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More lunch musings...Cathay House update

janetofreno | Feb 13, 200809:31 PM

The best part about my new job is lunch.....I have almost an hour and a half most days, and there are dozens of good places to eat within a few blocks. I am trying every one....my goal is to try as many as possible without repeating. I'll post reports when I have time and something seems especially worth a chowhound note.

Today I was craving dim sum. Actually, I've been craving pork buns ever since yesterday when I walked into an unnamed (at least in English) Chinese bakery on Jones St just off of Spring Mountain. The place smelled wonderful, and there were all kinds of tempting goodies. I got a tray and started loading up with buns and almond cookies and other goodies...and then I spotted the sign that said "Cash Only." Oops. I put the goodies back and rushed out the door and now I'm embarrassed to return...

So I decided to check out Cathay House today for some dim sum..hoping they would have good pork buns. As soon as I sat down I asked myself why I insist on torturing myself: what could be worse than having dim sum alone? There just isn't enough stomach to taste what the eyes want. At least this place removes the empty dishes quickly so you don't feel like everyone knows what a pig you are...

The pork buns were ok, but could have used some more pork. I also had some sui mai and some steamed bao, and a big plate of Chinese broccoli to assauge my guilt. All were tasty. The only other dim sum in Las Vegas I've had so far has been at Orchid's...and to me Orchids has the slight edge. Atmosphere is a little more upscale at Cathay House (the trees outside the large windows give the impression you are dining in a forest...a rarety in Las Vegas for sure). OTOH, my table was very uncomfortable: I was at a booth and the table was way too high for the seat...I felt like asking for a booster chair!! I also have the feeling that Orchids had more variety of items on a weekday, but it could just be that I ate there with three others so was able to taste and notice more. I must admit that the two levels in the Cathay House dining room were a little off-putting...I saw the same carts going by again and again and wondered if there were different carts with different items on the upper level....

Like I said, its hard to judge or even eat dim sum when you are just one person. I'll be back with a group for further judgement.

I did notice a sushi place AND a Korean BarBQ place in the same strip mall...worth a visit, hounds? And speaking of strip malls, I found the cash-only bakery after a lunch at Kan's Kitchen. I wasn't that impressed with lunch (war wonton soup with undercooked chicken and "fishy" tasting wontons)...but I did notice a gyros place in the same strip mall (in an unattached building...Mediterranean Grill or something like that. Any reports on that one?)

So many restaurants, so little time....This job could be hazarous on the waistline....

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