Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cafe Orleans - Disneyland

This is one of my favorite eateries at Disneyland Park. Not only do they serve delicious gumbo, but they have Mickey beignets so that trumps just about anything you can find to eat at Disneyland. 

On top of great food, there is plenty of great views from the patio of not only passers by but if he boats and canoes as they pass by on the Rivers of America. 

Reservations are key and if it's cold make sure you reserve indoor seating as they book up quickly.




Items sampled: monte cristo, gumbo, pommes frites, black coffee

Location: Disneyland, 1313 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Rice Bowl - Las Vegas

Located in an unassuming strip mall on Durango, The Rice Shop is a great spot for a quick but hearty meal.

We ordered the pork belly bowl and the Kentucky fried fish bowl. Each bowl included a generous amount of protein and fresh vegetables and of course rice. The flavors were stellar and everything was cooked well. I enjoyed every bite and look forward to returning again. 

The owner was so attentive and accommodating. You can tell he really cares about getting honest feedback to improve the customer experience.


Items sampled: Kentucky fried fish bow and pork belly bowl

Location: 3655 S Durango Dr, Ste 9, Las Vegas, NV 89147

Big Thunder BBQ - Disneyland Park

I'm Hee Haw! This restaurant is loads of fun and I'm sad that it has taken me so long to visit. 

They are closing on January 10 to make room for the new Star Wars Land so you have a limited time to get your fill of AYCE ribs, BBQ chicken, cornbread, baked beans and coleslaw. 

The servers are friendly and really seem to enjoy their jobs. Happy, smiling faces a plenty at this restaurant. We certainly had a magical experience while we were there.



Items sampled: BBQ chicken, baby back ribs, baked beans, cornbread, coleslaw

Location: Disneyland, 1313 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802

KJ Dim Sum & Seafood - Las Vegas

This place gets crowded on weekends, but we were lucky enough to walk in about 10 minutes before the dim sum rush.

We were seated quickly and although it took a little longer than we would have liked to get drinks and dim sum service started, once the carts started coming around the food was plentiful and good.

We ordered a number of items and although not the best dim sum I've ever had, it was good and everyone in my party left satisfied. 

The decor and restaurant setup is lovely and there is plenty of space to accommodate many large parties, which is the best way to enjoy dim sum. The more is definitely the merrier here.



Items sampled: pork buns, shrimp ball,  chive dumpling, shu mai, sesame balls, Chinese broccoli, egg custard, shrimp dumplings 

Location: Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Rice Bowl - Las Vegas

Located in an unassuming strip mall on Durango, The Rice Shop is a great spot for a quick but hearty meal.

We ordered the pork belly bowl and the Kentucky fried fish bowl. Each bowl included a generous amount of protein and fresh vegetables and of course rice. The flavors were stellar and everything was cooked well. I enjoyed every bite and look forward to returning again. 

The owner was so attentive and accommodating. You can tell he really cares about getting honest feedback to improve the customer experience.


Items sampled: Kentucky fried fish bow and pork belly bowl

Location: 3655 S Durango Dr, Ste 9, Las Vegas, NV 89147

Friday, January 1, 2016

Fleming's Steakhouse on Charleston - Las Vegas

I haven't been to a Fleming's in a number of years but on our most recent visit I was pleasantly reminded what I was missing.

We came for a work dinner during the holidays and the restaurant was packed for a Thursday night. We were seated quickly and service was beyond attentive despite the crowd. Refills were plentiful and our food was well-paced. 

We started with a handful of appetizers including the calamari and the pork belly, the pork belly being my favorite. For my entree I ordered a bone in ribeye and we shared one of each of the sides from the menu. The Femings potatoes, mushrooms and mac and cheese were among my favorites. My steak was perfectly cooked and enormous. I had to take more than half home with me since I was so full. 

Despite filling up on the first two courses, we powered on and ordered two chocolate lava cakes and the were delicious. Not overly sweet, the Falcons really complemented each other well.

I do see my self coming back to enjoy their happy hour again soon.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Craft Kitchen - Henderson

Well, that is how breakfast is done. 

There isn't much that will get me to drive across town for but after hearing all the rave reviews of Craft Kitchen and seeing all the pictures of gorgeous food I had to give them a try for myself.

They were packed on the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving and my mom and I patiently waited for a seat while ogling the delicious looking pastries in the display case.

Finally seated it took me a minute to decide what I wanted to order. Everything sounded amazing and as I unabashedly stared at the food from neighboring tables the decision process became that much harder. I finally settled on the short rib hash, while my mom ordered the smoked salmon on a pretzel roll. I also ordered a pecan roll to share. 

The pastry came out first and it was perfection. I recommend having it heated to maximize the ooey gooey factor. We devoured this in about eight seconds flat. Next, our entrees arrived and they we're everything my heart was hoping for and more. The short rib hash was evenly flavored and the crispiness of the potatoes complemented the subtly sweet flavors of the meat. I loved every bite of this dish. The smoked salmon was excellent as well. The pretzel bread was soft and pillowy and enhanced the flavors of the salmon and cream cheese well. 

I can't rave about this place enough and I look forward to returning soon and often. 



Items sampled: pecan roll, short rib hash, smoked salmon on a pretzel bun

Location: 10940 S Eastern Ave, Ste 107, Henderson, NV 89052