Spent five days in Las Vegas last week for a trade show. Busy, busy. Disappointed that I got to none of the places I wanted to, especially Charlie Palmer's Aureole at Mandalay Bay. Busy, busy, busy. Ate mostly hotel coffee shop or buffet, or hilariously overpriced convention center concession grub. Enjoyed Antonio's at the Rio, good and friendly service, food competently executed, not too expensive, but then I was with old and good friends and would have enjoyed most anything.
Friday we did the Hoover Dam thing, and it finally clicked. Brek at Blueberry Hill, a good little chain; fast & cheerful service, all the food as good as breakfast anywhere, especially my potato pancakes with the sour cream and applesauce. Then, a late lunch at a little neighborhood-looking Mexican place in a strip mall, picked at random because we were there. My camarones rellenos were so savory, big fat prawns stuffed with crema wrapped in bacon and grilled; the refritos with just the right touch of lard and smoke, the rice light and tomato-tasty. What the others had I barely recall, I was lost in my own little world. Right, after we ordered, the waitress brought a plate of nachos, complimentary, "while you're waiting". Would I fly back to Vegas just to eat here? Maybe, here and Aureole, just maybe.
3762 East Flamingo Road
9:30 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week
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