Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar [5,] Las Vegas NV

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

Prosecco

Garlic Focaccia and White Roll – Pesto Olive Oil

Baccala Mantecato – Poached and Whipped Cod, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Potato Mousse, Olives, Capers

Burrata – Apulia Cheese, Roasted and Shaved Spicy Carrot Salad, Almond-Sorrel Pesto / Polipo – Marinated Mediterranean Octopus, Potatoes, Black Olives, Capers / Carpaccio di Manzo – Thinly Sliced Prime Sirloin, Arugula Salad, Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, Truffle Oil

Spaghetti Freddi – Caviar, Lemon, Onion, Chives

2010 San Lorenzo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Risotto Cacio e Pepe – Pecorino Romano, Black Pepper, King Crab

Gnocchi Pomodoro – Potato Dumplings, Campari Tomato Sauce, Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Spaghetti al Nero – Natural Black Ink Spaghetti, Squid, Baby Shrimp, Tomato Fondue

Bucatini Corti Amatriciana – Thick Short Spaghetti, Traditional Roman Sauce, Guanciale, Tomato, Pecorino Cheese, Red Pepper Flakes

Casonzei – Potato-Red Beet Ravioli, Grana Padano Cheese, Sage, Black Sesame Seed

2009 Arcanum Il Fauno Super Tuscan

Moscardini in Umido – Baby Octopus Stew, Peas, Soft Polenta

Ossobuco – Veal Shank Braised in Red Wine Reduction, Farro

Agnello – Seared Colorado Superior Lamb Chop, Eggplant-Tomato Overlap, Lamb Demi

Lavazza Double Espresso, Ice

Tiramisu – Lady fingers, Mascarpone Cheese, Espresso / Crepe – Nutella, Mascarpone Cheese / Cannoli – Mascarpone and Ricotta, Orange Zest

Rosalba’s Cookies – Lemon, Amaretto, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Wedding Cookies

Pistachio Passion – Layered Pistachio Cream, Cream Cheese Custard, Whipped Cream on Walnut Crust

Verde Capra Cheese – Balsamic-Fig Gelato, Caramelized Nut Streusel

House Limoncello

A firm believer that eating in the right place can be one of life’s great catharses it was after a particularly difficult week that three guests sat down to dinner at Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, Gino and son Mimmo greeting each patron at the door of a place that has survived the test of time by doing things the right way and making each guest feel as though they are family.

Serving Las Vegas for thirty-three years when many would-be Restaurateurs cannot survive six months, this alone a testament to what Ferraro’s offers even before taking a look at the Menu or Wine list, it was in a rounded booth bridging Restaurant and Bar that the party was sat before a familiar server appeared tableside, deference to Chef Francesco Di Caudo the only way to order for those to whom only the best will suffice.

Busy for an August night off-Strip, a time when even the best see books bleed Red, it was in traditional fashion that dinner began with a brisk glass of Bubbles plus housemade Bread and Olive Oil, an opening trio offering three familiar dishes to each guest in individual portions while a shared plate from the seasonal menu celebrating Veneto was a marvelous one not frequently featured in Vegas featuring tender Salt Cod in creamy Potatoes.

Always impressed by Ferraro’s Burrata and Octopus, the rolled Carpaccio surprisingly also gathering praise from one diner who is not fond of Arugula, it was while Primi were being prepared that a bonus dish of chilled Noodles topped in Lemon and Caviar refreshed the palate, bold flavors all in harmonious balance and absolutely dazzling when paired to Prosecco.

Next pouring 2010 San Lorenzo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo to drink with four Pastas and a Risotto, the Oak at times a little overwhelming but pleasant with Tomato-topped Potato Dumplings and hollow Spaghetti lent a lot of heat by Red Pepper, suffice it to say that Di Caudo’s skills are best displayed by subtle dishes including Ravioli matching Beet to Sesame or an impeccable off-menu Risotto featuring Rice with just a bit of bite amidst Cheese, Black Pepper and nearly raw King Crab Meat.

Diving deep with Spaghetti al Nero from the Veneto Menu, every diner left with blackened teeth but bright smiles thanks to the impressive balance achieved by way of Tomato Fondue mixed with tender rings of Squid and beautifully cooked Shrimp, it was after a brief but welcomed pause that three entrees joined juicy 2009 Arcanum Il Fauno, a bowl of “Moscardini in Umido” also featuring Cephalopod offering a lot of brine that finds its foil in fresh Peas and Polenta.

