Best Friend by Roy Choi, Las Vegas NV

Best Friend by Roy Choi

Watermelon – Sesame Infused Fortaleza Tequila, Lime, Fresh Watermelon

Hawaiian Rolls

Spicy Cucumber Banchan

Sesame Broccoli Banchan

Los Vegas Salad – Mixed Greens, Farmer’s Market Vegetables, Chili Soy Dressing

Uni Dynamite Rice – Santa Barbara Uni, Sriracha, Yuzu, Sesame

Kogi Short Rib Tacos – Korean BBQ, Salsa Roja, Cilantro-Onion-Lime, Chili Soy Slaw

Slippery Shrimp – Crispy Rock Shrimp, Chili Mayo, Walnuts

Tamarind Black Cod Stew – Glass Noodles, Onions, Ginger

White Rice

Lamb Rack – Kimchi Chimichurri, Garlic Vegetables

Mango Budino – Pound Cake, Granulated Sugar

Date Cake – Caramel, Cinnamon Ice Cream

Hot Fudge Sundae for Two – Chocolate Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, Brownie Bites, Mochi, Marshmallows, Cotton Candy

Mostly viewing “fusion” as an inauthentic means to please a wider variety of customers it was with interest but skepticism that Best Friend was approached on Saturday, Roy Choi’s first foray into Las Vegas a long way from the Kogi Trucks that made him famous but the space at Park MGM somehow pulling off the combination of Bodega, Restaurant and Bar with polish and poise.

Located proximate to the former home of Andre’s, recently-opened Eataly looming large next door, it is passing by neon that reads “Roy Choy Is My Best Friend” that diners will find themselves surrounded by merchandise both for show and for purchase, the hostess stand easily missed next to translucent red curtains dividing Bar from Dining Room where Hip Hop plays at modest volume.

Keeping Television at the Bar, the flowing interior instead focused on murals and illuminated street scenes beneath hanging plants, it was in a booth on the left half that two guests were seated with menus presented, the server dressed in Adidas cool but helpful in a manner that works far more effectively than the typical nonchalance of many casual Restaurants opened in the past decade.

Dubbed as a “Korean BBQ” joint based on Chef Choy’s history, though there are graciously no signs of DIY grills aside from those manned by cooks in the spotless kitchen, it was after lengthy perusal of Drinks and menu sections such as “Bowls,” “Pots,” and “L.A. Sh*t” that decisions were made, two small servings of Banchan whetting palates alongside complimentary warm Hawaiian Rolls that are enjoyable on their own but better saved for later when they prove useful for sopping up Sauces.

Opting for one Cocktail, the savory Tequila base with fresh Watermelon and a salted rim right up the lady’s alley, it was alongside a colorful Salad that Uni Dynamite Rice was handed over, the former using salt and spice to blend Radish, Chicories and Onion while whole Tongues of Sea Urchin rested atop the later imbuing Grains both fully cooked and a bit crisp with umami.

Going full-fusion for the next two, Roy’s Tacos that built an empire seeing a price hike but otherwise delicious with plenty of Marinated Beef that marries well to Salsa and julienne Cabbage, it is hidden directly above these under “L.A. Sh*t” that guests will find Slippery Shrimp, the idea of Walnut Prawns, Shrimp Mayo or whatever it is called spun on its ear by all the same textures but fire where sweetness is expected.

Returning to tradition for Pots and Entrees, a Half-Rack of Lamb for $44 not incongruent with other Casino Restaurants and here prepared magnificently rare along with Baby Bok Choy plus complex Chimichurri bright with Cumin and Cilantro, those looking for value would be well-advised to invest similar dollars in a cauldron of Cod, the sharpness of Tamarind countered by Noodles, Herbs and what might by Honey in a portion that could easily be shared by three or four.

Turning sweets over to Park MGM Executive Pastry Chef Angibeau Philippe, his calendar undoubtedly crowded by such a rapidly evolving property, it is nonetheless with French precision that each Dessert is plated, the “Sundae for Two” largely for show but not skimping on complexity while the $10 Date Cake and Mango Budino are both showstoppers, the former giving Gordon Ramsay’s Sticky Toffee Pudding a serious run for its money while the Fruit Pudding matches Best Friend’s Cod Pot in terms of being delicious from beginning to end with no two bites alike.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Attempting to judge every Eatery as an individual product of intent, execution and overall guest experience the only thing keeping Best Friend from a perfect score is that the menu seems to wander, but from someone with minimal interest in Korean Barbecue or Food Trucks everything about this place (so far) works harmoniously and its willingness to put big flavors front-and-center is a huge breath of fresh air for the tourist corridor.

