food

Bob’s Eastside Deli

 
 
2900 E. Patrick Ln. #9
Las Vegas, NV 89120
 
702-739-5860
 
http://bobseastsidedeli.com
 

I have been going to Bob’s Deli for quite some time; I was first introduced to this place about 10 yrs ago when I worked right down the street.  We often would go here on our lunches because it was quick, great prices & delicious food.  And about 3 yrs ago my current job moved into this area of town and we have been using them for in office lunches for the whole team or just for a needed break away and they have never let me down with their quality and service.

They are a family run business and that really shows in their service and food.  They know their customers by name and always make people feel welcome.  It is a small place inside of an industrial business park off the beaten path, and truthfully you could easily miss it if you aren’t looking for it.  Since I have been eating here for years there are too many items that I can talk about but I am only going to focus on my last visit here and what we got.

I went here on my lunch break because I was craving their cabo pockets, which is of course what I ordered.

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The cabo pockets have got to be the most basic thing but are just crazy good, they only make a select amount a day so when they sell out they sell out, and honestly there are some days where they just don’t make them at all.  I often have to make sure I have a backup just in case, because of course I have gotten there just a little too late and could not get my fix.

The cabo pockets are 3 tortillas that are stuffed with cheese and a piece of chicken, it isn’t shredded or cubed like most places an actual piece of chicken breast.  I assume this is marinated in some kind of lime and seasoning, but I do not know for sure, but the chicken often has this fresh lime taste to it.  The tortillas are then put on the flat griddle and toasted up a bit to melt the cheese.  But the crowning jewel to this meal is the cabo sauce; which comes on the side.  And I have found out recently is a mix of mayo and chipotle sauce; I love this sauce so much I was trying to make it at home and I can not come close to getting the same sauce.  Also with each order you get a side a fries, and you get all of this for $7.

There is something to be said for a dish that is so simple but has all these components that meld so well together, the melted cheese, perfectly cooked tender chicken & then you add the cabo sauce it is just one perfect bite.  To me this is one of the best things on their menu and if you go there you need to get it at least once.

My mother ordered her favorite thing on the menu which is their veggie sub and added American cheese.

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The veggie sub comes with a mixture of cucumbers, red bell peppers, lettuce, olives, tomatoes & onions on a sub roll.  You can add cheese if you prefer which she does.  We always joke that it is a salad with some bread, because you end up needing a fork to finish it off.  As you can see from the picture they are quite generous with their portions, so you are truly getting your monies worth when eating here, this sandwich is $6.79.  The ingredients are always fresh and just work so well together.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a great local lunch spot, like I said this is just a snippet of what you can get here.  The bob’s favorite & toll’s creation are two of my favorite sandwiches, they have such a large menu that you really can’t go wrong with anything.  My mother likes the egg salad sandwich and the grilled ham & cheese.  Oh and their soda sizes are not for wimps when they say large it is large which is great if you want to take a soda back to the office that will last you through the afternoon.  Be sure to check them out if your in their neck of the woods you won’t be disappointed.

Vegas StrEATs

 
A food truck Festival held monthly at the El Cortez on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 6pm – 1am.
 

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I have been trying to attend this event since it started, but something always seemed to come up and I missed it.  But this month my friend and I made a conscious decision to attend on May 12th.  You can follow them on twitter @VegasStreats for up to date information of which trucks are signed up to be at each event, this is kind of nice if there is someone in particular you want to try.

The downside to this festival is that it is down town on 6th street, which means you have to pay for parking at the meters or Neonopolis because the El Cortez Parking garage was closed to everyone but hotel guests.  But this isn’t a direct reflection on their event it is just a black mark on downtown Las Vegas in general; as locals we hate having to park down there because it is a nightmare & we are spoiled with not having to pay for parking anywhere.

We got to the event a little before six which is when it starts so we had to wait in line to get in, which wasn’t too bad.  Once we got in my friend and I took a tour around the place to see all the food trucks that were there.  We noticed that not everyone had a truck that their were tents set up for other food vendors; like a cupcake stand, funnel cakes & a tent with curry dishes.  We did have a hard time deciding what we wanted, because there is a lot of choices and at the time we weren’t sure what we were craving.  First thing out of the gate it would’ve been nice if each truck ran a special on a signature item, so that maybe you could go to more than one truck  for the cost of one or two meals.  It seemed to me that the prices were the same as if I just came across the truck on the street.  I understand that it is a business and they have expenses but at an event that focuses on diversity of food choices I would think that they would want you to try all the trucks not just one or two.  So I am gathering that if you go with a group and people are willing to share this would be the only way to really try all of the trucks on a friendlier budget.  You want to get your monies worth and not feel like it was a waste.

