Jasmine Lunar New Year Dim Sum Brunch, Las Vegas NV

Jasmine Dim Sum Brunch

Hot Tea, Fiji Water

Tradition Egg Tart with Bird’s Nest / Cheese Baked Bun / Fried Shrimp Roll / New Years Pastry / Lotus Blossom Sesame Ball / Purple Yam Taro Bun / Cheese Tart

Dried Scallop and Cordyceps Congee

Bubur Cha Cha Coconut Soup with Taro and Yam

Cheesy Black Truffle Scallop / Cheesy Lobster Egg Sandwich / Bamboo Shoot Shrimp Dumpling / Quail Egg Shiu Mai / Seared Chicken and Mushroom Bun / Walnut Prawns

Roast Duck / Abalone Glutinous Rice Wrap / Shrimp, Scallop, Sea Cucumber Bean Curd Roll / Cantonese BBQ Pork Bun / Sea Moss Scallop Dumpling / Sea Moss, Mushroom, Pork Siew Mai

Steamed Golden Oyster and Sea Moss / Wok-Fried Napa Cabbage with Preserved Pork Belly / New Year Coconut Sponge Cake / Wok-Fried Udon with Shredded Pork, Bean Sprouts, Cabbage

Clams with Mignonette / Herb Crusted Lamb / Prime Rib / Roast Pork Belly / Sweet and Sour Pork / Shrimp

Rice Noodle Soup with Shrimp, Green Onion, Spicy Braised Pork, Bean Sprouts / Greens

Caramel Crepe with Fresh Whipped Cream, Candied Nuts, Fruit / Cheese Baked Bun / Cheese Tart

Chocolate Brownie Parfait / Guava Meringue Tart / Chocolate Raspberry Fudge Cake / Green Tea Cake / Tradition Egg Tart with Bird’s Nest / Traditional Museli with Fruit

Pistachio, Coffee, Raspberry, Chocolate, Vanilla, Lemon Choux / Pistachio, Caramel, Raspberry, Chocolate, Vanilla, Lemon Macarons

French Press Coffee

While opting to end the Fountains Bunch at Jasmine in favor of Lago’s mediocrity remains a questionable decision it is with good fortune that both the Worldwide and Lunar New Year see Bellagio’s gorgeous Cantonese Restaurant open during daylight hours, February’s celebration of Chinese culture carried over from the Conservatory to a Dim Sum Brunch offering nearly ninety items ranging from traditional to modern and simple to those featuring luxury ingredients.

Beginning on February 15th and ending on the 25th, a cost of $68.88 at first seeming pretty steep for Dim Sum but in reality a potential bargain depending on appetite for fresh Oysters, King Crab and items topped in Truffles or filled with Abalone, it was just prior to the Restaurant’s 11am opening that a largely Asian crowd was found in line waiting, those first entering seated immediately but only parties with reservations allowed for a short time after as the room quickly filled with patrons wandering station to station.

Replacing seats along the center and upper edges of the room with silver steam trays in addition to live stations for roast Meats, Soup and Crepes, the back half of the room overlooking Bellagio’s fountains filled with tables covered in thick linen beneath lanterns now hanging from the ceiling decorated with butterflies, it was shortly after seating that Juices, Tea, Coffee and Champagne were offered in addition to Fiji Water, after which guests were off to explore, eat and enjoy.

Clearly crafted to the exacting standards of high rollers who continue to select The Bellagio for its nearly twenty-year commitment to quality, the presence of Kenzo shirts, Louis Vuitton bags or Hermes loafers seen on nearly every guest from children to elders, it was after a quick trip around the room that one of Jasmine’s patterned plates was selected and stacked with piping hot baked bites, the Egg Tart topped in Grated Bird’s Nest immediately outpacing others offered in the 702 while both a Bun filled with Cream Cheese and one featuring Purple Yam were soft and yielding of light sweetness.

Next taking a look at Soups, Clam Chowder and Lobster Bisque left for others to enjoy and the focus instead on fragrant Congee infused with Scallops plus medicinal Mushrooms plus creamy Coconut Broth studded with tender Tubers, it would be difficult to suggest either of these as ‘better’ as both were worth every bit of stomach space, as too was a more personalized build-your-own Rice Noodle Soup station flanked by traditional condiments.

Getting back to the Dim Sum as Beverages were topped off, several trays already being replenished with fresh items from a busy kitchen, additional highlights from the next two plates included a nicely baked Scallop beneath Cheese and preserved Black Truffles plus jumbo Walnut Prawns, bursting Quail Egg Shiu Mai and Rolls featuring snappy Sea Cucumber or Sticky Rice wrapped around a generous amount of fresh Abalone.

A bit disappointed by Roast Duck, the Peking Duck Bun station from Fountains Brunch apparently too good a thing to last, additional carved Meats were highlighted by two types of Pork while the cold Seafood Station fared well despite a limited sample, residual capacity instead saved for funky yet delicious Steamed Oysters in Sea Moss plus slippery housemade Noodles dressed in Pork and Cabbage.

Rounding out the two and a half hour visit with Coffee and Dessert it was as fountains danced to new tunes played overhead that a fried Crepe made to each guest’s specifications was enjoyed alongside a couple more Dim Sum before moving on to final bites, the Dessert room of old now a well-culled station highlighted by the same Macarons offered at Forbes 5-Star Le Cirque plus Fruit and Chocolate selections from which a rich Brownie Parfait and lightly toasted Guava Tart were standouts.


