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09-24-2023 , 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by wj94
Went to Taru Rockin Sushi which is next to Lamaii and Sparrow and Wolf. Top tier Japanese, easily the best Yakitori skewers Iíve had in Vegas. The pork belly one in particular is just absurd. 5 stars on Yelp and well deserved.

These skewers look amazing. I might have to add this place for my trip in Dec. Love a good sushi place. I'm just so used to the AYCE model in Vegas
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09-24-2023 , 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by punkass
These skewers look amazing. I might have to add this place for my trip in Dec. Love a good sushi place. I'm just so used to the AYCE model in Vegas
They were even better than they look. The crispy spicy tuna rice was also A+ 10/10. Sushi roll 8.5/10. Bulgogi 8.5/10. Highly recommend.
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09-27-2023 , 11:49 AM
Did a trip a few weeks ago which was minimal poker, so did a TR on a non poker Vegas site. Visited a lot of restaurants, mostly casual so gonna C&P my thoughts over here.

Ocean One's (Miracle Mile) - This place generally tends to be our first breakfast of the trip. It's cheap, it's cheerful, it's filling and it's good. Not much more to say really. Best time to visit is 12pm but be prepared to queue. Would recommend to anyone who likes cheap eats.

Public House (Luxor) - Took advantage of a MyVegas reward to come here. It's pretty average if I'm honest, compared to other places. Portions are a decent size but could be better. The Philly Cheesesteak was well liked but the boneless wings seemed pretty small and I could have eaten more, which is saying something as I'm not the biggest eater in the world. I don't think I'd come back here and pay full price, but the MyVegas makes it worth it imo.

Cheesecake Factory (North Outlets) - I've specified the location for a reason. This one sucks. Do not visit here. Go to the one at Caesars Palace instead, so much better. I'll do a review of Cheesecake Factory when I get to the other one

Sapporo Revolving Sushi (Silverton) - This was the first "try out" meal of the trip. Neither of us are big seafood fans, but we both wanted to expand our horizons on this trip and started here. Sadly, this was a mistake. We'd seen the chain on one of PokerKraut's vlogs a few months ago and not only did he give it a good review, the prices looked very, very cheap, and the menu had items on it that we knew we'd eat if the sushi didn't work out, so I added it to our lists and off we went. I'm thinking we went to the wrong store though (there are 4 in town). The sushi was just bad. The ramen was not fresh. The only saving grace was the gyoza, which were absolutely divine, and the cheese tonkotsu, which went down well with both of us. I may try this again at a different store just to see if it was that store that was the issue, but I think it'll be a solo job. FYI - the location is next to the Silverton, not actually in it, on Dean Martin Dr.

Ramen-Ya (Horseshoe) - This is one of my favourite Ramen stops in Vegas. At least, it was. They've changed how they make their Ramen and it's just not as good any more - they've added corn into the veg rotation. I hate corn with a passion. It's still good Ramen, and I would recommend, but I'll be making sure I ask for no corn next time I go. The rest of the bowl though is very, very good. The broth is lovely, the toppings are cooked very well and there is a good choice on what to have. For $20 ramen, it's well worth a visit.

Grimaldi's (Venetian/Palazzo) - Best. Pizza. In. Town. No more needs to be said. Crust is lovely, decent amount of toppings and good value for money. Visit here.

Omelet House (Charleston Blvd) - Very busy locals place that we found on our way to the Ghost Town. If you have a vehicle, like Ocean One but want better food for not that much more money? Come here. There's a reason it's been going since 1979 despite being out of the way of all the tourists. The food is very, very good. Bit hard to find the entrance, and you do wonder exactly where the hell you are, but we loved the food and would go back. Will happily recommend the Chicken Philly, a sandwich covered in chicken, cheese, green bell peppers that you literally cannot close, it's that big.

Cheesecake Factory (Caesars Palace) - It's The Cheesecake Factory. What more needs to be said. It's cheap (ish), cheerful and filling. Generally enough for us. We absolutely love the Cheeseburger Spring Rolls so I will recommend them to ANYONE that ever visits (unless I know you don't eat meat) but other than that, have at it. The menu is pretty hefty so there's normally something for everyone, and the cheesecake is very good, albeit getting a bit too expensive per slice so I might have to take this one off the rotation.

Marigold Fine Indian Cuisine (Flamingo Rd) - I've never had an Indian meal in Vegas before now, which is saying something as this was trip number 11 or 12, so when I was researching I found this place. Somehow, we came out of here both amazed and disappointed. The smell was epic and it just felt like a little family run joint that focused on the food, and the food only. It's BYOB as they don't have a licence to sell booze, which is normally a good sign from experience. The starters were out of this world (yes I know I said this originally but it still stands) but the mains were dire. Prices were good though. I may go back, but on the other hand I may try some other places first. Its a pity, because everyone should be trying their starters, but the mains were so, so bad that it's not enticing me to return.

Shanghai Taste (Chinatown) - Basically Din Tai Fung but for locals. Focuses heavily on soup dumplings and dim sum. It wasn't bad, naturally we over-ordered and I have a feeling that things are made to local's tastes and stomach's - it felt like some of the dumplings were undercooked, especially the bigger ones, and my wife had some stomach issues further down the line that we're pretty sure were related to this. Would I recommend? Not really. Just go to DTF instead.

Beijing Noodle No. 9 (Caesars Palace) - Good if you want cheap Chinese food in a pinch. It's full of MSG. I'd go again, but wouldn't make a special effort to visit. There are better Chinese joints in town.

Jinya Ramen (Flamingo Road) - Another one of my favourite places for Ramen in Vegas (add Monta to that list but we didn't get out there this time). Quick tip, get the Chicken Ramen but ask for pork soup. It's so much better. The Jinya buns were delightful as always, and the ramen was quickly out, piping hot, and went down an absolute treat. Noodles were soft and slurpy, lots of chicken compared to other places, and the other toppings complemented it well. Would recommend to everyone. Just a pity it's off-Strip. A nice way to finish off a trip.
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09-27-2023 , 03:16 PM
Went to monta at 1:30 yesterday afternoon. For half my visit I was the only one in the place. Parking lot 30% full. The egg yolk was still very cold, and the ramen was ok. Monta has always been my jam, but I think it’s time to admit what others know — it was the OG, but others have caught up, and it’s no longer the best in town.

Also, Big Wong closed. RIP - absolute legend of a restaurant. So many dirt cheap delicious meals there.
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09-27-2023 , 10:33 PM
Vegas lunch particularly in the inexpensive to medium range has always been the weakest meal imo. Best bets off the strip are mostly Asian or breakfast spots open till 2 or 3. When Iím in Henderson sushi hiro is a must. Downtown I think Carson kitchen and 7th and Carson are the best lunches. In summerlin Iím most likely going to honey salt or north Italia or daily bread now that the weather is changing. On the strip you pretty much throw out finding something inexpensive but a lot of menus are cheaper than dinner. We like Hellís Kitchen, bouchon, yardbird, Gordon ramsays pub at Caesarís, delmonico, Cipriani, the Henry, joes stone crabs, or Wallyís.
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09-28-2023 , 03:12 AM
Yeah, I was SO bummed when I found out Big Wong closed.

Another lunch spot, which I think I learned of here, is Milo's at venetian.

Iirc $39 fixed menu. Appetizer, entre, dessert.

Not exactly cheap. But quite a deal compared to dinner prices. I was full, but not stuffed. The salmon was wonderful. Like butter.
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09-28-2023 , 04:52 PM
A new El desayuno casa spot opened up on Charleston/bruce .

just as good as original.

tri-color chilaqiiles (comes with steak) is the star

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09-28-2023 , 06:10 PM
yeah those look pretty superb
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09-28-2023 , 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Wyman
Went to monta at 1:30 yesterday afternoon. For half my visit I was the only one in the place. Parking lot 30% full. The egg yolk was still very cold, and the ramen was ok. Monta has always been my jam, but I think itís time to admit what others know ó it was the OG, but others have caught up, and itís no longer the best in town.

Also, Big Wong closed. RIP - absolute legend of a restaurant. So many dirt cheap delicious meals there.

Havenít been to Monta in forever, wouldnít even consider it over some spots. Next ramen meal Iím going to try Silver Lake, it looks pretty great.
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09-28-2023 , 08:47 PM
Tried Q Bistro recently, wings were very good and the short ribs were excellent, would definitely go back.
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09-28-2023 , 09:11 PM
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Havenít been to Monta in forever, wouldnít even consider it over some spots. Next ramen meal Iím going to try Silver Lake, it looks pretty great.
Ramen Boys is great too. Still havenít had anything close to Soraís spicy ramen
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09-28-2023 , 09:26 PM
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Also, Big Wong closed. RIP - absolute legend of a restaurant. So many dirt cheap delicious meals there.
Nooooooooooooo!
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10-07-2023 , 01:52 AM
I was at Red Rock and noticed that their Lotus of Siam had a poor rating. 3.6 iirc. Anyone tried it? Warranted?

I went to Naxos, the Greek place instead. I thought it was pretty good. The pita bread before the meal is good.

Nice beet salad. As the publisher and editor of Beet Salad Aficionado, I enjoyed that the put their own, Greek spin on it.

Had a pasta dish that was on special. Waitress said they were considering it for the menu. I said they should go for it.

I've had Greek spaghetti or something before, but this was quite different from that. Very Greek in flavor, and delicious.
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10-07-2023 , 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by ES2
I was at Red Rock and noticed that their Lotus of Siam had a poor rating. 3.6 iirc. Anyone tried it? Warranted?

I went to Naxos, the Greek place instead. I thought it was pretty good. The pita bread before the meal is good.

Nice beet salad. As the publisher and editor of Beet Salad Aficionado, I enjoyed that the put their own, Greek spin on it.

Had a pasta dish that was on special. Waitress said they were considering it for the menu. I said they should go for it.

I've had Greek spaghetti or something before, but this was quite different from that. Very Greek in flavor, and delicious.
Was the pasta dish pastitsio?


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10-07-2023 , 01:10 PM
Man 2+2 ghetto.
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10-07-2023 , 01:28 PM
^lol...
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10-07-2023 , 08:27 PM
LoS is improving. At least for dine in. Good place to burn comps. Still a gap btwn RR and original, and the spice level you get is only loosely correlated to what you order.

Naxos is v good, get whole fish.
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10-08-2023 , 08:23 PM
Holy **** at all the Monmouth County people in here. I grew up in Middlesex but went to HS in Red Bank. Used to drink in Sea Bright all the time (drinking age was 18 back then). Planning my first Vegas trip in over 2 years so I needed to see if any new casual spots were being touted. Always some good stuff in here. Carry on.
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10-08-2023 , 08:56 PM
DN, no. Though that looks awesome.

It was a bowl of pasta, I think it was bowtie, with a kind of ragu, some feta, olives and a sauce. I drizzled a little olive oil on it.

I plan to try the fish Wyman. I was alone, and the waitress said most of the fish would be too much. The look great, though.
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10-09-2023 , 08:20 PM







Lardo at Cosmo still great at making sandwiches. Porchetta 9/10 and birria grilled cheese 8/10, the grilled cheese is pretty heavy as youíd expect. Well worth the $16-17 per sandwich IMO
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10-10-2023 , 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by MyrnaFTW
A new El desayuno casa spot opened up on Charleston/bruce .

just as good as original.

tri-color chilaqiiles (comes with steak) is the star

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gracias
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10-10-2023 , 09:19 PM
That looks extremely greek, and homemade, baked .... neither of which is a knock on the dish or the presentation.

Looks like 50+ places in the Chicago area.

(If you're hankering for similar grub elsewhere in Las Vega,s try Rosatis locations around town.)



I'm in to go try this out, for Chicago-style , Maxwell Street nostalgia reasons.
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10-11-2023 , 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Gzesh
That looks extremely greek, and homemade, baked .... neither of which is a knock on the dish or the presentation.

Looks like 50+ places in the Chicago area.

(If you're hankering for similar grub elsewhere in Las Vega,s try Rosatis locations around town.)



I'm in to go try this out, for Chicago-style , Maxwell Street nostalgia reasons.
Were you Anthony Spilotroís other lawyer? Did you guys sit around and talk about old restaurants from back home years ago?
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10-11-2023 , 03:28 PM
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Lardo at Cosmo still great at making sandwiches. Porchetta 9/10 and birria grilled cheese 8/10, the grilled cheese is pretty heavy as youíd expect. Well worth the $16-17 per sandwich IMO
Looks great (and I love block 16), but The Henry is also good. $18.

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10-12-2023 , 08:21 AM
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Looks great (and I love block 16), but The Henry is also good. $18.

Excuse me for declaring an EMERGENCY, but are those tater tots? I have to know immediately.

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