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We were planning to eat at another restaurant that had been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives when we got back to Vegas, but it was mobbed so we ended up at Kung Fu Plaza Restaurant instead.  We started off with some fried calamari.

It was crispy and tender and really yummy.  I could have eaten this for my entree.  Loren got the garlic beef and I went for the orange chicken.

Both dishes were very flavorful and cooked perfectly.  You could just tell there was someone in the kitchen who knew what they were doing.  It also didn’t look like there were a lot of tourists eating here, mostly locals, which is a good sign in my book. Based on everything I ate in Vegas, if you get the opportunity to eat off of the Strip, I highly recommend it.  The local flavors were much more reasonable in price and had better flavors.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

Kung Fu Plaza Restaurant
3505 S Valley View Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
702-247-4120

Kung Fu Thai & Chinese Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Chinese, Las Vegas
  • FatBurger


    I made Loren get up early today and walk around the south end of the Las Vegas strip with me since that was the one part I hadn’t been to yet.  Since he was still on Florida time, it felt like lunchtime to him, so we stopped at FatBurger and had a burger and fries for breakfast.

    I gotta say, this was a pretty darn good burger & fries.  It was fresh,  juicy and flavorful and the fries were hot and crispy.  For $15 with a drink, it really hit the spot.

    Fat Burger
    3763 Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV
    702-736-4733

    Fatburger on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5

    Loren flew in to Vegas today & we went to dinner with a friend of ours at a restaurant I saw on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Forte Tapas Bar & Bistro.  I made reservations, but there wasn’t anyone else in the restaurant, so I’m thinking the hype from the show must have worn off by now.  But, then again, it is a Wednesday, so who knows.   It’s a little dive kinda place, kind of quirky, nothing fancy.  We started off with some stuffed grape leaves and bread.

    The stuffed grape leaves had some wonderful flavors.  Loren especially liked the sauce on them.  He actually kept the plate to dip the rest of his meal in the sauce.  The bread was warm and crusty and came with dipping oil and a tray of herbs to add to it.  I ordered the beef stroganoff ragu.

    The dish was really creamy and had an amazing flavor to it.  The little pasta pockets were filled with a mushroom mixture that just melted in your mouth.  I would definitely eat this dish again and again.  Loren got the chicken kabobs.

    He said the key to this dish was getting a little bit of everything in each bite.  The onion and tomato really enhanced the flavor of the kabob itself.  He cleaned his plate.  Our friend Geff ordered one of the items that Guy Fieri tried when he visited the restaurant, the Thracian Clay Pot.

    It takes a while to come out of the kitchen and then has to cool down to a temperature that won’t burn the roof of your mouth off.  It was an interesting dish.  Geff seemed to like it once it got under the temperature of lava and the egg had cooked a bit more.  So far, everything had been so delicious that I couldn’t pass on dessert.  Loren & I ordered the baklava and the tolumba.

    Unfortunately, this is where things went south.   Both desserts were very cold right out of the refrigerator and had a less than pleasing texture.  They just weren’t good at all.  Total bill was $43.  Go for the food, skip the dessert and your taste buds will thank you.

    Forte Tapas Bar and Bistro
    4180 S. Rainbow Suite 806
    Las Vegas, NV
    702-220-3876

    Forte European Tapas Bar and Bistro on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.6/5

    A group of us ate lunch at The Buffet at the Aria and it was definitely the worst meal I had in Vegas.  To be honest, my whole experience at the Aria was pretty bad.  I had an hour long wait in the check-in line, they put me in a room that hadn’t been cleaned yet, the batteries in the TV remote were dead, and housekeeping either moved or walked away with my flat iron.  The meal at The Buffet was just the icing on the cake.

    I found the food at most of the stations to be cold or hard.  We were there at lunchtime and it seemed as though the food had been sitting there for quite a while.  Not appetizing at all.  The one saving grace was the dessert.

    Both the chocolate smores and the cheesecake were good.  Looks like they’re closing The Buffet in October 2012 for renovations.  Hopefully, they’ll be improving the quality of the food.

    The Buffet
    3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas, NV
    (866) 359-7111

    The Buffet on Urbanspoon

    Food1/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere1/5
    Value1/5
    1.3/5
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  • Filed under: American, Las Vegas
  • I ate at the Todd English Pub twice because it was really good.  I had sliders both times, first ones were beef and the second time the brown butter lobster sliders, and they were both delicious.

    The burgers had a wonderful flavor and the fries were crispy and delicious.  There was plenty of lobster in the other sliders and the buns were perfectly buttery and scrumptious.  If it weren’t for the prices, I could eat here every day.  The beef sliders & fries ran me $16,  the lobster sliders $25.

    Todd English Pub
    3720 Las Vegas Blvd S (Crystals)
    Las Vegas, NV
    (702) 489-8080

    Todd English Pub on Urbanspoon

    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    4.1/5
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  • Filed under: American, Las Vegas