Therapy. [2,] Las Vegas NV

Therapy.

Mango Ricky – Camarena Reposado Tequila, Mango Puree, Lime, Organic Agave, Salt Rim

If You Like Pina Colada’s – Banana Rum, Caribbean & Coconut RumHaven, Coconut Crème, Pineapple, Pineapple Juice

Signature Salad – Watermelon Radish, Apples, Candied Walnuts, Blue Cheese Crumbles, White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Devils on Horseback – Bacon Wrapped Dates, Truffle Goat Cheese, Almonds, Romesco Sauce

Birria Empanadas – Braised Beef filled Pastry, Red Chili Lime Sauce

Chicken Meatballs – Jalapeno Cilantro Pesto, Grana Padano Cheese

Fred & Mark’s Croquettes – Crispy Fried Mac & Cheese Croquettes, Tomato Bacon Jam, Sriracha Aioli

Creamy & Crabby – Artichoke Lump Crab & Parmesan Dip, Bread Crumbs, Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Chicken & Waffle Slider – Red Velvet Waffle, Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken Breast, Red Pepper Remoulade Slaw, Vanilla Maple Syrup

Indian Fry Bread – Honey

In The Gnudi – Baked Ricotta Cheese, Truffle Fig Jam, Toasted Almonds, Cranberry Batards

The “Big Sexy” – 8oz Australian Wagyu Beef Patty, Boston Bibb Lettuce, Roasted Tomato, Brie Cheese, Scallion Mayo, French Fries

Duroc Chop – 14oz Bone-In Duroc Pork Chop, Apple Jam, Red Potato Mustard Mash, Roasted Pork Jus

Campfire S’mores – Hershey Semi-sweet Chocolate, Brown Butter Graham Cracker, Caramel, Charred Marshmallows, Bacon

Crumbled Carrot Cake – Brown Sugar Gelato, Lime, Candied Pecans, Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

My 3 Best Friends – Triple Decker Waffle, Brown Sugar Gelato, Peanut Butter, Hot Fudge, Strawberry Sauce, Cashews, Graham Cracker, Fresh Fruit, Chantilly Cream

Perhaps dumb luck, or the unlikely result of having recently seen former Chef Daniel Ontiveros at Scotch 80 Prime, but whatever the reason it was Thursday evening that two guests sat down to dinner at Therapy. exactly four years (to the day) after the first time, though much has changed both for the Restaurant and DTLV since.

Now old enough to be considered one of East Fremont’s staple eateries, the lengthy build-out of a space formerly housing a Dollar Store still looking fresh and attracting crowds of tourists for both Food and Drink, it is under the direction of General Manager Maria Horta that day-to-day activities are coordinated, and thanks to the spaces’ “Relapse Nightclub” those hours frequently extend well past midnight.

Offering lunch and dinner, plus recently weekend Brunch, it was at the tail-end of Happy Hour that business began to pick up, service friendly yet professional while offering their suggestions as well as thorough explanations of plates from recently promoted Executive Chef Chris Robyn.

Originally themed as a gastro-pub, but since taking on global influences spanning from Mexico to the Native American Cuisine Chris has been cooking for several years as a corporate Chef for one of the Nation’s largest casino groups, it is rightfully with Cocktails that many nights at Therapy. begin, both a $12 Mango Ricky and frozen Pina Colada performing well and pairing nicely to the “Signature Salad” of Apples, Candied Nuts and mixed Greens plus Bleu Cheese.

Still maintaining several day one dishes, both Devils on Horseback and tender Chicken Meatballs highlighted by vibrant housemade Sauces, it was unfortunate that “Birria” Empanadas featuring Beef rather than Goat were strictly one note inside over-thick Pastry, though “Fred & Mark’s” Croquettes offered three fun bites thanks to fried Pasta topped in smooth Sriracha with a sweet and savory reduction beneath.

Moving next to “Creamy & Crabby,” at $17 not cheap but entirely justified by its sharable size and plenty of freshly picked Meat, suffice it to say that time plus an appearance on “The Travel Channel” have seen Chicken & Waffle Sliders improve tremendously in terms of taste and texture, though if one is looking for Therapy.’s best dish that honor still belongs to “In The Gnudi” with creamy gobs of Ricotta made sticky with Figs.

Not about to forget Chef Robyn’s years as Corporate Executive Chef for Bachi Burger, The “Big Sexy” featuring eight ounces of expertly-cooked Wagyu on a springy Bun with Brie and Scallion Mayonnaise, it is in strong competition with The Kitchen at Atomic that Therapy.’s Pork Chop finds itself for best in town, though the “Mustard Mash” can at times be a bit overpowering.

Onward to Dessert, and showing off Indian Fry Bread served as part of the recently-debuted “Senor Shorty” en route, Therapy. currently features two old and two new sweets, the Campfire S’mores in cast iron decidedly rich in comparison to deconstructed Carrot Cake that rivals any in Sin City, though the real showstopper is titled “My 3 Best Friends” and features Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Strawberry Belgian Waffles heaped with nine scoops of Brown Sugar Gelato plus a trio of Sauces, Nuts, Fruit and Whipped Cream.

FOUR STARS: Somewhat forgotten with the abundance of recent openings in Las Vegas, Therapy. nonetheless continues to lure in guests with fair prices and food that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Still a little too “everything to everyone,” at least part of that the result of a revolving door of toques, the promotion of Chris Robyn to Executive Chef promises good things to come given his interest in both Hawaiian and Native American culture.

RECOMMENDED: Signature Salad, Devils on Horseback, Creamy & Crabby, In the Gnudi, Duroc Chop, Crumbled Carrot Cake, My 3 Best Friends.

AVOID: Birria Empanadas, ordering My 3 Best Friends without at least three friends at the table.

TIP: Open Sunday through Thursday from 10:30am to 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 10:30am till midnight with Relapse Nightclub continuing until 4:00am Tuesday through Saturday after closing.

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

www.therapylv.com

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Sparrow + Wolf [5,] Las Vegas NV

Sparrow + Wolf

Why’s The Rum Gone – Hamilton Dry Rum, Olorosso Sherry, Palm Sugar, Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Charred Romanesco, Sugar Snap Peas, Crunchy Garlic, Thai-Chili Coconut Vinaigrette, Lime, Mint

Steak Tartare, Shiitake Mushrooms, Kizami Wasabi, Egg Yolk Confit, Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Garlic Toast

Swordfish Aguachiles, Fennel, Pineapple, Toasted Sesame, Chips

Crab Rillettes, Brioche Toast, Chili, Fines Herbes

Housemade Coppa di Testa, Bhatoora Bread, Asian Pickles

Broccolini from the Fire, Avocado, Sesame, Poblano Pepper, Garlic Confit

Duck Confit & Sweet Potato Dumplings, Calabrian Chili, Five Spice Broth

65-Day Dry Aged and Wood Roasted Porterhouse basted in Miso Butter, Naan, American Banchan

Japanese Sweet Potato, Salted Plum Crème Fraiche, Crispy Lap Cheong, Green Onion

Caramelized White Chocolate Pot de Crème, Crispy Tuile, Financiers

Caramelized Honey Toast, Poached Pears, Lapsang Souchong Ice Cream

Less than a month after visiting Sparrow + Wolf for an informational Dinner inside the Private Dining Room it was alongside ten others that a similar situation presented, and although a nearly identical menu was proposed by Chef Brian Howard many familiar faces attended in testament of the Restaurant’s unique appeal to a diverse crowd.

Redundant to repeat comments on plates tasted so recently, the Food as executed by Alec Paki indistinguishable from Chef Howard who was only present briefly before attending a meeting of his own, service led by John Anthony additionally fared well save for late hiccups after the crowd had started to thin.

Again thrilled by Aguachiles early, a daily special of Crab Rillettes on buttery Brioche also impressing with a touch of heat later, it was just prior to receiving Sparrow + Wolf’s sharable Porterhouse that a dish described as “just messing around” tantalized taste buds, housemade Pig’s Head Charcuterie balancing Flesh and Fat elegantly alongside tangy Pickles and Bhatoora Bread that an Indian colleague compared favorably to the real deal.

Offering unparalleled value on the dollar to Dinner’s sponsor, a man who typically subjects his audience to Bonefish Grill or Del Frisco’s, it was after eating approximately two whole Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Salted Plum Crème Fraiche plus plenty of Steak that Dessert was presented, a lack of explanation leaving one to guess flavors of stick-a-spoon-up-straight Pot de Crème and Honey Toast whose housemade Bread and herbaceous Ice Cream put it miles ahead of Ichiza or anywhere else in Chinatown.

FIVE STARS: It speaks volumes about the culture Chef Howard has created that the kitchen functions seamlessly in his absence, and much like last time this visit to Sparrow + Wolf found every plate bold and balanced with a unique ability to impress a highly diverse group in terms of age, race and dining experience.

RECOMMENDED: Swordfish Aguachile, Housemade Coppa di Testa, Crab Rillettes, 65-Day Dry Aged Porterhouse, Japanese Sweet Potato, Caramelized Honey Toast.

AVOID: Be sure to inquire about the individual Banchan as some pack quite a bit of Heat.

TIP: The PDR comfortably seats twenty at separate or communal tables, and menus are soon to be even more customizable. Call 702-790-2147 or e-mail info@sparrowandwolflv.com for details.

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

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Hardway 8 [2,] Henderson NV

Hardway 8

Smith, Smith and Smith – Strawberry infused Sherry, Giffard Rhubarb, Peychaud’s Bitters, Club Soda

Easy Peachy Owens – Ketel One Peach Blossom, Peach Liqueur, Lemon, Honey Bubbles Sparkling Moscato

Skillet Nachos – Pork Belly, Cheddar Mix, Pico de Gallo, Crispy Chicharron, Sour Cream

Jaegerschnitzel – Pork Cutlet, Mushroom Hunter Sauce, Kraut, Potato Salad

Chargrilled Meatloaf – Potato Gratin, Roasted Carrots, Caramelized Onions

PLT Sandwich – Porchetta, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Mayo, Bun served with Fries and Housemade Pickles

Pappardella Pasta – Grilled Chicken, Organic Mushroom Blend, Truffle Cheese Fondue

Signature Skillet Pizza with Pepperoni

Slider Sundae – Cookies & Cream Ice Cream, Brownie, Whipped Cream, Mint, Strawberries

HW8 Choco Taco – Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Mint, Chocolate Shell

Making waves on Water Street since May 3rd, a visit less than two weeks later finding the space, service and Food already outperforming most local Sports Bars, it was Saturday evening that Hardway 8 again impressed with Chef Leland Chad Childres now executing the menu designed by Johnny Church in the heart of old Henderson.

Still under-discussed, though a combination of well-crafted Cuisine and ownership by the men behind Starboard Tack has undeniably gained a local following, it is immediately upon entry that guests are greeted by a pleasant hostess, the presence of kids at several tables suggesting the prior 21+ limit gone, at least until live entertainment begins at 9:00pm.

Adding to the appeal of Runnin’ Rebels nostalgia and televisions tuned to ESPN with a daily Happy Hour, three o’clock until six offering seven plates plus all signature Cocktails for just $8, it was after some debate that “Smith, Smith and Smith” and “Easy Peachy Owens” were requested, a mistake first seeing duplicates of the former arrive though in reality that was not such a bad thing considering the effervescent combination of Fruit with bright aromatics and a tangy finish.

No less impressive with the summertime Owens, an easy-sipper built around Vodka, it is at a cost of $14 that Hardway 8’s Skillet Nachos come fully-loaded, the mountain of Chips no doubt gathering envious eyes across the room and the combination of ingredients well-deserving of that and more thanks to chunks of Pork Belly and crispy Skin balanced by housemade Pico de Gallo and at least two types of Cheddar.

Focusing on items previously un-tasted, though rest assured the 702’s best Fish and Chips was tempting when delivered to a neighboring table, it was instead with fried Pork that dinner continued, a recent trip to Germany heightening awareness of Schnitzel and this version good despite being a little over-browned while Chef Leland’s Meatloaf knows no equal within city limits thanks to ten tender ounces slicked in lightly spiced Glaze next to creamy Potatoes, roasted Onions and Carrots.

Chuckling at misspelled “Pappardella,” though there is nothing silly about Noodles cooked far more competently than those at Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar for half the cost, those looking for Chicken will be divided between this and a “Hendertucky Hot” Sandwich as Hardway 8’s Beer Can version has mysteriously disappeared, though in its place can be found a “PLT Sandwich” stuffed with housemade Porchetta, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato plus Avocado on a fluffy Bun.

Hand-cutting Fries the way they ought to be, each one crispy and well-salted, those looking for something hearty and sharable should not pass on Skillet Pizza offered with or without Pepperoni, its’ texture harkening the French Bread of childhood, but with more levity, while a baseball cap Sundae and housemade Choco Taco are also throwbacks to youth featuring locally sourced Ice Cream from Scoop LV.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Impressive since opening in early May, and now starting to gather crowds on Water Street, a second look at Hardway 8 shows Chef Leland Chad Childres executing well-priced Bar food like few others in the Valley. Having now tasted all but two of the current offerings it is hard to go wrong with anything on the menu, but for $13 the Meatloaf is an all-out bargain and a “destination dish” for fans.

RECOMMENDED: “Smith, Smith and Smith,” Skillet Nachos, Chargrilled Meatloaf, PLT Sandwich, Signature Skillet Pizza with Pepperoni, HW8 Choco Taco.

AVOID: N/A, though Mint garnish on the Sundaes is entirely unnecessary.

TIP: 11a till midnight daily, 21+ only after 9:00pm on show nights. See FaceBook for schedule and events such as Brunch Music Bingo beginning this Saturday at noon.

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

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Once, Las Vegas NV

Once

Maiz Chulpe

Michelada de Tigre – Aji Amarillo Leche de Tigre, Clamato Juice, Bacon & Shrimp Skewer, Modelo Beer

Nippon Cobbler – Vodka, Yuzu, Honey, Sparkling Blueberry Sake

Edamame con Chile de Arbol

Kampachi Ceviche – Crispy Calamari, Aji Amarillo Leche de Tigre, Avocado

Pan Andino – Quinoa Bread, Cultured Butter, Quince Jam, Olive Oil

Avocado Toast – Spicy Tuna, Crispy Quinoa Bread, Avocado Mousse, Yuzu Aioli

Ceviche Mixto – Sea Bass, Shrimp, Scallop, Squid, Rocoto Pepper Leche de Tigre, Caramelized Sweet Potato, Maiz Chulpe

Yuquitas – Mashed Yucca, Smoked Mozzarella, Jalapeno-Cilantro Sauce

Lomo Saltado – Sauteed Filet Mignon, Tomato, Onion, Fries, Kimlan Soy Sauce

White Rice – Shallot, Garlic, Kombu

Arroz Chaufa – Lobster, Snow Crab, Shrimp, Sausage, Pancetta, Sunny Side Up Egg

Hamachi Kama – Peruvian Succotash, Sweet Corn Purée

Pisco Flan – Strawberry, Guava Sorbet

Double Espresso – Ice

Now occupying the former home of Emeril’s Table 10 since March of 2018, Once – sounded out as on-seh on signage – has been slow to build a following despite good word of mouth, and on Saturday morning Chef Ricardo Zarate’s first foray into Sin City showed precisely why many have dubbed him “the godfather of Peruvian cuisine.”

Translated as “Eleven” from Spanish, in no way a sequential reference to the space’s prior inhabitant but rather a menu which originally aspired to rotate dishes more regularly, it is surrounded in plants and art from Zararte’s native Lima that guest’s find themselves upon entering the space inside Palazzo’s Grand Canal Shoppes, service via young woman from Philadelphia proving both well-informed and pleasant throughout a ninety-minute stay.

For now Once’s final Brunch service, the presence of only two guests from 11:00am until noon a testament to not only the difficulties of marketing unfamiliar concepts in Las Vegas but also a location with modest foot-traffic, it is under the direction of Chef Losa Yi that Zarate’s fusion of Peru and Japan is presented, changes already coming from the woman who only recently moved back to Nevada but whose resume includes stints at Shibuya as well as Michelin 3* Joel Robuchon.

Playing light music overhead, a sprawling kitchen also featuring Lynn Taylor visible across a Chef’s counter with seating, it was with serviceware in place and water poured that complimentary Corn Kernels arrived, the snack ubiquitous in Peru equally compelling stateside where its salt and crunch almost necessitate ordering Drinks such as Pisco Sours and Punch, or on this day an extra spicy Michelada de Tigre and bubbly Nippon Cobbler.

Easily mistaken as a “fusion” Restaurant, though just like Zarate’s red-hot Rosaliné in Los Angeles a style of dining that dates back over one hundred years, it is in items such as Kampachi Ceviche that the idea of ‘Nikkei’ is embodied, all the familiarity of Japanese Amberjack Sashimi married to Peruvian Peppers that find their foil in fried Calamari and cooling Avocado.

Taking some liberties with dishes such as Edamame slicked in Arbol Chile Paste, not to mention “Avocado Toast” that one-ups most by way of Tuna Tartare and Citrus atop housemade Bread, it is for $11 that guests can request a whole Loaf of Pan Andino, the use of Quinoa creating complex textures and subtle nuttiness that is both gluten free and thoroughly enjoyable whether dipped in Olive Oil or spread liberally with seasonal jam plus smooth and savory Butter.

Focusing next on tradition, the “mixed” Ceviche popular throughout Lima offered at Once with a bit more sweetness thanks to caramelized Starch, suffice it to say that quality sourcing yields exquisite flavor both here and in Lomo Saltado, the dish traditionally amassed from leftovers here a standout thanks to Filet Mignon, crispy Manioc and Onions cooked translucent in Soy Sauce.

Suggested Yuquitas by staff, an item that in Lima simply looks like Zarate’s Lomo Saltado “Fries,” it is at Once that the dish is reinvented as a sort of Croquetta featuring smoked Mozzarella inside mashed Yucca, a more “Cheffy” version of Arroz Chaufa also taking a peasant dish to new heights by incorporating plenty of fresh Seafood and Pork into a nicely sized bowl of pickled Vegetables, fried Eggs and fluffy Rice.

Treated next to an upcoming menu item, Yellowtail Collar baked slow enough to melt the Fat and Collagen while leaving Flesh pristine, it was with only a few Bones plus a smear of Corn remaining that plates were reset for Dessert, only Flan brightened by Pisco and Berries receiving Chef Yi’s endorsement at this time but more inspired sweets from herself and some former colleagues promised soon.

FOUR STARS: It seems safe to assume that most folks visiting The Palazzo have never sat down at a Nikkei Restaurant, much less Maido, and although Ricardo Zarate may be known in Los Angeles, his name carries little weight in a Sin City Restaurant that barely mentions it. All that noted, despite limited marketing and little word of mouth, Once may just be The Strip’s most underrated restaurant as the well-sourced products used by Chef Losa Yi see Peruvian classics reborn elegant without losing their identity.

RECOMMENDED: Nippon Cobbler, Edamame con Chile de Arbol, Pan Andino, Kampachi Ceviche, Lomo Saltado, Arroz Chaufa, Hamachi Kama.

AVOID: Having tried several versions of Ceviche Mixto in Peru during the month Once opened, caramelizing Sweet Potatoes is both unnecessary and distracting.

TIP: Yelp! Check-in will score 15% off Food costs, which occasionally do seem a bit over-inflated, though recent adjustments, a daily Happy Hour and upcoming Bar Menu seek to remedy that.

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

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Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar, Las Vegas NV

Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar

Champagne Smash – Prosecco, Bombay Dry Gin, Mint, Lemon, Lime

Iced Tea

Sourdough Bread – Butter

Griddled Burger – 8oz Patty, Thick Cut Bacon, Sharp American Cheese, Dijonnaise, Pickle, Lettuce, Tomato, Hand Cut Fries, Ketchup

Wedge Salad – Egg, Bacon, Gorgonzola, Ranch, Onion

Bacon Roasted Tomato – Watercress, Olive Oil, Herb Salt

Peppered Duck & Goat Cheese Terrine – Apricot Mostarda, Toast

Baked Goat Cheese – Red Sauce, Fines Herbes, Garlic Bread

Smoked Salmon Caesar – Crispy Potatoes, Classic Caesar Dressing

Roasted Bone Marrow – Caramelized Red Onion Jam, Parsley Salad, Toast

42-Day Prime Dry-Aged Bone-In Ribeye – 22oz, Béarnaise, Steak Salt

Bavette’s Spiced Fried Chicken – Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Pea and Cipollini Gravy

Shortrib Stroganoff – Button Mushrooms, Hand Cut Fettuccine

Baked Sweet Potato – Butter, Brown Sugar

Truffle Mac & Cheese – White Cheddar, Black Truffles

Traditional Filet Mignon – 10oz Prime Beef, Béarnaise, Steak Salt

Brussels Sprouts – Dijon, Parmesan

Elote Style Corn – Chili, Lime, Cilantro, Parmesan

Chocolate Cream Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Carrot Cake

Hot Fudge Sundae Royale – Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, Pistachio Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Toppings, Goldbrick, Hot Fudge

Metropolis Coffee French Press

Familiar with Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt empire, Au Cheval, Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, Gilt Bar, Green Street Smoked Meats, The Doughnut Vault and others since shuttered all visited across the years, it wasn’t until Thursday that a need to visit Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar arose, and much like Chicago’s original the Park MGM Restaurant offers classic Food and Beverage in a room that is dark but otherwise impressive.

Now a part of the local dining landscape since late 2017, an under-the-radar opening that has nonetheless amassed good word of mouth despite minimal signage at the re-branded Monte Carlo, guests will find the Steakhouse approximately halfway between parking and Las Vegas Boulevard, eyes immediately in need of adjustment upon opening the door and peering into the foyer.

Self described as a “stylish departure from a traditional Steakhouse,” the feel of a Parisian Speakeasy evoked by polished surfaces, brick-red fabrics and dim-lighting cast by overhead baubles, it was arriving earlier than the rest of large party that seating was temporarily refused by hostesses, a Bar at room’s center instead suggested as a place to wait until “at least half the group arrives.”

Surprised by such halfhearted hospitality, a more Chicago than Las Vegas welcome to the Restaurant which was less than 10% full, it was as directed that leather stools provided comfort for the next thirty minutes, the middle-aged Bartender a pleasant and efficient guy who quickly poured Water as well as Tea alongside a copy of Bavette’s menu.

Informed that all items can be ordered throughout the space, though a true Speakeasy in back adds additional Cocktails, it was after receiving two warm slices of Sourdough that the decision was made to invest $25.95 in a “Griddled Burger with Bacon,” in other words the famous “Au Cheval” Burger featuring two juicy Patties on a fluffy Bun with American Cheese plus Fries at just eighty cents more than the impressive combo costs back east, and without the wait required in New York or Chicago.

Perusing the room surrounded by mirrors and Picasso-esque prints, a table of ten soon more than half full, it was after weighing likes and appetites that an order was requested in three courses, the $17.50 Champagne Smash unfortunately starting things off poorly by offering perhaps three good sips amidst a mountain of crushed Ice entirely overwhelmed by Mint.

Receiving another basket of Bread while waiting, several diners remarking on its supple crumb, it was that same Loaf – toasted – that arrived with two styles of Chevre, the first a sliced Terrine that tastes better than it looks thanks to Duck and cracked Pepper while the other is a more spreadable mixture of melted Cheese, bright Herbs and Tomatoes.

