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Restaurant recommendation near Smith Center?

Check out Mundo. I love the place. Modern latin just a couple blocks from the Smith Center.

Jun 07, 2014
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Is it discrimination?

It is unfortunate. It is not discrimination.

Jul 17, 2013
rednyellow in Not About Food
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Returning Food - My Moral Dilemma

My only hesitation when sending incorrect food back is the timing. If I'm eating with friends, I'd like to eat at the same time but otherwise, no hesitation sending a bad entre back to the kitchen. But, It has to be bad and not just not what I expected.

Jul 17, 2013
rednyellow in Not About Food

Your Biggest Restaurant Menu Pet Peeve

"Market Price". That may have made sense when menus had to be printed at a print shop but with the cheap availability of printers, menus should be up to date. The same goes for wine lists. I hate to order a bottle then be told they're out. There's no excuse for that unless maybe it's late in the shift.

Jul 17, 2013
rednyellow in Not About Food
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charlie palmer steak vs del friscos

I went to Del Frisco's once several years ago and found it mediocre. The Martini was good. I don't remember the sides. I do remember a very average steak and that the waiter asked me to cut into the center to check if it was done correctly. I hate that. I remember the cheesecake being an awful concoction that resembled a gelatin thaw and serve desert. They did have a good selection of half bottles of wine but I've never wanted to return.

Jun 18, 2013
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Sage?

there was no additional charge for the foie gras brulee and the portion was good sized.

May 18, 2013
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Sage?

We had the chefs tasting menu last night, about seven courses. Portions are not big but we all left very full and satisfied ( I'm a big man - 6'5" and hate skimpy food). Food and service were excellent, as was the wine pairing. The room is also comfortable and beautiful. I've been a few times now and just love the place.

May 12, 2013
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Thai - is it really all that?

Unless you're from Los Angeles, Vegas has impressive Thai food. You can't go wrong with Lotus of Siam.

Apr 23, 2013
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Best Oysters Rockefeller

I have a friend coming to town. She loves Oysters Rockefeller. She's from Charlston SC but hasn't been home in years and misses the food, if that helps.

Mar 05, 2013
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Cosmopolitan: Wicked Spoon

For questions 1 and 2, I suggest you phone and ask. Bellagio has better cooking, Wicked spoon has a more interesting menu. I went to Bellagio and Wicked Spoon a couple months ago. I wish Wicked spoon had prepared their offerings better because the service and ambience is so much better than Bellagio. Bellagio had simpler food but it was done much better. Unfortunately, Bellagio was a mess, a crowded, dirty, trailer trash shit show. I wont go back.

Nov 22, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Fire Fly

I've been to the location on Paradise several times and love it. It can get very crowded but it's worth it. A few favorites are the bacon wrapped dates, stuffed peppers, manchego mac and cheese and the beef, shrimp, chorizo skewers

Nov 22, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Diner's Drive-In's and Dive's Type Stuff Near The Strip?

I've tried Badger cafe a few times. Its not very good and service is poor too.

Nov 17, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Nobhill Tavern by Michael Mina 11-11-12 review

Had a great family dinner last night. There were six of us from 21 to 70 years old. Everyone was very happy with the food, service and ambience. We were seated right on arrival at reservation time. It was early on a sat and they were already full. Waiter very friendly and answered all of our questions about the menu. Appetizers included a few shaved honeycrisp apple salads, roasted butternut squash soup and caesar salad. The apple salads were beautiful and delicious. Caesar salad was delicious, very cold and crisp lettuce and one of the best dressings in a long time but I don't care for the long whole pieces but thats just a detail, still an excellent salad. Soup was good but the least favorite of the apps. For Mains we had a Lobster Pot Pie, Osso Buccos, Scallops and Skirt steaks. The Pot Pie lived up to it's reputation. The presentation is pretty fab and the portion is large and cooked perfectly. Osso Buccos were a hit, fork tender, rich sauce and a very big serving. Scallops looked beautiful, had a perfect sear and nearly melted in your mouth - excellent. Steaks were fine, cooked to order. I didn't taste them but looked very good. Mains, except for the lobster pot pie, came with really good sides. We also had Creamed Spinach and Truffled Mac and Cheese for the table. Spinach was perfect, Mac and Cheese could have been a little creamier, seemed a bit dry but was still tasty. With dinner had an '02 Jordan Cab in magnum - way yummy. For desert a couple orders of the Bignets and a roasted pineapple tart with coconut sorbet, all excellent and I could have eaten a gallon of the coconut sorbet.