We ended up choosing WTF – Where’s The Fire truck, it is a pizza truck and they even have the fire oven in their truck to cook the pizzas.  This was a nice addition, but I do feel sorry for the cooks because that has got to be uncomfortable in there.

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My friend went with the Margherita pizza; red sauce, fresh mozzarella & fresh basil.

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From the looks of this pizza it could have used a lot more cheese, it was mainly crust and red sauce.  Which I gather the margherita pizzas normally have less cheese than a traditional pizza, but this was really lacking for the personal size pizza.  But it was still a good pizza, the crust was nice and crunchy yet soft and chewy; the perfect balance.

I decided to be a bit more daring and went for their special pizza for the night that was called Slidin Thre – Pep Pep Burger; it was a pizza that had in-house russian dressing, provolone, cheddar, ground chuck, bacon, red onion, pickles & finished with oregano, yellow mustard & crushed chips.

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I figure it is go big or go home kind of night.  Despite how interesting this pizza looked, it was actually quiet delicious.  The crust was cooked perfectly, the mixture of cheese (which honestly I couldn’t taste the cheddar), beef & bacon all blended perfectly together then you get the bite of pickle, mustard & crunch of the chips and it was another pleasant texture and flavor level.  I think the pickles & mustard were the two extras that really held this pizza together and if I saw this on their menu again I wouldn’t hesitate to order it.

Back to the festival itself, I would say overall if I really wanted to try these food trucks I would hunt them down on twitter and go see where they are in the valley, and not make a special trip down to Vegas StrEATs, for me it just wasn’t all it is cracked up to be.  Maybe I came to early and I should’ve waited until the night time when the DJs really start going, but I was bored after only being there for just over an hour.  There is only so many times you can walk up and down the food trucks before you have seen it all.  My biggest complaint was that the trucks weren’t running any specials like I said earlier it would’ve been nice to see smaller portions & prices so you can try more than one truck with out feeling like I just emptied my wallet on the ground.  So for me I don’t think I will be making the trip down there again unless someone I knew really wanted to go.  But I would say if you are in the area and come across it, it wouldn’t hurt to take a look around.  It is free to get in and who knows you may just find a new favorite food truck.

A view of the truck line up.

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Bob Taylor’s Original Ranch House

 
 
6250 Rio Vista St.
Las Vegas, NV 89130
702-425-1885
 
http://www.bobtaylorsranchhouse.com
 

Bob Talor’s is an old school rustic steak house, in the north side of the valley.  I remember when there was nothing out there but this place, but the city has grown right around it, you can see the 215 right from the parking lot these days.  The parking for this restaurant is limited and you may end up parking on a gravel lot if you come when it is really busy.  This is not a typical Las Vegas strip type steakhouse, the decor is old and hasn’t been updated in awhile, so if you are looking for a modern, updated & high-end place this is not it.  They are definitely on the down home casual side.  The nice part of the decor was that you can see the grill that they cook the steaks on upon entering, you walk right past this to be seated.

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The tables in the dining area are crammed together, which I think made it difficult for the waiters to serve the tables.  Our waitress kept having to squeeze past on her tip toes to get to around.  Because of this closeness I could’ve joined the conversation at the table right behind my chair if I wanted to.  I pretty much heard every detail anyway.

On the walls you will find what looks like old movie posters, black & white photos of all kinds and cowboy type memories.  To me they didn’t seem to have an overall theme for the decor, just a mix match of western type items.

Each of the entrees come with your choice of soup or salad to start.  And then a choice of one of their potatoes, rice or mixed veggies with your meal.  I went for the soup of lobster bisque which I was excited for since it had been awhile since I have had it.  I apologize for the dark photo below – downside to a dark restaurant and cell phone camera.

