Ironside Fish & Oyster

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better looking casual restaurant than Ironside. Located in Little Italy on a street packed with restaurants, the nautical theme that fills every nook and cranny of their space is beautiful. The most visually stunning piece is the wall made up of piranha heads. You’ll want your camera handy when… Continue reading Ironside Fish & Oyster

Biscayne Steak, Sea and Wine

Stopping by on a Monday night before seeing the “Raiding the Rock Vault” show at the Tropicana, Biscayne was virtually empty. The hostess let us seat ourselves in their lounge/patio area, which is a narrow space outside the restaurant that looks out into the hallway. Not exactly a great atmosphere. Scallops were artfully plated on… Continue reading Biscayne Steak, Sea and Wine

Andiron Steak & Sea

I’m finally getting around to posting a review for Andiron, Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla’s upscale and modern interpretation of a steakhouse. I made a couple visits during the summer and with the executive chef changes (opening chef Joe Zanelli left, Brett Uniss entered and soon departed, and now Micah Waltz leads the kitchen) some… Continue reading Andiron Steak & Sea

Cedar Creek Inn

My recent trip to California included a stop at Cedar Creek Inn, a family owned and operated business with two locations. Arriving in the early evening for a private party, I was pleasantly surprised by the well executed food, stellar service, and cozy atmosphere. Their private covered patio is spacious and airy, perfect for cool… Continue reading Cedar Creek Inn

Joyful House Chinese Cuisine

This stand alone building on Spring Mountain road may not look like much from the outside, but once you step inside you might feel underdressed. With white linens and waiters dressed in suits, it’s got an upscale vibe. But, most of the customers seemed to be dressed as casually as me. Their menu is massive.… Continue reading Joyful House Chinese Cuisine

Peppercorn Grille

Located right in the Big Bear Lake Village, it’s a location that’s sure to attract tourists and maybe some locals too. It’s a free standing tudor style building with it’s own parking lot. We stopped by for a late lunch so it wasn’t tough getting a spot. The interior is fairly small, but intimate and… Continue reading Peppercorn Grille

Manhattan Fish Grill

***Update: business closed*** I’m a fan of fast-casual restaurants that offer healthy and fresh options. I don’t always have time to cook at home and I don’t have the deep pockets to constantly eat at higher end spots. So, there’s plenty to like here. They specialize in fish cooked to order with your choice of… Continue reading Manhattan Fish Grill

Nobhill Tavern by Michael Mina

This post, like the majority of them, is long overdue. Blame it on a hectic work schedule and family life that leaves little room for anything else. So, while this is old news I’d still like to share. I was fortunate to dine at Nobhill Tavern on its final night of service, Saturday March 30,… Continue reading Nobhill Tavern by Michael Mina

Triple George Grill

It was an underwhelming experience. The food was decent all around, but not mind-blowing. The baked goat cheese marinara ($10.95) was heavy on the cheese, light on the marinara, and came with more than enough toast. The chicken parmesan ($14.95) was pretty good, but similar to a million other versions of the dish. It was… Continue reading Triple George Grill

The Boiling Crab

I prefer the food at Hot N Juicy, but the atmosphere/interior of the Boiling Crab is tops (at least compared to the original HNJ location, I haven’t been to their new location yet). The shrimp (about $10 a pound) was large. They still had their heads on, which can make for an interesting experience. I… Continue reading The Boiling Crab

Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab

My first stop during Restaurant Week 2012 was Joe’s Seafood. Located deep, deep within the Forum Shops (at least if you’re walking from the garage) it has an old-school atmosphere and a menu full of classic dishes. And, of course, their specialty… stone crabs. We got an a la carte order of stone crabs to… Continue reading Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Hot N Juicy Crawfish

If there’s a restaurant in Vegas that has a more fun, casual atmosphere with good food at reasonable prices, I’m not aware of it. It took me five years of living here before finally making my first visit and I’m kicking myself for not getting here sooner. There’s nothing “classy” about Hot N Juicy —… Continue reading Hot N Juicy Crawfish

Mastro’s Ocean Club

Seems like I’ve been on a steak kick recently, which makes me realize that my stomach and wallet are inversely proportional. After visiting Gordon Ramsay and Old Homestead recently my gut has increased exponentially while my wallet is shrinking dramatically. Mastro’s, of course, had the same effect. Our party of four dined family-style and sampled… Continue reading Mastro’s Ocean Club

Todd’s Unique Dining Restaurant

I’m way behind on my reviews. This one is from Spring Restaurant Week ’12. Dining out at any half-decent, upscale place should be relaxing. That wasn’t the vibe I got as we entered. It was a madhouse with servers and hostesses running around frantically with overwhelmed and panicked looks on their faces. Granted, it was… Continue reading Todd’s Unique Dining Restaurant

Old Fisherman’s Grotto

Overrated. We figured it was a tourist trap, but thought they’d at least have good seafood. The highlight of the meal was the clam chowder that everyone raves about. It had wonderful flavor and plenty of chunks of potatoes, bacon and clams. The wife and I split the Fisherman’s Wharf platter ($29.95). It had scallops… Continue reading Old Fisherman’s Grotto