FIVE STARS: Obviously not as cheap as Cathay House or anywhere else on Spring Mountain Road it would be foolish to suggest that Jasmine’s Dim Sum Brunch even belongs in the same conversation as such places in terms of Food or Service, the once (or twice) yearly event in every way a celebration that is well justified for those who can afford it and, in reality, a fairly good way to experience Jasmine for those not willing or unable to break the bank during Dinner service.

RECOMMENDED: Tradition Egg Tart with Bird’s Nest / Cheese Baked Bun / Purple Yam Taro Bun / Dried Scallop and Cordyceps Congee / Bubur Cha Cha / Cheesy Black Truffle Scallop / Quail Egg Shiu Mai / Walnut Prawns / Shrimp, Scallop, Sea Cucumber Bean Curd Roll / Abalone Glutinous Rice Wrap / Wok-Fried Udon with Shredded Pork, Bean Sprouts, Cabbage / Steamed Golden Oyster and Sea Moss / Guava Meringue Tart / Chocolate Brownie Parfait / Macarons

AVOID: Lotus Blossom Sesame Ball / Roast Duck / Green Tea Cake

TIP: Although listed as being offered through the 2/25/18 management suggested that depending on volume the event is sometimes ended sooner. Call for reservations or catch them again in late-December.

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


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Osteria Costa [2,] Las Vegas NV

Osteria Costa

Iced Tea

Warm Bread – Olive Oil

Margherita Pizza – Mozzarella di Bufala, Pomodoro, Basil

Rigatoni alla Norma – Pomodoro, Eggplant, Basil (1/3 portion)

Bucatini Cacio e Pepe – Black Pepper, Pecorino Romano, Pink Peppercorn (1/3 portion)

Fusilli – Pomodoro, Basil, Garlic (1/3 portion)

Fettuccine – Neapolitan Beef Ragu, Pomodoro, Pecorino (1/3 portion)

Lasagna – Sausage, Mozzarella, Pomodoro (1/3 portion)

Spaghetti – Shrimp, Garlic, Olive Oil, Chiles, Mint (1/3 portion)

Agnolotti – Folded Ricotta Ravioli, Parmigiano, Tomato (1/3 portion)

Linguini & Clams – Garlic, Chiles, Lemon (1/3 portion)

Cannelloni al Forno – Ricotta, Pomodoro, Parmigiano (1/3 portion)

Double Espresso – Ice

Neapolitan Cookie Gelato – Rainbow Cookies

Baba Al Rhum – Whipped Cream, Housemade Limoncello

Although Osteria Costa is not “officially” open until the end of this week, the geniuses in MGM Public Relations apparently needing three weeks to invite all the ‘media’ and ‘influencers’ who will only visit once, tweet some photos and never return, it was prior to QotSA at The Cosmopolitan that a second meal was enjoyed at The Mirage’s newest Restaurant, a tasting of all nine Pastas plus a Pizza once again proving this a space to be reckoned with in Las Vegas’ often underwhelming mid-priced dining category.

In reality serving guests since February 1st, Chef Michael LaPlaca and General Manager Chris Zadie carrying over a large number of their staff from Portofino to a more casual space jutting out into the gaming area, it was on the Osteria Costa’s third day that a visit with friends found the space already humming along in high gear, the two weeks in between producing largely positive accounts on Social Media and the Restaurant doing good business with both reservations and the walk-in crowd.

Focused on the Cuisine of Naples and the Amalfi Coast with a menu divided into six sections, a collection of housemade Pastas the largest and most relevant for those familiar with Michael’s work at Portofino, it was shortly after the Restaurant’s 5:00pm opening that a seat was offered at either the Pizza bar or one stocked with Booze, the former an easy choice for those who would rather watch the Chefs work than whatever sport is being shown on TV.

Already familiar with much of the staff, though a pair of open kitchens allows diners far more access than did the former location, it was shortly after taking a seat that Iced Tea was delivered along with Warm Bread and Olive Oil, the decision to tread lightly with the latter well advised as it was no more than ten minutes before a Margherita Pie with imported Mozzarella di Bufala was being painted with Olive Oil from a Rosemary Branch and presented with light hints of char plus a puffy cornicione.

Dinning before a show but leaving plenty of time, the tasting pre-arranged to maximize variety in the setting of Osteria Costa’s surprisingly large portions, it was with slices of Pizza once again proving to be the Strip’s best that three plates of Pasta were delivered, the emerging signature Rigatoni alla Norma once again a highlight with tender Eggplant and boldly aromatic Red Sauce while the Fusilli was fairly similar though lacking in textural variance, a situation certainly not applicable to al dente Bucatini Cacio e Pepe that serves the Noodles just as they should be with good Cheese and an extra bit of intrigue contributed by Pink Peppercorns added at the end.

Producing every Pasta on-site, some machine-cut and others hand-formed, it was as first bites were being enjoyed that an additional trio joined the tasting, silky ribbons of Fettucine from visit number one again forming the backdrop for meaty Ragu that doesn’t hide behind Tomatoes while the Lasagna with housemade Sausage is reminiscent of the version at Portofino and therefore quite good, as too is LaPlaca’s take on Spaghetti Alio & Olio that features plump Shrimp and particularly hot Serrano Chiles barely tamed by Garlic and a touch of Mint.