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My opinion the soup was bad, it tasted like a canned condensed soup with no lobster pieces or flavor and had this vinegar sour taste to it.  The consistency of the soup was gelatin like, almost as if they did not put enough cream into the mix while cooking.  I took a couple bites hoping it would get better but it didn’t, it was very disappointing.  On top of the bad flavor & consistency it was luke warm to cold, maybe this is why it was on the thicker gelatin consistency but if you are serving soup it should be hot.  Why cut corners and not use the freshest possible ingredients that you can when you are charging roughly $30-50 a plate.  The other disappointment of the dinner was the cheesy garlic bread that comes out, it was plain white bread topped with garlic flavoring and some kind of cheese.  I found this to be almost stale and cold, it was hard to chew I had one piece and that was it, and I am bread person.

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This is how my 12oz filet was delivered to me, it took up half the plate and the other half was empty, so if you are looking for presentation this is not the place to go.  I ordered my steak medium-rare and got really rare, which meant it was undone in the middle and cold.  I had to ask for them to take it back and cook it a bit more because I prefer my steak medium-rare, so the center is warmed through.  When I did get my steak back it was still on the rare side but it was warmed through.  My mother ordered her filet medium rare and it came out perfect.  And my step-father’s ribeye came out a bit on the rare side but it was ok for him.  So it seems they have a bit of inconsistency on cooking temps.  It did have a nice beef flavor and was really juicy, you did not need any sauce to enjoy it.  The seasoning on the outside tasted mainly of salt, it was not overly salty but I did not pick up any other flavors.  The reason they are getting 3.5 stars is because their redeeming factor was their beef, it was juicy, tender and a nice cut of beef overall.  I had the twice baked potato as my side and it was good, nothing that special, but as I left I realized I should have just gone with the baked potato because they really good as I passed them.  And this is something I don’t thing the restaurant wants you to think when you leave, that you should’ve ordered something else.

The only non-steak dish we ordered was one of their chicken entrees for my god-mother, Chicken Marsala they were nice enough to make it for her without any sauce, and she said that it was tender and juicy.  I did not taste any of this but it looked and smelled really good.

For the four of us to dine here and 3 of us had one cocktail each our total bill with tax was $150 before tip – so for approximately $38 a person; the dinner was just OK.  I think if I was going to spend this money again I would go back to Ron’s Steak House this place is a little bit more per person, but the service, ambiance and food make up for the difference in price.

B.A.R

 
 
7260 South Cimarron Road
Las Vegas, NV 89113
 
(702) 685-2058
 

If you are looking for a good local place to kick back and have a drink with some friends this is the place to go, you wont be disappointed.  I have had the pleasure to eat here at B.A.R = Born And Raised on a couple different occasions, and I know I will be back.  This is a lovely place owned by locals and for locals and when you walk it you know this is a bar for locals and the food is delicious.

On my last trip here we had the Chicken Parm (left) sliders & Monte Cristo Sliders (right).

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My friend and I gave each other one of ours so that we could taste them and both slider orders came with french fries, you can get onion rings or sweet potato tots for an upcharge.  I’ll start with the Chicken Parm that she gave me to try, this was really good it was a parmesan encrusted chicken breast smothered in tomato sauce and topped with melted mozzarella cheese & basil.  This was the perfect combination and I would go back and order this as my meal.  The flavors melded really well together into a perfect little bite.

I ordered the Monte Cristo which is turkey, ham & swiss cheese on texas toast dipped into batter and pan fried.  It is then drizzled with maple syrup & powdered sugar.  It was like having lunch and breakfast all in the same meal.  I will definitely have this one again and I will take them up on their offer of some maple syrup on the side to dip it into.  Because i will admit that it needed that extra bite of sweetness.  Also I will say that I didn’t taste the cheese that much I think it was lost in everything else, but it didn’t hurt the overall appeal and taste of the dish.

I can’t talk about a bar and not show you at least one picture of a cocktail.  I ordered a gin & tonic, which I have to say is one of the best ones I have had in the valley.  It was the perfect balance so the bartender knows how to pour.  My friend had a vodka water and she said the same thing that it was a perfect mix and a great way to end our day of moving.

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The do have a happy hour which I have not attended but it runs Monday – Friday 4pm – 7pm & 3am – 6am; they have drink specials and food specials ranging from $1 beer to $5 appetizers.

My only critique about this place was during this visit our waitress was a little aloof, I am not sure if it was because we were getting more food than drinks but it did put me off.  But luckily my first visit there the waitress was on point so I am going to chop it up to just a busy day for them.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

 
 
 
Tivoli Village
400 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 190,
Las Vegas, NV 89145
 
Webiste: http://www.kabukirestaurants.com
 

I ate here over the weekend on a girl’s day, we decided that we had a craving for sushi and remembered that Kabuki had opened recently in Tivoli Village, and this would also give us a chance to check out the farmers market that is held at Tivoli on the weekends.  We got to Kabuki a little after 11 am I would say and the place was pretty empty, so we were seated quickly.  Someone came over right away and got our drink order, and shortly after our waiter came over to see if we had any questions.

To start our meal we decided to go with the garlic edamame.  Before this came to our table our waiter brought us complimentary edamame to the table because we had ordered sushi, we were a bit disappointed that he did not tell us that edameme came with our sushi because if he had we wouldn’t have ordered it as an appetizer.  Granted they were different one is cold the other is warm with garlic, salt & spices.  Maybe we would have ordered something different.  But it was the principal behind it; it would have been nice that he said something.

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We decided that we would get 4 rolls to share, the downside to sharing with me is I for some reason can not stand the consistency of spicy tuna, I blame it on a hand roll I had at a charity event it was just too much for my pallet and I haven’t been able to eat it since.  So I am constantly trying to find rolls that do not have it in , which I will admit is a lot harder than you would think.  It seems to be the default ingredient for a lot of places.  We eventually decided on the Lotus roll, AAA Box roll, Alaskan roll & Smokey Philly roll.

First up the lotus roll: Baked premium lobster meat on top of California roll served with eel sauce.

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I really liked this roll the lobster was cooked perfectly and they gave you plenty on top so you don’t feel as if you paid too much for just a California roll.  I would for sure order this one on my next trip to Kabuki.

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The AAA Box roll is albacore tuna layered with asparagus between rice and topped with avocado, with what we assume is eel sauce and some kind of mayo sauce.  These were not listed on the item description but both were a nice addition to the roll.  My only critique of this roll is that I really didn’t taste the asparagus, which if I am ordering a roll with it in it I want to feel like I am getting asparagus.  It was just lost in everything.  Also the layer is a nice presentation but really was kind of difficult to eat since it made the pieces twice the size of a roll.

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The Alaskan roll was a California roll topped with basked salmon, while I really enjoyed this roll my friend was only kind of on board.  It was a nice flavor with the baked salmon, but really because it was another California roll I could see how it was kinda just blah.

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The last roll we had was the Smokey Philly roll, this seems to be a pretty standard roll no matter which sushi restaurant you go to.  The only difference is that it had smoked salmon inside instead of just plain salmon; and to be honest it could’ve been plain and I wouldn’t have known.  It didn’t  have an abundant smokey flavor that smoked salmon has which is one of the reasons I enjoy getting rolls with smoked salmon.

Overall the service was very good despite our waiter having a cloud of cologne following him, the bussers were quick to clear out the empty plates and refill our drinks.   The sushi was very tasty and got to us quickly, my major critique as a whole was that the rice was extremely soft, meaning the rolls didn’t stay together and fell apart easily, especially the AAA box roll and Smokey Philly.  This is the main reason I removed a star, because if you are a sushi restaurant your rice should be on point.  The rolls did come with 6 – 8 pieces depending on the roll, which was good for sharing.  Our entire meal was a total of $52 including tax, so for basically $25 a person we had a nice sushi lunch.  I would recommend them whether you are at Tivoli or Town Square if you are looking to fill your sushi craving for the day.

Grimaldi’s

 
 
The Fashion Show Mall
3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South, #1540
Las Vegas, NV 89109

(702) 778-8777

I ate here the other day on the spur of the moment while I was running some errands with my mother at the Fashion Show Mall, we decided that we were hungry and wanted to give this place a try since it is kinda new to the mall.  They are located across from Nordstrom and right next to the fashion runway.  Upon entering we were quickly greeted by the hostess and one of the on duty managers.  They got us seated right away went over the wine/beer lists and the special pizza for that month.

I have to admit that at first glance at the menu I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t have more of a selection.  I enjoy going to pizza places that have a few specialties created for you.  It always seems to help me personally decide what I want on my pizza.  Here you start with your size pizza and go from there.  They have personal (12″), small (16″) & large (18″) then you add your toppings which are priced from $2-5.  You can download their menu here if you would like to see their offerings.  I will admit I had a bit of sticker shock; now as a local in Las Vegas you are aware that prices on the strip tend to be higher than off, it is just part of the territory you go with it.  But for some reason the cost of things seemed a bit unreasonable, especially when you are building your own pizzas, your cost per pie can skyrocket if you’re not careful.  A personal pizza with just cheese is $9, you add 4 toppings your pizza just became a $17 pizza.  Because we were kinda taken aback about the prices we actually considered leaving but had already ordered our drinks and that seems rude to just order a soda and leave, and I am sure this wasn’t the best mind state to be in when you haven’t even ordered yet.

