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Just One Dish: Steakhouse Grilled Ribeye Sandwich

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89104
May 8, 2015 at 7:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

As a steakhouse traditionalist, I never thought I would be recommending a sandwich from a steakhouse but this isnít just any sandwich. When Chef Giffen of Top of the World fame made an appearance at McCallís Heartland Grill, also at Stratosphere, I asked him what he recommended. I figured he would say the filet or the boneless ribeye but I was surprised when he said I had to try the steakhouse grilled ribeye sandwich ($16).

Soft buttered bread with a crispy char-grilled top is piled high with thinly sliced pieces of ribeye that are tender and flavorful. The open-faced sandwich is then topped with crispy onion straws, mushrooms and a flavor-packed horseradish butter. Yep, thatís the second application for butter in this dish. The buttery goodness is so rich that this cheese lover didnít even notice the lack of cheese. It certainly didnít seem like it was missing. Served with a side of fries, this sandwich isnít for the faint of heart, or stomach. Iím happy to report it warms up well the next day.

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Just One Dish: Asparagus Pizza at Otto Enoteca

May 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

Iím not usually one for frou frou pizza. Dough, sauce, cheese and a couple of standard toppings and Iím happy. Pizza has gone off the deep end lately as chefs try to one-up each other and put a four-course meal on top of some crust. It turns out a couple of outlandish pizza ingredients arenít anything to be afraid of.

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Just One Dish: Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich At Delano Beach Club

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 23, 2015 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (3)

Usually at pools and beach clubs the food is pretty basic. The menus include classic staples like burgers, sandwiches, fruit platters, chicken strips etc. Nothing extraordinary. When I visit pools, the last thing on my mind is the food. Iím usually more interested in the drinks (donít judge). So, when I recently visited Delano Beach Club, the last thing I expected was to be blown away by a food item on their menu. But, I was.

My guest ordered the Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich and I initially cringed. The sounds of crab and shrimp salad didnít appeal to me, especially in the heat and while drinking the beach clubís sweet, sugary drinks. I was wrong about the sandwich, though, and pleasantly surprised. It was fantastic!

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Just One Dish: Fried Green Tomato Caprese At The Green Valley Ranch Pizza Rock

Where: 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway [map], 89052
April 13, 2015 at 3:29 PM | by | Comments (14)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

When a chain restaurant, large or small, offers an exclusive dish, itís sometimes worth trying just to say you did. That was the case when checking out the new Pizza Rock location at the off Strip Green Valley Ranch. This location offers a dish you won't find at the downtown locale. It was a little outside of my comfort zone, but I just had to try it.

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Just One Dish At BLVD Creamery

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (3)

Monte Carlo has been busy the past couple years adding more flavor to the Strip's restaurant lineup. Double Barrel opened its house up to the road closing in on a year ago and Sambalatte has been brewing up good cups of coffee for almost a year Strip-side, too. 800 Degrees was heating up pizzas here before it added a second location north at SLS, but the coolest experience that debuted was BLVD Creamery.

Boozy flavors garnered all the initial attention, however more traditional, kid-friendly tastes won out recently in Just One Dish that we created ourselves.

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Just One Dish: Bacon-Wrapped Bacon at Rx Boiler Room

Where: 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89119
April 8, 2015 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (2)

What would be better than bacon? How about bacon wrapped in bacon! If this idea sounds intriguing to you, check out the Bacon Wrapped Bacon-N-Egg at Rx Boiler Room, located in Mandalay Bay, right up the escalators leading to the beginning of The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.

Rx Boiler Room, if you haven't made your way there yet, is a gastropub by Top Chef Rick Moonen, who also runs RM seafood, just downstairs. It's decorated in a theme of steampunk (which is sort of cool, retro-futuristic, Victorian-industrialism science fiction.) They feature delicious craft cocktails, and upscale comfort foods with an interesting twist. They also have a good selection of small plates that are ideal for sharing. My favorite is the Bacon Wrapped Bacon.

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Just One Dish: d.vino's Gnocchi a la Bolognese

March 30, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (3)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

While the Monte Carlo plaza restaurants like Yusho and Double Barrel Roadhouse are getting more attention these days than their interior counterparts, these older restaurants are not to be forgotten.

After a recent visit, Italian restaurant d.vino proved it shouldnít be overlooked. With tasty pizzas and other delicious appetizers like the Italian Fritters (a.k.a., goat cheese balls), thereís a lot to love. There was definitely one dish, however, that stood out: the Gnocchi a la Bolognese ($20).

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Returning to THE Steak House At Circus Circus

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
February 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (12)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

Just One Dish is replaced today by just one plate. Most high-end steakhouses list everything on their menu as a la carte. If you want side orders, youíll have to buy a serving usually meant for sharing. It's not really a big deal, but not the most economical way to eat. Many times, food is left uneaten or you end up eating more than you should.

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Just One Dish: Grilled Corn At Hussong's Cantina

Where: 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
January 20, 2015 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (2)

Itís not often this writer swoons over an appetizer rather than a main course, but not all apps are created equal. Hussongís Cantina at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the addition of new menu items like Pueblaís style guacamole (with bacon!) and BBQ pork quesadillas. For me, itís an old reliable that still stands out.

My love affair with Hussongís grilled corn appetizer ($6) started the first week it opened and has not lessened in intensity over the years. Already a fan of corn in general, I had been wary of similar dishes in Mexican restaurants because I feared how spicy it would be. Once I realized I wasnít as much of a spice wimp as I had previously thought and also noticed chili flakes arenít too harsh, anyway, I decided to give it a try.

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Just One Dish At Hearthstone Kitchen

Where: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. [map], 89135
December 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

Off Strip restaurant Hearthstone Kitchen has been open at Red Rock Resort a little over a month now. And, while another VegasChatter writer enjoyed his first bites of branzino, this writer opted to explore other areas.

Looking over the full menu for the first time, nothing honestly lept off the page at me. Soup and salad had my stomach screaming for more sustenance. The shared plates were seafood heavy and, with an allergy at the table, wouldn't be shared much. Ingredients on the flatbreads piqued my interest, but my mood just wasn't for fancy pizza. The $46 branzino would be left for another night.

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Just One Dish: Creme Brulee at FIX

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do you ever get to the dessert menu and suddenly go into a mild panic because you canít decide between all the delicious flavors? Sometimes you want cookies. And, chocolate. And, creamy custardy goodness. The trouble is, you probably arenít still hungry in the first place and, though the separate dessert stomach is totally a thing, you donít need to order something from three different categories of sweets. Or, at least you probably shouldnít.

FIX at Bellagio can solve this dessert dilemma with its FIX CrŤme Brulee ($15). Its presentation of the standard dessert features an added bonus at the bottom: a layer of cookie butter. If youíre not familiar with the sweet concoction, you should run, not walk, to FIX to have your taste buds blown away. Itís made from mashed spiced biscuits popular in Holland and Belgium.

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Just One Dish: Southern Fried Quail at Public House

Where: 89109
October 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (3)

Vegas has a knack for showcasing the experience of chefs from around the world, each bringing their own unique background and skill set to the city. Among these is Chef de Cuisine of Public House, Thomas King.

The rule of thumb at Public House -- the one found within Venetian|Palazzo and not the one that's surprisingly still at Luxor -- is "use more beer" and that is certainly the case with the restaurant's lovely fall dish, Southern Fried Quail ($21). Using a classic southern-fried, beer-battered chicken recipe that even the Colonel would covet, these dainty, semi-boneless birds are given a light brine, then flash-fried until nice and crispy, but with a very moist interior. The bird is then plated with roasted parsnips, Swiss chard, and chestnuts.

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