Carl’s Donuts, Las Vegas NV

Carl’s Donuts

Yeast Donut with Strawberry Glaze and Sprinkles

Maple Long John

Apple Fritter

Blueberry Muffin

Raspberry and White Chocolate Spiral

Chocolate Cake Donut with Chocolate Glaze

Brookie with Peanut Butter Chips

Home to a rapidly expanding population with some 40,000,000+ yearly visitors it stands to reason that hundreds of millions of folks have tasted Carl’s Donuts since 1966, yet it was not until early April that the supplier of untold numbers of Coffee Shops and Convenience Stores finally re-entered the retail arena with an expansive store on East Sunset.

Last available direct-to-consumer over two decades prior, various middle-men including everything from Casinos to spots like Grouchy John’s offering Carl Sanders’ Pastries in the intervening years, it is reportedly the granddaughter of Carl and wife Lynn who opted for the new concept focused on the “nostalgia of a classic Donut” that is neither trendy nor “over-the-top,” though everything from silver helium balloons to a “Donut wall” indicates Carl’s intention to target the Instagram crowd.

Officially addressed 3170 East Sunset Road as opposed to Carl’s Corporate offices at 6350 Sunset Corporate Drive, already an apparent issue as clerks report the Retail Shop receiving daily calls from would-be patrons unable locate them, it is tucked away near Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah that guests will find two cases of Treats plus several-hundred square feet of tables and empty space, the likelihood of either ever being filled seemingly optimistic considering the lack of foot traffic in the complex as well as longtime favorite Sunrise Coffee within shouting distance.

Living up to Sander’s promise of not trying to compete with the likes of Pink Box or Donut Bar in terms of novelty, the bulk of Carl’s Donuts simple Yeast Rings and Bars shiny with Glaze, it was with greetings from three youngsters that decisions were made amongst various well-priced products, a total of seven for just $11.84 more expensive than Krispy Kreme or Winchell’s but better than one will do at most locally owned Shops in Las Vegas or elsewhere.

Declining staff suggestions for a $4 Stumptown Cold Brew or Donut Wall “Selfie,” the weighty cardboard box instead taken elsewhere to taste, it was starting out with Homer Simpson’s favorite that Carl’s revealed its base to be a spongy mix with texture not dissimilar to what one might get at a Grocery Store, the Strawberry Glaze not as thick or Frosting-like as Dunkin while their Maple Longjohn fared similarly though a bit less sweet than what seems to be industry-standard in an era where Bacon is frequently added to such things.

Moving on to a Blueberry Muffin, its flavorless Berries and granulated Sugar topping an immediate turn-off when better can even be made at home via Betty Crocker, those seeking a good Fritter would better off pointing their GPS in any direction as Carl’s comes across greasy and dense with no perceivable Fruit, the list of better options including but not limited to CRAFTkitchen and Friendly in Henderson or ACE, Coco and Pink Box to the West.

Disappointed to this point, even modest expectations underwhelmed, it was finally by way of a flaky laminated spiral wrapped around White Chocolate Chips and Raspberry Jam that Carl’s finally provoked a smile even though the “Fruit” was anything but natural, the Double Chocolate Cake quickly returning to square one by being both dry and slightly bitter while a Brookie tucked amidst more classic Brownies proved far better by adding melted Peanut Butter Chips to an item that doesn’t exactly ‘fit’ Carl’s promise of nostalgia despite being an improvement in terms of satisfaction.

TWO STARS: Neither ‘artisan’ nor crafted to the small-er batch standards of other mom n’ pop Donut Shops around town it seems odd that Carl’s has opted to turn retail so long after other local brands have established themselves, and while the Donuts may be fine at a Casino Coffee Shop or Gas Station there is little reason for connoisseurs to visit…even the “nostalgia” aspect questionable given the modern décor compared to true classics like Ronald’s, Friendly, Sunshine or Real.

RECOMMENDED: Brookie with Peanut Butter Chips, Raspberry and White Chocolate Spiral.

AVOID: Blueberry Muffin, Apple Fritter, Chocolate Cake Donut with Chocolate Glaze.

TIP: 6a-2p daily.

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

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Restaurant Guy Savoy [4,] Las Vegas NV

Restaurant Guy Savoy

Iced Tea

Salt Cured Foie Gras and Brioche Sandwich

Beef Tartare Burger

Canapés – Fava Bean Tempura, Mushroom and its Duxelles, Celery Root

Beurre d’Échiré, Olive Oil, Fluer de Sel, Black Pepper

Sourdough, Black Olive Sourdough, Bacon, Classic Baguette, Multigrain Fennel Baguette, Pain de Campagne, Sweet Soft Roll, Rosemary Focaccia, Cherry Pecan, Whole Wheat Honey

Kusshi Oyster Concasse, Scallion, Lemon, Seaweed Granite

Dungeness Crab, Osetra Caviar, Spring Flavors of Avocado, Cucumber, Borage Flower, Sherry Vinaigrette, Chive Oil

Octopus in Cold Steam, Romesco, Black Garlic, Capers, Quinoa Croquetas

Turbot Roasted on the Bone, Baby Artichoke Barigoule, Baby Turnip, Carrot, Pearl Onion, Shimeji Mushrooms, Natural Jus

