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Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

Understood - but the plan was this Saturday. No matter. Trying to recruit some people, but if I fail its not like I'm missing out on Robuchon here. ;)

about 16 hours ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

Would noon work better? ;)

about 19 hours ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

That is a long way off. :) We'll see. I'd definitely like to get together for a bite somewhere, though.

about 19 hours ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

All of them. The version at Rollin' Smoke is fine, but not on par with any except perhaps Black's amongst the group listed. They excel with the pulled pork and beef rib, for sure.

about 19 hours ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

Come on QAW - you suggested it - I'm down for it this weekend if you are. :)

1 day ago
uhockey in Las Vegas

Day 3 San Francisco Reviews - Humphry Slocombe Ferry Plaza, Three Babes Bakeshop, Fog City, Tout Sweet Patisserie, Nico, A16

Stick to the starters at Nico and you should do well. :) Dessert too.

1 day ago
uhockey in San Francisco Bay Area

Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

+1 for Rollin Smoke. Its really not even close. I spent a week in Texas sampling some of the 'best' from Black's and Snows to Pecan Lodge and Franklin and would put Rollin' Smoke's Beef Ribs on par with any of them. The AYCE is a ridiculous bargain if you come with an appetite.

http://endoedibles.com

2 days ago
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What is the appeal of Yusho?

Again, if the ingredients justify it - like L'Arpege - you walk out going "shit - I just spent $600 on vegetables and a total of MAYBE 8oz of meat"....but they were the best vegetables I've ever eaten. When you walk out 'blah' even after a $60 meal it feels like a failure.

Jul 26, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

Day 3 San Francisco Reviews - Humphry Slocombe Ferry Plaza, Three Babes Bakeshop, Fog City, Tout Sweet Patisserie, Nico, A16

Understood. I too had table #1, though it was by choice, and felt a little 'isolated' from the main action - though as a solo diner they usually keep that in mind and check in often

Jul 26, 2014
uhockey in San Francisco Bay Area

Day 3 San Francisco Reviews - Humphry Slocombe Ferry Plaza, Three Babes Bakeshop, Fog City, Tout Sweet Patisserie, Nico, A16

I agree...but disagree on Frances. I really enjoyed them and didn't find it trendy/hip at all - just delicious.

Jul 26, 2014
uhockey in San Francisco Bay Area

What is the appeal of Yusho?

That Ramen would have to redefine Ramen the way that Jordan Khan redefined congee to justify that tag...and Jordan was dropping a stick of echire butter and several tongues of fresh uni in his.

Honestly, since you created this thread I've been planning a trip to Chicago for my sister's wedding and have seen SEVERAL complaints about Merges' A10 cost/value ratio raised. Like you, I don't mind paying a bundle for something delicious ($100 for the truffled egg at Melisse for isntance) but I do mind if it isn't good. I'm lucky to have caught Yusho Chicago on 2 good nights and here in Vegas on a night when they were inclined to shine, I guess, but dollar for dollar it certainly is not a bargain - even by 'strip' standards.

Jul 26, 2014
uhockey in Las Vegas

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.

Jul 25, 2014
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.

Jul 24, 2014
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
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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