The cafe at the Springs Preserve has gone through a couple of changes in management in its comparatively short life, and right now it’s at the top of its game.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Blind Pig Provisions & Lounge, from Block 16 Hospitality, opened last month just outside the Panorama Towers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bertolucci Brazilian Steakhouse is a Brazilian steakhouse, specializing in the rodizio style of cooking, in which various cuts and types of meats are grilled and brought to the table on skewers, to be sliced off and served. Then again, there are a number of things it’s not.
They give you a lot of napkins when you sit down at Fat Choy. They know you’re going to need them. That’s especially true if you try the restaurant’s signature “snacks.”
The combination plate at Plaka Authentic Greek Cuisine — sliced leg of lamb, dolmathes, moussaka, gyro meat, pastitsio, rice and potatoes — would enable me to taste as many of the restaurant’s specialties as possible. And all of them cold.
From a visual standpoint, Nosh & Swig has all the hallmarks of a hipster spot founded on a shoestring budget with more creativity than money — not that there’s anything wrong with that.
We were really looking forward to Echo & Rig. We’d heard good things and liked the concept of a restaurant and butcher shop as siblings. We also knew it was the hottest thing to hit Tivoli Village lately and so made sure to call for a reservation.
The Diner, which I never would have found without a reader tip, is pretty much the definition of “tucked away.”
“Vegas the way it used to be,” promises the team behind Casa di Amore, and they’re not kidding.
Rice &Company first appeared on my radar because of its innovative fusion rolls. Although most sushi places across the valley make an effort to set themselves apart with unique rolls — often themed to Las Vegas or local landmarks such as Red Rock or Green Valley — Rice &Company goes the extra mile, with some themed to holidays and one for the “Jabbawockeez” show, which, like the restaurant, is at the Luxor.
Elixir’s food is pretty good, but while the website promises “fresh food prepared by our chef daily,” and I don’t doubt that some of it is, there’s a straight-from-the-purveyor feel to much of it.
Stewart + Ogden tries to fulfill a dual role, morphing from a breakfast/lunch spot to a “sophisticated bistro.”
There’s been a trend around here lately in which eminent chefs generally known for their high-end restaurants open casual, sports-barry, middle-of-the-road places, either in addition to their more posh spots or to replace one or more of them.