After some debating we decided that we would split the large antipasto & the special pizza which was a spicy buffalo chicken pizza in the small size.  The antipasto came with fresh mozzarella, oven roasted red peppers, Genoa salami, olives & fresh baked bread for $12.

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We did ask if they had butter for the bread, and were told that they do not have butter in their restaurant, kinda disappointing but not something that is really going to ruin my meal.  They did have oil & vinegar on the table, but no additional plates to put it on so I had to poor it directly on my plate which was messy or right on to the food.  To me the best part of this dish was the bread & cheese, but truthfully it was missing something.  We couldn’t quite put our finger on it but something was off.  About half way through the plate our pizza arrived, we were offered clean plates, but decided against it and the waitress served us our first piece.  Which is why the pizza below is missing slices.

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The spicy chicken pizza, had celery, Frank’s Red Hot, bleu cheese crumbles and mozzerella cheese.  This pizza was good, but I have had better, it was bland even with the hot sauce.  You couldn’t even taste a single bit of bleu cheese.  I even asked the waitress if they had some bleu cheese dressing so that I could dip my pizza, she said no the only dressing they have is caeser dressing.  I did like the thin crispy crust, which they achieve from baking their pizzas in the brick oven, the bottom of the pizza did have ash on it so your finders get this gray coating on them and taste burnt if you lick them.  I truthfully have had this same spicy chicken pizza and it was better pizza just across the mall at California Pizza Kitchen.

Overall the food was just OK nothing special, it certainly would not make me want to hunt this place down under the Brooklyn bridge from which they say is what made the bridge famous; their pizza.  The service started out good, but slowly drifted to bad as the meal progressed.  I was not offered a refill of my drink yet my mother’s ice tea was filled without question.  We sat waiting for our bill for awhile because our waitress was having a deep conversation with an on duty manager and fellow waiter, so we had to sit and stare in to the kitchen to get someone’s attention which did not work she just looked around me, and when there is only 4 tables with people at them and they are all sitting in a row does not make it hard to miss that I am trying to get your attention politely.  We eventually had to wave and yell to them for the check because they would not leave the area to come on the floor, which of course immediately brought over a busboy and our waitress and shortly after that the manager with our bill.  I would think the manager would’ve made a slight apology for the wait but nothing he just set the bill on the table and that was that.  Only as I was paying the bill was I asked if I would then like a refill on my soda.

Our total bill was $40 even, were $20 of that was just the pizza.  While I do not mind spending money on eating out I want to feel like I got my monies worth when I do and here I did not.  So truthfully if you are feeling like having pizza while you are in the mall, I suggest you skip this place and head over to California Pizza Kitchen, you will get more choices and flavor for what seems like a better deal or even head to the Nordstrom Cafe where they only have 3 choices for pizza but still seem like a better deal.

Bread and Butter

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10940 S. Eastern Ave.
Henderson, NV 89057

(702) 675-3000

Website: http://www.breadandbutterlv.com

I have to admit from the outside I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when we pulled into the small, cramped older shopping center.  It really wasn’t much from the outside and if you aren’t paying attention you could easily miss it.  The interior decor was a little bland with a creamy tan paint all over.  They did have little nick knacks around the place to kinda break up the paint but over all it was just ok, it needed something and I am not sure what that something was.

They had a few tables set up outside which was great especially on our nice spring days here in the valley and because the inside was crowded so it allowed there to be enough seating for everyone.  I would definitely suggest going early if you are going for lunch, we got there a little before 11:30 and the line was almost out the door.  It did move quickly so that says something about the service, the staff was friendly and they were moving through the guests in line seeing if anyone needed help with just pastries or bread to keep the line moving.

Now on to the food I had the egg, ham & cheese waffle sandwich with a rosemary béchamel sauce on top.