RECOMMENDED: Uni Dynamite Rice, Slippery Shrimp, Tamarind Black Cod Stew, Mango Budino, Date Cake.

AVOID: Though they are really good, those expecting Street Taco prices will be disappointed that Roy Choi’s signature dish sells for about $2 a bite.

TIP: If ordering the Budino, which every table should, be aware that the green base is Sugar and consider adding a pinch to each bite as it dramatically changes the experience from great to whatever superlative is a step-up from there.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.parkmgm.com/en/restaurants/best-friend.html

 Best Friend by Roy Choi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Esther’s Kitchen [4,] Las Vegas NV

Esther’s Kitchen

Prosciutto + Fontina Biscuits, Chive Butter

Lemon Ricotta Toast, Hazelnuts, Chestnut Honey

Avocado Toast, Radish, Chives, Pickled Onion, Sorrel

Smoked Ocean Trout Toast, Schmear, Red Onion, Capers, Tomatoes

Pistachio Butter Toast, Raspberry Jam, Sea Salt, Lemon Zest

Omelette, Boursin Cheese, Smoked Tomatoes, Salted Zucchini

Chorizo Toast, Soft Scrambled Eggs, Crème Fraiche, Herbs, Chili Oil

Mushroom Toast, Soft Scrambled Eggs, Crème Fraiche, Herbs

Porchetta Benedict, Poached Eggs, Pepperonata, Chipotle Hollandaise, Toast

Bread Pudding French Toast, Lyle’s Golden Syrup, Crème Fraiche, Blueberries

Blackberry Yogurt, Truffle Honey, Rooster Boy Granola

Egg White Frittata, Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Shaved Veggies, Grapefruit

Seasonal Beans + Greens, Braised Mushrooms

Polenta, Sunny Side Up Eggs, Truffled Mushrooms, Parmesan Frico

Breaky Sandwich with Sausage, Fried Egg, Fontina Cheese, Greens, Breakfast Potatoes

Ricotta Pancakes, Lemon Butter, Blueberry-Hibiscus Compote

Rigatoni Carbonara, Guanciale, Peas, Egg Yolk, Grana Padana Cheese

Margherita Pizza, Chris Bianco’s Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil

Bacon Pizza, Caramelized Onion, Fontina Cheese, Egg, Saba

Having first experienced James Trees’ Cuisine during Brunch at Superba Food + Bread it was moments after hearing that Esther’s Kitchen was now open at 10:00am on weekends that a group was gathered, the result eight friends old and new indulging in 19 dishes including 16 new ones over the course of two hours and much conversation.

Not about to discuss the critically acclaimed space again, though those still unaware can look here, here or here, it was with sunlight flooding through windows and REM playing overhead that greetings were offered by Paul Argier, an educated staff then taking over as Chef Trees and his team tended to matters in the kitchen.

Quieter during the day, though that will likely soon change, it was with guests opting for Water, Juice or Tea that Brunch soon began, Drop Biscuits from Baker Dylan Jobsz at first questioned as “undercooked” by some though in reality quite impressive for something not laminated and riddled with Pork that plays well off creamy Herb Butter.

Heavily focused on Toast, and rightfully so considering Dylan’s housemade Sourdough, it was beginning light with lemony Ricotta plus Hazelnuts and Honey that each Slice was carefully divided, a tongue-in-cheek “yep!” following one topped with Avocado doing nothing to diminish great ingredient quality and texture which carries over to smoked Trout and Cream Cheese that all but the pickiest Lower East Side New Yorker will enjoy.

Temporarily veering a little sweet, both housemade Pistachio Butter and Raspberry Jam spread thick beneath Lemon Zest and coarse Salt, it was after this that Chef Trees sent forth Sin City’s only proper Omelette not served on-Strip, the fold around Boursin and smoky Tomatoes light like a Soufflé though soft scrambled Eggs mixed with Chorizo or Mushrooms and served on crunchy Sourdough were not much heavier.

