Finally, after a long stretch of being in Las Vegas without seeing a single familiar face, the start of Momentum 2005 brings many from Hopkinton and Nashua. On this lovely start to my second conference of the trip, a coworker, my boss, and myself enjoy a lovely lunch at the Border Grill. I was not initially expecting the restaurant to be as nice as it was. I had been anticipating something more along the lines of the Border Café in Cambridge, MA, given the external appearance of the restaurant. We were seated in the outdoor patio of the restaurant, as the weather was beautiful for an October day. This locale was chosen both for its reputation as I had previously read, and its proximity to the Mandalay Bay conference center.
The waiter was prompt with drink orders and also brought a basket of freshly made tortilla chips and a selection of 3 salsas, none of which were at all chunky but were all very flavorful, which pleased me greatly. My boss ordered the chicken Caesar salad, which looked delicious and was served in the more upscale French style with untorn romaine leaves and an apparently well prepared chicken breast fillet. I ordered the Carne Asada quesadilla a bit pricey at $18, but a delicious treat. It was accompanied by a small vinaigrette and field green salad, served on the same plate, and guacamole, of which I am not interested. The quesadilla appeared slightly burnt, but in fact was prepared perfectly, with a cheese of which I am not familiar, but had a nice sharpness and the unlikely consistency of ricotta. The meat was nicely spiced, and cooked perfectly still juicy, but cooked more than the medium-rare to which I would normally order a steak, but would be too undercooked for this particular dish. The field greens were a nice touch which added a lot to the otherwise simple meal. I would definitely recommend the Border Grill, but would also add that it is a bit pricey and not necessarily a great value.