Seared Foie Gras and Unagi Napoleon, Granny Smith Extraction, Cider Gastrique, Crispy Tapioca, Duck Consommé

Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup, Parmesan, Toasted Mushroom Brioche, Black Truffle Butter

Spring Veal Cheek Timballe, Spaghetti, Toasted Hazelnuts, Fresh English Peas, English Pea Powder, Pea Puree, Garlic Puree, Sauce Supreme

Dry Aged Muscovy Duck Roasted on the Bone, Napoleon of Daikon and Foie Gras, Duck Farce Stuffed Blond Morel, Sauce Salmis

Dry Aged Duck Confit, Housemade Bao, Spring Vegetables

36 Month Comte, Pearl Onion, Comte Crostini, Buckwheat Crouton, Comte Mousse, Onion Broth

Harry’s Berries Strawberry, Olive Oil, Bee Pollen, Basil

74% Cocoa from The Dominican Republic Dark Chocolate Pie, Candied Bergamot, Chocolate Tuile, Bergamot Shavings

Mignardises – Madelines, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Green Tea Fingerprint Cookie, Lychee Gumdrop, White Chocolate Croquant, Sable Cookie, Blueberry Clafoutis, Rice Pudding, Crème Caramel, Chocolate Mousse, Jasmine Panna Cotta, Raspberry Cheesecake, Caramel Apple Cream Puff, Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart, Mango Tart, Strawberries and Cream Tart, Apple Sorbet, Coffee Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream

Earl Grey Sorbet, Black Pepper Cream

Pistachio and Raspberry Dragees

Promising Chef Julien Asseo that a return to Restaurant Guy Savoy would take place as soon as Duck was back on the menu it was immediately when Spring began that plans were made, a table for two in the Augustus Tower at Caesars’ Palace once again delivering the sort of experience meant to take diners away from the world outside for a few hours of style and sophistication.

Last visited six months prior, the bill of fare 75% overhauled in the interim with Savoy’s signatures now presented a la carte and Asseo’s interpretation of Modern French Cuisine offered by way of a $385 Prestige Tasting Menu, it was with warm greetings from General Manager Alain Alpe that guests were led to tables looking out onto Las Vegas Boulevard and Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the same team of servers in place and as professional yet personable as ever.

Always a model in making elegance seem effortless, the clean lines and pops of color paired to light notes of music and hushed tones, it was shortly after declining a Champagne toast that Menus were presented, the obvious choice a carte-blanche experience including several Prestige dishes plus the Duck and a few additional surprises.

Not a meal to be rushed, though several tables for the 5:30pm seating opted for just two courses en route to the Coliseum for Jerry Seinfeld, it was at a leisurely pace that others were treated to timeless bites of Foie Gras and Beef Tartare on Brioche before the meal officially began with Canapés, the earthy Celery Root cool and crisp while Tempura Bean Curd and a Mushroom stuffed with its own Duxelles doubled down on palate warming umami.

Unfolding over the course of three hours, several tableside presentations and Sauces allowing guests an opportunity to witness the amount of work that goes into making a world-class Restaurant tick, it was with a curl of Butter from Brittany and fragrant Olive Oil that a Bread Cart of ten choices made its first visit, the Loaves partially changed from prior and highlighted by Pain de Campagne, Olive-riddled Sourdough and Sweet Bread that eats akin to a Parker House Roll.

Working with the season and a list of Meats and Produce that escape the book-keepers overseeing most Las Vegas Restaurants, the presence of a Krug Room and $555 Forbes 5-Star Menu telling of Savoy’s legacy and typical clientele, it was in progression from light to heavy that the Prestige Menu began with a briny little Oyster chopped and topped with Seaweed Ice, the follow-up of Dungeness Crab and Cucumber beneath a sizable quenelle of Caviar quickly setting a high bar for everything else to follow as flavors both mild and intense were married by the mixture of Sherry Vinaigrette and Chive Oil.


Next using Cold Steam to perfume tender Tentacles, a dish seen prior slightly updated and just as attention grabbing as ever, the night’s Fish course soon arrived in the form of Turbot served atop roast Baby Vegetables and finished tableside with classic Barigoule Sauce, everything about the plate singing of Spring with the Turbot cooked tender yet flaky enough to be separated by only a fork.

Moving on to a pairing made famous by Martín Berasategui, the stack of Duck Liver and Eel given levity by two styles of Apple before being anchored by Duck Consommé, it just would not be proper to sit down at Guy Savoy without enjoying the famous Artichoke Soup, the fifth time still as worthwhile as the first while taste number one of Chef Asseo’s tender Veal Cheek carefully wrapped in Spaghetti dazzled not only in terms of presentation but the manner in which various Pea textures reminisced of Savoy’s own “Peas All Around.”

Onward then to “le pièce de résistance,” Julien’s Duck barely missed in September finally returned, it is in two services ‘for two’ that a rosy slice of aged Breast is served flanked by an enormous stuffed Morel plus another Napoleon featuring Foie Gras, the flavors intensely earthy and rich before guests are presented with an unlisted surprise of Confit and Offal tucked into housemade Bao and intended to be eaten by hand just like the tradition Peking version.

Opting for a composed Cheese course in place of the Cart, any excuse to eat mature Comte welcomed, it was after slowly savoring spoonfuls of “French Onion Soup” in its highest form that the night was turned over to Pastry Chef Sébastien Polycarpe, the first service of a new creation intended to recreate the experience of eating a Strawberry fresh from the vine achieving its goal admirably before the menu culminated in three layers of unsweetened Dark Chocolate enlivened by Bergamot.

Wrapping up with Mignardises and a visit to the Kitchen, an affable Asseo proudly giving credit to his entire team for everything that had just taken place, it was upon return to the table that palate cleansing Sorbet was offered along with the bill, a box of Pistachios coated in White Chocolate and Raspberry one last parting gift though those who’ve tasted it will likely still be thinking about Savoy’s classic Rice Pudding or Polycarpe’s Salted Chocolate-Caramel Tart.

FIVE STARS: While some may slight Las Vegas for its high volume Restaurants and Celebrity Chef landlords it is places like Guy Savoy that buck that trend and remain rarified regardless of how many places Gordon Ramsay opens, Chef Savoy no more involved here than he is in Paris but Asseo and Polycarpe continuing to turn out plates as beautiful and exciting as the Michelin 3* Flagship with service equally polished and gracious.

RECOMMENDED: Dungeness Crab, Seared Foie Gras and Unagi Napoleon, Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup, Spring Veal Cheek Timballe, Dry Aged Muscovy Duck, Strawberry, Salted Chocolate-Caramel Tart, Rice Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream


TIP: For those truly looking to up their game check out the website for cooking classes offered in the Guy Savoy Kitchen.

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

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Naked City Pizza Catering, Las Vegas NV

Naked City Pizza Catering

Caesar Salad – Romaine Lettuce, In-House Caesar Dressing, Parmigianino Reggiano, Hand Cut Croutons

Pizza Logs – Hand Rolled Egg Rolls, In-House Sausage, Mozzarella, Red Sauce

Jumbo Chicken Wings – Medium, Bleu, Ranch

Cheese Pizza – Mozzarella Cheese, Red Sauce

Naked City Pizza – Cup n’ Char Pepperoni, In-House Hot Italian Sausage, Roasted Sweet Peppers, White Onions, Green Olives, Red Sauce, Mozzarella

Chicken Finger Pizza – Chicken Fingers tossed in Hot Sauce, Blue Cheese Dressing, Mozzarella

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

Cannoli – Mascarpone, Confectioner’s Sugar

Monkey Logs – Hand Rolled Egg Rolls, Banana, Nutella, Chocolate Sauce, Confectioner’s Sugar

More a rant than a review, the outlandish amounts of cash that Pharmaceutical Companies spend to bend Physicians’ ears a sore subject for someone who has intentionally lived above the influence for nearly fifteen years, it was after implementing a whole new set of rules to restrict access that lunch was delivered by Christopher Palmeri on Friday, this one hour per week begrudgingly given at least filled with good Food.

Open since 1999 and the focus of over a dozen visits, everything from the original on Arville to Naked City Tavern and even Chef Palmeri’s menu for Bacon Bar the subject of discussion at some point in the last four years, it was finally in late April that Naked City Pizza Delivery was experienced in the form of catering for twenty, the results expectedly not *quite* as good as fresh from the oven, though not far off either.

No doubt a fan of the Restaurant with four current locations, Michael and Chris’ newest spot inside The El Cortez recently visited and soon to be enjoyed again for “Paula’s Supper Club” on May 1st, it was to a smorgasbord of favorites that staff was treated, Caesar Salad with Housemade Dressing proving a popular choice for those looking for something light while Wings tossed to Medium spiciness were called “the best I’ve ever tasted by one” and “not spicy enough” by others.

Wowing skeptics next with Pizza Logs, the listed Pepperoni replaced with housemade Fennel Sausage to great effect beneath a crisp and golden Shell, it was from four ‘half-sheets’ of Pizza that attendees were allowed to pick, the two orders of Cheese selected by the Rep to ‘be safe’ largely leftover as staff found Naked City’s DDD-famous Guinea Pie and Chicken Finger slices most enjoyable though the eponymous Pie with Onions and Roasted Peppers also proved popular for those who didn’t worry about their breath for the second half of the day.


Rounding out the afternoon with Palmeri’s best-in-Sin-City Cannolis, the normally filled-to-order shells holding up even better than Pizza Crust which has suffered just a touch of sog in transit, suffice it to say that all were more than satisfied by a lunch of good ingredients cooked by people who are putting their time, money and hard work on the line to do something they love…and if you happen to see a Social Media post suggesting Monkey Logs are available do not hesitate to place an order for them.

N/A: In a city of two million with over forty million visitors annually it is probably no surprise that independently owned businesses often take a backseat in terms of advertising, but when considering options for catering nothing is more disappointing than the number of dollars being funneled into spots like BJ’s, PF Chang’s or Café Rio – money that would much better support Las Vegas’ small businesses if people would just wake up and stop being so lazy.

RECOMMENDED: Pizza Logs, Guinea Pie, Chicken Finger Pie, Cannoli, Monkey Logs


TIP: Please see the website for Catering inquiries and don’t forget to support local whenever possible.

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

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Red Square Restaurant & Vodka Lounge, Las Vegas NV

Red Square Restaurant & Vodka Lounge

White Ruskie – Stoli Vanil Vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Frangelico, Marie Brizardd Chocolat Royal

KGB – Ketel One Vodka, Fresh Cucumber, Watermelon, Chili

Caviar Tasting – Buckwheat Blini, Trout Roe, Crème Fraiche, Chives / Potato Blini, Vodka Berry Sabayon, Crème Fraiche, Siberian Sturgeon Caviar / Potato Taco, Golden Osetra Caviar, Crème Fraiche, Chives

Russian Fingerlings – Tomato Chutney, Dill Sour Cream

Heritage Charcuterie – Beef and Pork from Troyanka, Berry Jam, Honey, Olives, Toasted Bread

Meatballs – Cabbage-wrapped, Roasted Tomato, Bulgarian Feta

Scallop – Lightly Cured, Buttermilk, Dill, Tarragon

Chop Salad – Tomato, Cucumber, Radish, Fennel, Housemade Russian Dressing

Vareniki – Wild Mushroom Dumplings, Stroganoff Sauce

Georgian Cheese Bread – Bulgarian Feta, Farmer’s Cheese, Farm Egg

Pelmmeni – Veal Dumplings, Tarragon, Dill, Lemon Butter

Pierogi – Potato and Cheese Dumplings, Chives, Crispy Onions

Salmon Kulebyaka – Mushroom, Spinach, Dill Butter, Puff Pastry

“Gorba” Chop – 14oz Berkshire Pork Chop, Carrot, Dill

Stroganoff – Braised Short Rib, Mushroom, Egg Noodle, Herbs

Brussels Sprouts – Bacon, Grain Mustard, Honey

Braised Red Cabbage – Apple, Caraway, Brown Sugar

Mushroom Julienne – Cheese, Cream

Double Espresso – Ice

Toffee Bread Pudding – Croissant, Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Toffee Sauce

Sweet Pierogies – Harry’s Berries Jam, Juniper, Cream, Brown Butter

Vatrushka – Sweet Bread, Quark, Orange, Almond

Formerly part of Light Group, a location next to the nightclub no accident, it was shortly after Red Square Restaurant & Vodka Lounge’s transfer to Hakkasan that Christian Concepcion took over fresh from Portofino, the young Chef with time at noma under his belt reinventing a boring Steakhouse menu into something rooted in the traditions of Eastern Europe that still remains modern and accessible.

Always something of an outlier in the Las Vegas culinary scene, its Vodka Lounge clearly an impetus to place a Restaurant themed on the former Soviet Union near Mandalay Bay’s primary entrance, guests will easily recognize Red Square as the Restaurant harboring a headless statue outside, the likeness of V.I. Lenin decapitated in 1999 amidst controversy but in the process creating another “Vegas” moment whereby visitors can don furs and do shots off the head in sub-zero temperatures.

Situated just off the Casino floor en route to a dining collection that remains one of Sin City’s best, Mandalay Bay’s numbers unfortunately still lagging some six months after the tragic events of October, it was shortly after checking in at the hostess stand that a table for six was readied beneath a sizable chandelier at room’s center, music as well as lights subdued with a red hue making the latter a challenge for amateur Food photographers.

Presenting a one-sheet bill of fare in print that may see older patrons pulling out lighted magnifiers, a much thicker list suggesting a collection of Wines, Cocktails and Spirits, it was abiding to the theme that drinks such as a Moscow Mule, KGB and White Ruskie were requested, each well crafted from top-shelf liquor but at the same time subject to “Strip pricing” at a base of $18.

Ordering broadly from various sections, a request for plates to be coursed out flanked by two surprises attempting to create a true ‘tasting menu’ experience, it was with a trio of Caviar bites that dinner began, housemade Blinis as well as a crispy Potato Chip offering delicate support for everything from Trout to Golden Osetra with each distinct, delicious and also available in traditional by-the-ounce service.

Allowing the kitchen to dictate the pace, a pre-theater surge dying down by eight o’clock allowing Chef Concepcion to spend time describing his extensive research in recreating the concept, it was to the benefit of two children that crunchy Fingerlings with dipping Sauces joined a collection of imported Charcuterie for round one, the chunky Pate of Pork and Beef amongst many highlights but Troyanka’s spin on Finochietta stealing the show with big notes of Paprika showing where Fennel often overwhelms.

Moving on to a collection of Starters and Salads, most surprisingly well portioned at prices that range $14-$16, it is not even in the simple Chop Salad that Concepcion goes low-effort as a pile of Vegetables is enlivened by housemade ‘pickled’ Vinaigrette, the use of Dill prominent but restrained just as it is with Scallop Crudo that even the Kids found enjoyable as their parents focused on what can best be described as “Grandma’s” Stuffed Cabbage without any Rice and superior quality ground Meat.

Happy to see a collection of Dumplings given their own headline, the lack of Chicken Paprikash forgivable even though it would seem better-suited as an entrée than Chicken under a Brick, the decision of where best to invest another $15-$17 comes down to one’s personal preferences though those dining as a group would be well-served to order all three, the Vareniki probably ‘safest’ as Christian’s Pasta making skills are exhibited in Mushroom Ravioli though the Pierogies should be prioritized by those familiar as they are as good as what one will find in the ‘ethnic’ shops of Pittsburgh or Cleveland.

Further impressed by Khachapuri, the Georgian boat of bubbling Cheese cooking an Egg added tableside into a gooey Fondue eaten like Pizza, it was by way of three Entrees and an equal number of sides that savories came to a conclusion, Escoffier’s model for Beef Wellington serving Salmon inside delicate Puff Pastry for just $29 while the Stroganoff and tongue-in-cheek “Gorba” Chop were both highlight reel dishes priced affordably for sharable portions, the former brightened by Carrots and Dill while the Bone-in Short Rib eats like Portofino’s Osso Bucco amidst springy Egg Noodles.

Slowing down at this point, Brussels Sprouts gone and only a few spoonfuls of sweet Cabbage or Mushrooms n’ Cheese remaining, it was with palates cleansed by Coffee that three Desserts were offered, this part of the experience still “a work in progress” according to Chef Concepcion and only the buttery Bread Pudding currently on the menu, though with any luck the flaky Pastry filled with fresh Cheese, Fruit and Nuts as well as pan-seared Dumplings full of Juniper-perfumed Berries will be quick to join it.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Swiftly modernizing a nearly twenty year old space, the “Russianesque” Steakhouse menu replaced by dishes that often taste like those from an Eastern European Grandmother’s kitchen, much credit is due to Chef Concepcion and his team for doing the research and getting this one right…now if only MGM’s marketing gurus will work as diligently to make sure everyone is paying attention to both Red Square and the rest of Mandalay Bay’s wonderful offerings.

RECOMMENDED: Heritage Charcuterie, Meatballls, Vareniki, Pierogi, Gorba Chop, Stroganoff, Brussels Sprouts, Bread Pudding, Off Menu Desserts if/when they become available.

AVOID: Alcohol is expectedly spendy and Mushrooms Julienne were a bit too briny for many, Desserts not served due to being too “American” are left to other’s opinions.

TIP: Open 4:00p to 11:00p daily with Dinner Service starting at 5:00pm and Happy Hour in the Lounge from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Check Groupon for occasional discounts.

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

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The Kitchen at Atomic [2,] Las Vegas NV

The Kitchen at Atomic

Modern Times Cold Brew

Not Your Average Joe – Stout Casked Whiskey, Modern Times Cold Brew, Anise, Milk, Coconut

Hot Smoked Trout – Chives, Lemon, Toast, Gooseberries

English Pea Hash – Mint, Lemon Zest on Grilled Toast

Fries – Saffron Aioli, Ketchup

Beefy Monkey Bread – Honey Glazed Biscuits, Caul Fat, Shaved Cured Beef

Roasted Baby Potatoes – Sea Salt, Herbs

Seared Pork Belly – Coffee, Orange Zest

Higuera St. Breakfast Burrito – Scrambled Egg, Cheese, Tri-Tip, Salsa, Potato, Sour Cream

White Creamed Grits – Garlic, Cream

Eggs Poached in Tomatoes – Farm Eggs, Tomato, Chickpeas, Cilantro, Toast

D.K. Chicken Fried Steak – Chicken Fried Steak, Gravy, Two Eggs, Toast

Whiskey Bread Pudding – Bourbon Barrel Syrup, Strawberries, Honey Whipped Cream

When Justin Kingsley Hall took over The Kitchen at Atomic it was almost certain that Downtown Las Vegas was about to receive another great Restaurant and having already been impressed by Dinner service it was together with three others that Brunch was sat down to on Saturday, Chef Hall’s various former homes inspiring a menu that lacks for neither quality nor creativity.

Opening the garage door looking onto East Fremont widely, Las Vegas’ early-Spring as well suited for al fresco enjoyment as Sin City always is for day drinking, it was seated in a rounded leather booth that guests were greeted by a server named Cameron, the menu as yet difficult to find online tempting with sections labeled Small Plates, Sides, Entrees and Seafood Shenanigans.

Restricted to folks 21-and-older, an understandable limitation not uncommon in Sin City, it was as the likes of Led Zeppelin played at low volume from speakers overhead that Brunch began with a slow roll-out of plates, the first of two $4 orders of Fries crisp and delicious whether with Ketchup or aromatic Saffron Aioli alongside deboned Smoked Trout and Vegetarian Hash that offer plenty of temptation themselves, the former simply allowing excellent Fish to shine while diced Spuds enlivened by Peas and Citrus provide an inspired alternative for those who’ve had enough of Avocado Toast.

Nowhere near as busy by day as in the evening, a combination of factors including Atomic Liquor’s storied history as a late-night favorite likely at play, it is on the Menu’s backside that diners will find a handful of Cocktails created to compliment the full Bar and whether one opts for a Mimosa, Bloody or the Cold Brew-based “Not Your Average Joe” they can rest assure that the price is right as ingredients are as carefully selected as those that make up the Cuisine.

Smartly making familiar plates his own without abandoning the original concepts, Hall’s side of “Bacon” in reality thick slices of Pork Belly cured on-site with Coffee and Orange, those seeking a dish that truly stands out would be well advised to request at least one order of “Beefy Monkey Bread” featuring three caramelized Rolls presented sticky beneath Bresaola, though the meatless contingent is certainly not forgotten whether one selects the daily Urban Seed Salad, fragrant Baby Potatoes or Atomic’s take on Shakshuka that adds Chickpeas for texture amidst spicy Tomato Sauce and poached Eggs.

Allowing plenty of time to linger over Coffee and conversation, the large space and high ceilings offering a far less frenetic feel than eat or Carson Kitchen, those with more robust appetites will be pleased to know The Kitchen at Atomic does not hold back when it comes to plates labeled as Entrees, the Burrito named after a Street in Hall’s hometown of San Luis Obispo easily enough to feed two from its assortment of Eggs, Cheese, Potatoes and Beef while Chicken Fried Steak reportedly dedicated to Other Mama’s Dan Krohmer sees 10oz of Grass-fed Beef from Tasmania flattened and exquisitely tender alongside two Farm Eggs and Toast for just $21.

Never one to pass on Grits, the Southern staple here whipped thick with Cream and Garlic, those looking to end things on a high note will be happy to learn that the SLO-boy’s famous Whiskey Bread Pudding also makes an appearance at Brunch, here ditching the Cardamom and skillet in favor of a French Toast preparation completed by Barrel aged Maple Syrup and lightly sweetened Cream.

FIVE STARS: Well-culled but offering plenty of options to suit a variety of appetites The Kitchen at Atomic immediately becomes the weekend’s best reason to be in DTLV for Brunch unless one is below the legal drinking limit.

RECOMMENDED: Beefy Monkey Bread, English Pea Hash, Hot Smoked Trout, D.K. Chicken Fried Steak, Whiskey Bread Pudding.

AVOID: Cans of Cold Brew for $6 are a bit steep, though the blend is very smooth.

TIP: Brunch Menu offered Saturday and Sunday from 10:00a-2:30p with Dinner service Thursday through Saturday 5pm to 2am, Sunday and Wednesday 5pm till midnight. Be aware online menus, especially those seen on sites like Yelp or Foursquare, may not be representative of current availability.

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

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Bomb Tacos (Durango,) Las Vegas NV

Bomb Tacos

Horchata with Toasted Rice

Chips – Salsa Verde, Salsa Rojo, Guacamole

Carne Asada Tacos – Onions, Cilantro, Guajillo Sauce, Guacamole

Al Pastore Tacos – Onions, Cilantro, Pineapple, Guajillo Sauce, Guacamole

Wet Carnitas Burrito – Rice, Beans, 3 Quesos, Tomatillo, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Guacamole

Shrimp Tacos – Creamy Cilantro Chile Sauce, Cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Cheese

Crispy Beef Brisket Tacos – Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Cotija Cheese, Guajillo Sauce

Carne Asada Curly Fries – Tomatillo, 3 Quesos, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Guacamole

Crispy Potato Taco – Lettuce, Guajillo Sauce, Cotija Cheese, Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole

Mushroom Taco – Onion, Cilantro, Cotija Cheese, Guajillo Sauce, Guacamole

Shrimp Diablo Taco – Cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Habanero Sauce

Bistro Taco – Onions, Cilantro, Guajillo Sauce, Guacamole, Fried Egg

Chorizo Taco – Onions, Cilantro, Guajillo Sauce, Guacamole

In a city where Tacos can be found up and down several roads east of Las Vegas Boulevard, not to mention on any number of 24/7 Bar menus for prices that frequently exceed ingredient quality, it was not until news broke of Robert Solano’s Bomb Tacos opening a second location downtown that the decision to visit his Westside original became pressing, a stop late Friday finding the Chef and his team turning out the sort of Meats and Sauces rarely seen Stateside at prices so affordable.

Open now for just over a year on South Durango across from Desert Breeze Park, a location invisible driving South and hidden going North further handicapped by a subpar website and lack of Facebook Geo-tagging, it is likely surprising to most that Bomb Tacos has actually been around so long in the Plaza also harboring Other Mama and TC’s Rib Crib, the simple signage probably not helping matters though those lucky enough to step inside will invariably be rewarded.

No stranger to the local dining scene, Solano’s involvement in Mundo at World Market Center probably his most well-known role despite time previously spent at Michelin-starred Topolobampo in Chicago, guests entering Bomb Tacos will quickly find themselves thrust into a space full of hand-built furniture where Spanish tunes play loudly, the menu scrawled in Chalk to one side with additional items including Vegetarian options as well as Beverages also available.

Operating out of a tiny kitchen with no walk-in, the product assuredly fresh and Sauces made “at least once” daily as told by the affable owner, it is after assessing the options that diners are invited to make their requests at a window where money is exchanged, a brief wait of no more than ten minutes to follow with some items coming out quicker than others, though those desiring things to be ‘coursed out’ should make it known when placing their order.

At this time a more full-service space than the one on Carson in DTLV, housemade Jamaica and Horchata for which Solano toasts his Rice to create a complex and nutty finish complimenting a collection of Mexican Sodas, it is wise for any who enjoy Chips and Salsa to begin with a basket additionally carrying made-to-order Guacamole for just $6, the fresh Chips a nice touch even though Tortillas are not made on-site while the dark Red Dip eschews heat in favor of smokiness.

