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Border Grill - Good Neighbor

My experience with the chile relleno was not only was it good but it was a very, very large portion as well. If I remember correctly it was at least 50% bigger than the usual.

Jul 17, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

Searching for the best Paella on the strip

Although it's not on the strip, Firefly is not too far off the beaten track and their Paella is goodt. It has a bit more rice crunch than the Seablue which is not bad either although I wouldn't say that either are the greatest versions of Paella. Believe it or not I had a Paella in San Antonio, TX that was better!

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Seablue Restaurant
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Jun 16, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

Guy Savoy question

If you jujst want to try out the flavors, not chow down big time, I can highly recommend the bar. The serving sizes vary by the small or big bites but are not so small that you can't get filled up with several of them.

Jun 09, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

ENOTECA VS. CARNE VINO

If you are in a steak mood, the dry aged steaks (not the filet) are outstanding. If you wanted to spend less money, Enoteca is okay but not as strong as Carnevino and B&B.

Jun 09, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Chicken Wings

Boston Pizza, near OG, actually has pretty good wings. Not foodie type wings but very much bar food type wings. They are not the best I've had but they are a solid B/B+. They deliver if you are not too far away.

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Boston Pizza
1507 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Jun 02, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

Dinner at Mundo - A Culinary Haute Spot -

Nice review.

Jun 02, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

Cathay house vs Orchids garden - please help...

Cathay House changed ownership about 2 years or so ago and some of their recipes changed. Their fried shrimp wontons became larger but less flavorful as an example.

Orchids Garden has stayed the same and has noticeably surpassed Cathay. Their shu mai is good, fried shrimp wontons are now the same as Cathay House before Cathay "improved" it and sometimes their duck and clams are excellent. You only have to avoid the tripe which did not taste properly cleaned and their taro which is amazingly bad. Almost everything else on the menu is at least palatable.

Overall, I agree with the comments about dim sum in Vegas not being that great. Orchid has about 6 different price stamps and if you avoid ordering a lot of items from the enclosed glass cart you can stay under $20 for 2 people. For the money it's not bad.

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Cathay House Restaurant
5300 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Orchids Garden
5485 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146

May 26, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

Best Italian

I second B&B. I haven't had a major service issue and I also like the music there more than Sinatra. Bartolotta is a great restaurant but always for fish not pasta.

Mar 16, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

James Bond-like restaurant in Las Vegas?

The James Bond motif you are looking for is at Del Frisco's. Their steaks are good as far as wet aged although I prefer dry aged. You can probably make your budget although not with a lot of extra room.

Mar 15, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

Anyone had the roasted steak at Craftsteak?

I always order steak grilled and I like having a distinct char on the outside. If you roast, you won't develop as severe a char although there will be some. Some people think that a strong char is bitter and full of carcinogens.

Mar 08, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

las vegas dining on the strip

Isla at TI is okay for Mexican. I really don't think Mexican is a strength of Vegas but Isla is not bad. As for the best brunch buffet, if you don't mind $85 for a buffet, the Sterling Brunch on Sundays at Bally's is very good quality.

Mar 08, 2010
masstech in Las Vegas

B&B, should have skipped it...

Picasso has been consistently good so I hope you will enjoy it better than B&B although when I was there with my girlfriend we really liked it, especially the beef cheeks.

Jul 22, 2009
masstech in Las Vegas

Pampas Brazilian Grill Las Vegas

It's not bad. Be sure to save your appetite for the meat which is the expensive part of the meal. If you go to a show at the V theater at the Miracle Mile you can get a discount for some of the nearby restaurants which includes Pampas. The only people who should not go are those used to a Fogo quality churascarria who will find that Pampas is not quite as good.

Jul 17, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Sushi In Las Vegas -- Recommendations and Question re Okada

I don't think Okada will fit your budget. I think it is the best sushi in Vegas though. If you like omakase and want to stay in your budget (as well as not drive that far) try Sen of Japan. The chef was the sushi chef at Nobu.

Jul 17, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Need recommendation for birthday dinner with several parameters in Vegas

Second on L'Atelier. I think that is a great recommendation rp.

Jun 20, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Mexican Food in Vegas

My favorite is Isla at TI although Mesa Grill for Southwestern is very good too. Mexico has different regions and different cuisines so I don't think that you can say anything is uniquely Mexican but Isla's chef has a Mexico City influence. Galeria's is not bad but it has gone a little downhill when the old woman is not cooking and the younger guy with the mustache is the head chef. This is still pretty good Jaliscan but no liquor license.

Viva Zapata's is very good and a bit better than the Michoacan's and Mercado. If you just want tamales, Dona Maria's is not bad.

However, if you think that Las Vegas is similar to Chicago in terms of Mexican reputation because of the large Mexican-American population here, you are mistaken. I think that Mexican is actually surprisingly weak in Las Vegas. My favorites are all pretty good but nothing like the Tex Mex in San Antonio or the hotter New Mexico variations.

Jun 20, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Alex at the Wynn

I thoroughly enjoyed Alex and second or third the tasting menu. However, in the grand scheme of things I would rate it as just a bit under Robuchon and Guy Savoy in Las Vegas. Per Se is at or a teeny, weeny bit ahead of Robuchon but I can't make any comments versus the French Laundry since I haven't eaten there.

Jun 20, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Las Vegas Dining Dilemma

Great review of Carnevino. I look forward to seeing more of your reviews.

Apr 13, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Steakhouses in Vegas - dress code?

Even though I am sure this will attract negative comments from those who desire a dressier Vegas, I am often the guy in shorts that everyone points out as proof of dress code laxness. And when I mean shorts I mean shorts at Cut, N9ne, etc.

I do wear fairly nice polo style shirts with collar but not a pocket. They are Ralph Lauren type of shirts with no statement on them like "I'm with Stupid", etc.

