to return.

Nov 25, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Manhattan

Restaurants Report: Le Bernardin, Blue Hill, Bouley, Gramercy Tavern, Yasuda, Balthazar, Clinton Baking, Daniel, Aquavit, Eleven Madison Park...

It's been many years since I've been to LB but have to agree completely w/ FoodWine. I was shocked and sorely disappointed w/ the food and service. The fish I ordered was very underwhelming and undeserving of any accolades. Worse than the mediocre fish was the horrible treatment my guests and I received from our waiter. It was lunch time and we were dressed in business attire and very polite. The only thing we weren't was caucasian. He slammed our glasses down on our table and treated us w/ the utmost contempt. He never came around to fill our water glasses or to see if we needed anything. I should've complained to management but left vowing never to return.

Nov 25, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Manhattan

Good Japanese places, NOT on the Vegas Strip.

I can't beleive I went 5 years living in Vegas w/o trying Kaigenro! I just had lunch there today (after reading your post) and ordered the sashimi special, the sea urchin w/ roe over sushi rice and the 1/2 bowl of miso ramen. I was really impressed w/ the freshness and generous portions of urchin and roe over rice. The sashimi was very good. The miso ramen was very tasty and the noodles were firm just the way I like them. The wait staff were very friendly and super quick w/ the food. Thank you very much HoneyChan for this great recommendation!

Nov 25, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

Grimaldi's pizza Las Vegas review

You've got a point and that probably explains why my pizza wasn't very hot or good. I read somewhere that new coal ovens were banned in Manhattan (don't know when) so it's probably non-existent in Las Vegas. I hear the original Grimaldi's in Brooklyn has a real coal oven. Anyway, they really should crank up that oven and get that pizza as close to the original as possible.

Nov 25, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

Grimaldi's pizza Las Vegas review

If you're after NY style pizza by the slice and not necessarily the coal oven style w/ the fresh slices of mozzerella and basil, you might like Anthony & Mario's Broadway Pizza. I've tried Rocco's (Buffallo bet Charleston/Sahara) which also sells by the slice and is pretty good, but think Anthony's comes pretty close to NY pizza by the slice.

Anthony & Mario's Broadway Pizza
850 S Rancho Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89106
702-259-9002

As for treats, I like Luv Its for their frozen custard. I tried Sheridan's Frozen Custard after reading a thread on how it was better than Luv Its. They're both about the same to me. Sheridan's is a little cheaper and has slightly better and authentic custard and fresher toppings, but it's in Henderson and I'm closer to Luv Its.

Nov 24, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

Grimaldi's pizza Las Vegas review

Here's the url http://www.patsygrimaldis.com/locatio....

The Vegas location is:
Richmar Plaza
9595 S Eastern Ave. Ste.100
Las Vegas, NV 89123
702-657-9400

I think it's by the new Freed's location. Grimaldi's does use a coal oven but I don't think they put enough coals in their oven. I'll try them again later when the craving strikes. Let me know if it is any better for you.

Nov 24, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

Grimaldi's pizza Las Vegas review

I found it kind of disappointing. I ordered a large cheese pizza (no extra toppings). It wasn't as hot as I would've liked it and how I normally would've had it back in NY. The cheese was still firm instead of melted and slightly browned. The crust was pretty dry and brittle instead of crisp and chewy. I don't think they had the oven as hot as it should've been. It wasn't as good as NY's Lombardi's or even Grimaldi's in Hoboken. They did just open up a few months ago so I'm hoping they'll improve.

On a positive note, the restaurant is a nice size w/ high ceilings and the wait staff are pretty friendly. The restaurant is located in a nice strip mall a few doors down from Freed's Bakery which I hear is very good.

Nov 24, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

Good Cantonese Roast Pork Wonton Soup

My take on Wing Wong: The bbq meats are fresher at WW vs. the somewhat stale quality you get at BW. The noodle soup broth is very nice which I think has yellow chive. The thin yellow noodles are nice and al dente, not as soft as BW.

I always order the noodle soup w/ sliced bbq pork and soy sauce chicken w. a side of ginger scallion for the chicken. Definitely get a side of pork spare ribs. I haven't been to NY Noodletown in a while, let me know how WW holds up against it.

Nov 21, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Manhattan

Good Cantonese Roast Pork Wonton Soup

Not true. I think Big Wong's gone a bit downhill in quality. Fu Wong? Where's that located?

Nov 21, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Manhattan

Good Cantonese Roast Pork Wonton Soup

Give Wing Wong a try. They're on Mott St. just north of Canal St. Their bbq meats are good and have a pretty quick turnover during lunch and dinner time.

