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Chef Beni Velazquez bring more unique eats to the 'burbs at Isabela's

Beautiful setting, bold flavors, and a whole lot of passion are going overlooked in the old Garfield's space. Thus far not finding its audience with those who would prefer the ho-hum of Marche Bacchus, Isabela's is definitely worth checking out for a change of pace.

Aug 26, 2015
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Chada Street -- First Impressions?

Two early reports from friends say the flavors are even more dynamic than that at Chada Thai. Wish they did weekend lunches, but perhaps in the future.

Aug 24, 2015
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China Poblano- Jose, where are you?

Huh?

Aug 21, 2015
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China Poblano- Jose, where are you?

...and yet it is often full while poor KU Noodle, a superior and more logical concept, wastes away.

Bazaar Meat wowed me with the Josper last weekend, and $70 for the Turbot may be the steal of the menu FYI

Aug 19, 2015
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China Poblano- Jose, where are you?

This applies to EVERY Andres restaurant, no matter the city.

Aug 19, 2015
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Chada Street -- First Impressions?

I know 3 who've been, all trustworthy, and 2 suggest it is better than the original in terms of spice profiles and creativity. The crab rice, house sausage, and one of the pork dishes are rumored best.

They are currently closed again, not sure why, but due to reopen soon.

Aug 19, 2015
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Gelatology -- Desyree soon to resurface on South Rainbow

Chocolate Sorbetto is killer.

Aug 19, 2015
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Gelatology -- Desyree soon to resurface on South Rainbow

If early word, Yelp, mine, and John Curtas has anything to say I hope so too! Next time you're in town, lets get together for Chada Street and this. :)

Aug 17, 2015
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China Poblano- Jose, where are you?

...and oddly, despite my previous sub-par experience, I returned to Bazaar Meat this week and found 4/5 dishes to be stunning. It is still overpriced, even for the strip, but my goodness does that Josper sing.

Aug 17, 2015
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Gelatology -- Desyree soon to resurface on South Rainbow

Sorbets, liquid gelato, cookies, an astounding millefoglie, housemade sodas....all there and photographed.

Aug 16, 2015
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Gelatology -- Desyree soon to resurface on South Rainbow

15 minutes door-to-door from home, and 10 minutes from dinner at Asian BBQ and Noodles...and absolutely as good as ever: http://endoedibles.com/?p=33476

Aug 16, 2015
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With Mothership Coffee Roasters, Sin City now has an Artisan Coffee House and Bakery to call its own

An update with more info on the team in place, for anyone interested: http://endoedibles.com/?p=33298

Aug 13, 2015
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48 hours in Vegas

Its when he actually puts in some 'effort' that I like him...

Aug 12, 2015
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Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans

Sunrise and Mothership are owned by the same folks, the beans are roasted at Mothership - 1 mile away on Green Valley Pkwy.

Aug 11, 2015
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Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans

Mothership. See recent posts on the topic.

Aug 11, 2015
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An old Dog with some new Tricks - Ferraro's sees signs of evolution under the new Chef while Mimmo fronts Pizza Forte at Hard Rock

Finally paid a visit to Ferraro's this past week and while the classics were as good as rumored, some of the new items were even more impressive and perhaps a good sign of things to come. Additionally walked across to Forte afterwards and found what I personally feel to be the best 'slice' in the city.

Aug 11, 2015
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With Mothership Coffee Roasters, Sin City now has an Artisan Coffee House and Bakery to call its own

They won't rely on tourists, so its all good. I just want to see them do well for trying to do something different!

Aug 10, 2015
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With Mothership Coffee Roasters, Sin City now has an Artisan Coffee House and Bakery to call its own

Too bad. I went again this weekend and remain stunned.

Aug 09, 2015
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Layers Bakery in Henderson has closed.....

...the price was too high for the quality, both at this location and the one near the hospital. Good ingredients do not make up for slipshod execution.

