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Anything decent in the Paris Hotel?

I was pleasantly surprised by the creperie in the Paris on my last visit. It's just a take-out window sort of place, but their savory selections were quite tasty (can't speak to the sweet as I didn't try).
As already stated, Mon Ami Gabi is another option. Last time I was there I recall enjoying the goat cheese appetizer and steak frites.

Jun 27, 2014
butterfli311 in Las Vegas

Cocktail Bars?

I can't personally vouch for any of these, but in my own research for an upcoming trip, I have found a few, which I’ve listed below w/small write-ups copied from websites.

These are all off-strip. If you do happen to be on-strip, Chandelier Bar at Cosmo makes really great craft cocktails, and there’s a fairly large variety. I also see that Blvd Cocktail Company has opened in the Linq and while small, their menu is intriguing. They have the same owners as Laundry Room/Commonwealth listed below.

Velveteen Rabbit: Located in Vegas's downtown arts district, a dark, whimsical bar & lounge decorated with unique Victorian-styled furniture (from Vegas), serving up serious cocktails and nice craft beers. http://velveteenrabbitlasvegas.blogsp...

The Lady Sylvia: A place that is uniquely built to give satisfaction to people from all walks of life, Lady Silvia provides a charismatic, old-world charm and fascination to the public. Inspired by Prague's Strahov Monastery Library, this new lounge flaunts dazzling furniture situated on its black and white checkerboard floor, invoking an English-style library and cocktail bar ambiance. http://www.theladysilvia.com/

Herbs & Rye: Pre-Prohibition-style cocktail bar and late-night lounge plus a cozy, Old Vegas dining experience. Bartenders including owner Nectaly Mendoza mix up classic cocktails amid the velvet wallpapered dining rooms and bar, black leather booths and twinkling chandeliers. http://www.herbsandrye.com/

Laundry Room: A very small semi-secret speakeasy within the Commonwealth bar downtown. Named as such as it was formerly the laundry room of the El Cortez. For reservations, you must text your request up to one week in advance to get instructions for entry. Cocktails run $15 ea. Check their facebook page for details.

Side note: My favorite drink is the Pisco Sour, which was not easy to source on my Vegas trip last year. I ended up finding one at Jean Georges that was just so-so. I see that a couple of the places below offer pisco, and the other ingredients are simple, so I’m hoping to have more than one this trip.


Jun 17, 2014
butterfli311 in Las Vegas

Dinner tonight...

Strip: I always enjoy Public House at the Venetian. Not too expensive, res not needed (although easily available on open table), casual attire. Circo at Bellagio is always tasty as well.
Last time we were downtown we had a surprisingly decent and affordable meal at the Flame inside El Cortez. Haven't been off-strip with past two visits so I don't have much to offer in that direction.

May 30, 2014
butterfli311 in Las Vegas

A & K CHINESE RESTAURANT, anybody been?

I’ll be interested to hear reports on this as well. Husband and I are visiting in August and we always try to eat XLB while in town as we don’t have any viable options here in Kansas City.

In our past visits we haven’t had a car, so we’ve just taken the convenient, albeit pricier, route of Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars. This trip, we plan to rent a car for one day so that we’re able to visit some craft beer locations and have our first LOS experience (hooray!).

So far, I’ve gathered the following regarding XLB:
• 1900 Asian: BRB reported was theirs were flavorless

• Wing Lei: uhockey enjoyed XLB during their Year of the Horse brunch earlier this year, but they are not listed on the current (April 2014) menu. We are staying at the Wynn so I will certainly stop by and inquire on the off-chance they might be available.

• China Mama: LVI, you had mentioned awhile back that their XLB weren’t anything special. At $11 for order of 8, I’d probably just as soon go to Beijing Noodle.

• Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace: Dave Feldman mentioned that they have XLB, although it’s not clear from their website whether it’s an everyday offering.

• Since New Shanghai and Three Villages are both closed, Noodle Pot and Chang’s Hong Kong seem to be the only other options I’ve found besides A & K.

Looking forward to any new XLB info anyone can offer. :)

May 24, 2014
butterfli311 in Las Vegas

Grocery stores near the strip

You'll be very close to Whole Foods, which has already been mentioned below. My husband and I are craft beer fans, so during our last Vegas trip we took the bus from the strip to Whole Foods and were very pleased with their selection. Needless to say we got some strange looks boarding the bus with 20+ bottles of beer.
As mentioned, the produce at WF is some of the best you'll find and there are plenty of bulk options as well. Enjoy!

May 21, 2014
butterfli311 in Las Vegas

Dinner Suggestions or Confirmation

2nd Bartolotta at Wynn for seafood -- had an excellent experience and definitely want to return on my next trip. I requested a cabana, and while it certainly isn't a must-have, it added to the overall experience.

Feb 15, 2014
butterfli311 in Las Vegas

Best Restaurant With A View

Agree with uhockey re: Mix. Last time I was there, food was good and view was even better. Visited Nove last year and wasn't overly impressed. Did have a great experience at Alize a few years ago. Haven't been since so not sure if things have changed. Here's a link to my experience: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9069...

Feb 15, 2014
butterfli311 in Las Vegas

2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

Ahhh...Peg's was on my list but I crossed it off due to time constraints. It appears Cycle and Peg's are owned by the same folks, yes? Is the food at Peg's worth making the time? Perhaps making the trip through St Pete instead of CCotB?
Rusty Bellies does look good -- anyone else think it's better than going to one of the Greek places?

Feb 11, 2014
butterfli311 in Florida

2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

Thank you so much -- that helps solidify CCotB for lunch. Bread pudding and crawfish...yum!
We'll just go wherever the night takes us in Tarpon Springs. :)
Thank you again for the advice. Will report back in a few weeks to let you know how everything was.

Feb 08, 2014
butterfli311 in Florida

2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

Deet -- is there a reason you didn't suggest Hellas in Tarpon Springs? We'll probably do Mykanos but just wondering if you'd had a bad experience at Hellas.

The key lime Berliner weisse sounds aweomse! Which also reminds me I'll need to get my key lime pie fix while I'm there. Argh! So much to eat, so little time! :)

Feb 07, 2014
butterfli311 in Florida

2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

Thanks so much, everyone! After looking into Willard's I noticed they recommended a place called Cajun Café on the Bayou. My husband loves Cajun food and we only have one place here at home (that truthfully isn't very good) so I'm considering lunch there Saturday instead of TBBC. Anyone been there?
We'll definitely hit up Willard's as well.

As for Friday, we'll probably eat in Tarpon Springs just for the "experience" and have some wings later that night at DB. Glad to have the Chinese and Vietnamese reccos in our back pocket at well.

Thanks again and keep the ideas coming :)

Feb 07, 2014
butterfli311 in Florida

2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

Thanks, Kempshark. Glad to hear Rapp is a solid choice. With such limited time, and knowing so little about the area, my brewery picks were sort of a shot in the dark.
We love Vietnamese and have a few good places here in KC, but always interested in local variations. Since we'll be dining later in the evening (after 8 or 9) we'll have to take that into consideration too. Thanks again for the info.

Feb 04, 2014
butterfli311 in Florida

Best Chinese in KC area

Realize this thread is nearly a year old but thought it was worth adding on.
+1 the Princess Garden recco--Sam (the owner I believe) and his staff always willing to make off-menu items that are authentic.
We live nearby and eat there often on weekends, and several times have noticed Chinese wedding receptions taking place. The food being served definitely didn't look like it came off the menu. Much more authentic...the smells alone were amazing.
Best of luck in your search!

Feb 04, 2014
butterfli311 in Great Plains

2 Suggestions Needed for Tampa & Surrounding Area

Hi Tampa area Hounds – have a couple of questions but want to provide some background first.
My husband and I will be visiting Tampa from Kansas City later this month for 3 nights. We’re staying downtown, will have a car and will be driving quite a bit during our stay. We’re big craft beer people so we’re going to spend Friday & Saturday touring/tasting. Just need a little help filling in holes for our meals. Already have the following reserved:

Thursday night: Bern’s for dinner and dessert, nightcap at Ciro’s (we also enjoy craft cocktails)
Friday lunch: Columbia (Ybor location)

We’ve got a 1pm tour/tasting @Cigar City Brewery, then we’ll be driving to Tarpon Springs for the 6-8pm tasting at Saint Somewhere Brewing Co. From there, we plan to drive to Dunedin and hit 7venth Sun, Dunedin House of Beer and Dunedin Brewery.

Question 1: Should we stay in Tarpon Springs for dinner (Hellas, Rusty Bellies, Mykonos?) or drive on to Dunedin for dinner there? We have plenty of Greek food options here in KC, but looks like the addition of fresh seafood makes for a much more exciting menu than what we’re used to.
Have heard the food at Dunedin Brewery is good, and Kelly’s seems to get a lot of love on the board. We wouldn’t be dressed for Black Pearl, although it looks great, and Sea Sea Riders closes at 9 so we’d be cutting it close. Would like to stay under $100 inc tax/tip. No preferences on food type, although we’d rather stay away from chains (local franchises OK).

Planning to have lunch at Tampa Bay Brewing Co (any positives or negatives on this place?), visit Florida Avenue Brewing Co., and then drive to Largo to visit Barley Mow Brewing. From there we’ll begin driving back towards Tampa with stops at Pair O’ Dice Brewing in Clearwater, Rapp Brewing in Seminole and Brewers’ Tasting Room in St. Pete.

Question 2: Are there any great spots for dinner on the drive between Largo, Clearwater, Seminole, St. Pete and Tampa? Since it will be late evening (after 8 probably) Ted Peters is out. We’ll be in casual clothing and again prefer to keep it under $100 inc tax/tip. Since we’ll have already had our “big meal” for the trip at Bern’s we’re not as interested in elegance/ambiance as we are just getting something tasty that we don’t have at home (mainly BBQ and steakhouses—with the exception of Bern’s, of course).

Apologies for the lengthy post and thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Feb 04, 2014
butterfli311 in Florida

21st birthday dinner - fun, good food, not stuffy?

I love Public House--and if any of your group enjoy craft beer, this place has a fantastic selection. The menu and list aren't large, but everything I've tried has been good.
It's not a "happening" atmosphere and no beer pong or anything like that, so might not be ideal for a 21st celebration.
I would definitely recommend though as a solid option for good food & great beer.

Aug 20, 2013
butterfli311 in Las Vegas

Vegas Trip Review - August

Thank you for the detailed post, S4D! My husband and I will be in LV in 2 weeks and made the Le Cirque decision based on factors similar to yours. It's always nice to get some affirmation close to our travel date :)
Glad you enjoyed your trip, and thank you again for the informative post!

Aug 10, 2013
butterfli311 in Las Vegas

Asking My Girlfriend to Marry Me Restaurant Choices.

I think you'll be very happy with your decision. My husband and I dined in a cabana at Bartolotta last July at 8pm and were very comfortable. The heat had died down (was still probably in the upper 90s) and they had cool mist blowing around the area. It was a truly romantic setting with impeccable service and food. Make sure to clue the restaurant in on your proposal plans ahead of time and I would imagine they'll ensure you're set up for success :)
Also my husband is not as adventurous of an eater as I am and he enjoyed every bite he took. I do remember hearing a man at the table next to us ask the server for something basic without seafood for his date and they prepared an off-menu pasta dish for her. Congrats and good luck!

Jul 17, 2013
butterfli311 in Las Vegas


Thanks, Dave--must be that journalism degree I never used. I always said if l could have any job, I'd be a food critic. Unfortunately when I graduated the market was crap, so I went back after a few years and became a nurse. Just finally mustered up the courage to put my words out there. I'll do my best to keep posting :)

Jun 26, 2013
butterfli311 in Las Vegas



I’m a board lurker, and have been for many years, but when I saw this inquiry, I had to respond. I agree that there isn’t much posted on Alizé, and since my husband and I had a nice experience, I thought I’d share. We dined in late December 2011—I realize this isn't recent, and I didn't take as many notes as I would've liked, but hopefully I can still provide a little insight.

To give you a little background, we’re from Kansas City and take annual trips to Las Vegas and NYC, sans child, for a few days of dining and drinking. It’s what keeps us sane, and I can’t thank all of the LV and NYC Hounds enough for the multitude of great suggestions. ellenost, you are my dining compass in both cities, and I’m sorry I haven’t thanked you sooner. :) That said, here is what I can recall from Alizé.