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This was so yummy and very rich, the eggs and ham paired very well with the waffles and béchamel.  This rosemary béchamel sauce was absolutely the star of the show on the plate.  The only downside was the sauce could’ve been hotter.  It was luke warm once it got to me, so it quickly became cold which I didn’t really like but truthfully powered through because the flavors were all there.  I think this would be a great dish to share with someone, because it has two giant waffles a hearty helping of eggs, ham and cheese.  Then after sharing you could get one of their delicious pastries.  The sharing of course takes away calories so the pastries will be less guilty.  I unfortunately did not have any of them even though they looked just divine.  I was just so full on this sandwich and I didn’t even finish all of it.

My mother had the BLT grilled cheese with a side salad.  I unfortunately did not try this sandwich because of the tomatoes (I am allergic), but my mother said it was delicious, the fresh tomatoes, sun dried red peppers and fresh greens all combined with melted cheese.  She was pleasantly surprised that she got a side salad with her sandwich, because originally she debated on getting a salad.  But she did say that side salad was a little heavy on the oil, next time she would order the dressing on the side.  The table next to us did have a table full of salads and they all looked delicious.

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The downside to this place being so busy when we got there it did make the wait for our food was a bit long.  Especially for a lunch break from work.  I think it is possibly the reason my sauce wasn’t hotter when it got to me maybe it could have been sitting waiting to be delivered.  I am not sure if this is the reason or if it just wanted heated up all the way.  As much as I dislike slow service I can understand that there is only so much they can do when they have a restaurant full of hungry people.

I would definitely say if you are in the neighborhood or just looking for a change to make the trek to Anthem and give this place a try. Just don’t be shocked if you you walk in and are greeted with a line, it will move quickly and it will be worth the wait.

Ron’s Steak House

 
 
Arizona Charlies Decatur
740 South Decatur Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 258-5201
 

I got the opportunity to go to Ron’s Steak House for Mother’s day this year.  My parents and I try to go to some place that none of us have been before when we are going out to celebrate, so this year my Mom was all about trying Ron’s, based purely off of their commercials.  If you live in Las Vegas you have without a doubt seen an increase in advertising for this restaurant.  And you can’t blame them for wanting to get their name out there, when you think of fine dining the first place on your mind is not Arizona Charlie’s Decatur.  This is one of the older casinos in Las Vegas and off the strip and from the outside doesn’t carry all the glamor and glitz of the strip.  I should apologize upfront that this unfortunately is going to be a photo-less review of the food, since the restaurant is quite small I didn’t want to disturb the neighboring tables with the flash on my camera while they are enjoying their meal. (I promise in the future I won’t care…well I’ll care a little just not so much that I don’t snap a couple pictures of the food)

Walking through Arizona Charlie’s to Ron’s you are able to see that this place does stand out from the rest of the casino, from outside it has a very new & modern feel compared to the rest of the place.  You enter through a door into the restaurant which is very nice, because it is like stepping away from the casino, which in Vegas doesn’t always happen.  Here is a shot of the interior of the restaurant, we sat at the table on the bottom right of the photo.

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While we looked over our menus my mother ordered a Manhattan, which she said was stiff but good they did not scrimp on the alcohol.  My step-dad ordered Borgo Conventi Pinot Grigio which was quite tasty and smooth.  Later in the meal I ordered the Kendall-Jackson Cabernet which was very smooth and would recommend it.  But in ordering this glass of wine it was the first sour moment at the restaurant, because the waiter brought me the Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, and when I asked about it he actually argued with me saying that I ordered the Chardonnay.  Now Chardonnay and Cabernet do rhyme so I can see how it could easily be misunderstood, but instead of just saying I am sorry I misheard you or something to that effect, he actually insisted that I ordered it and for a moment gave me the impression that he was not going to correct my order, of course after a couple times of saying I wanted the Cabernet he did correct it.  So I was a bit disappointed in his attitude towards the whole thing.

My mother and I each ordered an appetizer to start, she had the stuffed mushrooms; they are stuffed with sausage topped with melted mozzarella cheese and served with a spicy tomato sauce.  She really enjoyed this appetizer, for me it just didn’t hit the spot, they seemed a little one note.  I ordered the crab cocktail, because I haven’t seen that offered on a menu before and I really wanted crab that night but I always feel weird asking what Market Price is that day.  Well they did not disappoint when it came to the crab cocktail, it was a martini glass filled up with fresh lump crab served over ice.  Here is a picture of the glass so you can see how much of it was crab.