Served in 1/4 to 1/3 portions, prices ranging $18-$22 for full-size plates that will easily make a meal for most, it was as part of the last round that Linguini & Clams was placed between Cannelloni and Agnolotti, the hollow tubes packed with herbed-Ricotta tender but fairly pedestrian while Michael’s best Pasta from Portofino still shines in a more simple presentation than the legendary one made with Corn and Lobster.

Unable to pass on Dessert, the only one missed at last visit requested alongside another look at Osteria Costa’s Neapolitan Cookie Gelato, it bears repeating that at $5-$7 each there may be no better Restaurant deal in Las Vegas right now than this collection of Sweets, the frozen treat studded with and topped in Rainbow Cookies featuring three sizable scoops while the Brioche covered in freshly whipped Cream and housemade Limoncello tops Alain Ducasse’s version at Rivea for half the price.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Unable to judge Osteria Costa as one would Portofino despite the same Chef and General Manager, the concepts and price-point simply different, two early looks at Michael LaPlaca’s new Restaurant hopefully provide a glimpse of what is possible but seems long forgotten in the era of Celebrity Chef nonsense, and that is a space serving great Food that is at the same time accessible and affordable without compromising on style or service.

RECOMMENDED: Any of the Pizzas, Rigatoni alla Norma, Fettuccine, Lasagna, Agnolotti, Bucatini Cacio e Pepe, Neapolitan Cookie Gelato, Baba Al Rhum.

AVOID: Although not ‘bad,’ the Fusilli is only necessary for those who dislike Eggplant as the Rigatoni is simply better while those eyeing the Cannelloni would be better off with Agnolotti.

TIP: Mon – Sun 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM. “Grand Opening” on 2/22/18.

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


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Sunrise Donuts, Las Vegas NV

Sunrise Donuts

Glazed Buttermilk Bar

Glazed Buttermilk Bar with Cinnamon Streusel

Cherry Cake Donut

Cinnamon Crumb Cake Donut

Old Fashioned Donut with Maple Glaze

Plain Cake Donut with Strawberry Glaze

Opened in the waning days of 2017 it was actually on accident that a trip down Decatur discovered Sunrise Donuts, a flag flapping in the breeze drawing attention just north of the 215 and a left turn prior to the entrance ramp finding plenty of parking in front of the shop that is apparently open 24/7.

Not far from the Highway Patrol and offering a diverse menu including Tamales, Burritos, Pizzas, Boba, Ice Cream and Donuts plus Soda and Soft Drinks, the overall feel more like that of a convenience store than a proper dining establishment, it was just prior to noon that doors were opened and greetings offered by a petite Asian Woman, one other patron present and reading the newspaper as pop music played from speakers at ceiling level.

Presenting Donuts to the right and Ice Cream to the left, an overhead menu and Microwaves behind the counter stirring suspicion of the joint’s overall quality, it was after perusing options that the decision was made to try six fried Pastries, each grabbed with tongs and dropped into a white paper bag without much care at a total cost of just $5.24 for the half-dozen.

Assaulted by the smell of Subway on the way out, a few minutes drive to the office separating purchase from first taste, it was with items unbagged and hundreds of spare crumbs brushed away from items to which they did not belong that teeth sank into a Buttermilk Bar, the texture a bit dry but nicely penetrated by Icing while the Streusel-topped version was unfortunately a complete failure that both looked and tasted as if it may have been a day or two old.

Undoubtedly frying from a Mix, the price alone evidence of that fact while anyone familiar with old-school Doughnutries across America can easily spot the difference between these and something involving a little more effort, it was admittedly surprising to see Cherry Cake in place of the more typical Blueberry version, an instant reminder of childhood in the Midwest provided by Dawn Food Products of Jackson Michigan even though the half-hearted bagging required a lot of effort to get all the Streusel off it.

Uncertain as to whether Sunrise Donuts and Sunrise Too on East Charleston are related, a suspicion of no based on quality and selection, it was next that a Cinnamon Crumb Cake Ring proved equally inedible as the similarly topped Bar, the Old Fashioned decent but not melt-in-the mouth like that of Ace or Pink Box while the Strawberry Glazed Cake somehow managed to out-artificial the flavor of Dunkin.

ONE AND A HALF STARS: Not purporting to be ‘Artisan’ or unique, and in reality not worth getting off the highway for, Sunrise Donuts may fill a niche for Donuts in the area, but even at such a low price it would be worthwhile for anyone with any sense of taste to make the effort to go elsewhere.

RECOMMENDED: Having grown up on Cherry Cake Donuts in Northwest Ohio I’ll admit a touch of nostalgia for that one.

AVOID: None of the Donuts were good, but the Cinnamon-Streusel ones were particulary bad.

TIP: 24/7 for all your Microwave-fresh needs.

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

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Rosallie [14,] Las Vegas NV

Rosallie Le French Café

Quiche Chevre with Sauteed Spinach, Tomato, Goat Cheese

Butter Croissant

Pain au Chocolat

Almond Croissant

Nutella Almond Croissant

Coffee Opera Cake

Raspberry Bavarois Cake

Walnut Pie

Raspberry Linzer Torte

Raspberry Tart

It was not long after Rosallie opened in August of 2015 that visit #1 took place, the former 7-Eleven at that time still an incomplete project but the Pastries so appealing that nearly a dozen were ordered before tasting, each bite to follow a significant upgrade on what had previously been available in Sin City and the store’s owner Jonathan Pluvinet an affable sort who genuinely seemed to care about the quality of both the product and guest experience.