Looking next at the Restaurant’s eponymous item, a variety of braised or fried Meats and Vegetables offered beneath fresh toppings including Solano’s signature Guajillo Pepper Sauce, it is no mistake that Bomb Taco’s best-seller is the Carne Asada listed atop the menu for just $2.25, the cheapest item intended as a hook and barely making its money back considering the tender Sirloin’s quality while thinly shaved Al Pastor is also a worthy contender for stomach space given its poignant aromatics that are carefully balanced with cubed Pineapple.

Further impressing with Fried Shrimp set-up against Purple Cabbage, the use of Cilantro Dressing instead of Peppers allowing Crustaceans to shine while those looking for a real punch in the mouth may instead upgrade to “Diablo” by way of Housemade Habanero Sauce, it is briefly stepping away from Tacos that guests will find Nachos, Burritos and Carne Asada Fries, the latter as messy as it is delicious with enough crispy coils and Beef to feed a group while the Tomatillo Salsa-soaked Flour Tortilla stuffed with Beans, Rice, Meat and Cheese should also be shared by all but those who are almost starving.

Capping individual Taco costs at $5, both the aforementioned Shrimp Diablo and “Bistro” version with Beef beneath fried Eggs still a good value as priced, a hidden gem on the menu is Solano’s double-coooked Chorizo that comes as a sliced Link rather than ground and dry like so many others, the intrinsic heat used as an accent rather than overwhelming everything else and arguably the most delicious item available.

Not forgetting those with dietary exclusions, Corn and Flour Tortillas interchangeable, it is with a nod to Vegetarians as well as Vegans that Bomb Tacos additionally offers three Meat-free options including earthy Mushrooms cooked snappy as well as diced Potatoes that mimic the texture of Ground Beef with lots of Seasoning, though those not harboring such restrictions should probably consider the juicy Beef Brisket on a light and crunchy Shell instead.

FOUR STARS: Truly a hard scene to differentiate oneself in, the competition abundant and prices highly variable from Strip to Suburbs, there is no doubt that Bomb Tacos is amongst the West Side’s best in terms of authenticity, quality and price – the too loud for comfort music, lack of Dessert or Beer and poor visibility (both online and from the street) notwithstanding.

RECOMMENDED: Horchata, Chorizo Taco, Mushroom Taco, Crispy Beef Brisket Taco, Carne Asada Curly Fries.

AVOID: The Potato Taco serves its purpose but is certainly not for everyone and the lack of a liquor license may also turn some off, though Beer is available at the location downtown.

TIP: Daily specials are occasionally offered on Social Media, Solano’s Octopus Taco said to be very impressive and a Lobster Taco apparently “coming soon” also something to be on the lookout for.

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

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Cookies by Design, Las Vegas NV

Cookies by Design

Red Velvet with White Chocolate Chips

Oatmeal Raisin

Chocolate Chip

Chocolate Decadent

Chocolate Chip with Pecans

Suffice it to say that “Cookie Bouquets” were an unknown entity before a pharmaceutical representative entered the clinic porting several branded Sugar Cookies on sticks and although none were tried from that batch a decision was made to stop in, the fact that “Cookies by Design” is a nationwide chain also new information though it seems they’ve been in business for over three decades.

Described as “The original Cookie Bouquet Company” with both italics and ® added to the tagline, the fact that there are others not all that shocking in an era of “edible arrangements,” the reason many have probably not seen the Las Vegas franchise is it’s tucked away location in the back corner of a strip mall on Decatur, the signage not exactly eye catching and the woman running the shop not particularly pleasant, either.

Not currently in the market for Food-flowers, though a call made earlier that day confirmed individual Cookies are available, it was around 4:00pm that the store was entered and although only one man who appeared to be some sort of delivery guy was present it immediately felt like ‘business’ was disrupted – a curt “Can I help you?” answered by a request for “one each” of eight choices from a glass case though it turned out only five were available, the ones on display apparently not actual inventory but examples of what is kept in back.

Admittedly offering some cute ideas, the decorated Sugar Cookies embracing pop culture by way of Emojis, Unicorns and Build-a-Bear shapes, it was instead five flavors not that different from what one might find at CREAM or Sweet Addictions were selected at $1.50 each, first bites of Chocolate Chip and subsequently one with Pecans showing consistency from edge to middle that does not change and thus making one question ingredient quality as such a thing is pretty difficult to accomplish with just Butter, Flour, Eggs and Sugar.

Expectedly sweet, the fact that every grocery store and national brand of packaged Dessert has decided to eschew nuance in favor of Sugar and shelf-life part of the reason a truly good Cookie is hard to find outside of mom n’ pop bakeries or family recipes, those looking for the best of what Cookies by Design has to offer should probably consider one called “Chocolate Decadence,” the plethora of Cocoa Powder at least helping to rein things in whereas both Red Velvet and Oatmeal Raisin are probably equally mundane at half the price from Costco or Albertsons.

