If you’re looking for a restaurant where the owner’s passion for his business and the quality of his food matters, this is the place. On my two visits to Las Vegas Grille the owner has taken the time to come out, chat, and talk about the food. He has explained how just about everything they serve is made in house, even the sausages. You’ll be hard pressed to find any other place in town doing that.

It’s a barbecue place, but doesn’t have the stereotypical look. It doesn’t look like a backyard shack out in the country and there aren’t a million pieces of flair hanging from the walls and ceilings. The look is clean and somewhat minimal with dark wood panels and floors and white walls. What they lack in traditional southern restaurant aesthetic they make up for with serious cooking equipment. They have a huge smoker that will be the first thing you notice when you walk in. There’s also a cabinet filled with fire wood. According to the owner, each meat is smoked with a different type of wood to give them their own unique flavors.

Their menu is full of hearty dishes that are sure to satisfy. A half rack of St. Louis style ribs ($16.99) comes with one side. The meat wasn’t fall-off-the-bone tender, but it was good, smokey, and very meaty. They’re smoked for several hours then finished on the grill with your choice of sauce. I loved the bbq sauce — a touch sweet with plenty of depth in flavor.

A quarter piece of white chicken ($6.99) also comes with one side. The meal consisted of juicy and well seasoned pieces of a chicken breast and wing. The chicken is cooked with your choice of sauce, which they can serve on the side if you prefer.

The herb roasted potatoes were the better of the two side dishes I tried. The seasoning was wonderful and the texture of the potatoes was perfect — slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The red potato salad was decent with its acidic notes and eggy/mayonaise mixture.

There are plenty of sandwiches on the menu as well. The sirloin on sourdough was filled with a good hunk of tender and juicy beef and the bread was nicely toasted. The side of Bavarian potato salad tasted heavily of paprika or a similar spice.

I’m no BBQ expert so I can’t say how this place would compare to spots in Texas, Carolina, or other fanatical BBQ regions, but in this town it certainly ranks near the top. And, with their friendly service and commitment to providing quality food, I’m hoping they’ll be around for a while.

4 Stars

7865 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 998-0719

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