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Old 03-07-2017, 01:04 AM
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Default Nevada fine restaurants and bars

This is a semi holistic opinion piece on restaurant/bars that I find attractive on basis of 3 criteria. Selection of spirits, selection and quality of proteins, and general atmosphere.

Notables: Pretty fine places if you are in the area.

Hugos cellar. Downtown lv.

John's oyster bar, sparks. (Looks like a long John silvers, but it's good grub).

Railroad pass steakhouse. Henderson.

Pancho and Willy's peppermill wendover. (Beats the other nice places from the same owned properties)

I don't do much casino fine dining on the strip and this is almost exclusively casino based bars. So plenty of fine bars I pass up off the strip.

A step above: I look very forward to these.

Aspen's at the red lion in elko.

Gregory's mesquite grill, mesquite.

A little better:

36 steaks, jackpot NV. You won't find anything this good till you get to Boise.

Katherine's at the Casablanca mesquite. I prefer this if in mesquite. Consistently prepared proteins combined with a variety of good liquors.

My favorites: these places sell top shelf stuff and prepare phenomenal meals or appetizers. And my preference is seafood and appetizers which probably skews these to the top for me personally. If you don't like appetizers or seafood these places you might find more limited than I.

Oceano at peppermill Reno. If you drink Louis xiv you will be satisfied, they have it. Oysters from either the gulf or Washington. Every form of sushi imaginable and if you just want a filet of bass they got that too.

Gourmet room, Laughlin NV. The difference here between the oceano is that the appetizers are not very limited, if you want beef kabobs, duck, or even mussels, you can have any variety of different types of things. The soup is always the best. And the bar is deep, but sorry I don't remember louis xiv. People have there own favorites and I don't see it dominated by any one dish. They do lamb as good as they do bass. Some like oysters, some like chicken wings.

If I think of any others I can put them in accordingly.

I wouldn't eat in pahrump or tonopah, but maybe you know if something there I should try. And Tahoe despite its Beauty is not the culinary delights of some of these other places. I have had the oyster bar at the hard rock and it was adequate. Harrahs is usually high quality as well. I just don't eat there enough.

I guess price or comps matter too. If I had tons of harrahs comps or they were better priced I guess some of those restaurants would make the scene. The places I mentioned are relatively easy to get comped as a steady player. While not a criteria, I wouldn't have much experience eating there if it wasn't comped much of the time. These places I have eaten dozens of times. I ate at harrahs like once cause their comps suck so I have less to judge them by.

I would be interested to see opinions on other places like crystal bay area, sparks and Reno. I cover the rurals pretty well. I have eaten a dozen meals in Ely, the jailhouse is average and there is a good Mexican restaurant at the prospector. I was told to eat the pasta at that Ramada. It's an upstairs joint and overlooks the pool, (Eva's maybe). Nothing like I had the imagined, maybe don't eat in Ely. I grab a pickled egg and 3 piece chicken at the Texaco is fine with me. At the jailhouse you actually eat in a recreated jail cell with closable bars, the wine was good. The chili is good at the hotel Nevada, had this and the pizza a few times. It came with a good dose of "fuck Obama", as I recall.
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Old 03-07-2017, 05:24 AM
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Not much to add, just some agreements:

-confirmed nothing good in Tonopah. I'm glad they reopened the restaurant at the Mizpah, just wish they hired a chef. If that place isn't good, then you can forget about that town.

-Gourmet room in Laughlin is very good and is the only good place in Laughlin imo. Outback steakhouse of all places gets a mention just because it's the only place with edible food that will happily seat you after 8pm in that town.

-steakhouses at the Harrah's properties in South Lake Tahoe are probably better than the average restaurant but worse than the average steakhouse so we are in agreement there.

-not really outstanding food, but for some reason I like Napa Bistro at the Atlantis in Reno. Food is better than average, but the main thing I like is that you can easily sit by yourself at a table in the bar and get the full menu and have a view of many TVs behind the bar (I'm assuming you are dining alone on most of these trips). Siena used to have a decent restaurant with a nice view of the river too (RIP).

-you didn't mention it, but nothing good in Jean or Primm. Just go for the Big AZ burrito at the Shell station in Jean.
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:54 AM
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A bit disappointed last couple times at Gourmet room.

Moonshadow Grill in Avi has a great Sunday brunch (recommend reservations), and imo a big cut above Outback as far as a steak house.

If you want good Mexican food, cross the river to BHC and eat at El Charro.
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Old 03-07-2017, 05:21 PM
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The gourmet, I strongly prefer the bar side. Different menu and drinks are free poured. I just got a Johnny blue and it almost 2 shots.
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Old 03-07-2017, 05:37 PM
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Funny, after years of playing at the Aquarius, they booted me for what they call "some prior" which likely took place in Vegas 15 years ago. But i was never booted, just told not to bet sports. And I haven't bet any sports. Otherwise Aquarius buffet would be fine. As they serve amazing spirits at the buffet.

A friend of mine got booted in the middle of the morning from their hotel room. I would not have answered the door until I was done sleeping. I generally sleep with a few guns within reach so I don't know how I would have reacted to people barging in while I was sleeping. That would have made an interesting case. These guys were working (playing promos) all night long and finally get to sleep with only to be tossed on their ass. Yeah sorry, I don't answer the door or the phone until my 8 hours is up.

Just for their sake, the Aquarius can kiss my ass.

I think that company has some major problems. They might be paranoid because biometrics has been feeding them bullshit just to remain their only client.

That said, if your in Laughlin I am enjoying the gourmet for the next couple evenings at least.
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Old 03-17-2017, 11:38 PM
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One of the old school places in Reno dating back a few decades, and not a majority of places can say that nowadays, lies the old club Cal Neva. I am reviewing all the restaurants there and finally had a chance to try their steakhouse. Which might be called, seafood steakhouse with seafood and pasta...

No fine spirits. A small selection of wines and beers. The best thing about this place is portion and price. Huge portion and low price. The worst things are that you have to get your comp before or during dinner from the club downstairs. Yielding to wasteful use of comps since you always have to guess high. The club doesn't add the unused balance either. The ambience is fair. Located on a less traveled mezzanine between sports book above and players club below. Interesting tidbits, apps were really pretty good. I had escargot and my companion had a sauteed lobster app. Very cheap. And the cook loaded up the holes in the escargot tray which was topped with mini puff pastries. Both of us had the triple steak sampler with a side of lobster. I upgraded to the large lobster, which most houses would consider just a tad bigger than a medium one. The steak sauce in between the 3 steaks was their same house impression of a1. But tasted like BBQ sauce and a1 sauce had a lovechild. There was other special sauces that could be ordered as a side for a couple bucks. The standard hollandaise and such. To try to fill the comp we had deserts. A choice of 4. I got tiramasu, my companion had cheesecake. Ice cream and carrot cake rounded out the field. I probably had 28-30 ounces of steak for around $23. Wine only $4 a glass.

Like their other eateries, the place is big on keeping a low price but the quality was average. And I ain't complaining. You won't leave hungry. Bread, soup, Salad, apps, entre, dessert, wine. You could eat comfortably with a budget of just $30 per person, probably less.

It won't make any top 10 list. But when you have 4 figures in comps, it's a fine way to spend it. As is the top deck and the snack bars. At the bars I get egg samwiches with either ham bacon or sausage. At top deck I prefer the wonton soup or any of the salads. The liver and onions smothered in bacon and Cholula is one of my go to meals.

Avg food at a low price, makes this place worthy of a shout out.

Why 3 steaks? So the eater can sample a variety of what they offer. Prime rib or ribeye, filet mignon, and I think it was a new York strip. About 8-10 ounces each.
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Earlier this morning, I visited one of the more underrated restaurants in southern Nevada: the Court Cafe at Joker's Wild.
I didn't have high hopes. I thought the selection was going to be whatever Sysco had scraped off the floor of their factory.
After scanning the menu, I decided on the cheapest (and therefore best) option, the Player's Breakfast. Scrambled eggs, sourdough toast, hash browns, and sausage links for $2.49.
The most compelling thing about this meal is that most diners charge at least twice as much for the exact same meal.
The waiter managed to deliver the meal to the table a mere six minutes after I had ordered it.
All in all, five stars.
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Thanks for that Benny. I thought these were a thing of the past.
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Try the blackend basa.... Endless soup and salad. For dinner.
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Thanks for this I will be seeing a friend in Reno on the 9th
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