Unable to let two first-timers leave Ferraro’s without tasting the Ossobuco, one of those rare dishes that earns a title of “World Famous” thanks to spoon-tender Veal melting from the bone into Farro bathed in Red Wine and rendered Juices, it was already well sated that additional space was found for medium-rare Lamb Chops served alongside a stack of tender Eggplant, though admittedly one was left over in order to save room for Dolci.

Taking Espresso alongside Dessert and following with Ferraro’s Limoncello, as traditional an Italian end as any, it was again with a trio of classics that the finale got underway, an off-menu Cannoli particularly impressive thanks to subtle notes of Citrus though for those with limited capacity after such a meal the best choice remains a sampling of Rosalba’s Italian Cookies or the almost impossibly light Pistachio Passion.

Relaxing for a bit after settling the tab, the crowd now died down and music lightly playing overhead, it was with a final gift from Chef Di Caudo that slices of funky Sheep’s Milk Cheese played off housemade Gelato and Streusel, another off-menu inspiration that further attests to why Ferraro’s remains relevant after three decades and shows no signs of slowing.

FIVE STARS: It seems fairly safe to say that when Gino Ferraro opened the doors in 1985 he never anticipated a time when unscrupulous and un-traveled kids with camera-phones would supposedly decide what was good, but still here 33 years later with Mimmo and his family close plus Chef Francesco Di Caudo in the kitchen Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar remains as destination-worthy as ever by sticking to what has always mattered most – quality ingredients, excellent technique, superlative service and hard work.

RECOMMENDED: Burrata, Spaghetti Freddi, Risotto Cacio e Pepe, Casonzei, Ossobuco, Rosalba’s Cookies, Pistachio Passion.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Following Veneto, the last region to be featured during the Summer Regional Menu Series will be Campania (Aug. 24 – Sept. 7).

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

www.ferraroslasvegas.com

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Chilly Jilly’z Bakery & Café, Boulder City NV

Chilly Jilly’z Bakery & Café

Pineapple-Orange Dole Whip Float with Whipped Cream

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish

Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting

Peanut Butter Cookie

Magic Cookie Bar – Coconut, Chocolate Chips, Butterscotch Chips, Peanuts, Graham Cracker Crust

Broaster Chicken, Potato Wedges, Buttermilk Biscuits, Potato Salad, Mac ‘n Cheese

Opened in 2013 as a kiosk across the street Chilly Jilly’z has since developed into a full-fledged Café en route from Las Vegas to Boulder City or vice versa, owner Jill Quatrale still involved in daily operations including on-site baking and overseeing a youthful staff who really could not be more pleasant.

First and foremost an Ice Cream stand, the Valley’s hot summers and mild winters rarely making frozen treats a bad proposition, guests entering the low-slung shop on Nevada Highway will quickly note self-serve Dole Whip lining the west wall, some eight flavors joined by Chocolate and Vanilla Custard with Pineapple no doubt the best seller.

Further expanding the interior concept to an outside Patio on Weekends, 105ᵒF temperatures on this Saturday making Waffles, Pancakes and Cocktails less appealing since ordering such requires diners to eat al fresco, it was instead after perusing options that housemade Pastries and Broaster Chicken were highlighted, the fifteen minute preparation announced up front accurate as visitors spend time at metal tables serenaded by iHeartRadio or watching sports television.

Allowed to sample a few flavors of Dole Whip while waiting, the Lactose, Cholesterol and Gluten-free concoction made famous by Disneyland not so different from Fro-Yo highlighted by Key Lime while thick Chocolate Custard also fares well, it seems almost every visitor to Jilly’z eventually tastes her famous Float, a Pineapple-Orange Swirl topped with Juice and Whipped Cream that is citrusy, refreshing and exceptionally smooth.

Letting staff warm baked goods on their suggestion, the day’s last Cinnamon Roll seeing its sugary Frosting become molten and almost slide off, suffice it to say that neither Cinnabon nor Cinnaholic has anything on Chilly Jilly’z in terms of softness or sweetness while the Danish supporting Blueberries in unsweetened Cream Cheese is far more subtle, the light layers with availability in two other flavors standing amongst the best in or around Sin City.

Not particularly thrilled by one Cookie, a homogenous texture from edge to edge save for Peanut Butter Chips that would be better left out, it was saving the hefty $3.65 Magic Cookie Bar for later that attention finally turned to four pieces of Chicken brined and fried with great moisture plus spicing, the Mac n’s Cheese nothing worth writing home to mama about but both piping hot Potato Wedges and buttery Biscuits worth making a special trip for even if one does not care to see Hoover Dam.

FOUR STARS: Taking advantage of a good location and famous brands like Broaster and Dole Whip Ms. Quatrale has created an unlikely little spot in Boulder City that will satisfy almost any appetite at a fair price.

RECOMMENDED: Pineapple-Orange Dole Whip Float, Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, Cinnamon Roll, Broaster Chicken, Potato Wedges, Buttermilk Biscuits.

AVOID: Mac n’ Cheese, Peanut Butter Cookie, Coconut Dole Whip.

TIP: The Patio at Chilly Jilly’z offers an extended menu including Alcohol from 8a-1p on Weekends for those willing to sit outside.

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

www.chillyjillyz.com

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Pink Box Doughnuts [6,] Las Vegas NV

Pink Box Doughnuts

Glazed Old Fashioned Doughnut

Maple Frosted Old Fashioned Doughnut

Vanilla Frosted Birthday Cake Doughnut

Raspberry Filled Sugar Doughnut

Apple Fritter

Lemon Custard Doughnut

Cinnamon Crumb Buttermilk Bar

Blueberry Glazed Cro-Dough

Chocolate Frosted Bavarian Cream Doughnut

Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnut

Vanilla Frosted Caramel Cheesecake Doughnut

Pink Velvet Unicorn Cake Doughnut

Churro Bar

Triple Chocolate Poomoji Doughnut

Now a fixture around the office, two dozen showing up at least every other week despite the closest outlet being at least twenty minutes away, it was on Saturday morning that a bonus stop was made at Pink Box Doughnuts and although everything ordered had personally been tasted prior the fourteen fried treats still managed to wow two first timers from the Midwest while confirming a local’s belief that no Doughnut shop in the state compares.

At this point going on six years in the business and with no signs of slowing, expansion to northern California and a fourth Las Vegas location on Charleston Boulevard up next, it was just prior to 8am that the 24/7 shop on Lake Meade was found busy as ever, staff up front pleasant while Bakers in back worked fervently to keep up with customer demand including what seemed to be a substantial number of pre-orders.

Worth driving right past Glazed or Donut Mania for, the fully stocked shelves and textures that scream “made fresh” differentiating Pink Box from other novelty shops while only ACE Donuts compares for classics, it was starting off with two Old Fashioned cogwheels that technique and fresh oil were immediately on display beneath sweet Maple, the Birthday Cake requested by someone else seemingly improved from the past and now somehow even lighter than before.

Moving next to Fruit, the yeasty pocket packed with Raspberry Jam always a favorite and another with Lemon Custard far less artificial than that from Glazed just a few days prior, it was in between these that Pink Box’s Apple Fritter accomplished the rare feat of impressing two ladies who typically feel the item is too “greasy” while the Cro-Dough up next again trumped any in the area thanks to cleanly separated layers of lamination.

Never passing on a Pink Box Buttermilk Bar, the depth of penetration achieved by its Glaze attesting to timing and experience while Cinnamon Crumble only adds to the delicate texture, fans of Bavarians should not hesitate to sample owner Roberto Armanino’s version though those looking for something truly outstanding would do even better to pass on Cream or Pudding and go straight for a Doughnut packed with luxurious Cheesecake Filling.

Happy to see PB&J back in the case, Jam from the Raspberry Bismarck filling the cavity below a thick swirl, it seemed only right to round out the morning with three new-classics, the Unicorn really just a cute way to dress Pink Box’s tasty spin on Red Velvet while both the Churro Bar and Poomoji balance novelty with taste, the former admittedly too sweet for some but ideal for those who enjoy Cajeta or Dulce de Leche while the triple Chocolate round may seem ‘gross’ at first, though anyone with hang-ups about eating what is essentially a delicious and creamy cartoon probably has other issues for which they should seek help.

FIVE STARS: While other shops spend time celebrating their “celebrity” and firing founders or scrawling “SOLD OUT” on Windows even though there are Donuts still on shelves Pink Box Doughnuts simply keeps getting better and better with time, the classics now caught up to the novelties and that sort of commitment to quality not something which should be overlooked.

RECOMMENDED: Cinnamon Crumb Buttermilk Bar, Vanilla Frosted Caramel Cheesecake Doughnut, Cro-Dough, Churro Bar, Triple Chocolate Poomoji Doughnut, Raspberry Filled Sugar Doughnut

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Keep an eye on @pinkboxdoughnuts or @pinkboxdoughnutslv for Specials including news on the new location.

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

www.pinkboxdoughnuts.com

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Andre’s Bistro & Bar [4,] Las Vegas NV

Andre’s Bistro & Bar

Warm Baguette, Butter

Tomato & Burrata Salad – Marinated Heirloom Tomato, Peaches, Burrata Cheese, Sherry Vinaigrette

French Onion Soup – Toasted Bread, Gruyere Cheese

Venison Sausage – Crispy Polenta, Sauteed Spinach, Teardrop Tomatoes, Port-Blackberry Jus

Potato Gnocchi – Baby Squash, Crispy Shallots, Herb Butter

Lobster Roll – Maine Lobster, Blue Crab, Herb Aioli, Toasted Roll, Sweet Potato Fries, Ketchup

Chocolate Walnut Gateau – Chocolate glazed Caramel Walnut Torte, Crème Anglaise

Chocolate Pot de Crème – Oven baked Chocolate Custard, Chantilly Cream, Homemade Vanilla Cookie

Saturday Sundae – Brownie, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, Caramel, Toasted Hazelnuts, Whipped Cream

Although Andre Rochat’s Restaurants have undergone several changes in the past three years with closures, openings and Chef shuffles there are few places in Southwest Las Vegas where guests will feel more welcome than at Andre’s Bistro & Bar, over a year separating dinner on Wednesday from the last visit but Joe Marsco and his team still greeting guests daily inside the former DW Bistro space on South Fort Apache Road.

Now separated from Las Vegas Boulevard long enough that many in the area have likely forgotten fine dining inside The Monte Carlo, opening Chefs Mark and Marty since moved on and Chris Bulen alongside Kevin Lopez manning the stoves, guests entering the space during Happy Hour may be surprised to find the Bar full and dining area buzzing on a weekday, front of house staff as pleasant as ever while the décor is classy enough for date night but relaxed such that one need not necessarily get “dressed up.”

Changing the menu slightly since opening, seven daily specials added but the plate of Housemade Sausages unfortunately gone, it was with several items discounted till Six o’clock that two Appetizers and three Entrees were selected, the Tomato and Burrata Salad tasted during a catered lunch drawing high praise from two recent imports from the Midwest while a $7 Vessel of French Onion Soup was piping hot but weakly flavored in comparison to versions offered at Scotch 80 Prime or Bardot.

Enjoying a crusty Baguette and Butter alongside opening bites, $4 Iced Teas apparently carry-over pricing from The Strip, it was perhaps ten minutes after plates were cleared that three more took their place, Chef’s seasonal Gnocchi in desperate need of seasoning but otherwise light and soft in juxtaposition to Squash while the Lobster and Blue Crab Roll remains a bargain at $18 for quite a bit of freshly picked Meat atop a buttery split-top Roll.

Compelled to eat several Sweet Potato Fries, some of the Valley’s best and even better than Andre’s golden Spuds fried in Duck Fat, it was without hesitation that the daily special from Chef Lopez was ordered and found to be boldly spiced but still funky, a statement applicable to almost every housemade Sausage from Andre’s past or present but even more valid in the case of Venison.

Sharing everything to this point, the Polenta and boozy Blackberry Sauce both worth fighting over last bites, there was no doubt that dinner should end with Dessert, a variety from Tammy Alana unfortunately – or perhaps fortunately depending on how one looks at it – largely unchanged and highlighted by a Chocolate Walnut Gateau though had it been more obvious than a poster near the door a $15 tableside Bananas Foster would have been the table’s choice.

FOUR STARS: Steadily building a following in the Southwest, Chef changes and a very different clientele than in the past yielding a menu of Bistro classics plus several slightly more “American” options, Andre’s remains the best choice for mid-priced Off-Strip French in Las Vegas and for those seeking Happy Hour bargains a veritable steal.

RECOMMENDED: Venison Sausage, Lobster Roll, Sweet Potato Fries, Chocolate Walnut Gateau.

AVOID: French Onion Soup needs much more depth of flavor while Gnocchi saw diners uncharacteristically reaching for the Salt shaker.

TIP: Happy Hour is offered from 3:00p to 6:00p daily.

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

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The Goodwich Catering [2,] Las Vegas NV

The Goodwich South Buffalo Catering

Curry-Malt Vinegar Chips

Street Corn Mac ‘n Cheese – Cotija, Street Corn, Cilantro, Zucchini

Cobb-ish – Seaweed, Noodles, Tomatoes, Avocado, Urban Seed Greens, Cucumbers, Edamame, Tofu, Nuts, Seeds, Ginger Vin

Street Corn Sandwich – Sweet Corn Salad, Pasilla Pepper, Goat Ricotta, Pepperjack, Corn Nuts, Ciabatta

Patty 2.0 – Green Turkey Chorizo, Cilantro, Zucchini, Pepperjack, Aioli, Marble Rye

Jazz Club – MGP Meats, Provolone, Pistachio-Olive Relish,’Nduja, Ciabatta

Mi Bahn – Goodwich Pate, Pickled Vegetables, Foie Spread, Cilantro, Ciabatta

Cheese Bomb – Lots of Cheese, Pasilla Pepper Aioli, Goodwich Hot Sauce, Ciabatta

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Immediately upping the quality of dining in Southwest Las Vegas it was only a few days after opening that dinner was enjoyed at The Goodwich on South Buffalo, a location less than a mile from the office making Josh Clark’s Sandwich shop with so much more an ideal choice for #supportlocal lunch on Wednesday.

Coordinated with ease by Nichole Hall, an online form plus the budget and a few suggestions crafting what was apparently the new location’s first catering gig, it was straight from the hands of Chef Clark that several trays arrived minutes prior to the designated time, everything still temperature appropriate and displayed nicely with descriptive labeling.

A long way from the days in front of Dino’s Lounge, creativity never for lack but ingredients from Urban Seed and Michael’s Gourmet Pantry allowing flavors to really shine, it was from five Sandwiches and three Sides that attendees were left to choose, the Curry-Malt Vinegar Chips immediately garnering praise for their crispness and big flavors while the “Cobb-ish” Salad surprised some with hidden Rice Noodles though every last Leaf, Seed and Nut was gone by the end of the day.

Taking some chances with a crowd that ranges from nineteen year olds to physicians with more than two decades of experience, an immense tray of Macaroni and Cheese dressed up like Elotes making a good impression on a wide range of races thanks to familiar flavors and varied textures, it was surprising that a meatless Sandwich similarly themed was gone within minutes, a light touch of heat playing well off the Sweet Corn while Corn Nuts added crunch between pillowy pieces of Ciabatta.

Told by Josh that change was already underway, an entirely new neighborhood making their likes and desires known as business grows, it seems likely that a Sandwich entitled “Cheese Bomb” will remain as a carryover from downtown thanks to the gooey blend of Provolone, Pepperjack and Cheddar while the Patty 2.0 served on toasted Marble Rye should also stick around as it is just as delicious as the Goodwich original, though less heavy thanks to spicy ground Turkey substituted for Beef and Zucchini replacing the Onions.

Taking inspiration from two classic Sandwiches to finish, Jazz Club riffing on New Orleans’ famous Muffuletta with Cold Cuts from J Michael Stamm plus Housemade Relish and a smear of Calabrian Sausage, those looking for a truly decadent way to enjoy the afternoon would be wise to invest $16 in Clark’s “Mi Bahn” that features housemade Pickles and chunky Pate beneath a thick layer of Duck Liver Mousse…and of course who could forget about a Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie or three?

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone this is now the second time that The Goodwich has arrived STACKED RITE and right on time with a broad selection of Sandwiches and Sides to impress a highly varied audience.

RECOMMENDED: Curry-Malt Vinegar Chips, Street Corn Mac ‘n Cheese, Street Corn Sandwich, Mi Bahn, Jazz Club, Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: 11a-10p daily with specials featured on Social Media, www.thegoodwich.com/catering for catering.

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

www.thegoodwich.com

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Glaze Doughnuts [2,] Las Vegas NV

Glaze Doughnuts

Yeast Doughnut with Strawberry Glaze, Sprinkles

Blueberry Cake Doughnut

Old Fashioned Doughnut

Maple Bar

Islander Doughnut with Taro Glaze, Coconut

Cinnamon Glaze Twist

El Jefé Doughnut with Horchata Glaze, Churro

Lemon Filled Doughnut

Bar None Doughnut with Chocolate Wafers, Peanuts, Caramel

Red Velvet Cake Doughnut

Chocolate Cake Doughnut

Cherry Bomb Doughnut with Cream Cheese Frosting, Graham Cracker, Chocolate Glaze, Cherry Filling

Bavarian Cream Doughnut with Chocolate Glaze

Now approaching three years in business, a lone visit on opening day finding limited options that were reportedly due to a “rush,” it was on the positive words of a Strip Restaurant Sommelier that a return visit was planned to Glaze Doughnuts on Fort Apache Road, the decision to pre-order for work proving wise not only for time’s sake but because once again the early morning did not find much ready.

Family owned and operated from the start, Dominic Sang bringing family recipes from a Texas Doughnuttery to Sin City in October 2015, guests entering Glaze will notice little has since changed about the shop save for a banner announcing 3rd place in the 2017 Best of Las Vegas competition, the décor still fairly bland save for a clever fact sheet confirming what connoisseurs already knew about Canadians while service remains unhurried but pleasant.

Unchanged in terms of prices despite adding several new flavors, Yeast or Cake Classics just a dollar and maxing out at $2.25 for “Fancy” Doughnuts that range from Fritters to those with housemade Toppings, it was with $21.38 exchanged for a Baker’s Dozen that a still-warm box was transported two miles, two doctors presumably from the nearby hospital also stopping in early but limited to the mundane few options available in a half-full case.

Doing away with Social Media discounts or Cheaper-by-the-Dozen deals enticing diners elsewhere, the prices something that fans of Dunkin may not realize to be a deal assuredly such when compared to other ‘small batch’ shops across America, it was staring simple with Homer Simpson’s favorite Strawberry Glazed Ring attested to good frying times and fresh Oil while Blueberry Cake with a supple crumb and plenty of Fruit flavor also performed well.

Not particularly fond of Glaze’s Old Fashioned, a thin pour and wide hole making it all crisp while too much surface area covered in Sugar subdued any sourness, it was returning to the fluffy leavened base that a Maple Bar showed much better than Canada’s go-to from Tim Horton’s, the “Islander” up next dialing up texture by way of freshly toasted Coconut atop faintly purple Frosting.

Finding most of Glaze’s Icings more subtle than memory serves, the Cinnamon Twist in particular almost savory thanks to a hefty shake coating the top, those looking for another refined option would be well advised to phone in a request for El Jefé, the Caramel-filled Churro not quite as well incorporated as it is at Pink Box but the Rice Milk Glaze exceptional.

Passing up the Raspberry filling from visit one for Lemon, a mistake as the former tastes far less artificial, it was from another $2.25 fancy titled Bar None that great textures and flavor were found, the Snickers Bar no doubt an inspiration and a good one at that while the naked Red Velvet also offered with Cream Cheese Frosting was moist and Cakelike but not oily in the least.

Also tasting Chocolate Cake, the acrid linger of competitors nowhere to be found and the Cocoa nicely balanced by plain Glaze, it was with two additional filled selections that tasting concluded, the “Cherry Bomb” a good idea with lots of complexity that would be better if the filling weren’t so cloying while the Bavarian Cream is probably the best of its kind in Sin City and a steal for just $1.50.

FOUR STARS: Improved from prior but still inexplicably unready to do business an hour after opening one wonders if Glaze might be better with a bit more preparedness, because for those willing to invest the time and effort the product itself compares favorably to some of the Valley’s best.

RECOMMENDED: Bavarian Cream, Cinnamon Glaze Twist, El Jefé, Bar None, Red Velvet Cake.

AVOID: Lemon Filled, Old Fashioned.

TIP: Online Ordering is available but Monthly Specials, El Jefé and Bar None are not listed on the check-sheet so consider e-mailing glazedoughnutslv@gmail.com to be sure.

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

www.glazedoughnutslv.com

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Alexxa’s Bar [2,] Las Vegas NV

Alexxa’s Bar

Bubbly Sangria – Sparkling Wine, Peaches, Strawberries, Orange

Summer Fling Sangria – Riesling, Basil, Strawberry, Raspberries, Orange

Blanco Sangria – Albarino, Citrus Fruit, Peach Schnapps, Blueberries, Orange

Prime Rib Pierogi – Bacon, Caramelized Shallots, Ricotta, Horseradish Sour Cream

Calabrese Salami – Stone Ground Mustard, Parmesan, Pickled Vegetables, Garlic Flatbread

Baby Ganoush – Roasted Eggplant, Olive Oil, Warm Pita, Pistachio

Crispy Mac & Cheese – Smoky Bacon Barbecue

Heirloom Tomato Salad – Avocado, Smoked Blue Cheese, Red Onion, Mango Vinaigrette

Chicken Sausage Flatbread – Fig Jam, Goat Cheese, Fresh Herbs

Crispy Broccolini – Citrus Reduction, Chili

Mussels & Bay Scallops – Jasmine Rice, Lime Coconut Broth, Herb Salad

Baked Branzino – Pea Risotto, Smoked Tomato Romesco Sauce, Mascarpone

Iced Coffee

Bananas Foster Bao Bun Ice Cream Sandwich – Bruleed Banana, Caramel Fosters Sauce, Banana Ice Cream, Cinnamon Sugar

Peanut Butter Cheesecake – Peanut Butter Caramel, Oreo Crust, Chocolate Ganache, Candied Peanuts

Carrot Cake Pancakes – Spice Batter, Carrots, Walnuts, Cream Cheese Frosting, Syrup

Butterscotch – Pot de Crème, Salty-Sweet Brioche Muffins

Churro Bites – Cinnamon Sugar, Whiskey Caramel, Hexx Chocolate

Originally visited late February it was in hopes of a better developed concept that three diners sat down inside Alexxa’s Bar on Saturday, the menu only changed slightly in the interim but music less obtrusive and the service matching HeXx’s move for move despite both places doing big volume.

Now past the six month mark and serving Tapas from 2pm till late, earlier hours still acting as overflow seating to HeXx’s ever-popular Brunch and in some ways better for those seeking more space to spread out, it was just prior to 4pm that guests were greeted by Peter Varela, a face last seen at Salute but previously known to Chefs Matt Silverman and Piekarski from Summerlin stalwart Vitner Grill.

Truly an impressive remodel, no semblance of the former Candy Shop remaining as the DJ Booth stands ready for nighttime opposite a well-appointed bar lined in Sangria, it was with three of Alexxa’s Beverage of choice that things started off, both the “Bubbly” and “Blanco” easy sipping refreshers while the Summer Fling went one step further by adding a bright herbal layer.

Happy to see Manager Ari Stotland assisting the Alexxa team before the end of his shift, Chefs Carlos Buscaglia and Miranda Prince also on-site preparing for Dinner, it was passing on all but one favorite from visit one that five new items arrived in short succession, an opening volley of ‘Baby’ Ganoush, thinly sliced Salumi alongside house-pickled Vegetables and Dumplings plump with Prime Rib all sized to share with the latter particularly noteworthy for its succulence and restrained use of Horseradish.

At times fun and occasionally taking on ‘fine dining’ ideas, four fried orbs of Macaroni and Cheese assuredly the former but far less greasy than what one might find at the average Bar, it was an admitted surprise to all that Alexxa’s Heirloom Tomato Salad offered a complex mélange of sweetness tinged in acid across a wide range of textures, the Chicken Sausage Flatbread to finish every bit as delicious as memory served and its base perhaps even better thanks to a crisp break and springy chew.

Next maxing a few choices from the HeXx side, Brunch to Dinner transition at four o’clock allowing a pair of new plates to debut, suffice it to say that Chef Buscaglia has set a high mark for what can be accomplished with Bay Scallops by way of a dish placing dozens alongside steamed Mussels in fragrant Coconut Broth while his Branzino managed to thrill even those typically leery of most Fishes thanks to delicate Flesh and crisp Skin that each play well off creamy Rice and nutty Romesco.

Rarely passing on Crispy Broccolini and even less often on Piekarski’s Carrot Cake Pancakes that remain Sin City’s best Flapjack by far, a fluffy stack of four slowly enjoyed as part of Dessert, those looking for additional sweetness will never go wrong ordering Chef Miranda’s Cheesecake built on Peanut Butter and HeXx Chocolate though if stomach space is limited a better option may just be her Butterscotch Pot de Crème or the recently debuted Bananas Foster Ice Cream Sandwich served on Cinnamon-Sugar dusted fried Bao.

FIVE STARS: Previously seeing the thorny differentiation from HeXx as problematic a second look at Alexxa’s Bar suggests otherwise because even though the typical tourist may not know that each exists as separate entities that may not be such a bad thing when both are serving equally great food with service to match.

RECOMMENDED: Summer Fling Sangria, Chicken Sausage Flatbread, Prime Rib Pierogi, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Churro Bites, Butterscotch Pot de Crème (Alexxa Side only but add Crispy Broccolini, Carrot Cake Pancakes, Mussels & Bay Scallops and Bananas Foster from HeXx if possible)

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Alexxa’s Bar Food Menu starts at 2pm daily.

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

www.alexxasbar.com

Alexxa's Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Cinnamon’s, Las Vegas NV

Cinnamon’s

Coffee and Ice Water

Cookies for a Cause Lemon Cookie

Kalua Pig Benedict Half-Order – House-roasted Pork, English Muffin, Poached Egg, Scratch Hollandaise, Country Tots

Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast – Butter, “Maple Syrup”

Cinnamon’s Carrot Pancakes Short Stack – Fresh Carrots, Spices, Pineapple, Raisins, Cream Cheese Topping

Guava Chiffon Pancakes Short Stack – Buttermilk Pancakes, Duo of Guava Sauces, Whipped Cream

Told early on by trusted palates that Cinnamon’s was merely average it was some eighteen months after opening that a visit was finally scheduled, the presence of fellow Flapjack lovers in the house an impetus to finally check out the Hawaiian import that some publication apparently decided serves the eight best specialty Pancake in the United States.

Located at 7591 West Washington Avenue in the space previously occupied by Chef Marc’s Parma, the layout similar but more open and less personal in its décor, guests entering Cinnamon’s will quickly find themselves face-to-face with a hostess podium, this early Saturday fairly quiet with most guests lined along the north wall.

Playing light pop music overhead that is neither distracting nor necessary, the deli cases where Sgrizzi used to keep Salami and Salads now containing branded apparel and Lemon Cookies with proceeds benefitting The Animal Society, it was after sitting at a sizable banquet that a pleasant server named Alyssa stopped by to take orders, the $3.25 bottomless Coffee so smooth that no Cream or Sweetener is necessary kept full without a need for reminder throughout the morning.

Offering several island favorites plus items specific to Nevada, Pistachio Pancakes but one example, it was instead from daily specials and Cinnamon’s favorites that five items were ordered, the $3 Cookie for a cause big, flexible and warm with plenty of Butter plus a delicate Citrus finish.

Able to order most items in half-portion, the prices adding up to a bit more than full-size plates but allowing greater variety, it was less than ten minutes after requests were made that four large plates arrived along with dishes for sharing, the house-roasted Pig offering a succulent first bite beneath a nicely poached Egg and tangy Hollandaise though the Tots tossed with Onions and Peppers were a little overcooked.

Moving on to sweeter things, Pure Maple Syrup brought from home used to slick Hawaiian Bread French Toast that would have achieved better texture with more time in Custard, it was from here that 2 x 2 short stacks were tasted, the daily special Carrot not really all that special save for rare bites featuring Fruit while the famous Guava Chiffon were medium-fluffy and light in Buttermilk which allowed one to focus more attention on the sweet and sour Sauce that tastes a lot like the liquefied interior of a Guava-Cheese Pastry.

THREE STARS: In a city with plenty of great Breakfast and Brunch joints Cinnamon’s is yet another face in the crowd save for fame gathered in Hawaii, the Guava Sauce worth a visit but not enough to prompt repeat patronage though the service team is certainly above average when compared to places like Babystacks, Egg & I or The Cracked Egg.

RECOMMENDED: Guava Chiffon Pancakes, Lemon Cookie

AVOID: Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast, Fake Maple Syrup.

TIP: Specials change daily and Mini-Pancake Samplers available weekdays with Malasadas also offered on Tuesdays only.

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

www.cinnamonsvegas.com

Cinnamon's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Good Pie Catering, Las Vegas NV

Good Pie Catering

Good Balls – Homemade Beef and Pork Meatballs, Marinara Sauce, Fresh Parm, Fresh Parsley

Good Garlic Knots – Roasted Fresh Garlic, Garlic Confit, Garlic Oil, Mozzarella, Garlic Chips, Fresh Grated Grana Padano, Fresh Parsley, served with Marinara Sauce

Good House Salad with Urban Seed Greens and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Good Calzone – Mozzarella, Pecorino, Fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta, Grana Padano Cheese, Ham, Fresh Parsley, Side of Marinara Sauce

 

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

Good White Detroit Style – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Pecorino, Garlic Oil, Fresh Whipped Ricotta, Shaved Parm, Fresh Parsley

Good Shrooms Brooklyn Round – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Pecorino, Garlic Oil, Caramelized Onions, Wild Mushrooms, Shaved Parm, Fresh Parsley

Good Cheese Gluten Free Detroit Style – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Grana, Tomato Sauce, Basil

Grandma’s Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

When Vincent Rotolo unveiled Good Pie on National Pizza Day 2018 locals lined up, the man from New York responsible for opening at least three other Pizzerias finally with a place of his own and a story to tell plus what is undeniably the best slice in DTLV.

Now celebrating six months in business and steadily gaining accolades along with popularity, both unprecedented for any prior occupant of Pawn Plaza, it was on Wednesday that a second delivery order was brought nearly fifteen miles to Spring Valley for lunch, a fellow dressed in Gold & Silver Pawn Shop swag arriving precisely on time and making three trips up the elevator and back down stairs seem effortless.

Already impressed by Rotolo’s work after three visits to the flagship in 725 South Las Vegas Boulevard’s back corner, the Pizzaiolo’s worry about transporting items so far and compromised quality unfounded both the first time and now, it was with all items unboxed and many guests starting with tender Meatballs that others delved into Pizza, Good Pie’s signature Good Good drawing admiration from two who’d never seen a Grandma Pie even before they took a crisp yet nicely leavened bite.