Hearing some say the combination of Chorizo and Chili Oil was a bit too spicy, those same folks smartly avoiding housemade Porchetta served like a Benedict with Chipotle Hollandaise and sliced orange Peppers, it was with cooling Yogurt and Rooster Boy Granola that fire was extinguished before moving on to fried Bread Pudding dotted with Blueberries, Lyle’s Syrup adding restrained sweetness that is further reined in by Crème Fraiche.

Seeing many getting full at this point, portions far larger than prices would suggest, it was mostly a matter of timing that saw an Egg White Frittata decorated in Vegetables and Grapefruit have less impact that it may have earlier, same too for a Vegan Grain Bowl featuring smoky Beans plus a tangle of Greens and Mushrooms.

Expecting great things from Trees’ Polenta, the version offered at dinner here thinned by Sunnyside Eggs but given back texture by a Parmesan Cheese lattice, those seeking a top-notch Breakfast Sandwich will be happy to know Esther’s trails not far behind Bardot for Sin City’s best thanks to house Sausage, Cheese and Greens while crunchy Potatoes on the side will make guests wonder why they’ve ever settled for Hash Browns.

Finishing new items with a stack of Pancakes featuring lots of Ricotta, the resultant texture far fluffier than anyone might assume, it is by way of Lemon Butter and plenty of Blueberries cooked in Sugar with Hibiscus that each bite is subtly different, the same to be said of Rigatoni Carbonara that is entirely Brunch-appropriate thanks to Pork and Eggs, as too is the Bacon Pizza with Onions and a touch of sweetness added by Saba.

FIVE STARS: Fulfilling a “Coming Soon” promise dating back nearly a year, Brunch at Esther’s Kitchen has proved worth waiting for, and as it seems many have not yet gotten the news now is the time to go before lines begin to form.

RECOMMENDED: Prosciutto + Fontina Biscuits, Smoked Ocean Trout Toast, Pistachio Butter Toast, Omelette, Chorizo Toast, Bread Pudding French Toast, Polenta, Ricotta Pancakes, Bacon Pizza.

AVOID: The Egg White Frittata is a nice choice for those counting calories, but otherwise there are much better choices.

TIP: Despite what the Website says 11 days later, Brunch is offered 10a-3p on Saturday and Sunday.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

https://www.estherslv.com

Esther's Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Beaumont’s Southern Kitchen, North Las Vegas NV

Beaumont’s Southern Kitchen

Big Red Soda, Abita Root Beer on Tap

Hot Damn Margarita – Sauza Gold Tequila, Lime Juice, Housemade Cilantro Syrup, Triple Sec, Fire Water Bitters, Jalapeno

Bloody Mary – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Spicy House Mix, Jalapeño-Candied Bacon, Olive  /  Granny’s Smith – Crown Royal Regal Apple, Apple Shrub, Lime Juice, Housemade Simple Syrup, Soda Water

Chicken-Fried Bacon

Chicken-Fried Ribs

Grilled Elote Street Corn – Chipotle Mayo, Queso Fresco, Chili Spice, Lime

Bacon & Eggs – Deviled Eggs, House Pickled Onions, Jalapeño-Candied Bacon, Fried Onions

The Doobie – Rolled Quesadilla, Cheddar Cheese, Queso, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Chopped Brisket

The Royal Wedgie – Romaine Lettuce Hearts, Tomatoes, Bacon, Queso Fresco, Country Buttermilk Dressing, Cornbread Croutons

Sliced Brisket, Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken, Hot Link Sausage, Housemade Pickles, Honey Baked Cornbread with Cinnamon Butter

Turkey Breast, St. Louis Ribs, Housemade Pickles

Beau’s Banging Beans, Collards

Baked Potato Salad – Russet Potatoes, Bacon, Hard-Boiled Egg, Onion, Sour Cream

Mac ‘N Cheese – Cheddar-Queso Blend, Cheesy Crust

I Am the Slaw! – 3 Cabbages, Broccoli, Carrots, Grain Mustard, Brown Sugar Dressing

Coffee – Cream, Sweetener

Peach Cobbler – Streusel Topping, Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Pecan Ball – Vanilla Ice Cream, Texas Pecans, Chocolate Sauce

I’d Éclair – Banana Pudding, Chocolate Glaze, Nilla Wafers, Bananas

Black Bottom Pie – Oreo Crust, Dark Chocolate Pudding, Molasses Whipped Cream

Key Lime Chess Pie – Cornmeal Custard, Key Lime, Whipped Cream

Having come to view Station Casinos as a much more local company than the Strip’s big resorts it was on the promise of good Barbecue closer than Henderson that Texas Station was visited last Wednesday, recently-opened Beaumont’s Southern Kitchen not only serving Food far better than it *needs* to be, but additionally offering a high quality overall guest experience.