Had a Sunday night dinner at 8pm and arrived a bit early. Sat at the bar and had pleasant conversation with our bartender. I had a Razitini, husband had a French 56. Don't recall exact ingredients and can't find their cocktail menu online, but I do recall them being tasty and on-the-mark.

Service from arrival to exit was very good—needs were anticipated, crumbs were quickly swept, etc. We had many people come and go from the table, our favorite being one of the older Assistant Servers who was kind and soft-spoken, but always nearby.

I had made reservations approx 4 weeks prior (as I always try to do when we travel) and had noted we’d be celebrating our anniversary. We were given a wonderful window seat and the view was spectacular. The dining room was surprisingly full for a Sunday and it was nice to see nearly everyone in dressy attire (of course, I realize it’s Vegas and anything goes, but I guess I’m old school and really enjoy restaurants that try to maintain a dress code). We decided to select from the a la carte menu and asked the Sommelier for pairings.

I cannot recall our amuse-bouche or the intermezzo, but I’m sure they were as delicious as the rest of our meal. I started with the lobster bisque, which was paired with a Monchhof Riesling. My husband had the French onion soup with Flora Springs Chard. I remember both soups being quite tasty and enjoying the sweet pieces of lobster claw in mine with my wine.

My entrée was the Dover Sole with Veronique preparation—melt-in-your-mouth fantastic. The sauce was not too heavy and the grapes were a fresh, sweet addition. It was paired with a Puligny-Montrachet (I wish I had written down the producer and vintage…grr…I believe it was a 2006). The Sommelier was very attentive and informative, always speaking at our level (we aren’t wine experts) without being at all condescending. He was especially helpful with this pairing as it was much pricier than our others. He was very up-front about this, which we appreciated. My husband had the Rib Eye with a Pascual Toso Malbec . The meat was a perfect medium rare and quite tender for a fattier cut. He doesn’t often order steak while we’re on vacation since we live in the Midwest, but he was quite satisfied with his choice.

We selected a chocolate soufflé for dessert, which was good, but not outstanding (I must say, I’m REALLY looking forward to our upcoming meal at Le Cirque in August for their soufflé!). We were given additional truffles/candies after dessert for our anniversary, but by this time we were stuffed and took them to go. Bill was $300 before tip.

Overall, this was a good special occasion restaurant. The service, the food and the view were all wonderful and I’m glad we experienced it. If I lived in Vegas, I’d probably return to sample a different menu, but since there are still so many places I’d like to try and so few days to fit them all in, I doubt we’ll go back soon.

As I mentioned above, our upcoming trip will include Le Cirque, which I’d always passed over since I’d been to the NYC location. After reading the most recent posts about it, though, I changed my mind. We’ll also (finally!) be experiencing é—yay!. The highlight of our 2012 visit was Bartolotta—it was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime thing for us, but I’m so glad we did it.

Again, thank you all for your advice through the years. I hope to pay it forward after my next trip.

Jun 26, 2013
butterfli311 in Las Vegas

One foodie and one picky

Thanks so much to everyone for the suggestions! Many sound wonderful so I think we'll have to have a few "birthday meals." :)

I will post back with details!

May 08, 2008
butterfli311 in Manhattan

One foodie and one picky

After much research, and seeing how many wonderful places this city contains, I'm in a pickle.

I'm surprising my fiance with a trip to NYC in June for his bday and want to plan one special dinner to celebrate.

The issue: I'm a foodie, he's as picky as they come. No seafood, not a fan of veggies, his idea of ethnic cuisine is Italian or Chinese food, etc.

I lived in the city back in the sumer of 2000 so I was able to have some memorable meals at Le Cirque, Gotham Bar & Grill, Oceana, and others. I would like to have the experience of Babbo, Jean Georges or EMP on this trip, but they're just not for him and I think I'd be selfish to select a place in that vein when it's his bday.

I'd like to stay around $150pp with wine. We're midwesterners and steak is something we can easily get here, so I'd rather not do a steak house.

Location doesn't matter - I'm most familiar with the Village but willing to go to any area of Manhattan.

What about A Voce or Prune? Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

May 06, 2008
butterfli311 in Manhattan

Pizza Bella in KC?

