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Pot Liquor CAS - a 'could be' destination for Barbeque in Vegas...but not quite yet.

Headed over to the new spot in Town Square last night after Omae and I'll simply say that if these guys play their cards right they could be a game-changer to 'cue in a manner that Pizza Rock changed up pie here in Vegas - an everything to everyone sort of place where the scene and cuisine are part of the appeal. Still in their soft opening but featuring some serious chops I'll be interested to see how they evolve.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Japanese Cuisine by Omae - a 'destination' off-strip restaurant, but only time will tell if it can last

They couldn't have known unless he contacted them himself - and I don't think he did, the reservation was under my name and made through their Yelp-seating online system.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

One Dinner, Off Strip, Sunday, Have Car, Will Travel

...neither Serious Pies nor Apizza Scholls is Neapolitan, though.

Egg Works is fine, but there is better to be found.

Aces and Ales is decent - watched a Kings/Ducks playoff game there this year. The beer list is crazy, though I don't drink the stuff, and many would say better than top 5 - as in #1. The food is better than average for a bar.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Just a comment/question

Perfect.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Just a comment/question

Perhaps coming from the Midwest I have less disdain for driving than most, but I never find the parking to be difficult on the strip at all.

Regarding the commend about lack of independent local restaurants...I couldn't disagree more. There are TONS of local gems to be found.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Japanese Cuisine by Omae - a 'destination' off-strip restaurant, but only time will tell if it can last

Nice. I hope you enjoy it. Likely the same menu as we experienced with some small changes to the sashimi and/or 5th course fish. Rumor has it that they'll change the menu monthly, otherwise.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Dinner @ Aquaknox (11 Sept. 2014)

Good news. This place has been on my 'to do' list forever. Perhaps now I'll have to commit to a visit. :)

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Specifically referring to lunch(es) @ Caesar's . . . (11-12 Sept. 2014)

Caesar's is in all sorts of peril at this time with financial issues, frequent Chef turnover, and frankly poor execution. Too bad you had to see it first hand. Can't say any of their restaurants save for Savoy interest me these days. Most seem like money grabs, no more and no less.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

One Dinner, Off Strip, Sunday, Have Car, Will Travel

I'm sorry - I didn't see this until today - you should have e-mailed me. :) Chada, Lotus of Siam, Yonaka, and Made LV (over Honey Salt) would be my suggestions.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Some questions about Vegas dining

For Uni pasta, Joel Robuchon. There is no better. It isn't Italian, but it is an unreal dish worth every penny.

For Japanese, either Raku (cooked), Kabuto (sushi), or Japanese Cuisine by Omae.

Blossom is excellent. Go there.

Five-50's Clam Pizza is awful.

Bouchon's Christmas Brunch is lovely. Bouchon Bakery's Buche de Noel shouldn't be missed.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Dinner at Bazaar Meat®; dessert at Ku Noodle @ the SLS (12 Sept. 2014)

Going next Friday and had dinner with John Curtas last night who confirmed much of what you said here. Knowing the folks I'm dining with it won't be as much 'small plates' as huge meats, but I have high hopes. Great report.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Japanese Cuisine by Omae - a 'destination' off-strip restaurant, but only time will tell if it can last

Visited Omae for the Omakase last night and while it was indeed a beautiful and elegant experience I wonder aloud exactly how they will lure enough people to the location to make it work. Perhaps a bit aggressively priced but clearly the sort of restaurant Vegas is lacking I guess this post should serve as "word of mouth" for those considering the investment, and as a heads up to folks who've not yet heard of it.

Sep 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Joel Robuchon

Interesting...I think our dining scene (Aside from some ethnic eats) I superior to the LA/OC, particularly at the upper end. Sure we don't have the ocean, but we also don't have the 90 minute drive to get there from only 15 miles away. ;)

Sep 08, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Joel Robuchon

Robuchon is a superior restaurant to Providence in nearly all ways, though that excellence commands quite the price.

Sep 08, 2014
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5 lunches, 4 dinners

Nice feedback and good to know desserts still shine at Robuchon in the post-Kamel era.

Sep 08, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

Keep me posted - leaving the agenda for that weekend largely open.

Sep 06, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Next trip coming soon, but first...

...sweets raku before raku would be perfectly logical.

Sep 06, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

San Fran Michelin

No offense taken, as I said, glad you find it useful - I try to provide feedback to the people who help me dine well. :)

Next trip coming soon, but first...

I cannot imagine ANY wait at Sweets Raku after a 11:30 meal at Raku, but then again I can count on one hand how many times I've been up at 11:30pm in the last calendar year. ;)

Let me know regarding Saturday whenever you sort it out. :) You have my e-mail.