Flash-forward now some thirty-months, at least four additional French Bakeries since opened West of Las Vegas Boulevard and South Rainbow quickly becoming one of The Valley’s most densely packed dining corridors, it was once again just minutes after opening that a visit was paid to Le French Café now featuring a hand-build Wine Vault and furniture by the young Frenchman, a to-go order for work marking the eighteenth time Rosallie would help brighten the day for self and others.

In reality best described as Rosallie Las Vegas at this point, location number two off to a great start in Winter Garden Florida, it was with pre-ordered items packed plus a few additional treats added that several still-warm boxes were walked to the car before a five minute drive and two trips up the stairwell, slices of Vegetarian Quiche holding up well inside plastic Clamshells with Crust as clean and buttery as ever beneath Goat Cheese infused Custard.

No doubt familiar with Rosallie’s collection after so many visits, a box of Butter Croissants and Pain au Chocolat going quickly amongst staff as they trickled in, it was over the course of the day that several old and new items were tasted, the Almond Croissant still unrivaled anywhere else in America as it completely eschews Frangipane in favor of house-ground Nuts while the Nutella-drizzled version is expectedly rich and equally delicious, particularly when still warm and partially melted.

Putting good people in charge of both the kitchen and front-of-house, Jonathan himself still splitting time between Nevada and Florida in addition to raising his family, it was next that an all-new Cake was tasted side-by-side with Rosallie’s delicious Coffee Opera slice, the Raspberry Bavarois proving an equally fine choice with a Crème Brûlée center atop the crunchy Hazelnut Croquant layer.

Unable to resist a slice of Jonathan’s Walnut Pie, perhaps the most significant of all Rosallie’s options as such a thing was never offered in Las Vegas prior, it was back to Raspberry that the tasting turned to finish, a glazed Linzer Pie sandwiching fresh Jam between its layers and the Raspberry Tart one of several Fruits currently available atop a base made of ground Nuts and Shortbread.

FIVE STARS: I’m not sure if it is a matter of how sad the national scene is today, or how great Rosallie Le French Café is, but on a recent trip to New England I didn’t even think to look for a traditional French Bakery, the simple fact that Jonathan’s little store on South Rainbow would be there when I got home all the assurance that was needed to focus appetite elsewhere.

RECOMMENDED: Almond Croissant, Walnut Pie, Nutella Croissant, Raspberry Linzer Torte, Coffee Opera Cake.


TIP: 7a-6p daily. Call ahead for pre-orders and consider Yelp! online delivery if you can’t make it to the store.

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


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The Kitchen at Atomic, Las Vegas NV

The Kitchen at Atomic

Foie Gras Toast – Toasted Bread, Fruit Compote, Roasted Seeds and Nuts

Urban Seed Salad – Mizuna, Tatsoi, Baby Romaine, Fennel, Whiskey Barrel Aged Shoyu Cherry Blossom Vinaigrette, Butter Braised Tokyo Turnips, Wood Fired Matsutake Mushrooms, Chives, Cilantro

Harissa Carrots – Wood chip roasted Thumbelina Carrots, Harissa, Sunflower Seeds, Mint Leaves, Toasted Coriander Cream

MMM – Mocha Oatmeal Stout Mole, Beef Cheek, Seasonal Pickles, Brown Butter Masa Dumplings

Boneless Hot Pig in Winter – Crispy Pork in Afghan Stew, Peppers, Garlic, Greens, Cilantro, Onions

Cornmeal Fried Sea Bream – Creamer Potatoes, Clams, Smoked Sea Salt, Garlic Oil, Sambal Remoulade

Whiskey Bread Pudding – Griddled Whiskey Bread Pudding, Smoked Sea Salt Caramel, Cardamom Whipped Cream

Not a drinker and unmoved by praise from Anthony Bourdain it was not until Justin Kingsley Hall took over the kitchen that Las Vegas’ oldest freestanding Bar was of any real interest, a low-slung building on East Fremont that was previously just another flashing sign between free parking and the rest of DTLV suddenly becoming a dining destination spawning accolades from both trusted and questionable patrons, but a dinner-party of seven on Saturday confirming the gossip.

Known simply as The Kitchen at Atomic, an April addition to the 65+ year-old Bar that has seen a recent boom in popularity thanks to a rejuvenated Downtown, it was just prior to Halloween 2017 that former SLO-Boy and Sparrow & Wolf Chef Hall took over the reins from Josh Horton, the menu quickly saying goodbye to Fries, Hot Dogs and Pretzels that were replaced by Justin’s unique style of layered flavors and inspiration from San Luis Obispo.

No doubt a busy man, the new Restaurant plus recent events such as Whiskey in The Wilderness plus Harvest’s Snack Wagon balanced with fatherhood, it was shortly after entering the space next to Atomic Liquors that Justin was seen slicing Vegetables through glass dividing kitchen from an immense dining room, a modest soundtrack and dim lights giving the room a pleasant feel though oversized booths with lazy-Susans proved difficult to navigate for guests who needed to slide in.

Presenting a menu divided into six sections, The Butcher and The Farmer featured prominently along with Entrees intended for solos or sharing, it was after drinks were ordered and ample descriptions of Specials were presented by a sever also named Justin that things got underway, the young man who formerly worked at Glutton outperforming many on-Strip Captains with his knowledge of the offerings and ability to articulate them in a manner appropriate to both well-traveled diners and novices.

Dining in four-courses with a total of seven plates, doubles of each save for one entrée plenty to go around without leaving anyone hungry, it was atop a slice of Toast from Chris Decker and John Arena that Chef Hall perched a piece of Foie Gras accompanied by poached Strawberries plus savory Streusel, the flavors and textures coming across distinct yet complimentary with a large salad of locally grown Greens from Urban Seed even more complex but tied together by fragrant and fermented Vinaigrette.

Often internationally inspired in his cooking, a bounty of seasonal markets and the Spanish-stylings of his California hometown giving Chef Hall a gift with Vegetables and Herbs that few local Chefs can claim, course two featured Thumbelina Carrots with tops still attached roasted and painted in Harissa alongside an impeccable plate of Cornmeal Dumplings atop Mole every bit as dirty as one might find south of the border, both plates offering up-front heat but the former cooled by Coriander Cream while the later accomplishes the same by way of housemade Pickles.

Allowing plenty of time for conversation between courses, the Restaurant at Standing-Room-Only capacity from 7:30pm until the meal ended past nine, Entrees included a slightly modified version of Atomic’s “Hot Pig in Winter” featuring Crispy Pork in a deeply colored Stew with bold aromatics, the daily special in anticipation of Mardi Gras raising the bar even further in terms of taste and presentation as Chef Hall sent out two whole Sea Bream gutted and fried on the Bones with Clams, Potatoes and spicy Remoulade.

Rounding out the meal with one of the two Desserts, Justin’s Whiskey Bread Pudding from SLO-Boy resurrected for good reason, it was with admitted envy that two servings of the dish had to be shared with anyone else, recent comments about the version at The Palms A.Y.C.E. now modified to suggest theirs is the best *on a Buffet* as this $8 wedge is worth every penny thanks to the toasty edges around Custard with plenty of booze playing off a big quenelle of Cream perfumed by Cardamom.

FIVE STARS: Exiting The Kitchen at Atomic more than two-and-a-half hours after arrival, though everything about the evening felt far quicker, it was with others off to movies or concerts that a walk back to the car left one to reflect on what they’d just tasted, and that is some of the most unique and confident cooking being offered in Las Vegas today with service to match.

RECOMMENDED: Urban Seed Salad, MMM, Harissa Carrots, Whiskey Bread Pudding.

AVOID: Booths in the corners are tight for anyone required to slide in, but if it is the only thing available then it is a sacrifice worth making.

TIP: Thursday through Saturday 5pm to 2am, Sunday and Wednesday 5pm till midnight. 21+ only.

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

The Kitchen at Atomic

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Good Pie, Las Vegas NV

Good Pie

Good Cheese Brooklyn Style – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Grana, Tomato Sauce, Basil

The Good Good Grandma Style – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Grana, Tomato Sauce, Sausage, Artichoke Hearts, Oregano

Good White Grandma Style – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Grana, Ricotta, Garlic Oil, Basil

Good Pep Grandma Style – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Grana, Tomato Sauce, Pepperoni

A Good Time Detroit Style – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Grana, Meatballs, Ricotta, Tomato Sauce, Basil

To hear Vincent Rotolo tell a story about Pizza is like listening to someone talk about their child or spouse and on February 9th, 2018 Good Pie was born in Pawn Plaza, the opening day featuring an overwhelming outpour of community support but day two a bit calmer and allowing time to sit, observe and listen while eating some great Pizza inspired by New York and Grandma with an assist from the talented Ismaele Romano.

Raised in Brooklyn and immersed in the world of cooking from an early age, Grandma’s baking and Rotolo’s father roasting Artichokes stuffed with Sausage just some of the stories one is likely to hear in addition to mentorship from the legendary John Arena when listening to Vincent “talk shop,” Good Pie takes over the short-lived Pawn Pizza with a focus on nothing but making an honest living while doing what one loves, and in the case of Chef Rotolo that is making Pies that his and other Italian Grandmothers would approve of.

A New Yorker at heart but well-known throughout Sin City after stints at 800°, Dom DeMarco’s and Evel Pie, a theme of getting bored easily when past the R&D stages with others finally encouraging the Chef to open a shop of his own, Good Pie can be found on the lower level of the two-story Pawn Plaza across from World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, a consistent line of tourists present and likely to provide plenty of foot traffic as the shop gains traction.

Refusing to serve anything Grandma wouldn’t serve out of the storefront and appropriately unwilling to doctor up slices after baking for the sake of quality and consistency, diners arriving at 725 South Las Vegas Boulevard will find plenty of parking in a lot adjacent Good Pie’s back-corner lot, the space narrow but full of warmth not just from the ovens but an interior decorated in pictures of Grandmas, oven mitts, wooden spoons and prayer cards.

Naming the space simply based on an intention to make “Good Pie” with great ingredients, the fresh Mozzarella brought in from Brooklyn, Red Pepper from Italy, local Produce and Caputo Flour, it is surprisingly from a single base Dough that Rotolo and his Sicilian co-worker create three distinct Pies, the first out of the oven on Saturday a $3 slice like one might find on the streets of New York but less sweet or oily, the purity of Tomato Sauce and Cheese allowing yeastiness to come across with a lightly saline finish attributable to shavings of Grana Padano.