Further flooding the table with three $18-$19 “Whole” Salads, halves also available though only the thick-cut Bacon and thicker slices of Tomato stand out, it was much to guests’ surprise that $24 Bone Marrow featured six roasted pieces plus classic accoutrements and Toast, each component prepared beautifully and arguably on par with Jean Georges Steakhouse as Sin City’s best.

On the whole a fairly quiet room, though time and alcohol would slowly see that change, it was as jazz played overhead that Steaks and Sides arrived, the dry-aged Prime easily outperforming a smaller Filet just as Bavette’s triple-stack of Fried Chicken with Potatoes and thick Gravy demanded extra bites instead of Shortrib Stroganoff made with overcooked Pasta and too much Wine.

Perplexed by the price of sides, Pasta with good Cheddar and bits of Black Truffle only a dollar more than a simple Sweet Potato sold for $15, those seeking spice should consider Creamed Corn prepared “Elote” style with plenty of Chili while guests who cannot get enough green will find Bavette’s crispy Brussels Sprouts with Dijon and Parmesan unquestionably unique.

Rounding out the evening with all four Desserts, the fact that Bavette’s offers neither Espresso nor Drip Coffee equally frustrating as the Restaurant’s policy of offering only “natural” sweeteners, it was long-after first bites of Ice Cream had been taken that a French Press finally appeared, the “Hot Fudge Sundae Royale” fairly benign compared to what other local Steakhouses are doing while Carrot Cake and Lemon Meringue with an enormous top-layer take second place to Sodikoff’s Chocolate Cream Pie that needs every bit of the included Whipped Cream to temper its richness.

THREE STARS: Undoubtedly a beautiful Restaurant, and one where a delicious meal can be had by ordering wisely, Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar suffers from uneven pricing and occasionally questionable execution plus service that falls short of the standard set elsewhere in Las Vegas.

RECOMMENDED: Sourdough Bread, Griddled Burger, Bacon Roasted Tomato, Roasted Bone Marrow, Bavette’s Spiced Fried Chicken, Truffle Mac & Cheese, Lemon Meringue Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie.

AVOID: Arriving early, expecting the desired Coffee service, Smoked Salmon Caesar lacking any taste of smoke or Salmon, Shortrib Stroganoff, 20x markup Sweet Potato, 50x markup Champagne Smash.

TIP: Servers won’t tell guests, even those taking pictures or straining to see menus, but the brightness of table lamps can be turned up by pressing a button on the bottom.

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

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Metro Pizza on Sky Pointe [9,] Las Vegas NV

Metro Pizza

Bread and Butter

Meatbella – Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato Sauce, Pepperoni, Basil, Meatballs folded in the corners

Detroit-style Red Top – Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato Sauce, Basil, Cheese Lattice

Weekly Special Pizza – Desert Bloom Eco Farm Potatoes, Purple Potatoes, Pesto, Peas, Stracciatella Cheese

Half 86th Street Square Pie – Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato Sauce, Half with Pepperoni

Coconut Gelato, Peanut Butter Gelato

Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake

Although Metro Pizza has its own Social Media handle, (mis)managed by an “influencer” like so many others, those looking for Sin City’s most innovative Pies know to follow @everythingbutanchovies, the personal account of Pizzaiolo Chris Decker who can frequently be found showing off his fresh new ideas at the Sky Pointe location.

Acting as the flagship of John Arena and Sam Facchini’s family of pizzerias since November of 2012, an expansive footprint including Lulu’s Bread & Breakfast allowing for lengthy fermentation of Metro’s beautiful Crust, it is upon entry that guests will find themselves greeted by charming hostesses, a number of seating options offered including booths and tables.

Self-appointed “America’s Neighborhood Pizzeria” since the early eighties, though even today so much more, once seated with a menu the most arduous part of a visit comes down to deciding which direction to venture, a collection of Appetizers competing with Pasta and Salad, though complimentary housemade Bread served piping hot with Butter may be enough for those who prefer save room for an extra Slice or two.