There is one I tried called BiancoVerde and it's white - SO delish! All ricotta/moz/pecorino romano w/arugala and truffle oil.

Has anyone tried The Red Snapper?

Have been there twice and truly enjoyed - favorite appetizer is their take on crab rangoon using salmon. Be prepared to spend a little more $ than a standard Asian restaurant, but it's worth it.

NY Style pizza in KC?

Agreed! I went to Pizza Bella on opening day a few weeks ago and was NOT disappointed. I had the pizza biancoverde...lots of ricotta, moz and pecorino, topped with arugala and truffle oil. To die for. www.pizzabellakc.com

Oct 15, 2007
butterfli311 in Great Plains

Dinner for 12-15 on the Plaza (KC)

Second on the Melting Pot - delicious food and I think private rooms are available for large parties.

Mom coming to KC

I would recommend Cafe Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum for a great atmosphere and wonderful food...

All the posts on here are equally fantastic, though!

Mom coming to KC

I went earlier this week - it was DELISH! I had the heirloom tomato salad (topped with pistachios and arugala, yum!) and the halibut. I wish I would have had room for dessert...they had a blackberry keylime item that looked fantastic, as well as a strawberry soda with bubble pearls. Highly recommend.

New KC Brazillian Steakhouse

Last night, my father, boyfriend and I tried Amor Fiery Steakhouse de Brazil (located in the old Copeland's space on 119th and Metcalf). My father and I had been to Churrascaria Plataforma in NYC before, so we knew what to expect as far as the food...but the prices here were higher here than New York and for much less variety. We were a bit shocked at the $43.99 per person pricing!

Once seated, you're given the instructions to head to the the "Salad Bar Extravaganza," which contained 40 or so items, many of which were very tasty...ahi tuna, gravlax of salmon, hearts of palm, wheels of cheese, different pasta and bean salads, etc. The lobster bisque was far too sherry-heavy...not even edible, which was disappointing.

You're then brought family-style side dishes, polenta triangles, garlic mashers and fried bananas. Once you flip your coaster-sized serving card to green, the cutters begin to bring on the meat. They claim 14 varieties...I believe we saw 9 last night. The picania was by far my favorite, although the filet mingnon and parmesean pork tenderloin were delicioius too.

In NYC, we were offered desserts from a traveling cart - at AFSB a pineapple was brought around by one of the meat servers and sliced tableside, which was tasty. Desserts were also available a la carte. We asked for more bananas and had those with our pineapple :) A traveling drink girl served two types of cocktails tableside as well.

The wine list has about 240 offerings, priced somewhat reasonably. With three dinners and a 1/2 bottle of wine, we got out for $185 before tip.

Since we had a little sticker shock, I thought I'd put the details out here for any other hounds thinking of trying AFSB in the future :) Interested to hear others' thoughts.


NY Style pizza in KC?

I'm so excited for Pizza Bella! I tried Art of Pizza yesterday and it was TERRIBLE. I ordered a calzone with canadian bacon and mushroom (as the employee told me I could customize). She proceeded to pull a cold cheese calzone (who knows how long it had been sitting there) from the display area and took it to the kitchen. A few minutes later, I got a calzone that had been sliced open and stuffed with canned mushrooms and deli ham. The ricotta had far too much sweetness to it (nutmeg overkill I'm assuming) which is good in some items, but not the calzone. I may go back for a slice sometime, but am now eagerly anticipating the arrival of Pizza Bella!

Aug 03, 2007
butterfli311 in Great Plains

Teocali in KC

Just returned from my first experience at Teocali (25th and Holmes near UMKC Dental School) and really enjoyed it.

I ate alone, so I sat at the bar and enjoyed a margarita (oops...but maybe ok since it's Friday) :) and a beef burrito spread topped with white jalapeno cheese.

The man next to me ordered the fish tacos, which I now wish I would have tried. Other menu items that peaked my interest were the sopes, torta ahogada and upon a friend's recco, pork nachos.

One downside to the place is the lack of chips & salsa service - it's $1.99 (which isn't bad) if you'd like some pre-meal.

A good lunch (and I'm sure dinner) spot on Hospital Hill near Crossroads area for those of you who are in the mood.