Readers locate kolaches in Las Vegas

Updated November 8, 2017 - 11:48 am

Kolaches — those Eastern European pastries — have eluded William Isaac, but fellow Taste of the Town readers have a couple of suggestions for finding them. Melissa Brearey recommended the Polish Deli at 5900 W. Charleston Blvd., and Patty Kell suggested KD Donuts and Kolaches at 4650 E. Sunset Road in Henderson.

For Cynthia Zavala, who’s looking for grinders, which she describes as similar to a sub or hoagie, but with a crunchy Italian roll and meat, cheese and vegetables drizzled with oil, Ann Brown suggested Glazier’s Food Marketplace at 8525 W. Warm Springs Road, and Valerie Weinberg recommended Johnny Mac’s at 842 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson, where she said they’re called subs.

For Lois Rosenberg, who’s looking for Royal gelatin, Alan Van Ees reported spotting it at the 99 Cents Only store at 7380 S. Eastern Ave.

More on wasabi: Samantha Sims emailed to say it has re-appeared at the Trader Joe’s in Downtown Summerlin.

More reader requests

Ramona Finocchiaro asks if readers know of a restaurant that will serve roast goose during the holidays.

Al Delacruz is looking for a local supermarket that sells pork hocks.

Alan Katz is looking for roast duck with crispy skin, preferably at an Eastern European-style restaurant.

Ingrid Kaev is looking for Diet Sunkist Lemonade, which she used to find at Albertsons and Target.

And Bill and Libby Hoover are looking for a restaurant or caterer that makes Polish-style cabbage rolls — not Jewish-style, which they find to be sweeter, or Russian-style.


Nov. 8, 2017

Linda Rumble is looking for moist, dark bran muffins with raisins — the kind she remembers from years ago, and her fellow Taste of the Town readers know where to find them. Sandy Marsh and Ruth Jagodzinski both recommended Marie Callender’s, which has four locations in the valley, and Penny Reese suggested Glazier’s Food Marketplace at 8525 W. Warm Springs Road.

For Andy Hommel, Ann Brown said wasabi mayonnaise is available at the Walmart Supercenter at 5200 S. Fort Apache Road. Ann Kaiser pointed out that Hommel could easily make it by adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of wasabi powder to 4 ounces of mayonnaise and mixing well.

For Shirley Colucci, who’s looking for a market that sells red clam sauce, Christie Azarias of Siena Foods, 6125 S. Valley View Blvd., said they carry it.

More on sloppy Joes: Marge Phegley said they’re served at Mustang Sally’s Diner at Ford Country at the Valley Automall in Henderson.

More reader requests

Ruth Burns is looking for persimmon pulp.

Mel Hamaguchi is looking for a restaurant that serves stir-fried crab curry.

Robert Smith is looking for a local source for duck or rabbit parts.

Pat Montgomery is looking for Oregon Trail Raisin CinnamonBread from a source other than Sam’s Club or online.

Joan McMaken is looking for a local source for a “true country ham,” the kind that “needs to be simmered for a day or two and the water changed several times to get the salt out.”

And Robert J. Williams voices a perennial Taste of the Town request: a Midwest-style pork tenderloin sandwich in a restaurant, or in the frozen-food section of a grocery store.


Nov. 1, 2017

Ronnie Johnson’s request for a restaurant that serves smoked spare ribs seemed like an obvious question — most barbecue places serve ribs — but yes, spare ribs have become somewhat scarce in light of the huge popularity of baby backs. But two readers found them at one location. Blake Myers and Ann Brown both recommended Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque at 3185 S. Highland Drive; there are offshoots at 4115 S. Grand Canyon Drive and Pawn Plaza, 725 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

For Cornell Rowbotham, who’s looking for square loaves of challah for making French toast, Myers recommended Great Buns Bakery at 3270 E. Tropicana Ave., where, he said, Rowbotham can order challah unsliced.

For Karen Daily, who’s looking for a place that serves a Kentucky-style Hot Brown, Phil Mlyneck said it’s on the menu at Siegel’s 1941 at the El Cortez on Fremont Street.

More on late-night small plates: Helene Campton emailed that baby lamb chops are served at all three Steiner’s locations.

