Count Jacques Cafe among the new breed of very good counter-service restaurants.
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“Are you familiar with Indian food?” asked our server at Urban Turban. Sure, it’s one of our favorite cuisines. But then again, it didn’t really matter, since Urban Turban isn’t your average Indian restaurant.
I love finding out about new spots that have slipped under my radar. I first noticed Strip-n-Dip as the readers’ choice in the Cheap Eats and Family Restaurant categories in this year’s Best of Las Vegas voting. Then one of my editors, who lives in the neighborhood, told me how much she likes it. Time for a visit, and now I concur.
Over the years, I’ve watched as a lot of local restaurants have met with some success and opened a second, third or even fourth location — and, in a whole lot of cases, ended up scaling back or disappearing altogether. I wondered what would be the case with Lola’s, a downtown spot that specializes in New Orleans cuisine and has more than five years under its sequined belt. And, after visiting the new(ish) Summerlin location, I have high hopes.
Despite what you may have heard, locals do go to the Strip, and they do go downtown. I know because they email me all the time to tell me about their dining experiences in both places, good and bad (though mostly good). And one of the places I hear about most often is Cafe Cortez at the El Cortez.
So here was our big disappointment with Crave: The duck confit flatbread ($15.95) was supposed to come with arugula, but instead it was topped with a whole heap o’ fresh spinach.
I’ve been to the Tap House quite a few times over the years for newsroom departures: Tradition is that you get a dice clock and a send-off at the Tap House. What’s the attraction? That was never clear to me because there aren’t that many of us Browns fans on staff, so I guess it’s just something that nobody’s been moved to change.
Vila Algarve’s name officially ends “Portuguese Seafood and Grill,” and of course “Algarve” refers to the country’s southernmost coastal region.
It’s just a little coffee shop, tucked away in a strip center near a supermarket and a big-box home-improvement store. Yet Jamms Restaurant has managed to maintain a strong local following despite growing competition and also has gained a bit of national attention thanks to a recent appearance on Adam Richman’s “Man Finds Food” on the Travel Channel.
I had a feeling I was going to like Tiabi Coffee & Waffle Bar from the moment I stepped through the door and caught a whiff of the place.
Lucky Foo’s Restaurant & Bar is the kind of place that could be insufferably hip. That would kill it in the suburbs, and it appears the owners are smarter than that. What they’ve created is a fun, fusiony restaurant with an edge, without the annoying hipster elements.
The decor of Mingo Kitchen & Lounge is very simple. It’s in an older building in the downtown Arts District, and the owners took a sort of minimalist approach, cloaking what I assume are old walls, pipes and ventilation shafts with black fabric and paint.
Twenty years in Florida, dining at some of the best Cuban restaurants in the state, and never did I have a tostone as good as the ones I had at Viva Las Arepas.
I’d return to Saffron Flavors of India just for the garlic naan.
Word to the wise: Don’t go to Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop unless you’re really hungry.
There’s not a lot going on, commercially, in the predominantly residential Southern Highlands, but the place sure does know how to breed restaurants.
OK, this is totally an exercise in not judging a book by its cover, as Mama used to say.
Boulder City’s Coffee Cup has been featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” so which is it? Well, it doesn’t have a drive-in, so we can rule that out. That leaves diner or dive, and I’d place it somewhere in the middle.
It seems that just about everybody’s doing small plates/tapas these days. But I can’t think of anybody doing it better than David Clawson Restaurant.
Wolfgang Puck’s Downtown Summerlin restaurant will survive the suburbs, where other celebrity chefs have failed, because of a varied, accessible menu and attentive service.
The food at Sugar Factory Town Square was well-executed but didn’t offer much in the way of creativity. The emphasis, it seems, is mostly on the drinks.
Sauce is the backbone of any Italian place, and Sauce’s sauces, coupled with innovative touches, definitely delivered.
Biscuits Cafe departs from the norm of breakfast-and-lunch places in decor. While the interior is attractive, it’s fairly streamlined and not so cluttered that I found myself wondering about the poor soul who has to dust it all. When it comes to the food, though, Biscuits Cafe tucks snugly into the genre.