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Bradley Ogden closing?

I've dined at Bradley Ogden and Mesa Grill, and Guy Savoy too (enjoyed every one of them, for the record). Seems to me like the Harrah's people like having Flay and Savoy on board, and are eager to do the necessary legwork to advertise them. They appear to consider Ogden an afterthought. Which I think is backwards. Ramsay, okay, but in my book no improvement on Ogden. Just my $0.02.

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Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bradley Ogden
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Aug 27, 2011
Anton in Las Vegas

Reporting to you live from Holland, Michigan

1. On my way out of town I pop in for lunch at Salt & Pepper, in an undistinguished strip mall on the edge of town. When you walk in you immediately think I've been in hundreds of these places before, and the menu (at least the lunch menu) cannot be accused of ambition. But then ... I order the turkey bacon ranch wrap, fully expecting sliced turkey, canned ranch dressing, etc. Surprise! It's got pulled turkey (white and dark), home-made ranch dressing, and an interesting mix of greens instead of plain ol' romaine. Home-made potato chips, too. Way to go Salt & Pepper.

2. Everyday People Cafe, Douglas: I get there a little before 8 pm and it's just starting to fill up. Ten minutes later, I'd be standing on line. It's a smallish, cozy space that looks like they put less thought into the decor than the menu, which I always take as a good sign. I would personally recommend that they turn up the lights a little. Overall, service is a little slow, but it appears they're understaffed rather than underachieving.
I start with the burger appetizer (listed on the menu as "The Burger"). Turns out it isn't really an appetizer; it's at the bottom of the appetizer list, but I think they intend it to be in its own category. For eight bucks, I'm expecting something slider-sized. Sucker's a half-pound! It's salt-and-pepper rubbed and served with remoulade, pickles, and purple onions, but this riot of flavor actually hangs together. I want to order it with gorgonzola but I forget; in retrospect, that would have been too much flavor. Recommended, but be advised as to its size.
There must be a state law that hoity-toity restaurants have to have sesame-crusted ahi tuna on the menu. It's easy to be blasé about something as common as air, but EPC nails this one. The tuna is done perfectly, and the sesame is worked in nicely. The beurre blanc works well too, but the wasabi doesn't seem to belong; it's on the side, though, so I'm able to eat around it.
Speaking of something that's on every damn menu, who's tired of s'mores? Well, how about s'mores prepared table-side? Points for taking the commonplace and adding a unique twist. Definitely recommended.

3. I stay at CityFlats Hotel, which I personally cannot recommend unless they do something about the mattresses -- waaaay too soft. But no one here wants to hear about that, what about CityVu Bistro up on top of CityFlats Hotel? Allrighty then ...
Good news first: Really good food, some things that look really good on the menu and then actually deliver on the plate. I have the San Antonio flatbread with a side Caesar salmon salad, and everything is spot on. And I kinda like the Jetsons-meets-Grateful Dead decor, believe it or not. But that's all the good news I have to share.
I get there on a Thursday, around 7:30, the place is maybe two-thirds full. That's hardly slammed. I sit at the bar, and the dirties are already starting to back up. There are two empty lowballs sitting next to me that stay there almost all the way through my meal. Several employees, including someone who looks like the manager, just walk right past them. It's pretty obvious that most (but not all) of the staff haven't yet learned that power walking is a valuable skill for a restaurant employee. They just kinda ... move around. No sense of urgency, even though things are starting to fall apart.
In summary: French chef food, Keystone Kops service.

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Everyday People Cafe
11 Center Street, Douglas, MI 49406

Aug 27, 2011
Anton in Great Lakes

Business now takes me to Holland, Michigan

On the recommendation of Squint and nsxtasy, I tried Everyday People (for the record, a 19-minute drive) and it's the real deal. Thanks to both of you.
On the way back into town I drove by El Rancho on US 31. Is this a worthwhile Mexican place or just a dressed-up Taco Bell?

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Everyday People Cafe
11 Center Street, Douglas, MI 49406

Apr 13, 2011
Anton in Great Lakes

The Best Coney in Detroit area

I say Lafayette, for no other reason than its place in rock history. It's where Patti Smith met Sonic (the guitarist, not the drive-in). Nuff said.

Apr 06, 2011
Anton in Great Lakes

Business now takes me to Holland, Michigan

Seems to have more worthwhile dining options than a town its size should have. I've tried Butch's and can recommend it, where else should I try? Because of my crazy work hours, I can't travel too far (or else I'd dine in GR every night). I see on earlier threads that Beechwood Inn, Blue House Bistro, Pereddie's are recommended, keep the suggestions coming.

More specifically, there seem to be a lot of places catering to the local Mexican population. I've tried Taqueria Azteca (muy auténtico) on the north side and can recommend it too. Any other suggestions, maybe even one with (gasp) a liquor license?

Also: lodging. Best Western has already lost its charm. CityFlats Hotel looks nice, maybe a little too Ava Gardner (avant-garde -- get it? Ha ha ha) for my taste. Is there a nice B&B, maybe one on the lakefront, not too far from town?

Many thanks for any suggestions. I've never been led astray by anyone from Chowhound, so everyone keep up the good work.

Anton

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Taqueria Azteca
2027 N Park Dr, Holland, MI 49424

Beechwood Inn
PO Box 8246, Holland, MI 49422

Blue House Bistro
220 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423

Apr 06, 2011
Anton in Great Lakes

Minot, Havre, Whitefish

We are contemplating a trip on Amtrak's Empire Builder. We can probably get by with dining car food, but I do a little research and I find that there are restaurants very near the stations in Minot, ND, Havre, MT, and Whitefish, MT, where the train stops at times that are convenient for breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on which way we're going). Is this do-able? Can I walk to, say, Tupelo Grille in Whitefish and get dinner to go and still make it back to the train? Can I call ahead and have them deliver to the station? Anybody have any experience with this? Thanks for any info anyone can provide.

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Tupelo Grille
17 Central Ave, Whitefish, MT 59937

Dec 19, 2010
Anton in Mountain States

Minot, Havre, Whitefish

We are contemplating a trip on Amtrak's Empire Builder. We can probably get by with dining car food, but I do a little research and I find that there are restaurants very near the stations in Minot, ND, Havre, MT, and Whitefish, MT, where the train stops at times that are convenient for breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on which way we're going). Is this do-able? Can I walk to, say, 10 North Main in Minot and get dinner to go and still make it back to the train? Can I call ahead and have them deliver to the station? Anybody have any experience with this? Thanks for any info anyone can provide.

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10 North Main
10 Main St N, Minot, ND 58703

Dec 19, 2010
Anton in Great Plains

A mass exodus at Wynn? [moved from Southwest board]

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...

I was a fan of Yagihashi-san's at Tribute (3 miles up the road from my place), and I looked forward to checking out his work at Okada. Now it looks like I won't have that chance. This article isn't clear if he has cut ties with Mr. Wynn, but it sure sounds that way. If so, this makes two high-profile chefs in the last couple months, plus a lot of F&B personnel (check out http://www.boutiquesearchfirm.com/new... and other months). What's going on here?

Jul 29, 2006
Anton in Not About Food