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Trip Report

marcdhauser | Mar 15, 2015 10:56 PM

Just finishing up a long weekend stay. Thanks to this board for guidance and wisdom. My brief reports:

Yardbird - mixed. The bone marrow is phenomenal, and the chess pie was insanely good. The fried chicken should have been better -- the crust was good, but the meat was overly juicy and bland, so maybe overbrined? The cocktails are excellent.

Otto - the best thing about this was the setting. The second best is the wines. There being no such thing as bad pizza, this was just meh. Too many other strong options for this style of pizza. Avoid.

Bardot Brasserie - I second all of the raves this place has been getting. The room is beautiful. My tartare was probably the best I've ever had - well-seasoned and just the right amount. The burger is decadent, in a good way. The wine list is thoughtful, and impressive for Strip standards. Service was a bit off, but it's still a new restaurant.

B&B Ristorante - excellent. Wine list is deep (not Carnevino deep, but still very impressive) and insanely marked up (like Carnevino), like 3.5x retail. Service was phenomenal. Food is impeccable. I had a house-made sausage that was light, and had unexpected flavors like nutmeg and cinnamon that played against the heat. It was delicious. The orichette with rapini and sausage rocked. Even the bread was perfect. Top-notch Italian, to make up for the disappointment of Otto.

Umami Burger (at the SLS) - ahi tuna burger was excellent, truffle fries were great fries and awful truffle cheese sauce. Setting is great at the sports book.

Chada Thai - highlight of the trip. Glad I made a reservation, even for a Sunday night. We have great Thai places in Chicago (home), but this still beat them out. Stir fried mushrooms and Brussels sprouts, crab and coconut in lettuce leaves with mint sauce, grilled prawns, and pork belly with Chinese broccoli. This meal was so freakin' good, and much better than my last LoS meal (about a year ago). I hope to return in the fall, and will make the trip out again.

Yardbird,
Bardot Brasserie,
B&B Ristorante,
Carnevino Italian Steakhouse,
Umami Burger SLS Las Vegas
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