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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.

about 16 hours ago
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.

about 21 hours ago
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. :)

about 21 hours ago
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

about 21 hours ago
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. :-)

1 day ago
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.

1 day ago
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.

1 day ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

Twist vs. Sage vs. L'Atelier

McClain moved back to Michigan...opened an overpriced pizza spot...the usual.

1 day ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

Rose. Rabbit. Lie. - a stunning meal with entertainment to boot.

It is nothing like it.

1 day ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

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

The renovated Sahara hotel, just next to Circus Circus.

1 day ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

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

I was asked (by CH) to not copy/paste ANY of the substance from the other site - that is what I had been doing.

1 day ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

3 dinners + Sunday brunch - critique my shortlist!

Dinner #1 - there is nothing like it in any of your 3 cities, or America. Gagnaire is one of a kind.

Dinner #2 - RRL is very legit, but getting out under $100 if you plan to drink will be tricky. I think you should go, but keep definitely see my thoughts on the noise level and plan/reserve accordingly.

Dinner #3 - Not a steak fan? Don't do steak. Want an amazing steak? Do Carnevino and also try the pastas and sides. Could also consider Raku/Sweets Raku here, or Chada Thai to compare to LoS.

Brunch - Bacchanal is far better than Border Grill and I've not been to Verandah. Perhaps look into La Cave at Wynn for brunch - I've not been, but hear good things.

2 days ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

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

I completely agree with your comments on the policy, but yes - they want them "shared" as links. I don't get the purpose. Seems like urbanspoon to me.

Regarding the pancakes - they are a buttermilk base and are very moist. The toppings add to it and the fact that they only serve (unlimited) 100% maple syrup is a plus.

Why would I try savory items? That is not me. :) I list everything I try in the review.

2 days ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

Rose. Rabbit. Lie. - a stunning meal with entertainment to boot.

See the review. It gets deafening loud. There are shows at 30 minute intervals.

Aug 27, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

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

Probably my most highly anticipated opening of 2014 it was day one that we went to Griddle Café and although the food riffs well on that being served on Sunset the service was a disaster.

Aug 27, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Rose. Rabbit. Lie. - a stunning meal with entertainment to boot.

The food is worth it; but decide on how much noise you want and request seating accordingly

Aug 27, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Craving sweets

Bouchon is the best in Vegas. Payard is decent. Cannot recommend Jean Phillipe.

Aug 26, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

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

Posting as links, apparently, which IMO seems to dissuade conversation here on the board moreso than stimulate it.

Aug 25, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

MADE L.V. - the newest spot from Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau shines in Summerlin

While some may find the trend of upscale comfort food to be more than a bit tired it should go without saying that when done well even the most simple of things can be delightful, and so it was on Saturday with a group of 9 at the newest offering from the team behind Honey Salt.

Aug 25, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Rose. Rabbit. Lie. - a stunning meal with entertainment to boot.

Apparently desiring posts to be made in this format, here are my thoughts on Rose. Rabbit. Lie. IMO, perhaps the most misunderstood and underrated restaurant in Las Vegas.

Aug 25, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Next trip coming soon, but first...

Yusho is a far better choice for a solo diner, as would be Raku or Yonaka if you want to get off strip.

Aug 25, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

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

Will let you know before end of the month. Would have to take off 10/3, but could be doable with Frozen Fury on 10/4 anyhow.

Aug 25, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

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

I'm talking a dozen to do it and the rest of the menu. If you need a 5th I'm not hard to find. ;)

Aug 24, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

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

Andres has been in town over a week overseeing the restaurants which speaks volumes. The menu at Bazaar Meats (posted by John Curtas on his instagram feed) looks ridiculous. If I weren't to be out of town the next two weekends I'd be planning a visit. The $520 9-11 pound pig roast seems like something I want to gather a dozen for...

Aug 24, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Next trip coming soon, but first...

Let me add Rose. Rabbit. Lie. to your radar. I'll have my thoughts up tomorrow most likely (though since people are apparently claiming I'm 'promoting' something via my blog...though I'm not sure what...I may not be able to post my thoughts here on CH as I have for YEARS) but suffice it to say that I feel it is the best restaurant no one is talking about in Las Vegas right now. While opinions of the 'scene' may vary, the food coming out of that kitchen is nothing short of excellent across the board. Left to my own choosing but forced to go back to any restaurant in the city (no new spots) on someone else's tab I'd be hard pressed to decide between Twist, Joel Robuchon, or RRL.

Aug 24, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

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

The Casino was packed and early reviews of Bazaar Meats from people I trust are resoundingly positive. We visited Perq and Griddle Café (review is up in the blog but apparently per the new CH guidelines I can't post directly to CH) with food found to be excellent but service an absolute disaster.

The buffet also was noted to be quite awful by a few people I know who went.

Aug 24, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Restaurant Week

...most of these are not a deal, at all. Some actually cost MORE than going ALC if you don't order correctly.

Cheers to them for supporting a charity, though.

Aug 21, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

E by Jose Andres, any other secret restaurants?

Check out Pin-Up at pH next time. IMO, better.

Aug 21, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

E by Jose Andres, any other secret restaurants?

...the most frequently reviewed spot in the place. ;)

Aug 21, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Vegetarian

Yep. Every one of 'em.
Scarpetta also offers Veg/Vegan/Gluten Free Menus.

Aug 20, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas