Snooze

Snooze
3940 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 500-3344

Ending a wedding weekend full of fun in Mission Bay, of course we end it with nice fatty fat breakfast at Snooze! Way to load ourselves food coma inducing food right before a long drive back home.

Snooze Spuds Deluxe – Crispy hash brown loaded with cheese your choice of protein, and in my case, bacon!
Corned Beef Hash – This is of the REAL meat version. My peasant standards did not like it. Give me the pulverized fake meat!

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Tacos El Gordo

Tacos El Gordo
3049 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 641-8228
tacoselgordobc.com

The famous Tacos El Gordo. We finally made it. It was sticky, hot, and super sweaty, but it was delicious. Lengua. Pastor. Carne Asada Fries.

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Tips: Each taco filling has dedicated station, so just scooch your bum right in there (don’t be shy) and get your food ordered.

Return for Awful Awful Burger

Wolf Den
1305 N Virginia St
Reno, NV 89503
(775) 324-9653

I returned to Reno recently to visit my good friend and college roommate Carla, and of course, we had to return to some our old food haunts. We used to indulge in the famous Awful Awful Burger with a full basket of fries, which I claim to have devoured all by myself, every single fry. This time we went to the newly renovated bar called the Wolf Den situated near the University of Nevada, Reno’s dorms. It proved to have the same Awful Awful burger that I remember from The Nugget, minus the greasy diner vibe and now trade it for the college hangout vibe. An advantage now is that school is currently out, so we got to dine in peace and did not have to battle parking. (Wow, I’m starting to sound old! Ha ha)

Bliss with my hamburger. Behold! … but I did not finish all my fries.

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eat.

eat.
707 Carson Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 534-1515
eatdtlv.com

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In a town of fancy foods and celebrity chefs, eat. brings it back to simple food. The biscuits brought me back to my imaginary biscuit baking grandma’s kitchen with perfectly sweet berries. This was a mop it up and lick up the sauce moment, but I held back to not embarrass my husband. Though my truffled egg sandwich had the often fancy ingredient at high priced restaurants, this sandwich just brought it back to the roots, simple ingredients made well – fluffy eggs with just the right amount of truffle essence with thick cut bacon in between oh-so-amazing cloud-like pieces of ciabatta bread. Despite often being a fan of potatoes cut to smithereens and then deep fried to an unrecognizable state, I even ate all the big hunks of real pan fried potatoes.

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Go to eat to just eat.

CFG 10 American Breakfast Commandments

CFG 10 American Breakfast Commandments

1. You shall have extra crispy bacon
2. You shall have seasoned potatoes that are crispy and crunchy (Eggworks “The Works” Potatoes)
3. Any bread items shall be perfectly toasted and not soggy whether in sandwich form or not
4. Egg yolks shall be runny and mop-friendly for bread
5. Corned beef hash shall be pulverized to bits, smashed, and cooked to crispy perfection, so that it no longer resembles any form of real meat (Jamm’s Restaurant, The Coffee Cup)
6. Establishment shall offer a a variety of pancakes that are fluffy/cakey on the inside, and more specifically, red velvet pancakes that have slightly crispy chew on the outside (Babystacks)
7. Coffee shall have never-ending refills
8. Cheese shall be oozy and melty
9. You shall not be afraid of carb and fat friendly condiments like ketchup, real butter, and plentiful packets of sugar.
10. You shall not be on a diet

Disclaimer: These are only personal opinions of CFG.

District One Kitchen & Bar

District One Kitchen & Bar
3400 S Jones Blvd., Ste 8
Las Vegas, NV 89146

https://www.facebook.com/DistrictOneLV

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District One in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (a.k.a. Saigon for ya old schoolers) is the hip district to be in Vietnam. It’s the most industrial and even has it’s own Rodeo Drive-esque area to shop in.

Bring this back to District One Kitchen & Bar in Las Vegas. It’s hip. It’s new. It’s a twist on Vietnamese food. While our parents generation may complain that portion sizes are small (really?) and it’s too expensive (*tsk tsk to us spendy American born children), but I find it a refreshing spin on food that wasn’t necessarily viewed as trendy before. Looking around the restaurant, it brings in people from all walks of life to enjoy fresh, tasty foods with inspired by vibrant colors and tastes of Vietnamese food. Go try it yourself. Just don’t bring your immigrant parents. ;)

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K-Bop

K-Bop
4235 S Fort Apache Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Phone number (702) 740-5267
k-bop.com

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K-Bop has always piqued my interest whenever I drove by their sign heading home from work, so when I was invited by K-Bop recently to try them out, the invitation was the impetus to finally make me go!

Walking into K-Bop, I could see what June the owner was going for. It’s a hip, clean yet relaxed atmosphere with a modern yet still familiar twist on Korean food.

We started off with complimentary deep fried wonton strips which were lightly sweetened with a sprinkle of granulated sugar. I’m not one of those people to start with dessert for dinner, but these were delicious! It reminded me of cinnamon toast waffle cereal without the sugar overload. Out came the kimchi fried rice with a golden yolky egg plopped right on top. The kimchi flavor embedded throughout the rice had the right level of tangy, but I felt that it lacked some of that “wok hei” that accompanies Cantonese style fried rice. Is it wrong to expect that with Korean style fried rice? Of course accompanying everything came banchan/panchan on a 9-well plate. Now let me say this – it is rare that I enjoy every single banchan, but I did not have complaints of the nine out of nine. Still, the best was the kimchi, tangy, crunchy, fermented long enough and spicy. Our last appetizer was the half order of potstickers that comes with a Yelp check in. The wonton wrapper was crispy and the filling nice was a nice and savory mix of meat and vegetables.

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Next came a slew of savory main dishes for our piggy selves – we always go overboard, but why not when you’re at a new restaurant? It’s impossible to form an educated opinion on just a few dishes. Spam Musubi came with a nice surprise of fried egg layer inside. Remember to eat it quickly or the seaweed will get soggy from the heat. The Kimchi dumpling stew of course floated my boat because of the quality of kimchi, and who can say no to a comforting stew? Kalbi was a bit too sweet for my tastes, but the pork belly bo ssam was indulgent. The unctuous pork belly was balanced out with the fresh greens and dipping sauce. The finally savory dish was a sizzling hot platter of stir fried chicken gizzards. Gizzards sounds gross to the average American, but growing up on chicken feet and pig’s blood, gizzards don’t scare me! In fact, this was a good compliment to our fluffy side of rice.

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We had a nice spread of dessert of caramel flan, tempura icecream and deep fried oreos, but my favorite of the three was definitely the deep fried oreos. Something about the batter and frying process renders the cookie layer to be more of a cakey texture, and I’m a sucker for cake!

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Conclusion: Though to be honest K-town in LA is always being better in taste, June serves a great variety of traditional dishes in a very nice modern atmosphere. I can see what she had in mind when designing the place and naming it for korean tapas. K-Bop is NOT K-town. Instead, it’s a whole new niche in Vegas – a hip place to hang out drink and munch on small Korean style dishes. (As a disclaimer, we did pay for our meal, but June was nice enough to let us try their stir fry chicken gizzard and an array of complimentary desserts.)