Kame Omakase

Chef Eric is doing some special stuff in this small space adjacent to his a la carte sushi restaurant, Yummy Grill. There are 8 spots at the omakase counter so if you want to experience it you better plan ahead and get reservations. I dined with friends and once seated we were treated to over… Continue reading Kame Omakase


This national chain specializes in custom vegan cinnamon rolls. You can create your own concoction based on over a dozen frosting flavors and nearly two dozen toppings. If you can’t decide, choose from one of their preconceived flavor combos. I opted for the chocolate chip cheesecake. While I think it’s great that they use ingredients… Continue reading Cinnaholic

tsp. Baking Company

Owned by Kari Garcia, the former co-owner and baker of Retro Bakery, tsp serves mini cupcakes, along with specialty cakes, Lappert’s ice cream, cookies, and rolls that she has branded as “fairy rolls.” Cupcake flavors are mostly different than what she had at Retro and while I loved the mini cupcake and full-sized cupcakes at… Continue reading tsp. Baking Company

Papa Pinny’s Pizzeria

This small, locally owned mom-and-pop-type shop has several tables to dine in. You’ll be surrounded by lots of Chicago memorabilia hanging on the walls as you look through a menu that isn’t limited to pizza. There’s plenty of other Italian-American dishes ranging from pastas to calzones to sandwiches and chicken wings. The pizza is pretty… Continue reading Papa Pinny’s Pizzeria

Naka Sushi

They’ve got high marks on Yelp, but I was disappointed. It’s an AYCE spot off of Lake Mead Blvd. and I found most rolls to be poorly crafted. Rolls were falling apart before even picking them up and they seemed to have an excessive amount of rice. The quality wasn’t great either with one roll… Continue reading Naka Sushi

Mimosas Gourmet

Occupying the location formerly know as Pho Vietnam Grille Express off of Durango, behind Arby’s, there’s plenty to like on their menu. Always opting for sweeter options, my son and I split the churro waffle and nutella s’mores French toast. The former could have used more cinnamon and sugar, but was still a delicious waffle… Continue reading Mimosas Gourmet

Virgil’s Real Barbecue

No, this isn’t a restaurant from the south. It’s actually from New York, owned by the same company that created Carmine’s. The interior is what you’d expect from a BBQ joint — a rustic/country appeal with lots of wood and weathered signs. I was with a group of Instagrammers, invited by the restaurant, to sample… Continue reading Virgil’s Real Barbecue

Sushi Hiro

Located off of Eastern Ave. in the massive shopping plaza with restaurants like Cafe Zupas and Taco y Taco, Sushi Hiro is a welcome addition to the dining scene. Folks in Henderson don’t have to drive to the Strip or China Town for excellent Japanese food. This modest and modern spot has a long sushi… Continue reading Sushi Hiro

Salted Malted Bakery & Creamery

I have a backlog of reviews I need to write from places I’ve visited five months ago. Salted Malted is one of them and I’m pushing this to the top of the queue, unfortunately, because they’re closing for good this weekend. This place is fantastic. I loved their chocolate chip cookies. It’s everything a great… Continue reading Salted Malted Bakery & Creamery

Precinct Pizza

Located right near the terminal 2 cruise port in Tampa, in an area with other shops and restaurants, Precinct Pizza was a logical place to grab a bite before heading to the airport and back home to Vegas. Everything about this place screams NYC — all the decor, the menu, the indifferent service. The Big… Continue reading Precinct Pizza

Cagney’s Steakhouse

Our last dinner of the cruise, on Christmas night, was at Cagney’s Steakhouse on the 13th floor towards the back of the Jade. It’s a modern looking steakhouse with elegant, yet comfortable seating and decor. Appetizers to start included shrimp cocktail with three shrimp and minimal cocktail sauce; a delicious and substantial iceberg wedge salad;… Continue reading Cagney’s Steakhouse


Located on the 7th deck in the center of the Norwegian Jade, Teppanyaki shares a host stand with both Jasmin and the sushi bar. The totally enclosed room has 4 hibachi tables and throughout our cruise was always one of the most popular/busy restaurants with little availability. The chef had plenty of energy and lots… Continue reading Teppanyaki

La Cucina

La Cucina is located on deck 12 of the Norwegian Jade, past the buffet towards the back of the boat. Our first specialty dining experience of the cruise was on day 6. Surprisingly, the restaurant was only about a 1/3 full when we went. It wasn’t that large of a space, but nicely decorated to… Continue reading La Cucina

Garden Cafe Buffet

Located on deck 12 of the Norwegian Jade, inside by the elevator banks but still close enough to serve most of the people visiting the pool, Garden Cafe is the ship’s buffet, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast has plenty of cold and hot options. Cereal, fruit, pastries. Pancakes, french toast, oatmeal, bacon. I… Continue reading Garden Cafe Buffet

Blue Lagoon Cafe

Blue Lagoon is a small cafe on the Norwegian Jade across from the Brazilian steakhouse, serving what they call “comfort food.” What that is, is typical bar fare and classic American favorites like burgers, hot dogs, potato skins, buffalo wings, and chicken tenders. Their grilled beef burger was better than the one found at Topsider’s… Continue reading Blue Lagoon Cafe

The Thirsty Cougar

The Thirsty Cougar is located in Cozumel (the first stop on our cruise) on the main street leading to and from the ship. It’s a tourist trap for sure but we gave it a shot anyway. We took a chance and tried a margarita on the rocks, and luckily didn’t get sick. This small restaurant… Continue reading The Thirsty Cougar


Topsider’s is the bar and grill located poolside on deck 12 of the Norwegian Jade. Throughout the day they’ll have several items to grab and go. For lunch, for example, they’ll have hot dogs, grilled chicken, salad, bratwurst, and hamburgers with toppings ranging from cheese to pineapple and bacon, or bleu cheese. The pineapple bacon… Continue reading Topsider’s


Our first dinner during a cruise onboard the Norwegian Jade in December was at Alizar, one of the restaurants included in the price of the ticket. It’s an elegantly decorated space that seemed to have some Asian design influences, but the menu was fairly diverse with French, Italian, and American dishes. What we observed later was… Continue reading Alizar

Border Grill

The $34.99 all you can eat brunch is still one of my favorite brunches in town. I’ve dined at the Mandalay Bay location and recently tried their second location in the Forum Shops. My favorite items include the plantain empanadas, huevos rancheros, Yucatan egg Benedict, churro tots, and tres leeches French toast. Less successful are… Continue reading Border Grill

The Noodle Man

Located on Rainbow, just south of the 215, Noodle Man serves as the gateway to all the great, new Asian eateries in the southwest. Driving down Rainbow has become like driving down a new Chinatown (along with many other Asian cuisines). Noodle Man serves some amazing hand-crafted noodles. The sliced pork and mushroom hand sliced… Continue reading The Noodle Man