Aug 09, 2015
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Interesting or fun or can't miss or just a good value?

Skip Seersucker, go to Therapy or Glutton.
Cleo is a great choice.
Consider Ku Noodle.

Aug 06, 2015
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Upscale Italian on the Strip

Portofino for Pasta.
Carnevino for Meats.

Without budget restrictions you really can't go wrong with either, though I'd suggest the former is far more creative (unmatched here, really) in terms of pasta.

Aug 05, 2015
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A sign of things to come - the cafe and kitchen at Artisanal Foods.

Still a work in progress, but likely opening the first week of September, those longing for something sustainable, chef driven, and entirely unique would be well advised to keep an eye on what is happening down at the new Artisanal Foods location. Currently invitation only, but soon to be open to the public this could be exactly the sort of thing Las Vegas has truly lacked.

Aug 04, 2015
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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

To quote another local critic. "It would be a great local restaurant, at half the price."

Aug 02, 2015
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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

I've never once received a discount at Twist, so there is that, likewise to Carnevino. I think we MIGHT have gotten some free desserts at the pre-arranged meals ($2000 minimum for private booth,) but there was no comp.

I fully disclosed the Bartolotta discount, and didn't deny it above, but that was for Curtas - who you use as a reference for Japaneiro - not me.

Stop kidding yourself, the 'real' critics around here are eating on-the-house ~50% of the time. Hell, LVW actually has meals where they don't even pay gratuity! To assume I cannot separate good from great from mediocre based on saving a few bucks is ridiculous.

Aug 02, 2015
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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

I reported on exactly what was served, and its quality. As my recent travels thoughout France, or any number of US Cities, will indicate I don't mind paying for great food. I mind paying great prices for food that dose not meet standards. The specific complaints I made of the cuisine I made are not addressed here by you, at all, just a 'low blow' attempt at discrediting my opinions as you've done repeatedly with Bazaar Meats.

I ate with two other experienced diners who felt similar, and have two critics in text saying they'd think the place was better at half the cost.

Execute with perfection and charge me what you like. Use truffle oil, 'butters,' and fail the basics of serving fish tender or chawanmushi flavorful and I'm not going to act happy that I spent strip prices for it.

Find me steaks aged like Carnevino anywhere in the US and then put a price on it, until then, you're right - there is no basis....unlike the stuff here which is pretty standard fare for a similar spot.

Jul 31, 2015
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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

Oh boy, tossing out the 'comp' argument. Well done. I wasn't comped at any of my meals at Twist, Carnevino, Raku, Yonaka, or other places....so where does that leave you?

Truffle oil is intrinsically poor form. I don't rave it anywhere.

As to your "prime" assertions - move along - it is irrelevant when discussing Carnevino's beef as they make no claims. It is still a top shelf product, per "professional food critics" no less.

Please tell me overcooked prawns justify $25/e or a single uni tongue $13?

Jul 31, 2015
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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

I was so underwhelmed by this place that it was almost astounding. Between the music, the way they seem to intentionally hide upcharges, and the overcooked $25 prawns...it was just crazy. All told I really do tend to trust the palates of people I dine with and know, but this one TOTALLY missed the mark for myself and the two folks I dined with. http://endoedibles.com/?p=32802

Jul 30, 2015
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With Mothership Coffee Roasters, Sin City now has an Artisan Coffee House and Bakery to call its own

Good folks with a strong backing, seems very likely to do well since it is 'low risk' with Sunrise already established and their products already a known entity. They did a great job with the space, too, though more seating would be nice.

Jul 28, 2015
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With Mothership Coffee Roasters, Sin City now has an Artisan Coffee House and Bakery to call its own

Not technically in Las Vegas, but rather in Henderson, these folks are a paradigm shift in the local coffee community.

Jul 28, 2015
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Gelatology -- Desyree soon to resurface on South Rainbow

...so Messina it shall remain. :(

Jul 27, 2015
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