A word about their service. Excellent. We hadn't been together in years and everything happened smoothly, flawlessly, timely, etc. without a single hitch or disruption of conversations. Couldn't have been better and everyone working there seemed genuinely nice and helpful.

The room looks great and for most of the evening wasn't too loud to talk. It got a little loud as the night went on but not nearly as bad as a lot of strip restaurants. Near the end of our meal a large table of loud probably drunk frat types having a birthday was seated near us but, Hey, it is vegas.

Nov 16, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Mon Ami Gabi 11-5-12 review

We must have caught them on a bad day. It's been a while since I've been there so I don't have any recent experiences to compare this meal to. I took my Mom there for lunch. We had reservations and were seated quickly. Our table faced the strip with a nice view but the curtains had clumps of loose strings hanging off the seams. Hardly a deal breaker but also pretty shabby and hard to miss. Drink orders came quick along with a nice warm baguette and butter. Iced tea was good but very cloudy. We both ordered onion soup. She had the quiche lorraine and I tried to have a steak sandwich. The soups were delicious, lots of melted cheese and decent amount of onion. We both liked them very much. Right after we got our soups, the rest of our food arrived. I told them we were still eating the soup and the food runner asked us if 5 minutes would be ok to return. I said sure and and that I hoped they'd still be hot. We finished our soup and after a few min our food arrived. Mom loved her quiche. I tried it and it was very good. The steak sandwich was not good. The first bite was like leather and the meat was sliced way too thick. On the second bite, the bun pulled apart as I tried to bite thru the meat. I sent it back. Very polite apologies all around. The second sandwich came quickly along with more gracious apologies. Our waiter, who was very nice and professional the entire time, waited for me to take a bite. After a bite he asked me how it was and I told him that the first bite was pretty bad. Second bite confirmed it, the meat was too tough to bite through, pulled out of the bun trying to bite through it. I told him it was just as bad and that I was done, just to bring me the check and I'd cut my losses. Again more gracious apologies from him and a manager. The manager asked if there was anything else I'd like and offered us free deserts. I said no, helped Mom finish her quiche, paid the $35 and left. Our waiter and the manager were very nice and the room is pretty and the menu has plenty of tasty looking items but I'm not going to rush back.

Nov 16, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

A question for those that spend a lot eating out.

I have no moral issues regarding the price of a good dinner but indeed feel ripped off far too often. We love eating out and occasionally splurge a few hundred on a nice meal and when everything comes together we don't resent it at all and gladly do it again but when we don't feel the value is there, it does leave a very bitter resentment. That's probably why our expensive nights are often with a tried and true place and our experiments, though frequent are at less expensive places.

Nov 08, 2012
rednyellow in Not About Food

Anniv. Dinner rec. Sat. after Thanksgiving

+ another for Sage.

Nov 07, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Best "Jewish" deli. in Vegas: Carnegie in the Mirage, Wynn's deli., or somewhere else?

I went to Carnegie deli last night because I was at the Mirage, hungry before a show and wanted something quick and everywhere else was packed. We were quickly seated at a table still very wet from being wiped down. I grabbed a napkin from the dry empty table next to me, dried off the table and maybe it's just me but that seemed to annoy the host. Our waitress was great. She was professional and really nice. The Matzo ball soup broth was excellent. The matzo ball was soggy and the blandest I've ever had. It was the first time in my life I added salt to a matzo ball. Just an awful matzo ball. The cheese cake is very big and just ok. The crust was doughy, the filling average.

Nov 05, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Best "Jewish" deli. in Vegas: Carnegie in the Mirage, Wynn's deli., or somewhere else?

There isn't a good jewish deli in Vegas. The closest I've found is Harries bagelmania on Twain. Their mazo ball soup is a bit bland but better than most in town. Sandwiches and bagels are ok. Carnegie has giant sandwiches that are way overpriced. Canters isn't 24 hrs even though the original in L.A. is. I went once. The food was ok but the place was filthy and staff was indifferent. Might try again but no rush. If you want great pastrami, go to Todd English P.U.B in Crystals/Aria. It is not deli style but is fantastic.