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The top glass part was filled all the way up with fresh crab and on the side it was served with a spicy cocktail sauce just like normal shrimp cocktail.  Also on the plate was orange salt, so don’t be shocked when you accidentally drop a piece of crap on to the plate and then eat it and you get bombarded with salt, which is exactly what happened to me.

After appetizers we were served our salads, they come with your entree order.  The salads were mixed greens which were placed inside of a cucumber wrap and we chose blue cheese dressing.  I loved the presentation of the salad and my mother even commented how she would love to do this for the next party she has.

For the main course my step-dad ordered the New York steak and it came out cooked perfectly and melt in your mouth tender.  He chose not order any of the sauces on the menu, these are offered for an additional charge, and his steak did not need anything.  So that is a good sign for a steak house if the meat can stand on its own.  My mother order herb encrusted half rack of lamb, they were cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful.  She did not try her meat with the mint demi-glaze that is served with the dish because she prefers her lamb without mint.  I ordered Charlie’s Steak Au Poivre which is filet mignon medallions coated with cracked peppercorns topped with a sauce of shallots, Dijon & cream.  My steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare and again was melt in your mouth tender.  I will admit I could have used a little less peppercorns because on some bites it did over power the rest of the dish when you bite down and all you get is pepper.  But overall it was very delicious and I got two very nice size medallions so I ate one and took one home for left overs, and even with reheating it still tasted just as good.  Because the menu is al a carte we ordered a couple side dishes to share. The first one was the mac & cheese gnocchi which was to die for, so creamy and smooth I wanted to order a second dish to take home. The other side dish was the Au Gratin potatoes, which were just so-so, nothing special about them next time we would choose something different.

Since it is a celebration we did order dessert, we ordered the flourless chocolate cake and the new york cheesecake.  Both were very good but the stand out to me was the chocolate cake it was one of the better flourless cakes that I have tasted.  It was moist and chocolatey and it sometimes is hard to achieve that with flourless.  The cheesecake was good but nothing to outstanding, I would order it again but I have also had better ones.

So overall I would recommend this steak house if you are looking for a place off of the strip and you want to get some melt in your mouth steaks.  The food for sure is why I am giving them 4.5 stars out of 5, I am taking away 1/2 a star because of the wine incident with the waiter.  While I understand it was an honest mistake it could have been handled a bit better.  But I did not let this moment ruin the delicious food.  Our bill came to around $160 without tip, which breaks down to a little over $50 a person, which is pretty good for what you get and our bill included alcohol and we had a total of 4 drinks.  In Las Vegas that is a pretty good per person price for a fine dining experience.

LBS: a burger joint

Red Rock Casino
11011 West Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 835-9393
 

I ended up at LBS on a whim, my friend Jayson & I had originally planned our evening at the Yard House but the wait was almost an hour long for the two of us. That is when we remembered we both hadn’t been to LBS yet and so off we went.

The restaurant has a grudge bar feel with a mix of lace, exposed brick and a license plate flag on the ceiling. The menus are nicely designed, one page attached to wood almost like a clipboard. What is offered is exactly what you would expect burgers..mini burgers, build your own & signature burgers. Below is a photo of the take out menu which is a copy of the original in the restaurant.

I went for the bleu burger without tomato on a wheat bun (you get a choice of white or wheat) and shoe string fries. You can upgrade to onion rings or sweet potato fries for an extra $2.50 charge. Jayson had the classic burger on wheat with shoestring fries.

The burgers were nice and thick, a good 1/2 inch at least and oh so juicy. I could have used more bleu cheese because I could barely taste it, but I love blue cheese so for me I want to taste it. The fries where nice and crispy and were served with LBS burger sauce which tasted like a spicy ranch. Jayson said his was just as good and that the meat was seasoned well, which for him is important when eating a burger.

My burger on top & Jayson’s on the bottom.

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The service was a little spotty our waitress seemed to have better things to do than actually interact with us. The place isn’t that big and the other waiters seemed more friendly than ours. But I wouldn’t let this hold me back from coming back, over all the food did out weigh our waitress’s bad mood. And this is why I gave them 4 out of 5 stars. If you are in the red rock casino and craving a burger I would definitely recommend the place.

Our total bill was $39.43 w/out tip and this included 2 blue moons @6.50 ea and our 2 burgers. So based on an average dinner out this wasn’t too bad. Especially since the burgers were very tasty.