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My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

We arrived on Sunday at around 12:20pm.

Jul 16, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

Blank Slate - (July 11-14)

We ended up dining with friends, and they suggested Las Molcajetes.in North Las Vegas. Really good Mexican food. My husband really enjoyed the tacos, and I loved their shrimp quesadilla...it wasn't was called something else. But it was simply amazing! While the food was good, I was a bit disappointed by the service. We waited a while before they took our drink order. They waited a while before they took our food order. There was a long delay between us requesting the check and them actually bringing it out. The restaurant was not busy. However, we were the only English-only speakers in the house, and I seemed to notice that the other patrons were getting serviced ahead of us.

Jul 15, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

We went for brunch on late Sunday morning. When we arrived, they quoted us a wait time of about an hour. The actual wait time was actually 20 minutes. The buffet was in full swing. Lines for the seafood and carving station were rather long, but when you see their offerings, you understand why. Service was good, and the food was very good.
Things we liked:
Breakfast - Lobster biscuits and gravy
Dim Sum - the har cow skins were a bit think, but both the har cow and shui mai were surprisingly good. Well seasoned.
Seafood station - oysters (well shucked), king and snow crab, well poached shrimp; I was very impressed by the ceviche and the soups. The vichyssoise with smoked salmon and red pepper gazpacho with crab were delicious!
Taco bar - My husband became a big fan of the taco bar with all the fixings. They heat up the tortillas and the meat on the griddle that is used in the morning to make red velvet pancakes.
Carving station - It was like BBQ-palooza. The prime rib was very good. There was ribs, brisket, chicken, turkey, and 4 types of sausages.
Dessert - They have Hawaiian shaved ice with house made syrups...the blackberry sauce was amazing! I LOVED the egg custard tarts. The lemon sorbet was out of this world amazing, and the pistachio gelato was so good, too.
Things we weren't fans of:
Cheese/Charcuterie - The selection was okay.
Noodle station - Wasn't a fan of the ramen. Seemed bland to me.

Things were refreshed often, so nothing stayed out too long. I'm still torn. Not sure if I like this or Wicked Spoon more.

Jul 15, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?

My former boss is a great fan of Bruno's. Has been trying to get me to go for some time, but I never wanted to have dinner at an establishment where I might run into my boss. He and his wife love the pork chop there.
Maybe now that he's my former boss, I'll give it a try.

Jul 10, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?

My husband and I are complete fans of The Ranch. The food is thoughtfully prepared and the service is top notch. We've never been to the Saloon side, but the restaurant side is perfect for a steak night.

Jul 10, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Taking my kid to visit USC end of next week. What's a cool

Completely agree with the rec. I didn't find out until long after I graduated, and was so sad that good food was so close without me ever knowing as an undergrad. The food is delicious.

Jul 10, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Brazilian Food in LA

Totally agree. I went there based on Servorg's rec with the family and we all loved it. Delicious.

Jul 10, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Ditto to all the lists of great CHs. Thanks for all your helpful recs...because of you, I've eaten very well for the greater part of the last decade.

Jul 10, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Blank Slate - (July 11-14)

The DH and I are coming in to town next weekend, and outside of three requirements, we're a blank slate. We have plans to hit Bachi Burger because he loves that banh mi burger. We're celebrating his graduation from Nursing school at Bartalotta, and I'd like to hit up Bacchanal because I hear such good things about it. We like all cuisines, and are not fixed on any particular budget...though we're not planning on blowing through dinner at The Mansion, either. Just looking for a few good meals while we're in town and have no idea where we want to go. We haven't been in LV in a couple of years, but have previously enjoyed meals at CP Steak, Jaleo, LOS, Mesa Grill, Daniel Boloud, and Guy Savoy. We're driving from L.A. so we'll have a car and will be willing to drive.
Thanks!

Jul 06, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

We're arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Monday around lunch. Do those rules still apply?

Jul 06, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

Coming into town next week, and looking to make a stop. Any suggestions on when the best time to go would be?

