Zaytoon Mediterranean Market and Kabob

Zaytoon Mediterranean Market and Kabob
Address: 3655 S Durango Dr #11-14, Las Vegas, NV 89147
Phone: (702) 685-1875

Zaytoon Mediterranean Market and Kabob

I admit that I have limited exposure to Persian food, but I am dang sure that I absolutely love it. When I visit one of my best friends in southern California, we always get take out from Raffi’s Place. We eat it the first night for dinner. Then, I have it for breakfast the next day. Then, I have it as a snack. Then, I have it for dinner, again. Right before, I leave for the airport, I have the last bit of everything. The amazing thing about me eating Persian food is that I love to mush everything together. Anyone who knows me well knows that I do NOT like my food touching, BUT Persian food somehow is the huge exception. I LOVE MIXING IT ALL TOGETHER – meats, sauces, rice, dips.

I was getting a huge hankering for Persian food recently in Vegas, but never knew where to go until I read up on Zaytoon Mediterranean Market and Kabob. Everyone was recommending Koobideh, which is the main dish I love. I never really like the chicken or steak kabobs. It’s all about the ground beef skewers for me – Koobideh for the win! My loving hubby put aside his usual cravings for Asian food and accompanied me for dinner recently. What amazed me about the patrons was that not only were there many people of Middle Eastern decent, but also many people of other ethnicities enjoying the food. Food came out fast and service was friendly.

Dishes we enjoyed with the wonderful chewy and toasty bread on the side:
Shirazi Salad (Diced cucumbers, tomato, and onion in a citrus mint dressing)
Masto Khiar (Cucumber and yogurt dip)
Kashke Bademjaan (Fried Iranian Eggplant Dip)
Koobideh Kabob (2 skewers of our marinated ground beef, grilled on a skewer. Served with grilled tomato and rice)
Shish Kabob (2 skewers tender filet mignon. Served with grilled tomato and rice) – Not recommended by CFG
Iranian Pistachio Ice Cream flavored with saffron and rose water
(Did not order tadik/crispy rice, though I did see it on the menu.)

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p.s. Looks like you can order online via Yelp’s Eat24.

4/5 Beeps

Momofuku Las Vegas

Momofuku Las Vegas
Located in: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Address: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 698-2663

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The long anticipated Chef David Chang’s Momofuku has been in the works through fall of last year and has finally opened in the Cosmopolitan. It’s true. Everything you’ve heard people gush and ooh and ah about is true. It is gluttony at its best. It also helped that our served seemed to really LOVE the food as well, so we just went with it. Caviar, you suggest? DONE!

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Soft Boiled Eggs, Big Eye Tuna + Shaved Foie Gras, Pork Belly Bun, Chicken Karage Bun, Pickled Vegetables, Sweet & Sour Long Beans, Black Winter Truffle Ramen, Salt & Pepper Lobster, Cereal Milk Soft Serve

5/5 Beeps

Fresh Udon – Marugame Monzo

Marugame Monzo
Address: 3889 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Phone: (702) 202-1177

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ITEMS TRIED: SEA URCHIN CREAM UDON, ZARU UDON, KAKE UDON, UDON, CARBONARA UDON, KAKE UDON, NEGITORO BOWL

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.

3/5 Beeps

Flock & Fowl – Universal Comfort Food

Flock & Fowl
Address: 380 West Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Typical Hours: 10:30AM–3:30PM
Phone: (626) 616-6632
www.flockandfowl.com/

Flock & Fowl

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.

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4/5 Beeps

Earl of Sandwich [Toasty]

Earl of Sandwich
Downtown Summerlin
2010 Festival Plaza Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 750-2005
www.earlofsandwichusa.com

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!

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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.

Earl of Sandwich, I will be back!

Edomae Sushi at Yui

Yui
3460 Arville St
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 202-2408
yuisushi.com/index.html

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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!

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Hobak Korean BBQ

Hobak Korean BBQ
5808 Spring Mountain Rd #101
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 257-1526
http://hobakfamilyusa.com/

FINALLY.

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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. 😉

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Baguette Cafe

Baguette Cafe
8359 W Sunset Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 269-4781

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.

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