Not just channeling Grandma in décor and legacy, but equally by way of a regional style of Pie known by the name, it was admitting that the current batch of Dough had only been fermenting for 48-instead of the desired seventy-two that Vince and Ismaele next produced three 16-inch-by-16-inch Pizzas to feed an increasing number of walk-ins, The Good Good featuring those same ingredients he fondly remembers his father preparing and nicely balanced with just a hint of spice while the Cup n’ Char Pepperoni added extra crunch to an already thin and crispy Crust with big blisters.

Expressing a desire to integrate his idea into the Downtown community and feed neighbors the food of his memories, a home nearby showing him already committed to DTLV, it was next a slice of the Good White that impressed by not only intensely creamy Ricotta but locally made Garlic Oil that impregnates the base without becoming overwhelming, a rarity to be sure and something poised to play even better off Vincent’s Gluten-Free Crust that took Number Two at the International Pizza Championships in 2017.

Rounding out the visit with “A Good Time” in the Detroit Style, a Pan-Pizza suddenly making a comeback outside the Motor City for good reason as it takes the best aspects of a Grandma Pie’s crispy square and merges them with Chicago’s Deep Dish, it was after seeing one of The Good $h!t topped with Truffles sent out that this beauty topped in chopped Meatballs and puddles of Ricotta was tasted, a flood of memories of childhood in the shadow of Mo-Town brought back and guaranteeing many return visits.

RATING PENDING: As the first patron on day two, a stellar Grand Opening leaving stock depleted and thus Dough not precisely where Chef Rotolo would like, suffice it to say that the initial impression of Good Pie was very good indeed and a second taste will quickly follow to taste the Garlic Knots, Gluten Free Dough and perhaps a Cannoli or freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookie as well.

RECOMMENDED: Detroit Style Good Time and The Good White were highlights


TIP: Open 11am daily with online or phone orders available, delivery coming soon.

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


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Tacos Huevos, Las Vegas NV

Tacos Huevos


Flat Iron Steak and Slow Cooked & Smoked Pork Taco Combo – Melted Cheese, Over-medium Egg, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Black Beans, Mexican Rice

Rotisserie Chicken Taco – Shredded Cheese, Pico de Gallo, Lettuce

Sausage and Scrambled Egg Burrito with Rice, Pinto Beans, Roasted Corn, Tomato, Melted Cheese

Nutelladilla – Nutella, Butter, Cinnamon-Sugar, Whipped Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce

Located in the suddenly rejuvenated Arts District and offering “Unique Mexican quick serve Cuisine” it was for Breakfast on Saturday that a visit was paid to Tacos Huevos on East Charleston, the spot originally noticed thanks to its raucous patio after a disastrous dinner at Mingo Kitchen empty save for one other couple at 9:30am.

Open for “Breakfast, Brunch and Brinner” per the website and luring in Instagrammers by way of Yassss Yolk Porn and Savage Cheese Pulls, the fenced-patio yielding entry to an L-shaped space with counter and kitchen to the right and a sort of Mexican Steampunk dining room to the left, it was while standing back assessing the situation that a pleasant Hispanic cook stood waiting and happy to answer questions, the menu admittedly a bit confusing to those who haven’t previously examined it closely.

Suggested as an alternative to “boring breakfasts and drunken Taco Bell drive throughs after a kick ass night in sin city” as though this was some sort of challenge, the offerings in reality more akin to Chipotle with Tacos, Bowls, Burritos, Salads, Tostadas, or Nachos offered as a base to various Meats and Protein-substitutes plus unlimited “healthy ingredients” that make one question whether fresh = healthy in 2018, it was after a quick bit of mental math and judgment of the day’s plan that three Tacos, a Burrito plus one Dessert and Coffee were ordered at a total cost of $32.20 before tip.

Requesting half of the order for dine-in and half packed to-go, though parts of each were tasted in the dining room while still hot, it was while Dessert was being prepared that Tacos topped with flavorless Rotisserie Chicken, Steak and smoked Pork were found to be largely indistinguishable from one another beneath melted Cheese and a fairly standard list of Toppings, the over-medium Egg placed sloppily on the side really serving no purpose even though the website suggests “eggs and tacos go together like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera”…which apparently means together but separate with the later prone to infidelity?

At this point figuring it safe to further poke fun at the online hyperbole, the “idea that subtle infusions in Mexican food can have a profound impact” probably a bit high-brow for Quick Casual, it was turning attention to a forearm-size Burrito that the best of Tacos Huevos offerings was discovered, the chopped Sausage featuring a smooth grind and nicely matched to a fluffy Omelet, Cheese and Corn while a $8.95 “Nutelladilla” suggested for two or more was easily finished by one, the sweet Spread plus Butter and Cinnamon-Sugar becoming nice and crisp beneath Whipped Cream and a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream.

TWO AND A HALF STARS: Not particularly ‘bad,’ and certainly more fresh or unique than Rubio’s, Baja Fresh or Chipotle, Tacos Huevos would be well served to know its role and focus on seasoning its Meats rather than coming up with odd hooks that likely won’t do much but annoy “discerning patrons.”