Nov 03, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Fine Liquor Store in Vegas

Second for Total wine. Great selection and smart staff.

Oct 29, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Disappointing breakfast at Omelet House on Boulder

Very disappointed. Poor service and poor food. Seated quickly and offered drinks. asked for two waters and coffees. There was no cream on the table so I asked for half and half. Waitress brought non dairy creamer and left before I noticed. When waitress returned I asked for half and half again and pointed out we had non dairy creamer. Waitress said she would bring some but that most people didn't care either way. I really don't care what most people do. I asked for half and half the fist time. We both ordered omelets. I started with pumpkin bread and my partner with banana nut. The pumpkin bread had a awful metallic taste and the banana bread had a scorched aftertaste. The omelets came, a popeye (spinach) and a jolly green giant ( a combo of veggies), both very big and served with a large side of potatoes. The potatoes are dry, hard potato chip things and not at all good. Both omelets were very dry. After a couple bites I sat at the table waiting to get noticed by someone. I wanted some salsa, anything really to make the omelets edible. I sat long enough for the food to get cold while watching various employees walk past the area, eyes fixed straight ahead or at the floor making absolutely no notice to anyone or anything in the restaurant. Finally someone glanced our direction, we waved her down and asked for salsa. She returned with two little cups of salsa and our waitress returned to add them to the check she had delivered along with our food. I was surprised they would charge for the salsa and said to cancel it and at this point was completely over it and no longer wanted the food. I went to pay at the register. no one asked how it was. I was considering asking for the manager but was too annoyed to want to speak to anyone and figured if that is how the place is run, they probably don't give a shit about much anyways. I paid my $26 and just chalked it up to a shitty restaurant. I will never go back.

Oct 24, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

What restaurants have I not been to and need to check out?

Holstein's has very good burgers and service. The room is very loud at night. It's a fun loud, but still very loud, if that's a concern. The only burger that might be better on the strip is Todd English P.U. B. at city center. Both much better than Burger Bar. I've tried every high end burger on the strip and the only two that are excellent were Todd English P.U. B. and Holsteins.

Oct 22, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

We had lunch at Delmonico during restaurant week. It was excellent, both the food and the service. I had a delicious butternut squash ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce and the grilled salmon. We were both very happy with the everything .

Oct 15, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Tex Mex or Mexican recommendations

Vegas doesn't have any good traditional mexican food. Mundo has fantastic modern latin food. I love it there. Tacos Gordo, Tacos Mexico and a few other places around town offer decent tacos but not as good as a many other places in L.A. For Tex Mex not too many choices and none I've found worth recommending.

Oct 13, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Michael Mina-bellagio wine list

I know wines by the glass, with prices are on the restaurant website and a phone call could tell the rest.

Oct 13, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

suggestions/thoughts?

Holsteins has great burgers, almost as good as Todd English P.U.B. It is very loud inside but generally fun. Service is usually excellent.

Oct 11, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Sept/Oct 2012 Trip -- A Few Words About Eleven Restaurants

I had a very mediocre lunch at Public House. Basically no service, below average food. I didn't have beer. I won't go back.

Oct 11, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Two Gay Foodies and a non-foodie Mom on the Strip - premiering on Bravo this Fall

My partner and I love Sage. We always feel very welcome there. The food is amazing, inventive but not at all "strange". Check it out.

Oct 11, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Vegas Steakhouse Reviews

If you like dry aged beef, Carnevino in the Venetian is amazing. Great sides too. Smith and Wolensky on the strip across from the Monte Carlo (I think) always gets an amazing crust on the outside of a beautifully tender steak

Sep 11, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

Cocktails

I like the Chandelier bar, level 1.5, and Vesper bar, both in the Cosmopolitan.

Sep 03, 2012
rednyellow in Las Vegas

The Modern - Suggestions?

FWIW, First, great to see a young man caring and interested in these issues. There are plenty of great restaurants that dont require a jacket but you'd still want to dress well in. As a rule, if you wear fashionable or classic clothing in great condition and carry yourself with confidence, odds are you'll be treated fine, welcomed. Don't ever be intimidated. Ask when unsure. Thats why they are there and anyone who makes you feel any less for asking a question at a restaurant about policy or menu or gives you grief about your good cloths, isn't worth your $$$$s. remember, you're the customer.

Aug 28, 2012
rednyellow in Manhattan