Just back from CES in Vegas for four nights of buisiness dinners
AquaKnox (Venetian) - Always a favorite. Shellfish and bivalves are always top drawer. The shrimp/crab/lobster cocktail trio was excellent. Fried green tomatoes with crab were great. Entrees here can be overshadowed by the starters, but the Indian-style scampi were great.
Louis's (off the strip) (not the FishCamp) - Cabbies won't know where it is, only open for 7 weeks. I was concerned about it being too new and slow turning inventory. The place was practically empty, but the waiters were attentive. Osteen was at the bar, not cooking. My guests were a bit baffled by the menu, not being southern.
Crab cakes were superb, one guest provlaiming them the best he'd ever had. Chopped salad with lobster was a hit as well.
Entrees were simply incredible. Grilled scallops with shrimp hash were spectacular, and the two guests who ate the big steak plate because of the recommendation in Maxim magazine said it was one of the best they ever had.
We skipped dessert.
Warning: this thing is in a new open air mall well off the strip. No cabs. The hostess ordered our cab and it never came, nor any other we called. We got back to the hotel by flagging down a hotel shuttle bus. Plan ahead.
Joe's Stone Crab (Caesars) - Eat at the one in Miami. Boring as hell.
David Burke (Venetian) - starters are the star here. Angry lobster was clever and excellent. The crab cakes were very fine. Foie grois was just ok. The entrees were disappointing.
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