Jul 06, 2014
attran99 in Las Vegas

Santa Barbara Seafood (family friendly)

The kids wanted fish and chips, so we went to Mac's. They loved it, and I'm a fan of the mushy peas. We even let them try the fried candy bar...obviously, the kids loved it, while my husband and I thought it was just interesting. Thanks for the rec! We're coming up in the area in August, and will have to try Brophy's and the BoatHouse then.

Jul 02, 2014
attran99 in California

Oxnard - Family Friendly

Perhaps I've had them wrong all my life then. They were good, but my brain didn't know what to make of it.

Jun 30, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Oxnard - Family Friendly

We hit up the Fisherman's House strip yesterday. My husband wanted sushi, one kid wanted ramen and takoyaki, the other two wanted Fisherman's platter, and I saw the live seafood tank. My favorite item was the fresh Santa Barbarba spot prawns, served fresh with the heads fried. Loved the fresh fried seafood, and the sushi was decent. Didn't try the ramen, but the kid seemed to like it. The takoyaki seemed raw inside...still custardy. I took it back and reheated it as a snack later. I liked it then. Thanks for the rec!

Jun 30, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Oxnard - Family Friendly

We tried Moqueca today for lunch. Had the special mixed seafood stew...it was really good! The boys had the carbonara and a World Cup game to watch. Tatiana provided wonderful service. Loved it! Thanks, Sevorg!

Jun 28, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Barbara Seafood (family friendly)

We're spending the weekend in the SB/Oxnard area with our 3 boys (11, 9, and 8). We're huge fans of Point Loma in San Diego, and was wondering if there was anything in the area like that...a seafood market that's also a restaurant and cooks their product in-house. Good clams chowder isn't a must, but would be a bonus.

Thanks so much!

Jun 27, 2014
attran99 in California

Oxnard - Family Friendly

Spending the weekend in Oxnard and Santa Barbara with our 3 boys (11, 9, and 8). We're fans of all cuisines, and are looking to stay away from chains. Our hotel offers breakfast daily, so no need for breakfast joints. Any recs would be much appreciated. Bonus points to places with good wine and great drinks (for us not the kids).

Thanks so much!

Jun 27, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

The Nest (A Breakfast Joint) - Bellflower

The only other fried biscuit I'm aware of is served at Carthay Circle at California Adventure. While I've not had it, I've been told by a few that it's delicious. I'd rather have their duck wings instead...Firecracker Duck Wings (soy, lime, Sriracha chili)...deep fried ducky-ness with a hit of heat.

Jun 20, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

The Nest (A Breakfast Joint) - Bellflower

Hi, Will...they do have vegetarian options. However, I didn't pay much attention to that. I'm a fan because places like this don't often exist in this neck of the woods. I'd much rather go here then IHOP and Denny's.

The Nest - A Breakfast Joint
9260 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706
(562) 804-5097
http://eatnest.com/
Hours: 7AM - 2PM (M, W-F, Closed Tuesdays
) 7AM - 3PM (Sat/Sun)

Jun 20, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Smoke House Burbank What to Eat

Thanks for the morning chuckle. Is that your version of the recipe or borrowed from someone else? Completely funny.
That being said, I know a ton of people who would love to have this recipe. Thanks, again!

