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Just One Dish: Traditional Potato Cakes At Ri Ra

Where: 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
July 16, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | ()

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.

I love Irish music and the vibe at Mandalay Placeís Irish pub Ri Ra makes it one of my favorite spots even if Iím not the traditional Irish pub fan, at least food and drink-wise. I donít care for Guinness nor bangers, but Iím all about the mashÖed potatoes that is. Ri Raís Traditional Potato Cakes appetizer ($10) is one of my favorites.

Served as two large patties on top of fancy lettuce, this appetizer eats like a meal. Itís much more of a fried mashed potato concept that something crispy all the way through like hash browns. While crispy on the edges, the soft texture inside is a nice contrast. Filled with potatoes, Irish (duh) cheddar and green onions, this dish covers all of the major bar food groups: potatoes, fried stuff and cheese.

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Just One Dish: Brussels Sprout Hearts at Cleo

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 14, 2015 at 7:10 PM | by | ()

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.

After hearing from my vegetarian friends how delicious Cleo at SLS was, this omnivore was quite curious. When I go out for a nice meal, itís either Italian or a typical steakhouse dinner of steak and some sides. Potatoes are a vegetable, right? I do love most vegetables but I wouldnít normally choose a restaurant just for its veggie reputation.

Iím so glad I went out of my comfort zone because the meal I had at Cleo, which was recently sold to The One Group, was easily one of the ten best Iíve had in Vegas over a decade of overeating here. While the seasonal mushroom flatbread, spanakopita and mushrooms with puffed rice all were worth returning for on their own, the Brussels Sprouts Hearts from the mezze section of the menu were surprisingly great. They are $9 for a fairly large bowl that was a good size to share with a friend.

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Just One Dish: Nutella Cookie Sandwich at Public School 702

Where: 1850 Festival Plaza Drive [map], 89135
June 9, 2015 at 10:59 PM | by | ()

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.

Chocolate chip cookies are pretty awesome on their own. Add Nutella and theyíre even better. Stick vanilla ice cream inside to make a chipwhich and now youíre really cooking with gas. Public School 702, the newly opened restaurant and beer joint at Downtown Summerlin, does all of this and more with its Nutella Cookie Sandwich. The more part is bacon brittle. Around the outside of the ice cream part, crumbs of bacon brittle bring the salty sweetness to the next level.

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Just One Dish: Chicken Mac 'N' Cheese At PBR Rock Bar

May 29, 2015 at 3:22 PM | by | ()

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 in time for the warmer weather, PBR Rock Bar at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood has updated its patio. Thereís now artificial turf, picnic tables and shade screens for those super sunny days which we have 98% of the time. If you go, the menu is full of tasty bar food treats like the Chili Cheese Taters ($9.95) but we ended up really liking an adult version of a kidsí classic.

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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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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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