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Old 10-05-2017, 01:50 AM   #176
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Last day in downtown before moving to Flamingo for our last three days.

Let's start with an amuse bouche in you-know-where



Random street Tacos on Fremont. Was legit, though





And then a dinner in Chada with a special quest, gobbo. This is a repeat of last year but can you blame us? What's restricting us is that you can only eat "a lot" at x number of resturants when you'd want to eat everything at every restaurant.

We had a million dishes and i have a million bad photos, but to give you a taste, the spring rolls were very fresh and the crispy duck panang is just great. I'd say pairing wines with these spicy dishes is challenging. Their Zinfandel couldn't fight against the flavor overkill.





Then back to downtown Texas. The Golden Nugget games have been a very positive surprise. The uncapped buyin seems to attract deepstacked and loose clientele. But rest assured, our wallets keep losing weight no matter who is at the table.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:28 AM   #177
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awesome TR; i somehow missed this last year and read through it all. awesome food; you guys eat like kings (in terms of whatever you want whenever you want). gl at the tables!
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:42 PM   #178
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katki,

Try a Riesling or similar next time!
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Old 10-05-2017, 03:39 PM   #179
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Try a Riesling or similar next time!


Love a dry Riesling.
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:27 PM   #180
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Yep, riesling with Thai food. Both Chada and Lotus have an extensive selection.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:02 PM   #181
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Try a Riesling or similar next time!


Will do!
I'm def a newbie in asian food wine pairing.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:15 PM   #182
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It sure ain't pretty but this is modern art. Double relish, double mustard, no mayo. Just call me Picasso.



Chef asked if i'm gonna eat it all. Little did he know...

They forgot the cajun first so we ended up with two cups (insert girls&cup jokes here)

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Old 10-05-2017, 09:22 PM   #183
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My favorite Scandinavian burger vampires.

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Old 10-05-2017, 10:38 PM   #184
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Ha, thought that was Lauri Markannen at first.
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:35 PM   #185
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Try Tommy's burgers next time if you haven't already. Everything comes with chili on it. Nice little change of pace.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:42 PM   #186
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Breakfast hunting. Babystacks Cafe in north Summerlin.

Red velvet pancakes, banana foster, traditional eggs benedict w/ hash browns. Grilled cheese, double bacon double cheese





Another letdown in this category. They forgot the double bacon, and i doubt there was double cheese either. Otherwise the sandwich was obviously good but not great.

Pancakes slightly on the dry side but the sauces and toppings helped. Banana version is better than red velvet which is a surprise. Benedict good but hash browns not crispy enough and not enough of that slightly burnt & sweet flavor which makes great hash browns shine. According to our pancake hunting department, Babystacks comes with variance depending on location.

And then one of our favorite pastas at Il Mulino New York in Caesars. Our first visit was to the Trump Taj Mahal one in AC 8 years ago, and it became a traditon



The key here is their Arrabiata. Simple and great with enough garlic. They serve a small bruschetta, eggplant and parmiggiano on the house to start with. If you'll have the huge pasta on top of that, there won't be room for dessert. Grappa comes from a copper jar and puts you to sleep. We went to craps tho.

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Old 10-06-2017, 04:45 PM   #187
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, there won't be room for dessert.
Given everything I've seen in this thread I really do wonder what your threshold is for this to be true.
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:37 PM   #188
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Given everything I've seen in this thread I really do wonder what your threshold is for this to be true.


Threshold appetizer:



You see, no fries no animal = room for pasta
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Old 10-06-2017, 09:27 PM   #189
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extra toasted buns from in n out. this is pro style.
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Old 10-07-2017, 04:49 AM   #190
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Final day!

We wake up, we see a golden egg in the horizon. Eggslut it must be.

The only problem is a group of 20 female egg hunters in the line before us. Let the sluts have their eggs, we will go to Wicked Spoon.



Right off the bat we get the eggs benedict done right. It tastes, it feels, it touches us.



Build-your-own oxtail Pho soup. Not quite like on the streets of Saigon, but i liked the building part



We usually never eat wings in a premium buffet because they are for fools (just like pizza is). It's like paying $50 for KFC. But here they are juicy, and they deserve a chance. Mix the spicy horseradish and sweet wicked bbq to balance things out (range merge).



We see an inverted broccoli pattern in the current stock market. Resistance level stands at 2-3 slices of beef. The au jus was remarkably good, better than at these premium buffets usually. Chimichurri looks like a turd but works great. Be careful with the mash to avoid the fool trap. At $36 Cosmo still delivers an interesting buffet. Must be -ev for them to even let us in



Like mom always said, don't play with food
...except in Vegas



Dinner: half-comped 2 for 1 chicken sandwich at Aria Cafe

Waiter rolls his eyes, looks for another person and asks "where do i put the other one?"

What do you mean where? They are mine! Ranch on the side!



A trip wrap-up will follow if we can exit this village without getting sucked into a burger vortex

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Old 10-07-2017, 05:56 AM   #191
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vegas is all about the food and your tr epitomizes it. screw you for making me so jealous. awesome job!
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Old 10-07-2017, 10:54 AM   #192
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Smart move getting one chicken sandwich with fries and one with rings
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Old 10-07-2017, 12:13 PM   #193
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I'm enjoying this TR sir.
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Old 10-07-2017, 12:51 PM   #194
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We see an inverted broccoli pattern in the current stock market. Resistance level stands at 2-3 slices of beef.
Never make a move without checking the RSI first.
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Old 10-08-2017, 02:46 AM   #195
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great, tr. awesome pics!
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Old 10-28-2017, 08:13 PM   #196
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TR: Burger Hunting in Vegas

WRAP-UP

First of all, how does it take 3 weeks to write a wrap-up post?

You see, man enters Vegas. Man devours all edible items, drives up and down the I-15 like it’s the path to paradise. He stops at every establishment that might have ice cream inside. He came to play poker but he is doing everything but that. Finally he balloons into a living, breathing burger/oyster hybrid.

Then comes the day when man sees a cinnabon in front of him. The initial excitement is quickly followed by sadness because cinnabons live near the departure gates at McCarran.



Then man finds himself walking in slushy snow, entering and exiting offices, acting like a responsible person with values. Morning meetings, phone calls and emails. Can’t i just drive to valet and hit the pit? Life hits a plateau.

Vegas ain’t what it it used to be, either. 6 to 5 blackjack, please pay for parking signs, ”only one drink at a time” restrictions, obnoxious resort fees and all that. The illusion of free is being watered down by the corporate bean counters who’ve never even been on an adventure with betti the yetti. Remember the ending scene of Casino?

The culinary offerings, dirt cheap flights and many other excuses will keep us coming back for more. Poker is not one of those excuses, because the games in Europe are way better. But who needs poker anyway when you got skills in dice, slots and eating.

Special thanks to readers and commenters, gobbo, forbidden dragons, and pot of gold. And **** you Lil’ Red. That Grandma’s cabin was full of empty promises.

But life goes on and i can assure you i’m not starving:

Triple chipotle burger, double cheese, marinated red onions, jalapeños, and chili crème fraiche for the fries. Friends & Brgrs.



Just so you know, we got burgers too!
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Old 10-28-2017, 08:32 PM   #197
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Burger and fries look amazing.

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Poker is not one of those excuses, because the games in Europe are way better.
Who would have known this... ???
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