Located approximately twenty minutes from the center of town, an address technically in North Las Vegas likely not previously on any ‘foodie’ map of Sin City, it was days before the end of 2018 that Beamont’s quietly opened, Chef Joseph Kudrak’s involvement enough to stir interest though the real day-to-day operations are left to Executive Chef Amy Bearden and Pit Master Michael Ross.

Truly a scratch kitchen, everything from Sauces and Sides to Pickles made on-site daily, guests will find Beaumont’s located straight from entry past the Sportsbook, cigarette smoke from the Casino Floor slowly replaced by the smell of burning Hickory while the sound of slots dissipates in favor of a soundtrack that is appropriately Southern but not entirely Country.

Cutting a wide swath through regional BBQ, references to Nashville and St. Louis made in addition to the obvious Texas-standard, it is with Cocktails or Beer in hand that many will wish to begin their experience, a fruity concoction called Granny’s Smith the best of three tasted while teetotalers will be delighted to know the South is well represented by bottled Big Red and Abita Root Beer on Tap out of Louisiana.

Already proving popular with Texas Station regulars, a dedicated and important group in determining Beaumont’s long term success, it was by educated servers that plates were presented and explained, both Chicken Fried Bacon and similarly treated Ribs an easy sell as each is smoked, lightly-fried and delicious while a dish called “Bacon & Eggs” doubles down on texture by way of creamy Yolks and crispy Whites on a stack of Onion Rings topped by Bacon.

Expectedly not a “diet friendly” menu, though Salads including a cleverly-named Wedge are available while smoked Meat is great for Keto, it was next that Mexico represented the South by way of Street Corn on the Cob, though it would be difficult to cite a specific origin for “The Doobie” Burrito loaded with chopped Brisket, Cheddar and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Moving next to ‘cue, an enormous smoker located behind the kitchen running 24/7 to allow for several cuts and proteins, those seeking Beamont’s best are advised to focus attention first on Chicken and Turkey that both come out moist and smoky, the spicy house Sausage also excellent inside snappy Skin while Brisket is simply adorned and good, but bound to improve with a little more age on the smoker.

Less sold on Pulled Pork, the texture a bit stringy and dry without adding lots of Sauce, it was along with Ribs that slide right of the Bone that sides were tasted, the “Banging Beans” unfortunately lacking flavor in comparison to others in town though Chef Bearden’s family recipe for Collards produces remarkable tenderness and a deep, porky sapor.

Additionally impressing with Potato Salad that omits Mustard and Slaw that adds it, both unique and refreshing between bites of Meat, it is from the Bakery that logs of Cornbread prove sweet, tender and compelling enough to eat more than one of, a situation that can quickly become dangerous as it is imperative to also save room for Dessert.

Frequently nailing Southern staples across the savories, and similarly exploring a diversity of Comfort Foods in terms of sweets, it is beginning with cast-iron Peach Cobbler topped tableside with sizzling Caramel that guests are invited to experience several plates portioned for sharing, the presence of Chess Pie all one really needs to know Beaumont’s has done its homework and here particularly lovely thanks to buttery Crust, plenty of Citrus and an enormous spiral of Whipped Cream.

Not forgetting Chocolate lovers, a Black Bottom Pie’s richness barely kept in check by airy Molasses, it is going even bigger that the Chocolate Pecan Ball presents like Fried Ice Cream studded by Pecans while “I’d Éclair” spins Banana Pudding French by way of Pate a Choux that stands up well to not only the housemade Pudding but liberally added Whipped Cream and thick Fudge.

FOUR STARS: Although many have disparaged Las Vegas Barbecue for decades there seems to be a movement to improve as of late, and although the success of Beaumont’s Southern Kitchen will hinge on its acceptance by Texas Station regulars the experience thus far attests to a team willing to go the extra mile in hopes of luring in non-traditional clientele including those who are far more interested in Food than gambling.