ONE AND A HALF STARS: Perhaps an acceptable option for someone ill in the hospital, a small child or ‘corporate gifting’ that will invariably end up in the dumpster the only real thing Cookies by Design has going for it is convenience and branding, neither of which should be motivating factors if one really wants to deliver a memorable present.

RECOMMENDED: Chocolate Decadence.

AVOID: Red Velvet, Oatmeal Raisin.

TIP: Each Cookies by Design is independently owned so perhaps other locations fare better.

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

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Send Noodles, Las Vegas NV

Send Noodles

Thai Tea

Tempura Green Beans – Spicy Aioli, Unagi Sauce, Togarashi, Toasted Almonds

Gyoza – Pork, Shrimp, Ginger, Cilantro

Bang Bang Broccoli – Crispy Broccoli, TRUFF Aioli, Scallions

Okonomiyaki Pancake – Cabbage, Scallions, Mountain Yam, Kewpie Mayo, Bonito, Nori

Crispy Chicken Bao – Cucumber, Daikon, Sweet Chili, Jalapeno, Cilantro

Singapore Noodles – Shrimp, BBQ Pork, Curry, Vermicelli Noodles, Onion, Scallions

Dan Dan Mein – Ground Pork, Tofu, Cucumber, Shiitake Mushroom, Peanuts

Ramen Mac-n-Cheese – Ramen Noodles, Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Cream Cheese, Spicy Rice Cracker

Mango Sticky Rice – Sweet Coconut Cream, Rice, Sesame, Mango

Sesame Balls – Adzuki Beans, Glutinous Rice, Sesame Seeds

Nutella Honey Toast – Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, Honey, Nutella, Strawberries

So far making up for the closure of Alize with an impressive makeover of their 24-hour Café and Buffet it was alongside six others that a seat was taken at Send Noodles inside The Palms on Saturday, ages from Children to a Senior Citizen represented including a Chef and Assistant General Manager from elsewhere with all coming away a bit confused by what turned out to be a hit n’ miss meal.

Created by Station Casinos under the direction of Joseph Kudrak and Francis Mo, the former’s oversight a big part of A.Y.C.E. and Lucky Penny’s success with the latter operating as the Noodle Bar’s top toque, Send Noodles is described as featuring “a robust menu with influences from Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, Japanese, Korean, and Thai cuisines as well as creative takes on American and Italian classics using Asian ingredients” and although no menu is yet posted online the concept proves true to its word with seating inside for perhaps fifty at most.

Open now for just four weeks on the north edge of The Buffet, its narrow profile and sparkling-clean bar catching eyes behind neon signage and a hostess podium, it was shortly after getting settled in that beverages including $28 Sake and $6 Thai Tea from a Can were served in addition to Water, Chef Mo stopping by with an associate to say hello and then turning the night over to servers unafraid to upsell more expensive items like Duck and Lobster but otherwise sufficient in their role.

A bit busy to begin but settling down by 7:30pm, an order placed in three rounds coursed out as anticipated save for one forgotten item that was brushed away with excuses rather than an apology, it was while chatting that dinner got started with crave-worthy fried Green Beans topped in Eel Sauce and bright spices while flavorless Gyoza identical to those at Lucky Penny disappointed for $10, the $12 “Bang Bang Broccoli” next proving to be the night’s most polarizing selection as some found the heavily truffled Hot Sauce off-putting while others felt it worked well in the plate’s context.

Intentionally inauthentic but occasionally sticking to tradition, the Japanese Pancake as fluffy and funky as expected beneath dancing Bonito, those looking for excellent Bao would be well-advised to check out crispy Chicken painted in fermented Chili and dressed in crunchy Vegetables while rumor has it the Beef Cheek version is less than stellar, one youth refusing to eat anything but the steamed Bun and his father confirming the Beef was too sweet and unpleasantly textured.

Moving onward to Noodles, a bowl of house Ramen and Mapo Tofu fulfilling the needs of a Gluten-free member of the table, it was in the opinion of one that Singapore-style Vermicelli could have used a bit more Curry that others found fault in overcooked Shrimp, the Dan Dan Mein on the other hand performing very well and appropriately spicy while $11 “Ramen Mac-n-Cheese” was sticky, rich and full of textures that were appealing to all.

Rounding out the evening with Desserts, all three from Send Noodles menu served in double portions, suffice it to say that fans of Adzuki Bean Paste will happily devour Sesame Balls featuring a crispy exterior and almost no oiliness while no one particularly enjoyed Mango Sticky Rice that was thick, pasty and nearly devoid of sweetness, the exact opposite situation as found in $10 Nutella Honey Toast that is every bit as delicious as it sounds but definitely best shared by two or more.

THREE STARS: Certainly not mailing it in with a menu of high aspirations and prices far lower than on-Strip competition it seems as though Send Noodles still needs time to dial in their recipes before being fully recommendable, though those selecting carefully and dining with a group can easily sample a lot of good stuff without spending more than $30-40.

RECOMMENDED: Ramen Mac-n-Cheese, Crispy Chicken Bao, Tempura Green Beans, Dan Dan Mein, Sesame Balls.

AVOID: Gyoza, Beef Cheek Bao, Mango Sticky Rice, Canned Thai Tea.

TIP: Open 11a-11p daily.

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

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