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Returning To N9NE Steakhouse

Where: 4321 West Flamingo Road [map], 89103
November 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

We haven't visited N9NE Steakhouse at Palms in a while so when a friend recommended it for dinner, we decided give it a whirl again. This writer's first visit was good. That visit was a few years ago and found a very modern decor along with good (not great) eats. Since then, nothing much at N9NE has changed. Chef Barry remains and the food is still good (not great). Meantime, the once cool decor seems a bit dated.

DRINKS

We sat down to our table and our waiter was quick to stop by. After planning to have a simple Grey Goose and soda, we were swayed to try the sangria on the cocktail menu. Sangria is always better by the pitcher, but the glass of extra fruity wine was nice. We just wanted to get the ball rolling with food so dinner started with a simple Caesar salad. The salad was fine, but nothing special. This salad could have easily been pulled from the Palms buffet and nobody would be surprised. Consider our palette whet for the main course.

STEAK

After enjoying a phenomenal filet mignon at Honey Salt, we decided that we would try the filet again. Our filet mignon at N9NE was a perfectly cooked medium with very little salt and pepper seasoning. While the meat itself was good the filet reminded this writer why a Strip (preferably NY Strip) is his cut of choice. Since there is very little fat on a filet mignon, more flavor is allowed to escape from the steak. That lack of flavor made the center of this 12 ounce filet mignon a little bland. Fat = flavor, never forget.

The steak wasn't bad by any means, it was just nothing special. Continuing onward, we decided on creamed corn and gnocchi with truffle cream for sides. Both were fine, but fine isn't anything special.

DESSERT

We closed dinner out by sharing an order of doughnuts and chocolate cheesecake which came with an orange ice cream. The doughnuts were more like zeppole than actual donuts. The dipping sauces of three different chocolates and peanut butter were ok. The chocolate cheesecake was good and, when paired with the orange ice cream, was quite nice.

When all is said and done dinner at N9NE Steakhouse was good but, not great. Besides the fact that Reggie Jackson was somewhere in the restaurant during our visit, it wasn't anything special. We wouldn't say no to dining at N9NE steakhouse again, but we also wouldn't go out of our way to visit the Palms for steak.

Note: Dinner was comp'd because our friends are fancy. Our opinions are our own and maybe not as fancy as our friends.

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