RECOMMENDED: Granny’s Smith, Chicken Fried Bacon, Bacon & Eggs, Smoked Turkey Breast, Smoked Chicken, Hot Links, Honey Baked Cornbread, Collards, I’d Éclair, Key Lime Chess Pie.

AVOID: Pulled Pork was stringy and Beau’s Banging Beans lacked flavor beyond the Sauce. Brisket was good, but until there is more hours on the smoker shouldn’t be served with all the char removed as leaner pieces lose their smokiness.

TIP: 4:00pm until 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday, until 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.texasstation.sclv.com/Dining/Beaumont’s

Beaumont’s Southern Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Naked City Pizza Catering [2,] Las Vegas NV

Naked City Pizza Catering

Roasted Garlic Buns – Naked City Red Sauce

Meatball Skillet – Grandma’s Meatballs, Naked City Red Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Crostini

Guinea Pie Full Sheet – White Garlic Sauce, Spinach, Grandma’s Meatballs, Mozzarella Cheese, Ricotta Cheese

Back Home Full Sheet – Red Sauce & Mozzarella Cheese Mixed Together, Cup n Char Pepperoni, House Italian Sausage, Parmesan Cheese, Roasted Garlic Crust

Pepperoni Pizza Full Sheet – Naked City Red Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Cup n Char Pepperoni

Chicken Wings – Bleu Cheese, Celery, Carrots

Caesar Salad – Romaine Lettuce, House Caesar Dressing, Croutons, Parmesan Cheese

Chop Salad – Spinach, Arugula, Salami, Ham, Olives, Mozzarella Cheese, House Vinaigrette

Cherry-Lemon-Ricotta Loaf

Proud to have put over $38,000 in the pockets of local business since May of 2018 it was kicking-off #supportlocal 2019 that Naked City Pizza was called upon Wednesday, owner Chris Palmeri not only making but delivering the meal complete with plates, utensils plus boxes for leftovers…and even doing so fifteen minutes early.

Now the third time catering to an office on West Warm Springs, a building not exactly close to any of Naked City Pizza’s five locations, it was nonetheless with everything temperature appropriate that first-lunchers called dibs on choice Slices, Pepperoni predictably proving popular atop melted Mozzarella and housemade Sauce with plenty of Herbs, as did plump Chicken Wings tossed in Hot Sauce by the Buffalo-native Chef who has no worries of losing his right to visit home since all fifty were gone within minutes.

Additionally sending Grandma Palmeri’s Meatballs with Garlic Buns plus extra Sauce for dipping, the springy orbs featuring almost zero filler easily among Sin City’s best, it is those same Meatballs that are sliced and used to top Naked City’s famous Guinea Pie along with creamy Garlic Sauce and Ricotta, though for those seeking something truly unique Naked City’s “Back Home Pie” is equally worth checking out as Sauce and Cheese are blended to create a completely different texture topped in housemade Sausage plus crispy cups of Pepperoni.

Not overlooking Salads, the housemade Caesar, Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressings all attesting to a place not fond of shortcuts, it was by request that Dessert was brought from Chris’ brother Michael at the El Cortez Hotel, his recent baking experiments having produced “Cherry-Lemon-Ricotta Loaf” that eats like Coffee Cake with more levity and plenty of Citrus wrapped around pockets of stewed Fruit.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone there is a reason Naked City Pizza has been serving Sin City for nearly a decade, and so long as Christopher and Michael continue to work as hard as they always have there is little doubt that any order will delight a crowd whether at the Shop or delivered.

RECOMMENDED: Meatball Skillet, Back Home Pie, Guinea Pie, Chicken Wings, Cherry-Lemon-Ricotta Loaf.