Nov 20, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Manhattan

Sripraphai (Woodside) or Lotus of Siam (Las Vegas)?

Thanks! That thread was most helpful.

Nov 09, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Outer Boroughs

Sripraphai (Queens, NY) or Lotus of Siam (Las Vegas)?

Which is the better Thai restaurant? I've heard both places praised to death on Chowhound but have only been to LOS. I like LOS and think it's marginally better than the Thailand Restaurant in lower Manhattan (corner of Baxter and Bayard St).

Nov 09, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

Sripraphai (Woodside) or Lotus of Siam (Las Vegas)?

Which is the better Thai restaurant? I've heard both places praised to death on Chowhound but have only been to LOS. I like LOS and think it's marginally better than the Thailand Restaurant in lower Manhattan (corner of Baxter and Bayard St).

Nov 09, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Outer Boroughs

Sripraphai (Woodside) or Lotus of Siam (Las Vegas)?

Which is the better Thai restaurant? I've heard both places praised to death on Chowhound but have only been to LOS. I like LOS and think it's marginally better than the Thailand Restaurant in lower Manhattan (corner of Baxter and Bayard St).

Nov 09, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Manhattan

Cantonese BBQ in Flushing comparable or better than Big Wong

You don't have to go all the way to Flushing for good BBQ. Wing Wong has everything Big Wong has but better quality and cheaper prices. Big Wong is saturated w/ tourists while Wing Wong has a lot of locals. They're located on Mott St. north of Canal St. Their ribs never disappoint! I also like their noodle soups and congee.

If you're willing to make the trek to Flushing you might want to consider taking the 7 train and getting off Woodside for the BEST AUTHENTIC Thai food. The restaurant is called Sriprapai (Shree-pa-pie). It's better than the Thailand Restaurant on Baxter St. You've got to get the catfish salad.

Nov 09, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Outer Boroughs

Visiting Seattle for the first time

I'll be in Seattle next month and was hoping for some food recommendations. I'm a huge fan of the good cheap eats but I will splurge somewhat if the food is really worth it. I'm open to all kinds of food and like seafood very much. I'll be staying in the downtown area but will take mass transit or cab it if I have to. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated!

Nov 09, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Pacific Northwest

Best Inexpensive Eating in LV

Go to Food Express for excellent Chinese food. Order the salt and pepper crab. It's a dungeness crab cooked w/ garlic and jalapenos. It's not spicy unless you eat the jalapeno bits. The crab is extremely fresh and pulled from their tanks the minute you order the dish. Their shrimp and candied walnuts is fantastic and the best I've ever had. Better than Jasmines at Bellagio and several other places in NYC and San Francisco. They also make a very good crispy skin chicken. Don't forget to order veggies. I like their pea pot leaves w/ garlic. It's milder than spinach but their spinach is also very good. A meal like this will set you back about $80 but it's enough food to feed 4 people.

After a meal at Food Express, go to Luv It for the best frozen custard! It's on your way back to the strip but go there even if it's out of the way! It's located on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Oakey behind the AM/PM. It's kind of a sketchy area but so is Commercial Center where Lotus of Siam is located. You won't regret it. I always order the Luv It special. It's vanilla frozen custard w/ strawberry sauce and chopped pecans. It's absolutely sinful and olny $5.25.

Food Express 702-870-1595
2003 S. Decatur Blvd.
Located between Sahara and Charleston next to Fantastic Swap Meet
Open till 2am!!!

Nov 09, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Southwest

Las Vegas Chinatown-- Let's thoroughly review it

I know Food Express isn't located in Chinatown or even on Spring Mountain Rd., but it is definitely the best Chinese (Cantonese style) restaurant in all of Vegas. Must order the salt and pepper crab. It is cooked w/ garlic and some jalapenos. Don't worry, it's not spicy unless you eat the yummy garlic and jalapeno bits. Their shrimp and candied walnuts dish is fantastic. I've tried the same dish at the swanky rest Jasmine in Bellagio, and was sorely disappointed. Order the live shrimp and have them prepare it stirfry style w/ soy, ginger and scallions. It comes w/ head and shell attached but it's FRESH and damn good! Also order the pea pot leaves (if they have it) cooked w/ or w/o garlic. Do the same for spinach if you like. Their crispy chicken is also very good. Don't be intimidated by their live fish. Always order live fish steamed, save the frying for frozen fish! They have take out (no delivery) and are open till 2am.

Food Express
702-870-1595
2003 S. Decatur Blvd
(located between Sahara and Charleston next to Fantastic Swap Meet)

Nov 09, 2007
liv2eat2008 in Las Vegas