Rosallie [18,] Las Vegas NV

Rosallie ‘Le French Cafe’

Madeline

Butter Croissant

Apricot Tarte

Almond Raspberry Croissant

Apple Croustade

Almond Croissant

Fruit Danish with Pastry Cream

Cheese Danish

Almond Pear Pie

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie

Raspberry Linzer Tarte

Brioche French Toast, Strawberry Jam, Whipped Cream, Pure Maple Syrup

Already visited once in October to taste the new Pumpkin Tarte it was early Friday that another stop was made at Rosallie, Jonathan Pluvinet’s recent visit bringing gifts in addition to new ideas counting one that has been making waves at Le French Café’s Florida location and should be doing the same here shortly.

Now firmly entrenched in Autumn, the friendly former 7-Eleven on South Rainbow all decked out in leaves and Pumpkins, it was immediately as doors opened that Manager Christophe was found putting the finishing touches on an office pre-order, some twenty mixed items including several old favorites plus a few new Pastries and one very special addition in a plastic to-go container.

Taking just a ten minute ride to the office, several selections still warming white cardboard and perfuming the car with smells of Butter and Yeast, it was after placing much of the order in a communal area that sampling got started, all three Croissants remaining uncontested in the 702 while two Fruit-topped Danishes not tasted in a while rained shards of lamination on first bite before yielding their creamy contents.

Later tasting some remaining items after lunch, the Raspberry Linzer on a flawless Butter Shell and softened Pears amidst ground Almonds now joined by a seasonal Apricot Tarte that is sweet yet appropriately tangy, it was actually the lightly charred Apple Croustade that on this visit impressed most of all, the all-natural filling more than welcomed in comparison to “filling” offered elsewhere while a new Brownie topped in dueling Cream Cheese and Chocolate Mousse was also quite delicious.

Circling back to the beginning now, the fact that Jon once worked at Wynn where he met Christophe unbeknownst to many, it is from a recipe developed during the Manager’s time at Aria that Rosallie Las Vegas now proudly offers French Toast, the same impressive Loaf served at Jean Georges Steakhouse here sliced and soaked in Custard before baking and topped with a choice of toppings including Caramel, Chocolate or housemade Strawberry Preserves that go great with freshly Whipped Cream and Pure Maple Syrup.

FIVE STARS: Truly a case of the best only getting better, recent visits to the corner of Rainbow Boulevard and Patrick Lane finding the Café doing steady business with many patrons happily lingering over Coffee, Jonathan and Christophe have now added yet another reason to become a regular and unlike all the “designer Toast” spots that have cropped up on the West Side recently Rosallie actually has the pride to bake their own Bread.

RECOMMENDED: French Toast, Almond Croissant, Almond Raspberry Croissant, Apple Croustade, Apricot Tarte, Cheese Danish, Almond Pear Pie, Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie.

AVOID: Removing Stems from the Strawberries on top the Cheese Danish can be a messy proposition on the go.

TIP: Open 7a-6p Daily and getting ready to begin taking pre-orders for Holiday Cookies, Pies and Bûche de Noël. Follow @rosallielefrenchcafe on Social Media for specials at both locations.

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

www.rosallie.com

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Ghost Donkey, Las Vegas NV

Ghost Donkey

Mezcal Supernova – Sombra Mezcal, Cinnamon, Blue Corn Syrup, Lime Cordial, Egg White

Stealth Margarita – Cazadores Blanco, St. Germain, Cucumber, Lime, Chili

Carrot Nachos – Carrot “Chili”, Carrot Habanero Hot Sauce, Mezcal Pickled Carrots, Cilantro

Chorizo and Tripe Nachos – Chorizo and Tripe Stew, Pickled Red Onions, Radish

Special Wild Mushroom Nachos – Huitlacoche, Cotija, Poblano Salsa, Shaved White Truffle

Heating up New York nightlife since late 2016 it was one month after the rest of Block 16 Urban Food Hall opened that Las Vegas finally caught a glimpse of Ghost Donkey, its discreet location not dissimilar to Secret Pizza creating an ‘in the know’ feel likely to appeal to club kids, though unlike the original in NoHo this spot does not yet require model-good looks or a lengthy wait to get in.

Built on a backbone of Mezcal and Tequila, low lights and loud music above the small bar and plush seating complete with pillows, it is by way of what appears to be a stairwell that guests access Ghost Donkey and once eyes adjust the scene that unfolds is quite dramatic while service is paradoxically fairly low key and pleasant.

Offering some fifteen Mixed Drinks plus just under one hundred Shots by the ounce, prices from $14 to $16 for hand-crafted Cocktails on par for The Cosmopolitan, it was opting for one Mezcal and one Tequila-based Beverage that both proved impressive, the smoky Supernova something like a Pisco Sour thanks to Citrus and foam while the Margarita was herbal, refreshing and smoother.

Scaling back on Food offerings from Ghost Donkey on Bleecker Street, only five styles of Nachos plus a bowl of Chips and Guacamole felt necessary considering the bevy of Block 16 choices outside, it was opting first for a Vegan version plus the impressively funky Chorizo and Tripe Nachos that bites were sampled, thick housemade Chips holding up well in either case while which was “best” came down to personal preference though all agreed Vegetarian Chili has never been so bold and Mezcal Pickled Carrots definitely need to become a “thing.”

At this point approaching 9:00pm with Marquee’s queue beginning to grow, a sudden influx of well-dressed guests suddenly packing the bar two deep, it was despite losing the server and thus further Drinks that attention instead focused squarely on something truly special, a blend of Mushrooms including tender King Trumpets fortified by Corn Smut and showered in freshly shaved White Truffles from Alba.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Although top-shelf Tequila is easily found throughout Las Vegas with Mezcal becoming more common there are few places in Sin City quite so focused on a singular vision as Ghost Donkey, and whether one is interested in Cocktails or tasting a flight of Shots along with some seriously delicious Nachos the best bet seems to be visiting early before Cosmo’s cool kids catch on and there isn’t a seat to be had.

RECOMMENDED: Mezcal Supernova, Carrot Nachos, Wild Mushroom Nachos.

AVOID: With just one server working the room those looking for more Drinks or to cash out during busy times should stay close to the bar instead of more comfortable couches.

TIP: Open 4p-midnight Sunday through Thursday and till 4am on Friday and Saturday.

BONUS TIP: There are expectedly no Desserts at Ghost Donkey, but District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. is open just as late every night with new flavors such as Lemon Meringue and Candy Bar dropping each week.

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

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Pok Pok Wing, Las Vegas NV

Pok Pok Wing

Pok Pok Wing Special – Hot Ike’s Wings, Papaya Salad, Sticky Rice

The Pok Pok Dog – Deep-fried Chicken Dog, Wing Caramel, Pickled Vegetables, Fried Garlic, Sri Rancha

Ju Pa Bao – Macanese Style Bun, Bone-in Pork Loin fried in Pork Fat

Now given a month to gather its bearings a return to of Block 16 Urban Food Hall on Saturday once again showed the spot to be humming, Ghost Donkey’s recent opening completing a six piece puzzle but the night starting off at Pok Pok Wing where John Courtney and The Cosmopolitan’s culinary team are serving a menu full of big flavors and great value.

Located on Block 16’s left side and based on Chef Andy Ricker’s fifteen year old Restaurant in Portland, expansion to New York as well as Los Angeles unsuccessful despite mass and critical acclaim, Pok Pok Wing opts to bring a more limited version of the menu built on “Ike’s Wings” to the Las Vegas Strip and with prices ranging from $3 to $16 the only real question to ask is whether Food lives up to the original.

Offered counter-style in the same manner as everything else in the Food Hall, minor discrepancies between paper and hanging menu prices finding the Pok Pok Dog to be $5 instead of $9, it was beginning with this plus unadorned Ju Pa Bao that dining began, the Chicken Sausage dipped in hot Oil coming out crisp and juicy amidst balanced condiments while the Bone-in Pork with a big warning sticker is the picture of melt-in-mouth succulence stuffed into a sweet and fluffy Bun.

A bit less dialed in on service that other parts of Block 16, a prior couple apparently given the wrong order while a “Pok Pok Wing Special” arrived with no Sticky Rice until requested, suffice it to say that setting aside those issues the $12 combo featuring four Wings, Papaya Salad and a bag of rice is every bit as good as memory recalls from PDX, the fabled Fish Sauce Wings crunchy and sweet with a great Garlic top note while Palm Sugar and Dried Shrimp offer balance to shredded Fruit packing the punch of Thai Chilis.

FOUR STARS: Not quite “there” yet in terms of service, a month-long overhead menu error and forgotten items not affecting Food but rather the experience, Pok Pok Wing nonetheless offers great value on the dollar even when compared to off-Strip Street Food spots and if Cosmo’s cracked PR Team can find a way to sell that idea this could be Ricker’s first real success outside PDX.

RECOMMENDED: Pok Pok Wing Special, Ju Pa Bao…and apparently checking your order before leaving the counter.

AVOID: Unless one is extremely intolerant to spice the Ike’s Wings should be ordered Hot, not mild.

TIP: Open 11a-midnight Sunday through Thursday and till 4am on Friday and Saturday.

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Metro Pizza on Sky Pointe [7,] Las Vegas NV

Metro Pizza

Garlic Knots, House Marinara

86th Street Square Pie, Pepperoni

Brats, tots & THOTS – Bratwurst, Muenster, Sauerkraut, “Everything” Tots, Caraway Crust w/ a side of Beer Mustard

18-hour Pan Risen Detroit Style Pizza, Fresh Mozzarella, Meatballs

Coconut Gelato, Pumpkin Pie Gelato

Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing, Caramel, Whipped Cream

Red Velvet Cheesecake

At some point every claim must be tested and recently John Arena showed The Bronx why Metro Pizza’s Sicilian is beloved by in-the-know Las Vegans, a strong showing at The New York Pizza Festival paired with Chris Decker’s Bronze at The Caputo Cup further cementing the pair as world-class talents and prompting yet another visit to their home base on Sky Pointe Drive.

Always a personal favorite and much better with friends, the recent addition of extra Televisions showing everything from Playoff Baseball to The Golden Knights and College Football, it was shortly after seating that a familiar waitress stopped by, the filling of Beverages followed by Garlic Knots with everything else deferred to John and Chris who were both in typically good spirits.

Dining as a party of five including two Children, one who is reportedly not a Pizza “fan” nonetheless willing to try two of three Pies presented, it was with a version of the “86th Street Square” treated to a lengthier fermentation that things got started, each slice perhaps 1/3 the weight it looks and baked golden with more Herbs detectable than in the past plus a lingering nuttiness present amongst the Cheese.

Next presented one of Decker’s seasonal inspirations, a crisp Caraway Crust topped in seasoned Potatoes, Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, it was eschewing Mustard that buttery Muenster was left to meld a German bounty, all but one slice consumed and that was only due to the arrival of an all-corners Detroit Style masterpiece topped with wet Mozzarella and Meatballs plus extra Parmigiano-Reggiano packed into the Crust.

Sated but never too stuffed for Dessert, October’s Pumpkin Pie Gelato nearly on par with Metro’s top quality Coconut, it was with many spoons that bites slowly disappeared thanks in large part to the kids while adults focused their attention on creamy Red Velvet Cheesecake plus Metro’s best selling Carrot Cake whose moist layers would undoubtedly perform admirably at Schenectady New York’s annual Festival celebrating the orange Vegetable.

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 has been impressive for over two years and only gets better with each visit. Order it and consider anything else offered as a special from @everythingbutanchovies Social Media feed as well.

AVOID: The Detroit-Style remains off-menu, but with advanced notice Metro just might be able to make it happen.

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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Marché Bacchus [2,] Las Vegas NV

Marché Bacchus

Bread – Whipped Butter

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut

Charred Octopus – Chickpeas, Roasted Bell Pepper, Nicoise Olives, Pea Shoots, Cherry Tomatoes, Lemon

Sauternes

Hudson Valley Foie Gras – Huckleberry Jam, Toasted Brioche, Pistachio

2015 Chavy-Chouet Puligny Montrachet les Enseigneres

Lobster Cavatelli – Housemade Cavatelli, Maine Lobster, Mushrooms, Peas, Lemon Cream

2014 Chateau de la Gardine

Pan Roasted Duck Breast – Warm Farro Salad, Sauteed Kale, Beets, Walnuts, Apple, Cherry Reduction

“The Great” Alexander – Hennessey VSOP Cognac, Crème de Cacao, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Pistachio Rim

Cucumber St. Germain Martini – The Botanist Gin, St. Germain, Lemon, Fresh Cucumber, Splash of Tonic

Frozen Limoncello Souffle – Raspberries, Whipped Cream

Bread Pudding – Golden Raisin Brioche, Toffee Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream

Mascarpone Cheesecake – Graham Cracker Crust, Blackberry Puree

Coffee

Last visited before moving to Las Vegas, a lunch from David Middleton alongside Lake Jacqueline limited but performing well enough that five years between Meals was undoubtedly too long, it was as a party of two that dinner was enjoyed at Marché Bacchus last Friday, Chef Amanda Hamilton now top toque and showing good skills across five courses.

