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Cleo at The SLS - bold but balanced, sleek yet sophisticated

With so many hotels happy to mail it in with yet another Celebrity Steakhouse or Burger concept - both of which SLS is admittedly guilty of - I applaud them for bringing Cleo to the strip. To say the least there is nothing like it on Las Vegas Boulevard and if my one visit is any indicator the buzz about this place could help bring even more interesting restaurants to the casinos in years to come.

2 days ago
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Red Medicine - 6 course tasting menu - best in LA to me

Will be in town in October - either 10/24 or 10/25 I Would gladly meet up with some folks to pay one last visit.

Dining in 'private' - the Riserva experience at Carnevino

The price-point at Bazaar is the problem. $8 single bites of food (pretty much anything with foie,) the buffet quality desserts at $6-8/ea, the $50/lb steak that is lightyears from the quality of even the 'standard' stuff at Carnevino.

Sep 24, 2014
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Japanese Cuisine by Omae - a 'destination' off-strip restaurant, but only time will tell if it can last

It isn't a sushi spot, so it cannot be compared. It sure wasn't on par with Shunji though.

Sep 24, 2014
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Japanese Cuisine by Omae - a 'destination' off-strip restaurant, but only time will tell if it can last

The place only seats 12...there were 9 present, total, including our group of 5.

Sep 24, 2014
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Dining in 'private' - the Riserva experience at Carnevino

...and this is where I differ from most. I'd rather have 1 'amazing' dining experience to 10 good ones. The novelty of the Duck Hearts at McCrady's, the Riserva at Carnevino, or a four hour tasting at Saison will trump ten meals of 'good' food elsewhere.

Sep 23, 2014
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Dining in 'private' - the Riserva experience at Carnevino

Well put, but as you stated - you cannot get the Riserva anywhere else. Having had well-aged meat at Saison, Roberta's (when Carlo was doing the tasting menu prior to Blanca,) and others there is nothing like the Riserva's flavor. Is it something I'll eat daily? Nope. Is it something I'd recommend to anyone with the means who truly values a unique experience? Yep.

Sep 23, 2014
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Japanese Cuisine by Omae - a 'destination' off-strip restaurant, but only time will tell if it can last

Good for them. Received an e-mail from the mailing list yesterday indicating the same thing. :)

Sep 23, 2014
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Dining in 'private' - the Riserva experience at Carnevino

Before dining at Bazaar, as I mentioned, I thought Carnevino was the best steakhouse in America. Now I'm even more sold. Even the "Young" stuff is 90+ days old and every single person in our group of 8 was underwhelmed by Bazaar's steak - even those who couldn't quite stomach the Riserva 'funk.'

Sep 22, 2014
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Red Medicine - 6 course tasting menu - best in LA to me

I post here a fair bit. I like Red Medicine...but I sort of wish he'd change the desserts a bit more frequently. :)

Still trying to decide where to go when I come back in mid-October and suddenly contemplating a return to RM.

Salt and Straw

Had no idea they'd expanded outside PDX. Visited both shops when up there last year. This immediately goes on the list for mid October. Thanks. :)

Sep 22, 2014
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Dining in 'private' - the Riserva experience at Carnevino

I'm not a big 'steak' guy, but the Riserva is unlike any 'steak' I've ever seen. It is worth every penny, provided you can get one.

Sep 22, 2014
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Dining in 'private' - the Riserva experience at Carnevino

For just a bit more than what was spent the day prior at Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres the same group of eight sat down to this. The later absolutely leaving the former in the dust in terms of the quality of the meats. Though perhaps not as 'innovative' as Andres, Carnevino remains my pick for best steakhouse in Vegas, and the United States. Guess we'll see what Bern's is all about in November.

Sep 22, 2014
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A romp through the menu at Bazaar Meat - a good meal, at a price.

As you'll see momentarily, Carnevino outshined them considerably, though we did indeed book a private 'room' for our group at Carnevino.

The cost is difficult to gauge as several were drinking, but for 8 people, tax and automatic 20% tip included, our tab was just under $2k at Bazaar. The pig was $140 for a quarter.

Sep 22, 2014
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Another dinner at Chada Thai and our first time at Chang's

Yum Cha. New spot off Millennium Park with some pretty well known ownership from Phoenix Restaurant.

Sep 22, 2014
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A romp through the menu at Bazaar Meat - a good meal, at a price.

Noting up front that the folks with whom I was dining are not into 'fine dining,' but rather the sort for whom a great meal entails an excellent steak, perhaps a few starters, and good drinks I will simply say the pig 'fits,' though I was the only person at the table who actually found it to be memorable.

Choosing to focus VERY heavily on the quality of the proteins and the manners in which they are prepared everyone else at the table found the pork dramatically underseasoned and the steak to be good, but not on par with Carnevino, Cut, or Ramsay. Having had the whole pig roast at Garces' Amada in Philadelphia I definitely liked his better, but this one was good.....though not good enough that I'd go back to order it again as opposed to trying more of the esoteric cuts on the menu. As one might expect of this place, the 'money' is in the small plates.

Sep 21, 2014
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The Griddle Cafe at SLS - the food lives up, the service needs work.

FYI, a return visit was due, and the ship has been righted.
http://endoedibles.com/?p=22583

Sep 21, 2014
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A romp through the menu at Bazaar Meat - a good meal, at a price.

70 pictures, 14 Savories, 7 Sweets, quite a few cocktails - total tab just under $2k.

Sep 21, 2014
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A romp through the menu at Bazaar Meat - a good meal, at a price.

Visited on Friday night with a group of seven that would join me the following night at Carnevino suffice it to say my favorite steakhouse in Las Vegas has not changed, though Bazaar Meat definitely brings a lot to the table.

Sep 21, 2014
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Another dinner at Chada Thai and our first time at Chang's

Glad you liked Chang's - just went to a spot in Chicago that is recently very highly regarded and found it inferior to Changs in ALL ways (while costing TWICE as much.)

Sep 21, 2014
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A quick note re: Honey Salt

Good to hear. I need to head back there after my impressive experience at Made, and I look forward to seeing what their new space offers.

Sep 21, 2014
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Favorite websites/forums to find restaurant recommendations in LV (other than Yelp)?

...with selectivity, Yelp is a great tool. Certainly it is not without flaws, but by-and-by it can be very useful and I've met some really good people through the site.

Sep 21, 2014
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One Dinner, Off Strip, Sunday, Have Car, Will Travel

Staff will call one for you, if you ask. :)

Sep 18, 2014
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Favorite websites/forums to find restaurant recommendations in LV (other than Yelp)?

Eater.com
My blog.
Eatinglv.com
There are no good local forums, unfortunately.

Sep 18, 2014
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One Dinner, Off Strip, Sunday, Have Car, Will Travel

Cheers. I really need to get back to Raku.

Sep 18, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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Just a comment/question

Perfect.

Sep 14, 2014
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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
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