AVOID: N/A

TIP: wwww.nakedcitylv.com/catering for large parties.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.nakedcitylv.com

Naked City Pizza Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Jean Georges Steakhouse [11,] Las Vegas NV

Jean Georges Steakhouse

Brioche Bread – Herb Butter

Foie Gras Torchon – Almond, Sicilian Pistachio, Quince-Riesling Puree, Toast Soldiers

Crispy Sushi Sampler – Salmon, Tuna, Hamachi, Crispy Rice and Chipotle Mayonnaise

Seared Foie Gras – Olive, Olive Powder, Lychee Puree

Wagyu Carpaccio – Gougeres, Lime Salt, Truffle Mayonnaise and Balsamic

Tomato Salad – Hearts of Palm, Coconut, Avocado, Coconut Vinaigrette

Kale Caesar Salad – Mint, Lemon, Parmesan Croutons

Endive Salad – Pear, Crunchy Quinoa, Buttermilk

White Truffle Risotto – Balsamic Vinegar, Maine Lobster

Shrimp – Chipotle Pepper, Yogurt, Saffron, Water Chestnuts

Scallops – Spaghetti Squash, Pepitas, Sesame Seed, Soy-Yuzu Broth

Sea Bass – Miso-Yuzu Glaze, Maitake Mushroom

Mishima Ranch Smoked Wagyu Brisket – Black Pepper Lacquer, Soy and Fermented Bean Sauce

Bone Marrow – Toast, Parsley Salad

Mashed Potatoes – Butter, Black Truffles

Tempura Squash – Honey Caramel, Alba White Truffles

Onions – Hazelnut Brown Butter, Mint, Lime

8oz Prime Filet Mignon / 24oz Wagyu Tomahawk / Lamb Chops / 36oz Prime Porterhouse

Lamb Chops / 24oz Wagyu Tomahawk / 8oz Prime Filet Mignon / JG Cheeseburger – Truffle Mayo, Brie, Yuzu Pickles / Hand Cut Fries – Black Truffles

Chimichurri, Housemade Hot Sauce, Soy Miso Butter, Béarnaise and JG Steak Sauce

Crunchy Potatoes – Chili, Yogurt, Herbs

Crunchy Organic Chicken – Spinach and Buttery Hot Sauce

Brussels Sprouts – Avocado, Pecans, Balsamic Vinegar

Trumpet Mushrooms – Garlic, Jalapeno, Lemon

Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake – Vanilla Ice Cream / New York-style Cheesecake – Sour Cherry Sorbet / Market Apple Pie – Maple Pecan Ice Cream

Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake – Vanilla Ice Cream / Lemon Pound Cake – Strawberry Sorbet / Market Apple Pie – Maple Pecan Ice Cream

Salted Caramel Sundae – Fudge Sauce, Candied Peanuts, Popcorn

It was October 2015 when Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria first stirred interest, the Restaurant described by a local culinary curmudgeon as “Prime’s hipster cousin” suddenly producing Food that looked far more interesting than that at Bellagio thanks to the relocation of Chef Sean Griffin, and on Saturday as a it was Griffin and his team who managed to raise the bar even higher.

Now the eleventh visit to Aria’s only remaining second story Restaurant since opening, this time on the eve of CES with a group large enough to fill a Private Dining Room labeled “Chef’s Table,” it was minutes to 6:30pm that ten guests were led to a space customizable for lights and music, the atmosphere made even better by educated service including several tableside presentations from both Sean and Chef Robert Phillips.

Presented in five courses over the course of three hours, Prix Fixe Carte Blanche deferred to the kitchen as some guests sipped Wines by the glass, it was shortly after the Steakhouse’s golden Brioche that a mix of old and new arrived, the crispy Rice beneath raw Fish and Gougeres draped in razor-thin Beef as good as ever while two styles of Foie Gras impressed first seared with a mixture of sweet and savory but then more so chilled and reminiscent of Halva thanks to a Almonds in the Terrine and Pistachios ground on top.

Moving next to Salad, Griffin’s skills with Produce and willingness to create fully-Vegan meals inside a Steakhouse perhaps even more striking than the high-quality Animals featured, those craving Tomatoes in the middle of Winter should take heed of Jean Georges thick slices topped in Hearts of Palm and creamy Coconut, though seasonal items including Caesar a la Kale and crisp Endives topped with Pears plus toasted Quinoa are equally well balanced and built to share.

Onward to the Sea at this point, all guests waiting with bated breath as Chef Phillips shaved White Truffles over textbook Risotto with Lobster, Balsamic Vinegar and lots of Butter, it was in three additional plates that Vongerichten’s influence was clearly evident, the Shrimp given a bit of spice cooled by Yogurt while both the signature Sea Bass and seasonal Scallops saw Citrus with Soy build layers of flavor that highlight Meat and Produce without being overwhelming.