RECOMMENDED: Sausage and Egg Burrito, Nutelladilla, Black Beans.

AVOID: Rotisserie Chicken may as well have been plain Tofu while Steak and Pork were almost identical save for the shredded versus chopped texture.

TIP: 8:30a to 9:30p Sun-Thu and open till 12:30a on Weekends.

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


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Salud! Mexican Bistro and Tequileria, Las Vegas NV

Salud! Mexican Bistro and Tequileria

Blue and Yellow Corn Chips – Mole Verde, Salsa Roja, Guajillo Salsa with Roasted Garlic

Queso Fundido – Three Cheeses, Roasted Corn, Chile Poblano, Chorizo, Corn Tortillas

Carne Asada Fries – Angus Flap Steak, Queso Oaxaca, Colorado Sauce, Guacamole, Lime

Pollo Sarandeado – Chorizo-Queso Oaxaca Stuffing, Roasted Corn Pico de Gallo, Sarandeada Cream, Cilantro Rice, Black Beans

Gnocchi Mexicano – Housemade Garlic + Cilanto + Guajillo Dumplings, Guajillo Mushroom Cream Sauce, Queso Fresco

Duck Carnitas – Red Wine-Citrus Braise, Cracklings, Berry Jalapeno Chutney, Cilantro Rice, Black Beans, Corn Tortillas

Tres Leches Flan – Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Orange Caramel, Cinnamon Crumble

Churro Waffles – Cinnamon-Sugar, Whipped Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, Cajeta

Open for just six months at the former site of Rosemary’s it seems Salud! Mexican Bistro and Tequileria has captured a following faster than many, the upscale twist on Mexican cuisine distinctive from what anyone else seems to be doing in Sin City and more-or-less comparable to the Cuisine offered at Candelas on the Bay on Coronado Island.

Toqued by Chef Israel Reyes and owned by a family of Restaurateurs, at least one of them present on-site and checking in with patrons on a regular basis during a visit on Friday, Salud promises “Food worthy of a fine dining restaurant with a casual atmosphere” and it is immediately upon entry that the later is confirmed, a Bar stocked with top-shelf Tequila lined by guests watching sports television while the dining room offers a more sedate atmosphere decorated in art made by the Chef and his staff.

Taking a modern approach to Mexican Food but still offering Tacos, Burritos and Guacamole, the former even part of an AYCE option along with Margaritas on Mondays, it was after confirming a reservation that seats were offered at a sturdy wooden four-top in the center of the room, the list of Food and Drink soon distributed by a waitress who proved efficient and pleasant throughout the evening.

Dividing the menu into several sections with prices lower than portions dictate, the sizable kitchen quick to send out complimentary Tortilla Strips flanked by three Salsas including a beautiful Guajillo version that eats like dipping Oil with a robust head of Garlic, it was after a moment’s indecision that two Appetizers and three Entrees were selected, a seemingly manageable amount of Food that in reality could have fed at least two others.

Understanding that those seeking “authentic” or “cheap” Mexican may be turned off by something that at times feels “fusion-y,” blistering Queso Fundido studded with Corn like the Koreans nonetheless exemplary with up-front heat and lingering sweetness, it was also in a humongous pile of Carne Asada Fries for just $9 that first impressions of Reyes’ cooking were formed, the hand-cut Potatoes crispy and capable of standing up to thick chunks of Beef served with white Cheese and smoky Colorado Sauce.

As usual doing plenty of research on the place before making a reservation, misspellings on the website and a Grub Hub that mirrors neither price nor scope of the offerings evidencing ownership not quite as on-the-ball as they suggest, it was only a few minutes after receiving Appetizers that a loud male server approached to inform the table that Entrees were ready, the first two plates barely half-finished and his suggestion that Food could “be left under the warmers” forcibly deemed acceptable as there was simply no room to bring them out.

Feeling rushed even though the Restaurant was less than 1/6 full, the rest of the Fundido and Fries shoveled onto share-plates, it was with plates piping-hot from lamps that the “Owner’s favorite” stuffed-Chicken was cut into next, the Cheese not as thick or prevalent as on Salud’s Facebook post from November but flavor and technique still great with juicy Bird complimented yet not overwhelmed by Chorizo and Cream Sauce.

Additionally ordering the $25 Duck Carnitas and $19 Mexican Gnocchi, both portions easily sharable but the former unfortunately a bit under flavored without the accompanying Chutney, it should be fairly obvious to anyone paying attention that the Pasta is not “light” despite being Vegetarian, three completely distinct flavors of velvety Dumplings highlighted by dark ones tinged in Guajillo Peppers, though all played well off a thick Sauce teaming with Mushrooms.

Packing up several Gnocchi plus a heap of Beans and Rice perfumed with Cilantro for home, easily enough for another diner despite everyone being quite full, it was after being presented a verbal list of sweets that two were decided upon, the Tres Leches Flan a good idea that is unfortunately compromised by bitter Citrus notes while the Churro Waffles fall short of those at CRAFTkitchen by being a bit greasy, though the Whipped Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream and Cajeta do a good job of covering up for it.

THREE AND A HALF STARS: Giving credit where it is due, a unique concept these days difficult to find on-Strip let alone in the Suburbs, Salud! Mexican Bistro and Tequileria would be well served to slow down and focus on the details when volume is low instead of trying to lure patrons in with Bingo, AYCE and Comedy Night – as Sparrow & Wolf, Other Mama and Esther’s Kitchen have shown great Food and service sells itself.

