The second of it’s kind in Vegas for made from scratch Udon, Marugame Monzo hails from Los Angeles offering slurpable bowls of udon of many styles and flavors.(I-naba has sadly come and gone). With the exit of I-naba, I guess you can call Monzo the ONLY fresh udon joint in town. While I still think of Sanuki No Sato in Gardena as the best Udon, Monzo falls in the “very-good-for-Vegas” category. It is not the best ever where the udon lacks some bouncy chew, but it certainly very overall tasty.
Flock & Fowl
Address: 380 West Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Typical Hours: 10:30AM–3:30PM
Phone: (626) 616-6632
Chicken and rice, it is the universal comfort food across many cultures. Flock & Fowl hits the spot with delicious comfort food all around. Deep fried chicken, baos and of course, the addicting rice that accompanies their main menu item, Hainanese chicken. Perhaps, it’s the chicken fat or the fact that they source organic chicken? Flock & Fowl brings chicken eating to another level, and you can really feel the food being made with “heart”.
HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE (with house made ginger scallion sauce + house made chile + house made soy chicken rice, marinated cucumbers and preserved mustard greens) ordered 3 ways – poached, house roasted, buttermilk fried. NIGHT MARKET FRIED CHICKEN BAO, INDO FRIED RICE.
Earl of Sandwich
2010 Festival Plaza Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Earl of Sandwich has been on my radar for probably about 10 years since they opened one up on the Las Vegas strip around that time. My best friend Patty shares my same food taste and raved about it when she tried it. Fast forward to 2016, I finally tried them because they conveniently opened a branch in Downtown Summerlin. Woohoo!
Walking in, it was definitely a more casual eatery than I had pictured. Turns out, it’s super casual and you order at the counter, which is fine by me!
My friend Tav got The Holiday Turkey (Turkey, cornbread stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce & mayonnaise, which I totally liked more than my own The Earl’s Club (roasted turkey, smoked bacon, aged swiss cheese, lettuce, roma tomatoes, & sandwich sauce). Can’t beat cranberry sauce in The Holiday Turkey, though I really enjoyed the sandwich sauce in The Earl’s Club. Both sandwiches came out with perfectly toasty bread. I was amazed that the bread could be so light and fluffy, but so toasty as the same time.
3460 Arville St
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Move over Kabuto, there’s another Edomae sushi badass in town. Yui is it! For some reason, 4 out of 4 times we went to Kabuto, it was not at all a good experience (that’s another story to tell another day). Hubby and I have found Yui opened by Chef Gen-San formerly of Kabuto, and of the two visits so far, we have NOT been disappointed. We have experienced fantastically fresh fish and warm, chewy, and fluffy sushi rice. I don’t know about y’all, but a big part of my sushi experience is good sushi rice. Yui’s got that right. If you want top quality nigiri and sashimi, Yui is the place to be!
Hobak Korean BBQ
5808 Spring Mountain Rd #101
Las Vegas, NV 89146
FINALLY, a Korean BBQ joint that can be on par with K-town restaurants on LA. We were blown away by the quality of meats and the super attentive level of service. As of this past Sunday, our server said they were about 10 days old.
Hobak is legit. Straight from Korea, and Las Vegas is lucky to have it’s first location.
The eating experience was fantastic. They already had all the panchan set up and the charcoal grills already rip-roaring. Yes, I said charcoal – real charcoal. During our entire meal, staff would continually pass by to make sure our meat was perfectly cooked, side dishes and drinks continually filled and addressed. We had one main girl, but they seemed to rotate as well.
We chose the Hobak Family Combo that gave us a taste of both beef and pork cuts. All were amazingly delicious and tender, but our definite fave was the short rib cut. You know when you’re eating the traditional short rib with the bone and trying oh-so-hard to still look civilized while gnawing on the bone? Well, in their version, all the bone has been removed, it is lightly marinated and so, so tender. No more viciously trying to pull the bone off and/or trying daintily to chew. Hobak’s meat is THAT gooooood.
Conclusion: Don’t ya’ll go there all at once. Let this be my secret spot for just a bit. 😉
8359 W Sunset Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89113
All you have to do is say “flaky” and “buttery,” and then add “croissant” and “melty cheese”. That is the key to my heart. Baguette Cafe is a charming French cafe co-owned by Olivier and his mother Claudi (sp?). Not sure why it took me so long to come here, as it is on my way to and from work. It is also easily accessible on weekends because it is just off the 215 freeway on Tenaya in the Southwest.
Baguette has a plethora of baked goods, savory and sweet breakfast or lunch type items. Both hubby and I chose croissant sandwiches for our lazy weekend breakfast, his of the breakfast egg variety and mine of the ham and gruyere variety. Delicious. Flaky. Melty Cheese. Add some ice coffees on the side. Done.
Joel Robuchon at the Mansion
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Joel Robuchon’s name really speaks for itself. The quality, the ambiance the whole sha-bang. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves on the beauty of presentation. Was it worth a small mortgage payment? Well, that’s all relative, isn’t it? =)