Restaurants & Bars 4

Vegas notes: Antojos and Bagelmania

janetofreno | Jan 15, 200810:01 PM

My eating the next few weeks will be literally all over the map as I explore the city. Part of it has to do with a complicated work schedule: the person whom I'm replacing isn't leaving until Feb. so I'm at several different branches of the business for the next few weeks, "filling in" where needed (after the 1st I'll be on W. Flamingo pretty consistently so can report on places near there...)

Anyway, we seem to be getting lost a lot as we explore our new city. The other night we were returning a rental truck to Uhaul and I noticed a little hole-in-the wall at the corner of Eastern and Sahara (I think....anyway, its on Eastern not to far from 95). We had thought about going to Lotus of Siam, but it was only 4:30pm on a Sunday and they weren't open yet, and since we hadn't eaten all day we were too hungry to wait....The sign said "Antojos - Estilo de Mexico DF" or something like that. How could I resist? The place was tiny, maybe 5 or 6 tables, and you order at the counter. I ordered a taco al pastor and a torta de pierna. I don't know why I keep hoping tortas will be as good as the ones in DF, maybe the reference in the restaurant sign led me to false hopes. It was on a bolillo, of sorts, but there are no bolillos like those in DF. I should know this. The meat was good, however, and very tender, and the sandwich contained all the necessary accroutements. My taco was wonderful; it made me wish I'd ordered more than one. Very tasty meat, with grilled onions. And a large (much larger than usual) fresh tortilla with a generous serving of meat. DH's tortilla soup was the hit of the day, however: a large bowl with freshly-fried tortilla strips, queso cojito, and avocado for 4.99. I'll definitely go back for a bowl of that soup should I ever be in that neighborhood again.....btw, Spanish may be essential for ordering at Antojos. Cash only.

Today one of my colleagues took me to lunch at Bagelmania. Its on Twain, a little north of Maryland Parkway. I had a cup of matzo ball soup. The matzo balls are wonderful, huge AND light.
The broth could have been a little more "chickeny" but it was ok. Also lots of carrots in the soup. They serve it with bagel chips, a nice touch. My coworker had a pastrami sandwich...looked really good. I also had an egg-salad sandwich on a bagel...generous serving of egg salad. The cole slaw was forgettable...but he tells me they make a great latke...next time I'll substitute that for slaw.....

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