Attempting best to graze without going all-in thus far, previous experience still not fully preparing guests for what was about to happen, it was on two large carts that boards of Meat were wheeled in hot off the grill, the Mishima Ranch Brisket immediately catching eyes as Sean sliced through it like Butter while Robert pulled out a blowtorch to caramelize two half-femurs of Bone Marrow tableside.

Again mixing signatures with specials as Sides, the Mushrooms and three styles of Spuds all remaining worthwhile choices, those seeking something new were treated to tender Onions with Hazelnuts as well as Brussels and Pecans, though neither those nor anything else served on this night could compare to Honey-soaked Squash that was smashed and Tempura-fried before being topped liberally with White Truffles from Alba.

Not forgetting about the Meat, both Beef and Lamb as well as Las Vegas’ best Fried Chicken all accounted for, most agreed that the Porterhouse and Tomahawk were standouts though one attested Filet Mignon with Béarnaise was “pure heaven” while two of JG’s Wagyu-Fat-fortified Cheeseburgers also lived up to a personal belief that it is still the best gourmet combination of Patty and Toppings tasted to date.

Saving a sliver of stomach space for Dessert, though making sure not one bit of Squash went to waste, it was mostly classics that comprised two platters alongside a Salted Caramel Sundae for the youngster, recently-debuted Lemon Pound Cake offering a delicate crumb and lots of flavor but still not enough to supplant Jean Georges Market Apple Pie as the “must have” finish to any visit.

FIVE STARS: Even just sticking to the classics Jean Georges Steakhouse would stand out as a result of Ingredient sourcing and Chef Griffin’s skills, but for those willing to give their keys to the kitchen there is not a shred of doubt that Aria Las Vegas is home to America’s most complete and creative Steakhouse.

RECOMMENDED: Foie Gras Torchon, Wagyu Carpaccio, White Truffle Risotto, Tempura Squash, JG Cheeseburger, Bone Marrow, Smoked Wagyu Brisket, Crunchy Organic Chicken, Crunchy Potatoes, Market Apple Pie.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Online Menu is currently up-to-date, so anything not seen there is either upcoming or was a Chef’s Table Special.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.aria.com/en/restaurants/jean-georges-steakhouse.html

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Mama Bird Southern Kitchen, Las Vegas NV

Mama Bird Southern Kitchen

Better Not Be Instant Coffee

Liam’s Lime Ginger Beer

Liam’s Jalapeno Ginger Beer

Spicy Fried Green Beans, Dill Ranch Dip

Pimento Cheese, Bacon Jam, Saltines, Candied Jalapeno Peppers

Wicked Deviled Eggs, Candied Jalapeno Peppers, Bacon

Smoked Pork Belly, White Cheddar Grits, Two Fried Eggs, Watermelon Wedge

Mac n’ Cheese Chicken Tender Waffle Sandwich, Pickle, Tomato, Lettuce, Crinkle Cut Fries, Sweet Potato Fries

Pecan Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Brisket, Pickles, Onions, Everything Biscuit, Mac n’ Cheese with Saltine Crackers

Sweet Cream Corn

Everything Biscuit, Honey Butter

Watermelon Soft Serve

Oreo Red Velvet Cake Jar with Chocolate Chips, Cream Cheese Frosting

Hummingbird Cake Jar with Bananas, Pineapples, Pecans, Coconut, Cream Cheese Frosting

With a continuous influx of folks looking to escape winter up North or the high prices of California 2018 was a banner year for dining off-Strip, and although accolades came for spaces across town many seem to have overlooked Mama Bird Southern Kitchen which opened in Southern Highlands at the peak of Summer.

Located at 10550 Southern Highlands Parkway in the same plaza as Spaghetty Western, an area not far from owner Robert Chiti’s own home, it is inside a long and narrow space that the UNLV Graduate and TAO Group Director of guest relations has built a tribute to the South, an Instagramable interior at the same time warm and inviting as guests are welcomed with “Ya’lls” and pleasant smiles.

Open at 7am daily and serious about both Food and Beverage, a native-Ohioan named Zachary performing double-duty as General Manager and Pit Master, it is from laminated menus and overhead boards that guests are invited to make selections, the counter-style ordering a bit cumbersome given the breadth of choices and in particular during peak hours when indecision can create a logjam in the waiting area.