Still tucked away north of Summerlin Parkway, the seclusion and scenery “un-Vegas” in all the right ways, those returning to Marche’ Bacchus will likely notice a difference in the Restaurant’s façade thanks to an incident involving a runaway truck last February, owners Rhonda and Jeff Wyatt using the “opportunity” to expand the Restaurant’s Bar program which now adds top-shelf Liquor and Cocktails to the well-regarded Wine shop.

Popular amongst oenophiles and well-heeled locals, the serenity of Ducks paddling by on the water enhanced by live music from a lone man and his guitar, it was after brief perusal of the menu that a shared tasting was requested, service from a professional young man outperforming many Strip Restaurants even as an aged quartet loudly proclaiming their love for “Foy Grasss” occupied much of his time throughout the evening.

Seated in an elevated corner with some privacy, October’s cooler temperatures perfect for dinner outdoors, it was with greetings from General Manager Angelo Reyes that Champagne started the evening, a warm basket of Bread buying time until the arrival of lightly charred Octopus that was a bit over-tenderized but otherwise enjoyable amongst Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Peppers and Olives.

Next offered a glass of Sauternes, the label not disclosed but sweetness and viscosity indicating it to be fairly young, it was in a classic pairing that Chef Hamilton presented seared Foie Gras atop Toast, a price comparable to the major Casinos justified by both portion and its presentation with Huckleberries and cracked Nuts.

Transitioning to White, a crisp Burgundy nicely matched to housemade Pasta that unfortunately sees Lobster get a little lost amidst fragrant Mushrooms and Citrus, it was by request that Duck was served next, the pan-seared skin and rosy flesh thankfully allowed to express their natural flavors which went well bite-for-bite with a complex Farro Salad and sips from Côtes du Rhône.

Opting for Cocktails over Port to finish, a mixologist behind the illuminated Abalone Shell Bar producing one fresh Martini and a truly indulgent Brandy Alexander, suffice it to say that saving room for Dessert at Marche’ Bacchus is highly recommended as both the new Limoncello Souffle and Cheesecake are light and delicious, though not quite as noteworthy as Toffee-soaked Bread Pudding studded with Raisins.

FOUR STARS: Matching scenery and service with a menu offering something for everyone Marché Bacchus remains a worthy off-Strip destination nearly two decades since opening, and although not quite as refined as Bardot or classic as Andres the Wyatt’s have something no other Restaurant in town can match in terms of their Wine prices while the new Bar and Happy Hour menu offer even more reasons to visit.

RECOMMENDED: The Great Alexander, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Limoncello Souffle, Bread Pudding.

AVOID: While neither were ‘bad,’ the Cavatelli overwhelmed its primary ingredient while the Octopus lacked any snappiness, though that is likely a matter of personal preference.

TIP: In addition to pouring any Bottle in the store for retail plus $10 Corkage the new Happy Hour offers 26 Wines by the Glass for half-off from 4-6p Weekdays and 4p-8p on Sunday.

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

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Veganbites (Sahara,) Las Vegas NV

Veganbites

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Cake Donut with Sprinkles

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Gluten Free Organic Walnut Brownie

Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Vegan Vanilla Buttercream

Serving the East Side for nearly four years it was mid-August 2018 that Veganbites took over the space at 7293 West Sahara Avenue, Chocolate & Spice as well as Rolling in Dough now gone but the Bakery known for Vegan, Gluten Free and allergy sensitive products opting to make a go of it while at the same time expanding into plated Foods including Pasta, Spring Rolls, Salads and Sandwiches.

Operated by Franz Stanik for the past two years, a reported quadrupling in self-identified Vegans occupying Sin City over the past five years seeing him buy out former owners, guests familiar with Megan Romano’s once well-regarded space will immediately feel at home inside Veganbites, much of the furniture kept exactly as it was while cases and countertops now stand filled with a different variety of scratch-made Baked Goods.

Staffed by the sort of servers one might expect to find at Whole Foods, thin and pleasant if not particularly professional, it was after a bit of perusal that decisions were made to the tune of six items for just under $15, the choice to indulge elsewhere largely based on the space being empty save for what very well may have been the owner sitting by the window on his laptop.

Using all the right buzzwords in terms of “natural,” “non-GMO” and preservative-free, an admirable achievement though one does question a bag of Oreos seen on the counter in back, it was beginning with two $1 Cookies that tasting got started, the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip falling far short of those made with Butter, Eggs and Flour while Oatmeal Raisin suffered no such problem thanks to plenty of spice and flexibility plus lots of dried Fruit.

Next intrigued by a $2.75 Donut, the soft Sponge with melted Sprinkles reminiscent of Pound Cake while ‘Frosting’ on top was unfortunately more like a Candy Shell, it was in follow-up that Veganbites finally hit its stride in a Loaf Cake loaded with Blueberries and Lemon Zest, the Icing on top soft and lightly sweetened by Palm Sugar which should also be considered for the aforementioned baked round.

At this point torn in how to finish, both a sizable Brownie and Carrot Cake in a plastic clamshell tempting, it was opting first for the former that teeth met dense Fudge mellowed by Walnuts and very little Flour while the Cake fared even better thanks to good density and bright aromatics beneath a generous layer of Buttercream with a velvety mouthfeel.

THREE AND A HALF STARS: Opting to bring Veganbites across the Strip after four successful years says a lot about the brand’s aspirations and with a few small changes it seems as though the store could succeed where others have not, though in its current format Veganbites remains best suited to its growing niche market as better versions of each item can be found elsewhere provided one does not have specific allergy or ethical needs.

RECOMMENDED: Blueberry Lemon Loaf, Gluten Free Organic Walnut Brownie, Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Vegan Vanilla Buttercream.

AVOID: Donuts, Chocolate Chip Cookie.

TIP: Mon – Sat 7.30am – 6.30pm, Sunday 9.00am – 5.00pm.

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

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Herringbone [10,] Las Vegas NV

Herringbone

Iced Tea

Amuse – Tuna Croqueta, Yuzu Aioli

Yacht Seafood Tower – 12 Oysters, 3/4 lb Alaskan King Crab, 1 1/2 Maine Lobster, 10 Jumbo Shrimp, Spicy Cocktail Sauce, Kimchee Mignonette, Apple Mignonette, Spicy Remoulade, Devil’s Dip Sauce, Shark Sauce

Harvest of the Day – Grilled Pears, Poached Pears, Winter Radish, Pickled Cherries, Burrata Cheese

Tiradito – Branzino, Aji Amarillo, Pickled Shallots, Fresno Chilis, Taro Chips

Seared Ahi Tuna – Shaved Foie Gras, Bacon Powder, Watermelon Radishes, Pickled Onions, Pickled Carrots

Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Beef – Himalayan Salt Rock, Black Pepper, Fresh Wasabi, Greens

Shrimp and Vegetable Frito Misto – Champagne Vinaigrette, Lemon, Herbs

Lobster Fried Rice – Lobster, Farm Egg, Spring Vegetables, Furikake

Crispy Red Snapper – Panang Curry, Fall Squashes, Asparagus, Pickled Vegetables

Viking Village Scallops – Carrot Puree, Morels, English Peas, Squid Ink Adobo

Day Boat Halibut – Asparagus, Roasted Eggplant, Romaneso, Salmon Roe, Tamarind Broth

Mascarpone Cheesecake – Mascarpone, Strawberry Gelee, Pistachio, Yuzu Sorbet / Chocolate Cake – Caramel Mousse, Raspberry Chocolate Ganache, White Chocolate Cream / Chocolate, Sea Salt & Caramel – Chocolate Sauce, Candied Hazelnuts, Chocolate Crumble, Nutella Gelato

Now featuring the combined talents of Chefs Marty Lopez and Christian Concepcion it was on Saturday evening that the table was set for three at Herringbone Las Vegas, the tandem of Ceferin Oliva and Ciprian Nedelcu as always providing exquisite service throughout a four course meal as the D.J. spun tunes and College Football played on television.

No doubt a different place than when it opened, the change in toques and ownership moving Geno Bernardo’s early Cal-Italian menu towards a lighter style of cooking based on bold spicing and global influence, it was shortly after seating that greetings were offered and drinks poured, a lone Cocktail plus Prosecco and Iced Tea enjoyed in celebration of one guest’s Birthday.

Deferring an order to the kitchen without allergies or restrictions, two concept plates plus a nightly special the group’s reward for placing their faith in Marty and Christian, it was beginning with fresh Seafood that an eleven year old who loves Oysters smiled ear to ear, a tasting of three varieties favoring small to large and all best with Apple Mignonette while “Devil’s Dip” made Jumbo Shrimp shine, though wrist-thick King Crab and Lobster were best enjoyed without accoutrement.

In no rush and happy to progress at a casual pace, the meal’s three hour duration seemingly less than half that, it was next that seasonal Produce was used to create a Salad of Fruit and Cheese alongside two plates of Fish, the Branzino taking on Peruvian influence with spice and acid in balance while lightly seared Tuna created in the spirit of Char Siu showed that Herringbone is not afraid to take chances as complex ingredients all melded together harmoniously.

Slowly savoring bites as Auburn was upset and Notre Dame pulled away, the clearing of plates followed by clean ones plus the appearance of a tableside cart, it was using Fat to prime the stone that Chef Lopez set to lightly cooking A5 Miyazaki Beef while Christian prepared Greens and grated fresh Wasabi, though no matter how rich and indulgent the Steak it would prove difficult to turn attention away from a dish listed as “Shrimp and Vegetable Frito Misto” that riffs on Filipino Ukoy with a tangle of Greens and Shell-on Crustaceans intended to be garnished with Citrus and Champagne Vinaigrette.

At this point sated but equally excited to see what was next it was by four plates that the table was once again filled, three new menu items plus a whole Red Snapper fried and served with Panang Curry all competing for stomach space with the Lobster Fried Rice an admirable side but Chef Marty’s heritage-infused Scallops Adobo as well as flaky Halibut in Tamarind Broth both so intricate that each bite compelled another until everything was gone.

Continuing to take an “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” approach to Dessert, both the creamy Cheesecake and indulgent Chocolate duo enjoyable though one does wish the Bread Pudding or Carrot Cake would return, it was with wishes made and candles blown out that the night would finish, a crowd just returning from UFC 229 creating a buzz on Aria’s lower level though the best show of the night had actually just been put on by a Kitchen upstairs.

FIVE STARS: Although both ownership and Chefs have changed since Herringbone Las Vegas opened a visit on Saturday showed the kitchen to be producing its most delicious food to date, Chef Marty Lopez’s Filipino background frequently infusing plates with big flavors while Chef Concepcion’s skills are witnessed in an ability to coax already great ingredients to their utmost.

RECOMMENDED: Yacht Seafood Tower, Shrimp and Vegetable Frito Misto, Day Boat Halibut, Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart. Also Crispy Red Snapper and Seared Ahi Tuna if available.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: As stated above the Ahi and Snapper were both works in progress that may not be currently available while A5 Wagyu was a weekly special, so check with servers for availability.

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

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Rosallie [17,] Las Vegas NV

Rosallie Le French Café

La Reine Tartine – Paris Ham, Mushrooms, Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato, Side Salad

Almond Raspberry Croissant

Almond Pear Pie

Pumpkin Tarte, Whipped Cream

Walnut Pie

Almond Croissant

Strawberry Tarte, Almond Frangipane

Holiday Cookie Cup – Sable, Langues de Chat, Meringues, Macaroons

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon

Raspberry Custard Cake, Vanilla Macarons

There was a period in time where revisiting the same Restaurant again and again seemed silly, the fact that thousands more exist creating an ongoing search for that “perfect” bite, but having grown to realize that greatness is rarely found it was knowing that Rosallie would once again outperform expectations that a Birthday Cake was commissioned, though on the morning of pick-up it seemed only logical to also stick around for Breakfast.

Now entering year four and with no signs of slowing, this visit finding ‘Le French Café’ more packed than usual with several patrons taking advantage of Las Vegas’ late patio season, it was in the now-familiar accent of Manager Christophe that greetings were offered on entry, the décor even further upgraded from the past and gentle French music chiming overhead.

Happy to see additional familiar Staff along with all Las Vegas’ best Pastries, a few new additions to both also noted, it was after ordering at counterside that items were brought to the table, first bites of the new “La Reine” Tartine offering familiar crispy Pastry beneath a layer of Tomatoes and Cheese plus thick chunks of Ham and roasted Mushrooms that should please both those looking for something French and even a Pizza lover to a similar degree.

Moving swiftly to Pastries after dressed Tomatoes and Salad from a wooden board, Rosallie’s branding now expanded to cups both porcelain and plastic as the Café eyes new locations, it was after enjoying one of the fairly new Almond Croissants imbued with Raspberry plus Pear Pie atop an all-Butter Crust that Rosallie’s seasonal Pumpkin Tarte took center stage, the dish one probably would not expect to see in Europe nonetheless offering great taste and texture with plenty of spice tempered by housemade Whipped Cream.

At this point taking the Cake and additional treats home, a classic Almond Croissant and Jonathan Pluvinet’s Walnut Pie still unrivaled stateside, it was amongst many styles of Cookies from Christophe that Macaroons and Cat’s Tongues stood out as items likely to impress as gifts this holiday season while a Strawberry Tarte built on a house Frangipane base bid adieu to Summer without tasting overly sweet as most store bought items made with Almond Paste often do.

Chilling the Cake now for several hours, an after-dinner surprise along with presents for the beautiful lady celebrating a few days early, suffice it to say that “make whatever you like” is not instructions one would give to anyone but someone trusted and in the hands of Christophe the result was exactly what one might expect from a former Jean-Philippe Baker as Raspberries, Custard, Sponge and Frosting all came together with a texture something like Tres Leches but with less wetness and a far more refined flavor.

FIVE STARS: Typically the first place visited after vacation, the Pastries used as a measuring stick for any recently tasted, it was against a strong showing from The Twin Cities that Rosallie remained best in class and although Jonathan’s classics remain personal favorites the new innovations are certainly not a step back.

RECOMMENDED: Almond Croissant, Walnut Pie, Almond Raspberry Croissant, Almond Pear Pie, Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon, Pumpkin Tarte.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Custom Cakes and Catering can be arranged by phone or stopping in and consider Yelp! on-line delivery for smaller orders.

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

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Fergie’s Fish ‘n Chips, Winnipeg MB

Fergie’s Fish ‘n Chips & Seafood Market

Fried Pickerel, Fried Cod, Lemon, Tartar Sauce, Ketchup, Malt Vinegar

Poutine – Hand Cut Fries, Shredded Cheese Curds, Brown Gravy

Arriving in Winnipeg just past 4pm, the drive from Minneapolis shorter than expected even when accounting for a stop in Fargo, it was immediately to The Forks Market that a path was made, an unanticipated political debate leaving limited paid parking though security was fairly lax and all businesses remained open.

Considered one of Manitoba’s few must-visit attractions, its location at the junction of Red and Assiniboine Rivers relevant to the city’s development while the Food Hall now inhabiting the space sees some five million visitors annually, it was after perusing Coffee, Pastries and several ethnic eateries that Fergie’s Fish and Chips was found, the space serving locally caught Fish since 2004 not particularly busy and the two men working just as pleasant as can be.

Expectedly limited in scope, Winnipeg’s take on the British tradition additionally offering specialties such as Soup, Fish Curry and Deep-fried Desserts, it was after gauging hunger and portions that the decision was made to stick with classics, both Walleye and Cod breaded and fried to order with a crisp and oilless bite that went nicely with both house Tatar Sauce and more traditional Malt Vinegar.

Not especially Canadian without Poutine, the twice-fried hand-cut Fries also available naked or with Fish Curry and Cheese, suffice it to say that using shredded instead of whole Curds was a unique choice that offered more melt but less textural juxtaposition and although preference still leans toward chunks of Cheese the Gravy was simple, rich and precisely as it should be.

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Sandy’s Donuts & Coffee Shop, Fargo ND

Sandy’s Donuts & Coffee Shop

S’mores Longjohn Donut

Glazed Fried Cinnamon Roll

Yeasted Donut with Chocolate Frosting

Apple Cluster

Glazed Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donut

Cinnamon Pretzel Donut

Cake Donut with Chocolate Frosting and Vanilla Drizzle

Yeasted Butterfinger Crumble Donut

Yeasted German Chocolate Donut

Chocolate Cake German Chocolate Donut

Oreo Stuffed Donut

Blueberry Cake Donut

Angel Iced Bismark Donut

Recently voted North Dakota’s best Donut by MSN, an accolade of questionable relevance considering a significant amount of experience with other such awardees in several States, it was on the way out of town that a stop was made at Sandy’s Donuts & Coffee Shop, a pre-order requested some 48-hours in advance found ready to go for just over $2 per item inclusive of tax and tip.

Located at 300 Broadway and with the original location in West Fargo, a van additionally making deliveries as far out as Grand Forks, it was easily finding parking in an area riddled with construction that the shop was entered, a pair of vagrants outside asking for Food apparently not uncommon per a local talking with her spouse though they certainly were not obtrusive.

Open since 2014 Downtown, the flagship actually serving guests Fried Dough since 1983, it was sitting down inside comfortable confines that boxes were unwrapped and photographs taken while sampling, first bites of a Longjohn topped in Fluff, Graham Crackers and Chocolate impressing by way of its fluffiness plus a good bit of Sweetness and Yeast in the base.

Offering over eighty daily varieties, everything from Raised to Cake and Filled to Fritter included, it was next that a heavily glazed Cinnamon Roll proved a touch *too* sweet before moving on to mellow Milk Chocolate Frosting, the follow-up “Apple Cluster” a Fritter by any other name and absolutely textbook in the West Coast tradition of a crispy exterior and plenty of Fruit in the middle.

Mostly impressed by a Sour Cream Old Fashioned, the tanginess accounted for but Glaze added a bit too late to penetrate, it was with far greater success than the fried Roll that a Cinnamon Pretzel Donut conveyed its flavor, the Vanilla Cake tasted next showing excellent texture as did the Cocoa-laden version served beneath Coconut Pecan Frosting later.

Saving several halves or more for the drive to Winnipeg, a yeasted base liberally topped in pulverized Butterfinger probably best eaten over a plate as it is as messy as it is delicious, it was again with German Chocolate Frosting that another raised Ring was found, the first of two filled creations to follow doubling down or Oreo Cookies both on top and blended into the airy Cream inside.

Having to this point held off on a personal favorite, the Blueberry Cake thankfully living up to expectations thanks to natural flavors and a melt-in-the-mouth texture, it was finally with Sandy’s famous “Angel Iced Bismark” that tasting concluded, the pocket said to be almost weightless by many in reality probably just over an ounce of the same great yeasty Dough sheltering sweet Cream with the lightness of Meringue.

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Würst Bier Hall, Fargo ND

Würst Bier Hall

Bavarian Pretzels, Haus Beer Cheese

Smoked Buffalo and Cheddar Sausage, Peppers, Onions, French Bread

Kuchen, Vanilla Ice Cream

Located in Downtown Fargo and apparently popular enough with locals to have spawned a second location it was around 2:00pm that Würst Bier Hall was found fairly quiet, the lunch crowd having just cleared out and vintage music videos playing on televisions throughout the space.

Open now for just under five years, the promise of an extensive Beer list paired to an “Oktoberfest” atmosphere immediately evident upon entry, it was seated outside the main hall at a picnic table where an unkempt server offered greetings, his mannerism pleasant enough but clothing and grooming making it seem as though he had just gotten up from a long night of partying.

Featuring imported Lager, Hefeweissen and Lambic alongside some American Craft Ales with extensive tasting notes, the scope of Taps as well as Bottles admittedly quite impressive, it was turning to reasonably authentic German Cuisine that decisions were made, the giant Pretzel felt probably to be a bit much for just one while three salted Batons intended to be dipped in Beer Cheese were thick, chewy and glistening with Butter.

Sad to see that Würsts and Sausages are not made on-site, though some do come from North Dakota, it was setting aside more common varieties that a $9.75 “Exotic” comprised of Buffalo and Cheddar was selected, the Casing snappy and interior nicely ground with bits of Cheese throughout while housemade Kuchen offered good Custard but a soggy Crust that was done no favors by already part-melted store-bought Ice Cream.

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Nichole’s Fine Pastry, Fargo ND

Nichole’s Fine Pastry

Spice Cake, Salted Caramel Buttercream

7-Layer Bar

Raspberry-Apricot Cream Cheese Danish