Jun 19, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

The Nest (A Breakfast Joint) - Bellflower

It's rare when a place opening in Bellflower gets any attention from the local food blogs. But when EaterLA did a short article about this place a few months back, I had to try it because it's in my neck of the woods.
I liken it to a place that you would find in Silver Lake where the hipsters are. They house make pretty much every thing on the menu, and keep an herb garden out front that they use to harvest from. Their mission is to serve you grandma's cooking but with a modern twist. The decor is minimalistic with wrap around canvas photos of various locales and a black chalkboard up close to the kitchen with random inspirational quotes (they still had Father's day quotes when we went yesterday).
The menu is small...maybe 15-20 items at the most. The juices are all freshly squeezed or all natural. And the staff is super excited to introduce you to their restaurant when you say it's your first time.
I love poutine, and they have a breakfast poutine. It's super crunchy fried potatoes covered in homemade sausage gravy, cheddar cheese, and two eggs cooked your way. It also came with a side of your choice of any one of the 10 sides available. I chose their bacon waffle with burbon maple glaze. I liked the poutine. The potatoes were really crunchy and cooked all the way through. The sausage gravy was subtle, and went well the the cheese. My eggs were cooked to a perfect medium so that when I broke into the yoke, it oozed all over the plate. The portion was generous, and I only finished half. The bacon waffle was perfect with salty and sweet because that bourbon maple glaze was amazing. My only complaint was that the waffle was too crispy.
My husband ordered their short rib hash. The short rib is braised with Mexican coke and spices. It's served to crispy fried sweet potatoes, and two eggs cooked your way. I have to say that it was delicious, and he loved it, too. As his side, he chose their fried biscuit with gravy. The fried biscuit tasted like if a doughnut and a biscuit had a baby. Super crispy with a melty, crumbly and buttery center. The restaurant says that 9 of 10 people love it. My husband must be that 1 person, who's a traditionalist and didn't enjoy it as much. The textures didn't do it for him.
I have say that I'm a fan. When you live in a neighborhood where traditional breakfast places are a dime a dozen, it's really nice to have a place that tries to push the envelope just a little. Everything is reasonably priced. There's nothing on the menu for more than $10. Service is excellent. One of the owners, Will, even walked over to chat with us about his experience in opening up the place with his partners. We can't wait to come back and try everything else on the menu.

Jun 19, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Smoke House Burbank What to Eat

That cheese toast is insane...it's buttered with an insane amount of orange-glow cheese powder on top. I liken it to the cheese powder from the Kraft Mac & Cheese box. I know tons of people who love it, but I can't get over the orange glow cheese powder. That being said, it's not bad just really odd.
I like the lobster bisque with the extra shot of sherry. Haven't been there in ages. I do remember the steaks being good.

Jun 19, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Ontario???

I would suggest going to Chino for Owen's Bistro. The food and service are excellent. Chef James specializes in New American cuisine, and comes up with creative and delicious food.

Apr 29, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Mole Tater Tots @ Amor Y Tacos

I'm a big fan of this place. I love the mole tots, and love the pork belly dish and the duck tacos. Drinks are great, too.

Apr 28, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Animal Review

Last night's dinner was terrific. Dinner was casual, leisurely, and straight-out yummy. Service was great, and wine suggestions were good. We had an overall good experience.
We ordered the chicken liver toast (yum), the hamachi tostada (AMAZING!), roasted bone marrow (very nice), poutine (it was good), and the BBQ pork belly (lovely). That tostada was so good, I still can taste it in the back of my mouth 24 hours later.
For dessert we tried the bacon crunch bar (that S&P ice cream was something special...the rest was okay) and the cheesecake pudding (admittedly, anything cheesecake-y that I can get my husband to enjoy is good...but on a serious note, I liked it...didn't love it, but liked it just fine).
Thanks to everyone for their input.

Feb 10, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Animal Review

I'm set to go there this weekend. I'm so excited, and yet so sad that foie is no longer on the table. The poutine and bone marrow are definitely on my list of must eats, and it sounds like I should eat the hamachi, too. Any other recs from CHs who have recently gone?

Thanks!

Feb 04, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Providence (Chef's Menu) or Melisse (Carte Blanche)?

Providence...hand down winner each time I go.

Jan 30, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Hip Trendy Birthday Dinner

Sorry, I meant I'm not sure what's around the neighborhood should they want to do a nightcap or hangout nearby afterwards. DTLA is nice because of all the bars and lounges that are close by.

Jan 29, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Europane ???? Is it still good for egg salad sandwiches ?????

It remains amazing. I had one a few months ago.

Jan 25, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Hip Trendy Birthday Dinner

Would love to try Trois Mec, but don't know what my cousins would think of the neighborhood.

Jan 24, 2014
attran99 in Los Angeles Area