More on lobster rolls: Debbie Jensen recommended Schuck’s Tavern, which has locations at 9338 W. Flamingo Road and 7155 N. Durango Drive.

More reader requests

Carole Cusimano is looking for a local source for Thomas’ Corn Toast-R-Cakes.

Lois Rosenberg is looking for Royal gelatin, preferably in the 3-ounce size and preferably in Henderson.

Susan Katunis is looking for a local source for Nabisco Sugar Wafers.

Victor Lee is looking for mozzarella cheese made with buffalo milk.

Howard Langlois is looking for a market that sells fresh duck.

And George Davidson is looking for baby lima beans.


Oct. 25, 2017

Cube steaks are one of the blasts from the past that have become difficult to find, but fellow Taste of the Town readers have spotted them for Mary Bustos. Marlene Helfrich, Cheryl Paychl and William Isaac reported finding them at Smith’s, while Isaac said he also finds them at Vons.

For Eva Streeter, who’s looking for dried beef, Paychl, Pat Fautt and Darlene Nix spotted it in jars at Smith’s (and Nix recommended rinsing it and patting it dry before use to remove excess salt). Nix also found it at the Walmart Supercenter at 2310 E. Serene Ave.

For Lisa Chillemi, who’s looking for Progresso Macaroni & Bean (Pasta e Fagioli) soup, Linda Turney reported finding it at Big Lots.

And for Claude Black, who’s looking for a place that serves “good, thin, non-greasy, fresh” corn chips similar to those he used to get at Baja Fresh, CeCi Schreiber recommended Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen at 8245 W. Sahara Ave. or 1741 E. Charleston Blvd.

More reader requests

Isaac is looking for sugar-free (not “no sugar added”) ice cream, and a local bakery that sells kolache.

Linda Rumble, who worked at the old Aladdin, is looking for bran muffins similar to those served at the coffee shop there: “moist, very dark and had raisins.”

Joe King is looking for St. Louis-style frozen toasted ravioli, and Big Bob’s white barbecue sauce from Alabama.

Rich Miller and Dixie Lee Miller are looking for a restaurant that serves cast-iron-cooked fried chicken, similar to that served at the old Green Shack.

And David Zunder still is looking for a local restaurant that serves sloppy Joes; following a reader suggestion for Born & Raised, he found they’d been taken off the menu.


Oct. 18, 2017

Harvey Allen is looking for a “good chopped liver sandwich that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.” What’s reasonable varies with the person, of course, but his fellow Taste of the Town readers have a couple of suggestions.

Ceci Schreiber recommended Life’s a Bagel at 2223 N. Rampart Blvd., Valerie Weinberg and William Isaac suggested Weiss Restaurant, Deli and Bakery at 2744 N. Green Valley Parkway in Henderson and Jan Silverman recommended The Bagel Cafe at 301 N. Buffalo Drive.

For the kosher-style pickled green tomatoes Allen’s also seeking, Weinberg also suggested Weiss, Silverman also recommended The Bagel Cafe, and Elie Morris and Nina Boshes said they can be found at the Kosher Experience at Smith’s at 2211 N. Rampart Blvd.

For Donna Alper, who’s looking for chicken fat, Schreiber, Morris, Boshes and Phyllis Mack said it can be found at the same Smith’s.

For Carol McElroy, who’s looking for reader recommendations for late-night places that serve small plates such as baby lamb chops, Diane Coleman recommended the lamb chops and shrimp grilled on a stone at Ventano Italian Grill & Seafood, at 191 S. Arroyo Grande Blvd. in Henderson, where the kitchen’s open until 3 a.m.

More reader requests

David Black is looking for shrimp in shells, bottled in brine.

Debra Clark is looking for Reed’s Original Ginger Brew.

Tootsie Popowcer is looking for a restaurant that serves beef stew.

Don Berman is looking for a restaurant that serves traditional seafood gumbo without sausage.

And Jim Ponti is looking for a seafood restaurant that char-grills fish, shrimp and oysters.


Send requests to Heidi Knapp Rinella at or 702-383-0474 (put “Taste of the Town” in the subject line). Follow @HKRinella on Twitter.

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