Eats of the Week

Heidi's Picks is a weekly selection of restaurant suggestions from Review-Journal critic Heidi Knapp Rinella. Price symbols are based on the cost of an average entree: $ = entrees less than $10; $$ = entrees between $10 and $20; $$$ = entrees between $20 and $30; and $$$$ = entrees more than $30.


400 E. Flamingo Road; 893-0703

The slogan sounds like adspeak-- no doubt about that -- but it turns out to be true: Morton's is The Steakhouse. We loved it all, including the crabmeat cocktail, salad of tomatoes with purple onion and blue cheese, sesame-encrusted yellowfin tuna, New York strip, Lyonnaise tomatoes, creamed spinach and Grand Marnier souffle. And during the Power Hours in Bar 12-21 during the early and late evening, we can get Morton's Bar Bites and Mortonis at bargain prices. (2/12/10)

Overall: A $$$$ ($$ during Power Hours)


2985 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 735-4177

If you haven't eaten at the Peppermill you should, because it's nothing if not unique. A very cool throwback whose magnolia-and-neon decor looks like a Southern plantation exploded and rained down on the set of a futuristic '70s TV show, it also happens to serve good (and reliable) food, and in copious portions. We loved the Pastrami Burger with creamy potato salad, and the Walnut Creek Salad with pear-cilantro vinaigrette and rosemary focaccia. And don't miss the lounge, complete with fire-breathing fountain. (3/16/09)

Overall: B+ $$


1716 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson; 385-4567

We couldn't figure out why Shabu-Shabu Paradise wasn't packed on the evening of our visit, aside from the confusion that may stem from its "Japanese fondue" subtext. That's accurate, but only to a point; shabu-shabu is generally lighter than fondue, and more healthy. It's done flawlessly at Shabu-Shabu Paradise, where we enjoyed the half-shrimp and half-scallop and half-beef and half-chicken shabu-shabu combos, and also shrimp with wasabi cocktail sauce, edamame and vanilla ice cream with fruit topping. (8/31/10)

Overall: A $$