Al’s is in a former 5 & Diner — one of those big silver classic-diner things — and wears it well. And yes, this is the Al’s from Chicago, founded in 1938. It’s a franchise, but the Al’s folks take the reputation of their restaurants very seriously.
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Who’s looking for the perfect Monte Cristo sandwich?
A Japanese restaurant in an old 5 & Diner? Talk about a visual non sequitur. “Fine dining” may be overstepping the bounds of its location and somewhat slow service, so consider it as applying solely to the food.
Memories of childhood favorites are the fuel that drives the Taste of the Town engine. This week the subject is Tastykakes, — specifically Butterscotch Krimpets Tastykakes — being sought by John Smith.
Until last week, my only familiarity with the Mad Greek Cafe had been a strawberry shake (a specialty) from the drive-thru at the flagship in Baker, Calif.
The Station Casinos Feast buffets and the Rampart buffet are among the restaurants featuring Passover specialty items.
Help is on the way for Lana and Len Lacombe, who are almost out of anchovy-stuffed olives for their martinis.
Lindo Michoacan is one of the valley’s most venerable Mexican restaurants, starting with the original on Desert Inn Road in 1990 and waxing and waning over the years to the current three locations, while competitors have come and gone.
If you’re a fan of potato pancakes, you understand why they could become a point of symbolism in a classic novel such as Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” — and why Taste of the Town reader Marion Hennings is looking for them. In typical fashion, her fellow readers have tips to report.
Sometimes I’m not impressed by an announcement that yet another celebrity chef is coming to town. This week’s case in point is Buddy V, aka Buddy Valastro. Aka TLC’s “Cake Boss.”
For Carole LaRocca, who’s looking for broasted chicken on the east side of the valley, we’ve got nothin’ beyond the previously reported Chilly Jilly’z at 1680 Nevada Highway in Boulder City, which is south, but also sort of east. But for other searchers, Roberta Shulman and Evelyn Laurie reported that the St. Tropez Buffet at the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, serves broasted chicken.
Whole-bellied clams. They’re one of the foods readers seem to miss most from the East Coast and New England, one of the things they most frequently say they want to find in Las Vegas. As far as I know, Lazy Joe’s Fish &Chips is about the only place in town that serves them.
Last week, readers had suggestions for sources for pretzel rolls for Kathy Boland. This week, they’ve found the ciabatta rolls that Boland also is seeking (and a few more pretzel rolls).
Memo to the management of MTO (which stands for “made to order”) Cafe: I think you should work on your menu descriptions just a bit.
For Kathy Boland, who’s looking for ciabatta rolls (not loaves) and pretzel rolls, her fellow readers have lots of suggestions for the latter, though not the former.
Presto’s food has a healthy focus, and they specialize in a Turkish flatbread called a pide, which we haven’t spotted elsewhere in town. But let’s talk about the cream of mushroom soup and the ahi tuna sliders.
Mmmm … crepes. Mmmm … berries. As berry season approaches, berry-filled crepes sound even better. So I’m glad Taste of the Town readers have suggestions for Ingrid Stewart, who’s looking for the crepes from a source other than IHOP.
Probably the first thing I noticed while cruising past Blue Fin during the past few years is that the restaurant’s subtext is “sushi and roll”; few places make the distinction, and you have to love that attention to detail.
Egg foo young might not be an authentic ethnic Chinese dish, but if well made, it can be pretty satisfying, with its crispy exterior, light interior and crunch from the vegetables used. And fellow Taste of the Town readers have suggestions for Gail Simon, who’s looking for the best.
Chefs and restaurant owners have been fooling around with some pairings that may seem a little odd at first blush but turn out to be a fine idea, an example being the Hawaiian/Mexican of Braddah’s Island Style.
Here’s another holiday you didn’t know about — but why not celebrate? National Margarita Day is Saturday. The following restaurants are offering deals.
Dave Berry, a Maine native who’s looking for B&M Baked Beans in a jar — which he says are smaller than their canned counterparts and have a more pronounced molasses flavor — has a kindred spirit in Rob Lindley, who emailed that the beans are “an old family favorite for decades.” Lindley and Richard Schilhavy reported that they’re available at the commissary at Nellis Air Force Base, but for those who don’t have commissary privileges, Ann Brown faxed that they’re also available at Glazier’s Food Marketplace, 8525 W. Warm Springs Road. …
Tender Steak & Seafood at Luxor fills the slot that’s a given — almost a requirement — at any Las Vegas hotel-casino. And so there are, yes, steaks of every description, somewhere around 19 ranging from slabs weighing in at 24 ounces to comparatively diminutive 8-ounce cuts.
Spanish chorizo is much different from Mexican chorizo; the simplest explanation for the difference is that the former is cured and much firmer than the latter.
It’s all about the crust at Pizza Rock in downtown Las Vegas — with four ovens at different temperatures allowing the pizzaolas to bake four different styles of pies.