Brought north on this particular day by a pair of pictures from Chef Decker, the first an oft-requested special dubbed “Meatbella,” it is in embrace of #instagram that this oversized Pie fuses a traditional Brooklyn Round with the lesser known “Stella,” a star-shaped edge in this case folded around tender Meatballs with a medium-thin middle capable of standing up to a fold despite plenty of Pepperoni, Mozzarella and Tomatoes.

Moving next to Detroit’s Red Top, the style currently experiencing a renaissance from coast-to-coast, it may come as a surprise to many that something thick and loaded with Cheese eats so light and fluffy, but be that as it may the combination of long leavening and good ingredients yields four exquisite slices, each with great diversity of texture thanks to its caramelized lattice.

Not about to forgo Metro’s world-class Sicilian, the “86th Street Square Pie” now offered in halves, it remains as true today as ever that there is no better example of the genre within five-hundred miles (or more) and eating nearly light as the Red Top there will still be plenty of room to try something as unique as Chris’ bounty from Desert Bloom Eco Farm, this week featuring two types of Potatoes plus Peas, their Tendrils and housemade Pesto.

Saving a bit of space for Dessert, Coconut and Peanut Butter Gelato both creamy and not overly sweet, it was leaving Carrot Cake for another day that Chocolate Fudge instead showed off its extra-moist Crumb and layers of Frosting, the addition of a Hot Fudge drizzle as plated further gilding the proverbial lily.

FIVE STARS: Serving Las Vegas for 37+ years and continuously evolving the concept while slowly growing the brand it would be difficult to say anyone has contributed more to Sin City’s love of Pizza than John Arena, and although any brand featuring more than one space may suffer from inconsistency Metro sets a high standard by rewarding their old customer base with predictable greatness while Chris Decker’s creativity looks towards a new era and without ever neglecting the basics – the same synopsis as always since it warrants repeating.

RECOMMENDED: The 86th Street Square Pie and Coconut Gelato are mandatory, but anything offered as a special from @everythingbutanchovies Social Media feed is worth asking about. Be aware, however, that the Detroit-style requires an hour’s notice.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Love Pizza? Consider the Metro Pizzalover’s Club with free Sign-up at Metro Pizzalover’s Club and also check out the calendar of events and specials here.

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

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Bardot Brasserie [17,] Las Vegas NV

Bardot Brasserie

2018 La Vieille Ferme Rosé

Bardot Baguette – Beurre d’Echire A.O.C., Sel Gris

Pate en Croute – Pork, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Aspic, Whole Grain Mustard, Salad

Steak Tartare – USDA Prime Filet Ground to Order, Egg Yolk, Sauce Verte, Gaufrette Potato Chips

King Crab & Endive Salad – Belgian Endive, Parmesan Cheese, Caper Aioli, Herbed Bread Crumbs

Foie Gras Parfait – Ruby Port Gelée, House Brioche, Cornichons

Seared Foie Gras Rossini – Seared Millet Cake, Baby Spinach, Beef Bourguignon, Black Truffle, Sauce Bordelaise

Octopus a la Basquaise – Wood Grilled Spanish Octopus, Tarbais Beans, Chorizo Escabeche, Banyuls Vinegar, Espelette Chili, Saffron Rouille

Escargots Bardot – Wild Burgundy Snails in Puff Pastry, Toasted Hazelnuts, Chartreuse-Garlic Butter

Pop Tarte Flambé – Raclette Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Sauce Bechamel, Smoking Goose Bacon

Lobster Thermidor – Wood Grilled Maine Lobster, RLM Comte Cheese, Fines Herbes, Croissant Crumbs, Crème Dijonnaise

Double Cut Pork Chop – Oak Smoked Duroc Pork, Bacon Lardons, Peas a la Francaise, Baby Carrots, Horseradish Pommes Puree, Grain Mustard Beurre Blanc

Scallops a la Grenobloise – Viking Village Scallops, Sweet Corn, Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, Fava Beans, Sherry Vinegar, Dill, Caper-Brown Butter