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Thanksgiving Brunch/Dinner - Somewhere from Venice to Sarasota

This is very helpful. I think we're going to do Ophelia's - they'll be serving standard menu + specials.

about 14 hours ago
uhockey in Florida

What is the appeal of Yusho?

Not sour at all - just "Rameny". Being completely honest I just don't 'get' the ramen fascination overall...it isn't my thing - here or anywhere.

2 days ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

Thanksgiving Brunch/Dinner - Somewhere from Venice to Sarasota

Hi Hounds,

Visiting my Grandmother for Thanksgiving - 85 years old, doesn't really get out much and considers Denny's her local go-to - and want to do something special. She lives in the central part of Venice, but we'll have a car and I'll be picking up the tab so price/distance is not a concern, within reason. Looking for something good/great, not particularly upscale and it doesn't even need to be 'traditional' Thanksgiving, though I'd a nice spread would probably be best. Buffet style or served, but ideally not a chain.

Thanks!
Mike
http://endoedibles.com

Jul 24, 2014
uhockey in Florida

What is the appeal of Yusho?

To rub salt in your would, Vegas Seven (okay, fine, take it with a grain of salt obviously) named the Logan Poser Ramen the BEST RAMEN IN THE CITY. :)

Jul 24, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Vegas eats with kids - Bellagio buffet? Fois Gras?

Good call - forgot about that one!

Jul 24, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Vegas eats with kids - Bellagio buffet? Fois Gras?

This is good news. Will add to agenda.

Jul 23, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Vegas eats with kids - Bellagio buffet? Fois Gras?

I won't name them here, and none will announce it, but the item is frequently incorporated into tasting menus as an 'unannounced' course and there is a local chef who frequently offers the item as part of his pop-ups.

As to Vegas - I stand by my prior recommendations.

Jul 23, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Early or late options

It is also a huge ripoff. :)

Jul 22, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Vegas eats with kids - Bellagio buffet? Fois Gras?

Interesting - and its not that I doubt you - but taking into account the price of JP's desserts it seems this would be a ridiculous deal.

Jul 22, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Vegas eats with kids - Bellagio buffet? Fois Gras?

It is foie gras, not fois, and you can eat it prepared in Cali - you just cannot purchase it as such.

Regarding affordable quality foie gras in Vegas your options in Bellagio are very limited, as such you'll need to look elsewhere. Bouchon at Venetian, Public House at Venetian, Payard at Caesars, Comme Ca at Cosmopolitan, the Bar at Gordon Ramsay Steak would be good places to start.

Jul 22, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Vegas eats with kids - Bellagio buffet? Fois Gras?

Are you certain on that JP comment regarding the buffet?

Jul 22, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

fwiw, now may be the time - Merges is in town through the weekend it seems.

Jul 21, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Vegas Strip Dinner for Guys

Getting out of ANY of those spots in the $50-$100 range will prove very difficult.

I'd consider DOCG or Holstein's at Cosmo in addition to Jaleo.

Jul 21, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas
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What is the appeal of Yusho?

"Best Chef Named Daniel to Return to Our City This Year" may as well have been a category. ;)

Jul 20, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas
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What is the appeal of Yusho?

LVW also named it best new restaurant of the year in their issue this week. Beating out their also raved DB, Giada, and...well...everything they ever review in LVW. No critics, just fanboys.

Jul 18, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Best high end solo dining experiences

Having recently went I'd suggest the food is on-par with any of the 'top' Italian tables in New York or San Francisco. Obviously not as 'frechified' as spots like Quince or Del Posto, but very good. The sort of spot that would net a Michelin star in either city.

Jul 17, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Raku vs Yusho

Same owner, same complex - he imported the pastry chef from Japan.

Jul 17, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Best high end solo dining experiences

e by Jose Andres for the theater.
Twist for the food.
Raku for the novelty of an off-strip experience and stellar cuisine.

Jul 16, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

I'm aware. It was price/portion comparison to Yusho. I did not (admittedly, jokingly) ask for someone to take me there - nor did I make the direct comparison to a Michelin Starred chef....though in a way I guess I did since Merges was at Trotter doing all the work when they got their 2.

Jul 16, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

I've yet to find a better egg custard tart in Las Vegas.

Jul 15, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

fwiw, the folks at SLS have been in direct contact with Caesars' in setting up their buffet - it is reportedly going to be a direct competitor, though scaled down.

Jul 15, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

...those places did have stars, though. Plural. As to the 'self trained' comment, several. You are right though, different thread, though the price/portion commentary was relevant.

Jul 15, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

It was a response to comparing Twist to Giada, no more and no less.

Jul 15, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

As soon as Giada wins a single Michelin Star or cooks a dish in any restaurant - let alone taking in 3, 2, and 1 while truly running an empire in several countries.

Jul 15, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

I gather it'd be easier to find people for this foray on Yelp. ;)

Jul 15, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

So, anyone want to throw themselves on this grenade with me for the sake of the collective chowhound consciousness once the brunch service starts on 8/1/14? If I'm going to eat absurd food, it is going to be breakfast. A group of 4 would probably be enough...

Jul 15, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

...it's hard to price the constituents of a tasting menu, but from what I'm told by a friend at Per Se the ingredients alone for Oysters and Pearls cost Keller about $45. :) Of course, I just call them in advance and tell them I'm coming so I never pay a dime. ;)

I do agree though that there are things 'worth it' and things not - it seems like Yusho very much fit the later for you while Giada seems gaudy in price to me, especially seeing the pasta portions. Different strokes, different folks I guess. The question becomes, what about a place like Hash House a Go-Go where the ingredients are actually decent and farm sourced while plates are MASSIVE at the price.

As to Twist - we can go Dutch anytime you like.

Jul 15, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Looking for good cantonese or dim sum non buffet food.

For upscale I think Blossom is putting out some stellar food, same for Wing Lei. For Dim Sum, KJ at The Rio is about as good as it gets in Vegas.

Jul 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

One great meal plus some quick places?

Twist or Andre's for the fancy meal - price is on spot for what you're looking for and both are excellent

Jul 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

Where have I stated that I 'called ahead to let them know I am coming?'

Jul 14, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas