Las Vegas trip May 29th thru June 1st.
Day 1. Arrived in Las Vegas just after the lunch hour & immediately headed over to La Choza #3. Started with the guacamole & chips. Like arcosdesign (www.chowhound.com/topics/373911) we really liked the freshness of this guacamole: flavorful avocados, cilantro, some mild onion, & chopped tomato.
For lunch we ordered the chile relleno & huevos rancheros. Chile relleno was a pasilla pepper (probably) stuffed with a white cheese (creamy like cream cheese but with more flavor, almost like a goat cheese without being an actual goat cheese). Batter on the outside was a nice, crunchy thin coating. Coated with a smooth, orange-colored sauce, not very picante, but with a wonderful roasted tomato and/or onion flavor.
As far as the huevos rancheros, first I want to note that they served me breakfast after the lunch hour was over—always a plus. Two crispy-fried corn tortillas; although I prefer my corn tortillas fried only to a chewy texture, the crisp-fried tortillas here allowed me to pick up my breakfast & eat it like a tostada. On top of the tortillas were two over-medium fried eggs & a delicious ranchero sauce. Ranchero sauce was orange (like the sauce atop the chile relleno, but with more picante), a wonderful roasted flavor, slivers of onion (instead of merely diced), & very chunky.
There are two other La Chozas in Las Vegas & I was told they are affiliated though I don’t know whether they have the same menus.
La Choza de Huichito #3
3375 S. Decatur Blvd., Ste. #9 (between Spring Mountain Rd. & Desert Inn Blvd.)
Las Vegas, NV 98102
By dinnertime we were still full from lunch so we headed downtown & had a light dinner of shrimp cocktails at the San Francisco Shrimp Bar & Deli at the Golden Gate Casino. The Golden Gate is famous for its 99¢ shrimp cocktails. Sure, it’s kinda cheesy (not literally, of course) but the shrimp they use seem to be good quality (soft & plump, no fishy or seafoody smell or taste) & the sauce has an excellent punch of horseradish. Besides, it’s Las Vegas: cheesy capital of the world—not to mention shrimp capital of the world. The cocktails are served in old-school tulip-shaped parfait glasses (everything is old-school at the Golden Gate) with crackers & a wedge of lemon. Well, it’s supposed to have a wedge of lemon. Ours was missing but who’s going to complain for 99¢? They also offer a shrimp & crabmeat combination for $1.99 & a jumbo shrimp cocktail for $2.99. The deli serves other foods, too (sandwiches & cafeteria-style hot plates of meat, mashed potatoes, & gravy) but we’ve never gotten past the shrimp.
San Francisco Shrimp Bar & Deli
Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
1 Fremont St. (at Main St.)
Las Vegas, NV 89101