RECOMMENDED: Guajillo Salsa, Mole Verde Salsa, Queso Fundido, Carne Asada Fries, Gnocchi Mexicano.

AVOID: Tres Leches Flan should come with a warning about the Orange Zest and if not pressed for time it might be a good idea to request a bit of time between Appetizers and Entrees since the same scene was repeated at two nearby tables.

TIP: See the website for hours and menus, Social Media for events and Groupon, Yelp! or Restaurant.com for discounts.

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


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Plantone’s Italian Market [2,] Las Vegas NV

Plantone’s Italian Market

Chicken Parmesan – Italian Sub Roll, Hosemade Mozzarella, Marinara

Pizza Piccante – Spicy Italian Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Housemade Mozzarella, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pizza Nutella – Strawberries, Bananas, Powdered Sugar

With Spring Valley continuing to evolve as Las Vegas’ most rapidly growing area, the stretch between Rainbow and Decatur just south of the 215 particularly booming in both new homes and restaurants, it was for National Pizza Day that a return was made to Plantone’s Italian Market, lessons learned from last time paying dividends but the Pizza itself again falling short of the best in Sin City.

Now past the one-year mark but obviously still struggling to make its mark in a crowded plaza also featuring Roberto’s, SkinnyFats and Black Sheep with Suzuya and Paid in Full nearby, an arrival at 11:45am finding lines at the former and Sonic but only three patrons present inside the Italian Market, it was in an attempt to save time that an order was placed online, a few items oddly present there but not on the restaurant’s take-out menu or website.

Owned by real estate Broker Glenn Plantone who put his name and childhood memories of Uncle Tony out there to do something different for the area, former D.O.C.G. Chef Francesco Savinetti overseeing the menu, it was once again to pleasant greetings that guests were greeted on entry, everything ready and waiting to go with just $27.50 exchanged for two 10” Pizzas and a Half-Sandwich.

Taking Lunch back to the office, a mere 3 minutes drive finding everything still piping hot on arrival, it was at first glance that the decision to request Pizza “crisp, lightly charred but not burnt” had paid off, the limp Crust of November replaced by something tanned and golden but still fairly flavorless thanks to a lack of fermentation while the ‘spicy’ Italian Sausage most certainly was not, though it paired well with creamy Cheese and Broccoli Rabe that certainly could have been better distributed.

Opting to additionally sample a Sandwich on this visit, the 4p-7p Happy Hour Fried Bologna and Roast Pork Italian Sub both highlights from visit number one, Plantone’s once again shined brightly with the old-school Chicken Parm on soft White Bread with housemade Sauce and Mozzarella, the latter necessitating an extra-dollar despite not being listed as such, though the additional cost is worthwhile.

Described as an old school Italian Deli but clearly willing to cross boundaries, a daily special with French Fries and Macaroni on a Pie clearly targeting the Instagram sector moreso than Tony Boloney or Grandma, it was in an online-only Nutella Pizza topped in sliced Fruit that Lunch concluded, the failure to request a well-cooked Crust unfortunately finding this one even more under-done than last visit and about as interesting as Wonder Bread, though the toppings expectedly did a good job covering up for it.

THREE STARS: Understanding the struggle of owning a Las Vegas Restaurant and strive to be relevant, a difficult task that unfortunately even sees Legends placating “Influencers” as they try to fight Million-dollar Casino marketing budgets, it seems as though Plantone’s would be better-served by being old-school and focusing on the details rather than spreading the word with ridiculous concoctions distributed via “unlokt.”

RECOMMENDED: Chicken Parm Sub with added Housemade Mozzarella, asking for Pizzas to be well-done.

AVOID: Spicy Sausage was not Spicy and standard cooking times on Pizza remain an issue.

TIP: 11a-9p Sunday through Thursday and open until 10pm Fridays and Saturdays, online ordering with curbside pick-up and ezcater available.

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


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Herringbone [8,] Las Vegas NV


King Crab Legs, Mexican White Prawns, Ahi Tuna Poke, Octopus Ceviche, Prime Sirloin

Stadium Nachos, Pico de Gallo, Jalapeno Peppers

Shrimp Cocktail – Mexican White Prawns, Sambal Cocktail Sauce

Boardwalk Fries – Old Bay, Malt Vinegar Aioli, Ketchup, Herbs

Lobster Roll – Maine Lobster, Lemon, Chives

Guacamole, Pico di Gallo, Tortilla Chips

100% Beef Hot Dog with Ketchup, Mexican Street Corn, Pork Ribs with Carolina BBQ Sauce

Grilled Pacu Ribs, Ahi Tuna Poke, Octopus Ceviche

Suckling Pig with Carolina BBQ Sauce, Potato Roll

Two Handed Burger – Applewood Smoked Bacon, Cheddar, Onion Jam, Aioli, Arugula

BBQ Wings – Carrots, Celery, Ranch Dressing

Having survived 37 years without attending a Superbowl party, at least two episodes of “The Big Game” missed entirely thanks to dining out while traveling, it was largely for the sake of experience that a couple of seats were booked on February 4th at Herringbone, a sold-out All You Can Eat event with no shortage of TVs showing one of the most exiting games in years to a mixed group of fans both indoors and out.