Playing music at moderate volume, appropriately southern but mercifully not all country, guests are encouraged to begin with nonalcoholic Ginger Beer from Liam’s, a variety of flavors including Lime and Jalapeno each intense from Mule mugs and a nice compliment to Appetizers such as housemade Pimento Cheese or fried Green Beans with Cayenne in the Batter.

Featuring signage that reads “Wicked Chickens lay Deviled Eggs,” and rightfully turning the phrase into creamy Yolks with subtle heat beneath Candied Jalapenos and Bacon, Entrees include both lunch/dinner and all-day Breakfast from which Pork Belly that is smoked four hours is a highlight, the Fat rendered and everything else almost as supple while Grits with White Cheddar, Sunnyside Eggs and Watermelon marinated with Citrus round out the plate.

Obviously gunning for “the Gram” with a fork and knife Sandwich overflowing in Macaroni and Cheese plus Chicken, Lettuce and Tomatoes – both the fried Strips and Cheesy Noodles better on their own while a crispy Cornmeal Waffle proved difficult to assess as a result of its toppings – Sides including two styles of Fries plus Cream Corn and an “Everything” Biscuit all performed well with the latter in particular quite enjoyable as Cheddar Cheese is folded in and plays well off house-blended Herbs and Spices.

Originally not having planned to order any Barbeque, but convinced by Zach that the 12+ hour Brisket cooked over three woods and Pecan smoked Pork Ribs were worth it, it is for $25.95 that diners receive a half-rack that easily slips off the Bone plus a mix of lean and fatty Beef, the smoke not as deeply penetrating as Big B’s though nonetheless very good while Desserts such as the Hummingbird Cake and Oreo Red Velvet are delicious bargains for just $4, as too is Watermelon Soft Serve though if Mama Bird was being honest they’d list it with an asterisks giving Dominique Ansel credit.

FOUR STARS: With no website or marketing budget outside of Social Media Mama Bird is looking to make a go of it on quality Cuisine and word of mouth, the former largely accounted for at fair prices while the other seems to be spreading, though the counter-style ordering should be gotten rid of to create better flow and items built for Instagram should be skipped in favor of the good ol’ fashioned stuff.

RECOMMENDED: Pimento Cheese, Smoked Pork Belly, White Cheddar Grits, Sweet Cream Corn, Everything Biscuit, Pecan Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Hummingbird Cake Jar.

AVOID: Mac n’ Cheese Chicken Tender Waffle Sandwich.

TIP: Catering Menu available in-store and delivery via multiple sources including Postmates and GrubHub.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Mama Bird Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Twist by Pierre Gagnaire [7,] Las Vegas NV

Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

Canapes – Lavash Cracker, Sweet Potato Puree with Cumin, Parmesan Gougere with Mascarpone and Nutmeg, Razor Clam and Radish Tartlet, Hibiscus Marshmallow with Thai Basil Agar, Compressed Watermelon with Campari

Baguette, Black Moroccan Olive Bread, Charcoal Apricot Bread, Salted Bordier Butter, Lemon Bordier Butter with Olive Oil

Hudson Valley Foie Gras – Foie Gras Terrine, Smoked Cranberries, Petit Beets, Beet Water / Smoked Duck Breast, Avocado Purée, Granny Smith, Apple, Fennel /Endive, Mustard Ice Cream, Bacon Powder, Shaved Foie

2013 Planeta La Segreta Bianco

The Sea – Ceviche of Scallop, Cardinal Prawn, Sea Bream Miranda

1985 Warre’s Vintage Port

Foie Soup – Squid, Black Garlic, Red Currant, Blueberries, Baby Corn, Turnip

2015 Bouchard Aine & Fils Fixin La Maziere

Escargot – Spinach Velouté, Eggplant, Veal Jus, Parsley Sponge

2017 Casa Magoni Chardonnay-Vermentino

Dover Sole – Mussel Cream, Saffron, Leeks

2015 Bodega Corona del Valle Tempranillo-Nebbiolo

Tajima Fillet – Red Beet, Tamarind, Tangy Onion, Petite Root Vegetables, Sauce Bordelaise

Pumpkin Gnocchi – Slow Simmered Grapefruit, Gorgonzola

Baby Sweet Charred Onions – Lardo

2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec