Feedback Friday: Honey Salt Restaurant Review

Feedback Friday_Please Don't Make Me Eat ThatI can’t believe it’s been two months since my last post. This summer was crazy! I didn’t have much time to blog between work, travel, a sprained ankle, and family visits.

A few weeks ago, my mom and aunts were in town for the MGM Women’s Leadership Conference. We usually eat on the Strip when they visit but I wanted to explore a restaurant the was suggested to me on multiple occasions: Honey Salt.

Honey Salt is a chic farm-to-table eatery tucked away in an upscale Summerlin Strip Mall. A husband and wife duo opened the restaurant for their family, friends, and community and their dedication and passion for their work is embedded throughout the restaurant.

The atmosphere was cozy and welcoming from the moment we walked in.  Farm chairs surround rustic tables and an assortment of eclectic mirrors and frames decorate the walls. If restaurant decor is any indication of how the food tastes, Honey Salt does a great job.

We skipped appetizers, not because our options were limited, but because we wanted to save room for dessert. We started with three glasses of Pinot Grigio and a complementary metal pail of crackers. I normally don’t go for  crackers, as I prefer a bread basket myself, but decided to live on the wild side after my mom’s rave reviews of the unexpectedly delicious and glorified Cheez-it.

FF16 - Dinner (Sanna)My mom and aunt had difficulties deciding what to eat, but I knew from the get-go. I wanted fish and selected the Pan Roasted Halibut, without the carrot ginger sauce, right away. My mom went with the Seared Ahi Tuna served with a wasabi pea and ginger crust and asian pear, sea beans, and tofu soy vinaigrette while my Aunt chose the Caramelized Sea Scallops with cauliflower, vanilla bean, truffle sauce. All of our meals were absolutely spectacular. What made them so good was the absence of oils and butters. The food was fresh, simple, and the flavors were out of this world. It is not often that I leave a restaurant feeling as if I had a healthy meal but I did at Honey Salt.

FF16 - Dessert (Sanna)During the meal, we learned that Chef Kim is in charge of the food (or the salt) and his wife, Elizabeth, is the mastermind pastry chef (honey). I read the dessert menu in great detail as my mouth watered uncontrollably. The Brookie was as good as it gets – described as chocolate chip cookie meets chocolate fudge brownie with salted caramel chunk ice cream. As if the cookie-brownie combo wasn’t heavenly enough, the salted caramel ice cream was out of this world. It was one of the best desserts I’ve had in years. My mom and aunt split the Key Lime Pie (no sharing for me) and wished there would have been more key lime than meringue.

Don’t wait to visit Honey Salt like I did – make a reservation NOW! You’ll be happy to have it on the top of your list of favorites in Las Vegas. I’ll definitely be back for more!

Restaurant: Honey Salt / Rampart Commons / 1031 S. Rampart Boulevard / Las Vegas, NV 89145 / 702.445.6100 / www.honeysalt.com

Picky Eater Approved: 5/5

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Feedback Friday: Le Thai Restaurant Review

Feedback Friday_Please Don't Make Me Eat ThatThe summer is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since one of my best friend’s came to visit. Alex and I had a great time and went to a lot of my Las Vegas favorites – Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental (for one drink and the view), Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan (for the secret flower drink), Beer Park at Paris, Commonwealth, Panevino, and Le Thai.

On Friday night, we toured the Neon Museum before a night out downtown. Without hesitation, I suggested we eat at Le Thai to kick off the evening. Le Thai is an intimate restaurant on Fremont Street with a beautiful outdoor patio in the back. The Thai eatery is known for their curries and noodle dishes but I’ve never known someone to complain about anything on the menu. The food is phenomenal; Chef Dan Coughlin knows what he is doing.

I know what you are thinking – a picky eater in a Thai restaurant? – it shocked me, too. I studied the menu on my first visit and nervously selected the Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry. The dish is served with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu, or shrimp and stir-fried bean sprouts, Chinese and American broccoli, mushrooms, onion, carrots, zucchini, and tomato. To fulfill my picky tastes, I asked for Chicken with American broccoli, carrots, and zucchini only. Luckily, the servers always agree. I’ve never had anything else; except the crispy spring rolls to start. Alex was the first of many who I’ve introduced to Le Thai to order the Awesome Flat Noodle Dish. She loved it!

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The only down side of Le Thai’s well-established reputation in Las Vegas is the fact that they only accept reservations for parties of 6 or more. Get in early or be ready to wait! Luckily, we planned ahead and made sure to arrive before the Friday Night crowds.

Restaurant: Le Thai / 523 Fremont Street / Las Vegas, NV 89101 / 702.778.0888 / www.lethaivegas.com

Picky Eater Approval: 5/5

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Feedback Friday: Hugo’s Cellar Restaurant Review

Feedback Friday_Please Don't Make Me Eat ThatHugo’s Cellar was fun from the get-go. We walked down a curved staircase in Four Queens Casino into a dark basement restaurant. The host wore a gigantic smile and handed all of us girls a single rose stem.

We were escorted to our table in the back and experienced the entire restaurant along the way. It was a dark atmosphere with large old-school booths against the brick walls and candle-lit tables in the middle.

There are a few things that made Hugo Cellar’s a unique dining experience:

  1. The breadbasket was impeccable.

2. My mom and her friend ordered Martinis and I had a Cosmopolitan. Our drinks came with a crystal jug (it had a handle) that ended up amounting to three full drinks. What a deal!

3. Can you say tableside salads? I was so excited about this, until I realized that they didn’t have French dressing or balsamic vinaigrette (believe it or not, I’m warming up to this dressing because restaurants so seldom carry French anymore. Sometimes I just want to be normal and eat a salad like everyone else, is that so much to ask?). I had a plain lettuce salad with balsamic vinegar and oil (which I learned is entirely different from balsamic vinaigrette) or what the salad man called a “honeymoon salad”.

4. In between the salad and main course, everyone was offered a mini cone of raspberry sorbet to “cleanse the palate”. Yummy!

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My mom and I each ordered a filet mignon. Other entrées at the table included the Filet and Shrimp Aux Poivre (a five ounce filet and jump shrimp in a green peppercorn sauce); Hugo’s Chicken (a great of chicken stuffed with sun-dried tomato pesto and roasted garlic sauce); and Salmon. Each entrée came with your choice of potato. Consider yourself warned: Hugo’s does not let you leave hungry. Everything. Is. Delicious.

All in all, eating at Hugo’s Cellar guarantees a fun and special evening that you don’t want to miss next time you are in Las Vegas.

Restaurant: Hugo’s Cellar / Four Queens Hotel and Casino / 202 Fremont Street / Las Vegas, NV 89101 / 702.385.4011 / www.hugoscellar.com

Picky Eater Approval: 4/5

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