View Wine Bar

March 18th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

perfectionI will fully admit that I don’t hide my hatred for over-hyped restaurants on the strip or failed areas of town like Tivoli Village, so it was with great hesitation that I took a few recent suggestions to go try the burger at View Wine Bar. Many restaurants and stores have come and gone from this ghost town of a shopping area, and I question how long anything could survive there based on how few people are around each time I visit. Because no one is ever there I typically assume that this means there’s nothing worthy of perusing or devouring here, but after my most recent visit I couldn’t be more wrong. continue reading »

Poppy Den

January 9th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

looks goodSpoiler alert: just like Town Square, Tivoli Village doesn’t have any good places to dine. In fact, Tivoli might be one of the larger development failures in recent years in Las Vegas. I found nothing good at Bottles & Burgers which recently closed, and I don’t think anyone in town could tell you the name of another restaurant there. Now we welcome Poppy Den, the latest restaurant to open in this cursed shopping area. This place is brought to us by Chef Angelo Sosa from Top Chef D.C. and Top Chef All Stars which really means nothing to me as I don’t watch any of those. Still, with those credentials it promised maybe something good. Right? continue reading »

Honey Salt

December 18th, 2012 by Erik Chudy

pretty burgerIt’s not very often any more that I’m excited to try a new burger in town, and when I do I really have to make a conscious effort to not set myself up for disappointment. Honey Salt recently opened in Summerlin, and as an overall foodie I’ve been very excited to try this new spot. While I didn’t make it there too often, I always enjoyed Nora’s that used to be in the space, both the menu and farm-to-table concept of its replacement gave me much hope. So after impatiently waiting a few weeks to let the crowds die down I finally ventured in there for dinner one night (and ran into foodie friend Splurgemonkey). Did it disappoint? continue reading »

Bottles & Burgers (CLOSED)

January 26th, 2012 by Erik Chudy

nice presentation, empty plateTivoli Village opened several months ago in Summerlin, providing an even yuppier version of Town Square for the folks living in the western part of our fair city. I really had no desire to go there as I hate shopping, but the recently opened Bottles & Burgers restaurant finally gave me a reason to do so. The name has plenty of promise, as I am quite the fan of the assumed liquids they’re referring to in those bottles, and of course there’s that whole burger thing. A friend went the first week they were open and wasn’t impressed, but we weren’t sure how much of that was due to it being a new restaurant versus if they just weren’t delivering. After my visit I would have to agree with the latter. continue reading »

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

January 22nd, 2012 by Erik Chudy

damn goodI recently had the pleasure of going out for a burger with a fellow food blogger who turned me onto several great new locations for burgers and some other good food in town. He suggested we meet up at an off-the-strip location that wasn’t anywhere on my radar, and although he’s a much more established writer than yours truly, I really wasn’t sure if I could trust his judgment as I’ve been steered in the wrong path quite often in this town. The restaurant was Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, and luckily so far his recommendations are 1 for 1. continue reading »

The Martini

December 3rd, 2011 by Erik Chudy

I like pretzel buns!A friend recently sent me a burger top 10 list from the Review Journal which included many local spots, the likes of which I’ve been trying to track down since starting this blog. Being the dummy that I am, I didn’t pay attention to the date the article was posted until I tried to visit one of the locations only to find their kitchen is no longer open. Still determined to eat a burger that night, I tried a second location which had almost the same name but a totally different burger. That place is now called The Martini, and the burger was still really good. continue reading »

Vintner Grill

August 22nd, 2011 by Erik Chudy

Located in an inconspicuous office park in Summerlin, Vintner Grill has been a favorite dinner spot of mine for a few years now. Looking at the address and being familiar with most restaurant locations in Vegas off of the strip, one would assume the entrance is facing directly onto Charleston Blvd, but you would be mistaken. Once you finally locate the entry amongst your standard setup of covered office parking spaces in the back, you enter a space rich with modern design and accessories. It might be a tad cluttered, but I really like the space and have always loved everything I’ve eaten for dinner. This is the first time I’ve been there for lunch, and jumped on the chance when I saw a burger on the menu. But did it stand up as well as the dinners I’ve eaten? continue reading »