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By: Louisa M.
Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres
I finally got around to checking out Bazaar Meat after meaning to go here for over a year, and I'm so glad I did! The first thing that drew me in was the overall atmosphere of the place. It's dark with really bizarre decor and a huge fire pit right in the middle of the dining room. I really love the multiple kitchen concept here and as a true foodie, it was super entertaining to watch the chefs busy at work preparing my meal.The best tip I can give you is that if you come here, BRING MONEY. I mean serious amounts of it. This is NOT a bargain restaurant but I thought the high price tag was worth it. This was not just a meal, it was a very memorable experience.The service was leisurely paced with just the right amount of friendliness. We decided to go all out with this meal so we ordered multiple courses and brought our own wine ($35 corkage fee). I took a pic of the wine menu since it was surprisingly heavy on big California reds. Worth noting since it's a faux pas to bring a bottle of wine that's already on the menu! The menu is heavy on Spanish influenced cuisine, with a focus on cured meats and giant steaks. This is not the place for picky eaters either, I'd classify most of the menu items as not only adventurous, but downright strange. Get out of your comfort zone and try some of the more wacky menu listings!The serving styles are pretty inventive too -- the chicken croquetas are served in a fake glass Converse shoe! My favorite menu item of the evening were the cauliflower steak (roasted cauliflower in a very tasty romesco sauce). Yep, delicious! The asparagus were a huge let down and our plate was comprised of mostly the hard, woody stems. Yuck. Nobody likes that part and most of what we were served should've been thrown out. I was also not a fan of the crab and shrimp cocktail and would not order that again. The Chateaubriand was absolutely perfect. It took a while to cook but we were having a blast relaxing in the intimate atmosphere of the place. Since Bazaar Meat specializes in steaks, it goes without saying that the kitchen knows how to cook meat perfectly. We had both medium and medium-rare meat and both were absolutely perfect.I loved the dessert menu concept (go for the "Chef's Sampler" box of mini desserts). They were almost too pretty to eat and tasted great. My favorite thing? The mini cookies, yum! My $6.00 espresso was more than acceptable and was a great way to round out our dinner.While I'd love to be able to make dining here a habit, the prices will make it only reserved for special occasions. Ask to see the daily tasting menu options too, but be warned: the prices are EVEN HIGHER THAN THE FRENCH LAUNDRY! Yikes!If you only order one thing here, make it the Robuchon potatoes. They were like eating mashed potato butter icing! Smooth texture and tons of creamy butter-ness!
By: Louisa M.
Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
I have been to the original in Munich so I'm really happy to have a HofbrÀuhaus right here in Vegas. While it's not an exact replica (and the food isn't quite the same), the true German essence is captured through the boisterous atmosphere, authentic imported beer and decidedly German menu. I love to take out of town visitors here, and I visit a couple of times a year when I'm missing the gorgeous country of Germany -- one of my favorites I've ever visited.You'll find the as-big-as-your-head pretzels and all sizes of cold beer (from bashfully mini to "holy cow" huge), and and certain times during the year there will be a good German band playing live. Even if you aren't a beer drinker, it's just crazy to come here and not order a beer! It's so good and there's something for everyone from super light to the darkest of the dark. Come during Oktoberfest and you can drink their truly exceptional imported specialty beer. Don't forget a designated driver!This is a great restaurant for large groups as the venue is equipped to handle them. Patrons sit at long, shared tables (just like in Munich), so be prepared to make friends! Kids seem to love the place too because they can dance around and jump to the music. The German food is authentic and tasty. Not fantastic but good (and overpriced). There's a great tiny gift shop in the lobby with cool beer steins, stuffed bear toys, funny hats and lederhosen. The waitresses wear just sexy enough drindls, a big plus for the men in your party. I know my husband and his buddy enjoyed taking a shot and getting paddled by one of the ample-bosomed girls on our last visit. Yes, you can get bent over a table and paddled. It's a gimmick but it's funny to watch guys whoop and holler. The mostly concrete beer hall is huge and cavernous (just like in Germany), so be warned that this is not a place to come for an intimate dinner or soft conversation. It is loud, loud, LOUD in there. When the crowds get heavy, the band gets even louder. Pounding on tables, stomping on the floor, drunken singing and shouting out toasts is not only tolerated but openly encouraged. If you know the chicken dance you will have a blast.While the noise is to be expected, the biggest negative is the service; I don't think I've ever had good service here but that's okay. You'll most likely be too busy stuffing your face with pretzels and beer to worry about that!
By: Louisa M.
Farmer Boys
I'm going to chalk this review up to growing pains and I promise to revisit this location again soon, but my first visit to Farmer Boys was less than successful. I'm so happy to have a nice new burger joint on the Southwest side of town, but this place was more of a miss than a hit with me. And I know my burgers!Let's start with the positives: the place is spotlessly clean. I mean "I'd have zero qualms about eating off the floor" kind of clean. That's a pretty major feat considering I visited at 12:30 on a Tuesday during peak lunch rush hour. The place was packed, there wasn't any seating, but it was super clean. The interior design is very welcoming and comfortable too...if you can find a seat! I asked for my burger wrapped in lettuce low carb style and there was no confusion, so yay for that. Now for the not so good: the menu is a little confusing if you are a first timer. Step back and really study it. Lots of choices, and it doesn't make sense what you get with what. Like can I have fried zucchini if I get a combo, and how many do I get? Nobody could give me a definitive answer. The employees were confused too -- they didn't know what was supposed to come on my burger (and subsequently left the avocado off of my avocado burger). We also had to ask several times for silverware and a side of mayonnaise. When I finally got the kitchen to give me the missing avocado, I was handed a cup of mashed up avocado instead of the pretty slices shown on the menu photos. It still tasted good so I didn't care, but I think this is worth noting.None of these complaints are that serious, but there was one big problem with my meal: it simply didn't taste very good. The food tasted fresh, but it was so bland. It was like the cook forgot to season my meat and zucchini. It was so weird! I don't cook with salt at home -- I actively avoid eating it -- but I had to reach for the salt (something I NEVER do). Freddy's, Fatburger and Smashburger all make more delicious burgers.I really want to give Farmer Boys another chance, and I think they deserve one. But I wanted to share my first impressions for now.
By: tamirose170
Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
The rooms are very nice, the check in process is horrendous though! We live here and go there once in awhile to get away from it all; but this last trip will be our last. It seems like the younger crowd has taken over and everyday is Spring Break. Nothing like seeing more plumbers crack as I walked through the casino, down the hallways, in the elevator and the language is inexcusable. I finally went and grabbed Security and told them about a young man who was literally exposing both sides of him, hair and flesh; and the Security said "What do you want me to do about it". Well, maintain your 4 star status and tell the man to pull up his pants and get some decorum/manners. They just don't seem to care anymore. No one should have to stand in line for an hour to check in - everytime we go, no matter what time we check in as we have tried diff. times of the day - it is a nightmare. They should have EVERY station open during the prime hours of check in and check out EVERY DAY of the week! The slot machines took every penny and then another MAC withdrawl, I was SHOCKED. They must be hurting bad and they have them rigged NOT to pay a dime - so play table games, it is your only chance of getting anything back. I have lived here for 5 years, right before the BIG DIVE in the economy and all the way through it and I have never seen machines SO TIGHT. We will find another getaway place after this last visit. Let the place go wild if that is the type of clientele they want; why would I want to wear a beautiful dress and spend good money on an expensive, deliciousl dinner to walk behind a group of guys showing plumbers crack issues on the way back to my room for a romantic night??? No thanks - lost my appetite for everything!
By: Louisa M.
I'm a burger fanatic but this joint is just okay. It's loud, crowded and overpriced, and the food is just so/so. When you eat here, you're paying for the novelty of the name and owners. (Now, if they decide to have Mark and Donny start serving burgers shirtless, I may reconsider my star rating)!I was surprised at how difficult it was to find the restaurant, it's AT Bally's but it's not IN Bally's -- you have to go outside and down several escalators to get there. Once you arrive, expect a wait. The restaurant thankfully has a system where you can give them your cell number and they'll text you when your table is ready. It's nice enough, but there's nothing to do around the area while you wait, just some lame shops and the casino.While I appreciated the gimmick of "government cheese," I really hate fake cheese so that just grossed me out. I was happy they had Swiss cheese too, but I think it may have been Swiss-flavored processed cheese food.The fried onions were mediocre (they were red onions too, which meant they were far too pungent for the light batter). I ordered a triple cheeseburger because I was starving, and I'm glad I did because the portion size was really small for the price. My burger was cooked as ordered and well seasoned. The pickle chips were INCREDIBLY delicious, but the chili was the absolute star of the meal. Yes, the chili has beans (boo!), but they are minimal.It was fun to try once, but I probably won't go back to this place.
By: Louisa M.
Sambalatte Torrefazione
I'm a coffee snob, there's no doubt about that. I'll admit it. It all started when I first traveled to Italy and I tasted a REAL espresso. There's no turning back from that, and Starbucks just doesn't cut it. There's a REASON there aren't any Starbucks stores in Italy!Sambalatte is a place where they understand good coffee. Each beverage is hand crafted so it's not a place to go if you are in a hurry. I don't mind if the baristas take their time making my coffee, it just goes to show how important it is to them to put out a good cup. It's pricey ($4.50 for a cappuccino) but it's GOOD. This coffee might not significantly change your life, but it'll make you much happier than a Starbucks run would. Give it a try if you are at the Monte Carlo!Make sure you order your coffee to enjoy in the store, not to go. You'll be treated to a real cup, a proper sized portion, and gorgeous coffee art! A cappuccino is worth it just for the pretty presentation! This location has a fantastic attached outdoor patio so on a nice day, sit outside and linger while enjoying some of the best people watching in the country. On nice evenings, there's sometimes a band that plays right outside so you get the bonus of a free show too.I love this place and I love their coffee. I frequent both locations (the one in Summerlin mostly). I'm so happy that this Strip location has opened because our tourists can now enjoy this yumminess.
By: Carl M.
Mt Charleston Lodge
this is a great location for a family getaway or Staycation during the winter school break if you are in Las Vegas as a local or want a break from the strip. We stayed one night with two elementary aged children. We stayed in cabin 9,which I believe is one of the largest they have. It is located near the office and parking lot but is set back far enough from the road so there is no noise. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the cabin and the amenities. I was not expecting much to be honest, but was impressed as the cabin had two elaborate four poster beds, a two sided fireplace, two large sofas, a flat screen TV for DVDs, a jacuzzi tub and large dining table. The cabin also has a nice balcony/ deck with porch swing and chairs. We enjoyed the serenity, proximity to the Lodge for dinner and beautiful views of Cathedral Rock. The kids enjoyed sledding in Lee Canyon near the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard resort. You can't beat the fact that it only takes 30 minutes from Las Vegas and you are a world away! Bear in mind this is a rustic setting so the furniture is scuffed and hodgepodge, don't expect more and you won't be disappointed.
By: Saadeea I.
Kazuki Sushi
What a gem of a restaurant! I was visiting Vegas and wanted to go off the strip in search of some great sushi and boy did I find it! The chef is an absolute delight and takes great pride in his work. I thoroughly enjoyed all of his wonderful creations. Being from Vancouver, often the local sushi restaurants have great sushi but the decor and ambiance leave much to be desired. This is not the case for Kazuki Sushi. The restaurant itself is clean, cozy and has great decor including fantastic artwork and seating. I definitely felt like I was in a higher end restaurant but not paying outrageous prices. The owner is friendly, hospitable and treats everyone who walks in the door like a personal friend. He takes the time to get to know customers and really makes them feel at home. The restaurant is just off the strip in the southern highlands. If you're in Vegas and looking for some great, affordable sushi in a fun, comfortable setting, then take the short ride off the strip and head to Kazuki Sushi. You won't be disappointed.
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By: alan.lang.315
My son and I were looking for a good breakfast place during our visit to Vegas and Eat had lots of positive reviews so we decided to give it a try. We showed up around 1pm and there was a 15-20 minute wait. We stuck out the wait and we were both glad we did !!! The menu is pretty small (which I like) and consisted of a bunch of classic comfort food items with a twist. After much debate my son decided on the truffle egg sandwich and I had the chicken fried steak. They were both really yummy and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The portions were pretty generous and I was only able to eat about half of my dish and took the rest home. The coffee was good and the service was really excellent. We also really liked the vibe of the place and the clientele which consisted of primarily young hipsters and foodies. Some of the other items that looked really good were the pancakes (lots of people seemed to be enjoying them), the corned beef hash, the grilled cheese, and the huevos motulenos. We'll have to try them next time, I guess !!!
By: darkseas
Kazuki Sushi
Coming in from Cali every weekend the drive is a drag with nothing but fast food from ghost town exits.Kazuki Sushi is the only sushi restaurant you can find when you finally reach the first exit after stateline into vegas and last exit outta vegas before driving back to Cali.I actually look forward driving in from Cali and taking southern highlands pkwy exit, to have the AYCE sushi. OMG the rolls are amazing! If you dont know what to order, Just ask for half rolls, that way you can try as many rolls as you can possibly demolish. * FYI ... I have a sensitive stomach, but Kazuki in Southern Highlands has never given me the runs nor bloating!!! Most AYCE places gives you the sh*ts !!! NOT KAZUKI.The fish is sooooo fresh!! Yums!!! Can't wait til Friday! Will be thinking about Kazuki the entire drive in. Then Kazuki before driving out Sunday.All fellow Californians, trust me, Kazuki sushi will make your drive in and out of Cali worth your time.You wont be disappointed.

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