Sep 05, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

Shoot me an e-mail with your gameplan and we'll make it work. :) I can likely swing either, though lunch (any time, really) is probably better. Meeting a friend from my Ohio days for breakfast at Griddle Cafe around 8 or 9a, so I'll have plenty of fuel to last for later lunch (or dinner)

Sep 05, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

San Fran Michelin

...while I am honored you value my opinions (and my blog) I wish to clear up a few things. #1) my dining budget is far from unlimited, I merely live well within my means in other ways (car, home, expenses, luxuries) in order to travel and dine well. This isn't really topic for CH, but just making it known that my background is modest and those who've dined with me can attest to this. #2) The capacity thing...yeah...guilty as charged. Those who've dined with me will laughingly attest to this. #3) I do not specifically target Michelin spots - nor should anyone - it is a guide, just like Chowhound is a guide, just like Yelp is a guide. The most IMPORTANT thing is finding people whose palate matches your own - or as a friend of mine says - people with a 'like mouth' and letting their opinions guide you.

For what it is worth, after my last meal at The French Laundry I'd put it in the single star category while I feel Saison should have had its third star last year.

There are people who travel FAR more extensively than I and eat FAR more extravagantly than I. Unfortunately they opt not to share their time/opinions in a public forum, instead isolating themselves to a blog plus, perhaps, a local food board. For me, the chance to give restaurants I respect some good publicity to the Chowhound (or even Yelp) community while simultanously offering the good people of those sites some insight to help them avoid eating poorly is a lot of fun and I've met a lot of great people from both sites.

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

The day of the week simply doesn't work for me with a full schedule the following day and dining plans for the weekend as well, plus I'm doing Bazaar Meats with a group of 8 on 9/20 so I'll get you guys some heads up before then.

I'm game for dining anywhere with anyone for lunch on 10/4, or for very early dinner as I'll be going to see the Kings/Avs game at 7:00p at MGM.

Sep 04, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Next trip coming soon, but first...

There is rumor comme ca will shutter by year's end and I think those rumors are louder than a whisper, for once. The Confit cinnamon roll has long been on my 'to try' list, but I've not yet pulled the trigger.

I'll have been to Omae and Bazaar Meat by the time you come, as well as Carnevino for the Riserva, so will give you some feedback before you arrive.

Sep 04, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Just a comment/question

It is this exact reason that I cross post at Yelp, Urbanspoon, in the blog, and here - to stimulate the conversation. Yelp and CH cater to VERY different crowds, but to poo-poo one over the other is myopic if the goal is to shed light on great dining.

Yelp is wrought with personality disorders, but it is nowhere near as elitest as Chowhound. By catering to the masses the site serves a purpose, particularly in cities where CH is of less value.

Aug 29, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

I'll check out Umami for a Buckeyes game this year, I'm sure, but I'm making it a point to get down to Born and Raised more for College Football this year.

Aug 29, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

The Griddle Cafe at SLS - the food lives up, the service needs work.

None at all - but it is unrealistic for me to write 2 separate blog posts. I also contribute around here a lot, as you know.

Re: Kevin and Kevineats, yes, I know for a fact. Can discuss via e-mail or at The Griddle Café for breakfast sometime. :)

Aug 29, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

The Griddle Cafe at SLS - the food lives up, the service needs work.

I tend to agree on Babystacks.

And yes, my history would indicate a STRONG predilection for dessert = breakfast when I dine out. For someone who adheres to a plant and egg based diet when dining at home, these are the indulgences. :)

If you need a dining buddy and want to wake up early on a Saturday I have a couple upcoming trips to TGC planned with 1-4 others that would facilitate your ability to try a lot of stuff

Aug 29, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Twist vs. Sage vs. L'Atelier

No no, he did open the overpriced pizza spot here - now he hangs out with his family in Michigan. :-)

Aug 28, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

The Griddle Cafe at SLS - the food lives up, the service needs work.

When does kevineats post on the LA board? People post-reference him all the time but "kevin" on the LA board is NOT the writer for kevineats.

As to 'advertising' - what - an opinion? There is nothing to see or sell there. A freely hosted site with pictures built in.

I used to post a signature - people complained about that. I then simply posted trip reports to be helpful - people cried about my writing style.
I write my blog because I enjoy it. I share it here to give the restaurants their time to shine (When else is someone mentioning Norm's Egg Café on CH?? Or Planet Dailies?)

This board creates its own hassles by being elitest and redundant.

Aug 28, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Just a comment/question

Because despite being a good food city we have the worst critical appraisal of food I have ever seen. It stifles conversation from locals as the rag-writers line up for the next celebrity chef with a PR firm to give them comps.

Aug 28, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas