Anise Tapas & Grill

This place has so much promise. I was easily swayed to visit by a diverse menu filled with dishes from just about every country touching the Mediterranean, great reviews, and its proximity to home. Occupying a space that used to house the coffee shop Something’s Brewing, it looks like they’ve inherited some of their pub… Continue reading Anise Tapas & Grill

Inyo Asian Variety Restaurant

***Update: business closed*** The buzz may have died down from their opening, but the food at Inyo is still better than most on Spring Mountain road. My unquestioned favorite items are the chicken wings. Flash fried, no breading, with hints of sweetness covering meaty wings, the Japanese tebasaki wings ($4.95 for 4) are superb. Kushi… Continue reading Inyo Asian Variety Restaurant

Tapas by Alex Stratta

***Update: business closed*** When a restaurant’s two biggest issues are price and food, you’re in trouble. I never had the opportunity to dine at Stratta’s Michelin-starred restaurant at Wynn/Encore, but expected much from his new tapas place in Angelo Sosa’s former Poppy Den spot in Tivoli Village. Dinner for two was over $100, a bit… Continue reading Tapas by Alex Stratta

Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

Hearthstone has taken a page out of the HoneySalt playbook with a look full of rustic and homey elements that make for a cozy dining environment. The transformation of the space formerly occupied by Hachi is remarkable. The space is more inviting with its dark decor, open kitchen, two long bars, a lounge area and… Continue reading Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

Crush

Having had a good meal at La Cave in the past, I had reasonably high expectations coming into this other Michael Morton restaurant. The overhaul of the former Nobhill space in the MGM Grand has resulted in a dark, intimate atmosphere perfect for a date night yet casual enough for a group gathering. The menu… Continue reading Crush

The View Wine Bar & Kitchen

***Update: business closed*** In 2012, The View opened in Tivoli Village with Johnny Church at the helm and the place was oozing with the potential for greatness (or at least… very good-ness?). Church has worked for the likes of Charlie Palmer, Bradley Ogden, Michael Mina, and Gordon Ramsay. Unfortunately, his stint didn’t last long before… Continue reading The View Wine Bar & Kitchen

Rx Boiler Room

I’m all for the gastropub fad sweeping through the city, especially with the transformation of the upstairs of RM Seafood (which didn’t exactly strike my fancy) to Rx Boiler Room. Better to have more celebrity chef gastropubs than burger places, in my opinion. The whole steampunk motif is cool although it looks like they spent… Continue reading Rx Boiler Room

La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway

Here’s a review that’s long overdue. I dined at La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway a couple months back for Father’s Day. Created by Michael Morton, co-founder of the N9ne Group, La Cave is an underrated small-plates restaurant at the Wynn. Their weekend brunch is an all you can eat feast served butler style —… Continue reading La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway

Johnny Smalls

Quantity wins out over quality here. While there are some good items, as a small plates (tapas) restaurant it pales in comparison to Jaleo, Julian Serrano, and other spots around town. But, for $20 (with a Hard Rock hotel players card) you can get the “all you can eat” option and knock yourself silly. For… Continue reading Johnny Smalls

Match

— Originally posted on Yelp on 5/23/10 — With my newly purchased Groupon in hand we decided to check out Match last Friday night. It’s located at the corner of Maryland Pkwy and Silverado Ranch in a strip mall. From the outside it didn’t look too inviting with their “Open” sign not lit up and… Continue reading Match

Firefly

— Originally posted on Yelp on 4/18/10 — Finally made it to the downtown Firefly location. Friday night reservations at 6:30 for a party of 4. HITS – gazpacho: delicious – stuffed dates: the dates might be a little small but they’re amazing. Love the blue cheese and red wine reduction – veggie empanada: 2… Continue reading Firefly

Solera

— Originally posted on Yelp on 8/5/09 — I love their late night happy hour specials. The sangria is cheap and the tapas are anywhere from $3-10. Both the shrimp and mushroom croquetas were fabulous and the stuffed peppers with goat cheese were equally as good and had a little bit of a kick to… Continue reading Solera