If you want someone to blame for Vegas' perceived lack of class I think I am responsible for at least most if not all of the guy in shorts derision, especially at the steakhouses. Now for Robuchon, I wore a disguise with a buttoned shirt and dressy slacks that temporarily confused my girlfriend of 7 years but thankfully I always carry ID.

Apr 13, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Mexican on the LV Strip?

Isla at TI is pretty good especially if you like tequilla. It's not the best Sandoval restaurant in the U.S. but it's better than most in Vegas.

Feb 25, 2008
masstech in Southwest

make up my mind please on las vegas restaurants

BOA uses dry aged steaks while Del Frisco's is wet aged. Dry concentrates the beef flavor but is a more expensive process and some sensitive palates object to the slightly gamy flavor. Wet aging also tenderizes the meat but it is more neutral tasting but less beefy.

I definitely prefer dry but if you have been to a wet aged steakhouse and liked it then you will probably give the edge to Del Friscos which is very good for wet aged steaks. Their turtle soup is not bad either and the wine list is much better than you would expect for Lone Star.

It was a couple of years ago when I tried BOA. I remember the steak being a very good dry aged specimen and that it was aged longer than most. Charlie Palmer and Prime are dry aged shops so you might be a dry aging fan. There is a long Chowhound thread that covers steaks in Vegas in general that might help. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/471484

Wing Lei is Chinese and Okada is Japanese. Both are very good at what they do but it depends on your mood. Tao was overpriced and not so good from my first and last visit about 2 years ago. Maybe it has gotten better but either Wing Lei or Okada are good choices especially if you go for the tasting menu/omakase.

lvnflyer's comments on Vintner Grill and Todd's are very good advice that I strongly second. The only thing I would add is that the first is more Italian and the second is more seafood. Todd's seafood specials are often really good because he goes out of his way to source something special. Vintner has a very unassuming outside appearance but inside is perfectly fine and has good service too.

I would look for some research about Corsa Cucina because it was recently taken over by Stratta of Alex so it may have gotten better. I have not eaten there since so I can't say one way or the other. Casa di Amore has speakeasy charm but was not that great.

Feb 23, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Restaurants @ Wynn - Las Vegas

Across the board the Wynn has the best hotel restaurants in Vegas. My favorites are Alex, Okada and Bartolotta. The chefs have changed at Red 8 and Corsa Cucina, possibly for the better, and I have not tried either since the changes. Hopefully a Chowhound who has sampled them before AND after can update us on the changes.

Feb 21, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Lotus of Siam - Incredibly Negative Experience (long)

I have eaten at LOS several times and found it to be disappointing versus all the raves you see on this site. I keep thinking that it must have been an off day or that I am missing something. I have tried various dishes hoping one will resonate but no luck yet. I have now stopped trying.

The last time I ordered strictly off the Northern menu because that is their strength and came up with the same level of experience as previous visits: just so-so. The only dish that came close to being a hit with me was their whole fried catfish which I don't find worthy of going out of the way for.

You are not alone with your opinion.

Feb 21, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Cajun shack in Las Vegas mentioned on NPR

The website link you posted doesn't seem to be working now.

Feb 18, 2008
masstech in Southwest

What to have at Rosemary's in Vegas?

Their arugula salad is very good with crispy chickpeas a pleasant surprise. We recently had the rack of lamb which was very well executed. Their menu is fairly strong across the board with their BBQ Shrimp and Bleu Cheese Slaw a great appetizer.

By the way, they also do take out and do a good job of packaging everything well. You pick it up at the bar which is just to the right as you enter.

Feb 15, 2008
masstech in Southwest

Table 34 and Todd's Unique Dining in Las Vegas

Can't help with Table 34 but Todd's is excellent. He spends a lot of time sourcing good seafood at the peak of freshness and it shows. He also has an email where he goes over his specials. I recommend both his restaurant and signing up to get the news on specials.

I would rate Todd's in the same ballpark as Rosemary's. His cuisine favors seafood and is cheaper than the strip restaurants by about a third. If you take into consideration that seafood is more expensive than say, pasta, I think Todd's qualifies for being a good bargain as well.

Feb 14, 2008
masstech in Southwest

CarneVino?

Thanks for a great review! I am pleasantly surprised that they are up and running so fast because it took B&B a little time to get up to speed.

How did they rank versus the other steakhouses in Vegas? I definitely need to check them and Cut as well when they open.

Feb 12, 2008
masstech in Las Vegas

Prime vs. Stripsteak in Vegas?

By default, Stripsteak. If you search Chowhound threads you will find surprisingly less than stellar reviews of Prime. If you are not sure, a great way to get more opinions is at the table games.

Get a conversation going with some of the dealers such as at the craps pit and ask them about Prime. The Bellagio dealers have a discount program so they know the restaurants there. Given the Prime's star chef, great location, etc. you would expect to hear nothing but praise but I don't think that is what you will hear.

I didn't think Stripsteak was great but it is not bad. If you live in NYC and eaten at Craft you probably have eaten at Peter Luger as well. You will notice the dropoff.

Although both are excellent, I prefer L'Atelier because of the tasting menu and also because you can sneak a peak into the food prep. Some have been bothered by that but I think it is interesting.

Feb 12, 2008
masstech in Southwest

In Photos: Joël Robuchon

The link didn't work when I tried it Sunday night. Please try again. Photos of Robuchon bring back very fond memories for me.

Feb 10, 2008
masstech in Southwest

(Las Vegas) Japanese recommendations

If you like small courses, your best bet is omakase which can be well over $100 at Nobu and Okada. For a cheap omakase, I recommend Sen of Japan which others recommend here too.

Feb 09, 2008
masstech in Southwest