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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)

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

My love affair with Hussong’s 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 wasn’t as much of a spice wimp as I had previously thought and also noticed chili flakes aren’t 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 | 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.

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 can’t decide between all the delicious flavors? Sometimes you want cookies. And, chocolate. And, creamy custardy goodness. The trouble is, you probably aren’t still hungry in the first place and, though the separate dessert stomach is totally a thing, you don’t need to order something from three different categories of sweets. Or, at least you probably shouldn’t.

FIX at Bellagio can solve this dessert dilemma with its FIX Crème Brulee ($15). Its presentation of the standard dessert features an added bonus at the bottom: a layer of cookie butter. If you’re not familiar with the sweet concoction, you should run, not walk, to FIX to have your taste buds blown away. It’s 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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Just One Dish: Poutine At Sensi

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
October 29, 2014 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (7)

Sorry, we devoured half before remembering to take a pic!

Ever been afraid to order something only because you couldn’t pronounce the dish’s name? Hopefully, we’re not alone here. It’s embarrassing to admit, but even more embarrassing to deal with butchering a name in a restaurant setting, especially on the finer dining side. This writer speaks Spanish decently well, but French is completely intimidating. I tend to fear dishes if they even sound like a name of French origin, particularly if all or several of the ingredients are also in French, because I don’t really understand what I’m considering. When it finally dawned on me that poutine is just a fancy way of saying fries with gravy and cheese curds, I knew it was time to stop wimping out and avoiding dishes with French (or French Canadian, in this case) names.

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Just One Dish: Delmonico's Bacon Appetizer

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
October 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (5)

Sometimes you look at a menu and something stands out that you can't help but to keep going back to. For this writer, it’s often a main course that sounds like it will be better than the other dishes. It’s rare that an appetizer is so intriguing that everyone at the table keeps flipping the menu back to the first page to make sure they’re reading it correctly. That was the case during a recent visit to Delmonico at the Venetian to try the Piedmontese steak (which was great). Standing above the other appetizers was the following:

with Pickled Watermelon Rind and Abita Root Beer Glaze

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Just One Dish: The Foie Gras 'Floating Island' Of Bazaar Meat

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
September 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

After the great fanfare of the SLS opening, there has been an oddly short amount of critiques regarding Bazaar Meat, the flagship restaurant in a hotel of flagship restaurants. So, you may not know that Bazaar Meat is doing some really game-changing things.

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of Jose Andres' dining destinations will immediately be able to discern that this spot is different than his other Bazaar concepts. It is Vegas, after all, and even a chef like Pierre Gagnaire of Twist inside Mandarin Oriental cannot resist the voices that call for a seakhouse menu. Bazaar Meat, however, has quite an unusual steak program. There are two main attractions, both ribeyes, from either the Washugyu farm of Angus/Wagyu crossbreeds (I call them Wangus!) or Harris Ranch Black Angus. It's the higher concept dishes, though, that really show the true nature of Bazaar Meat.

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Just One Dish: Secret Cheesy Tots At Umami Burger

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (6)

Come for the burger, stay for the tots.

Trying new casino restaurants is nothing new for any of us at VegasChatter. This writer is a fan of all things cow, whether it's in steak or burger form. It may not be the healthiest diet, but it sure is goooooooood. After ordering a typical lunch at the newly opened Umami Burger inside SLS Las Vegas, I was pleasantly surprised to discover my chosen side dish was anything but typical.

After snapping pictures of the casino the day SLS opened, I stopped at Umami to play a little video poker and have a beer. A friend asked to split a burger and fries and who am I to say no? That first half of a burger was good enough to make me want to return and have a full one all to myself.

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Just One Dish: Banananana Pancakes At SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (5)

Pancakes are never a bad idea and we’re grateful The Griddle Cafe at SLS Las Vegas is open 24 hours a day. You’ve heard about our savory taste of Griddle, but now it’s time to get sweet and sticky… and yes, we’re still talking about pancakes here.

Before a recent late night trip to Sayers Club, this writer popped into The Griddle Cafe for 4th meal. Taco Bell may think it has the monopoly on this, but Las Vegas visitors and residents have become all too familiar with this post-dinner, pre-clubbing (or more often post-clubbing) snack for ages. Needing some quick and tasty carbs, I pondered the extensive pancake and French toast menu, only to find there were too many tempting options to decide on my own.

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Just One (Extraordinary) Dish At Oscar's

Where: 1 Main Street [map], 89101
August 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (2)

This writer is not one for overblown dish titles. Sorry, Guy Fieri, but your “Off-Da-Hook Original Smash-Burger” definitely sounds original, but whose hook is it off of, anyway? Be concise. Be accurate. Be catchy. If you can’t be the last two without violating the first, just give it up and call your dish what it is: mac ‘n cheese, burger, chicken sandwich. You get my drift, assuming you’re not Guy Fieri.

It’s not to be offensive. I just know I hate a letdown after a big buildup, so keep your promises, Vegas food dish titles. I had been looking forward to trying Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza for a long while now. When the perfect dinner partner and opportunity presented themselves, my party fully experienced Oscar's Beef * Booze * Broads with steaks, a glass of wine and, well, we were the broads so it was BYOB (bring your own broad).

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Just One Dish: The Pesto Mashed Potatoes At The Buffet At Bellagio

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 30, 2014 at 7:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

The very first buffet this writer ever went to in Las Vegas was a tough act to follow. It was Bellagio's and it was fabulous. I had forgotten about that first time until this past week when I was taking some visitors there. When I was a Vegas buffet virgin, I had a very atypical “first time.”

I had only been in Las Vegas a few months and had been on the hunt for a cut of meat I was used to finding in any grocery store on the east coast: flank steak. While this isn’t a necessarily great cut of meat, I had a family recipe marinade that made it quite scrumptious. I checked out several grocery chains and also some carnicerias and kept coming up dry. I don’t know if there was just a shortage that summer in Vegas or what, but I couldn’t find my beloved flank steak anywhere.

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Just One Dish: Poached Salmon at Yonaka

Where: 4983 W Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
July 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

It is never the easiest thing for a person who gets to eat a fair bit of fine food to be really, truly, obviously exited over a dish. A reaction like, "oh, this is actually quite nice," can truly be a gushing compliment. In this writer's experience, few dishes truly stick out in the mind like the poached salmon at Yonaka.

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