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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/19 15:50:02 (permalink)
Glad to see you got to my fave, The Hash House.  Yes the owner is Mary, if you asked she'd have proudly taken you through the kitchen.

I sometimes rent a car, even if I don't need one, just for my HH fix.


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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/19 16:09:06 (permalink)
buffetbuster

I wouldn't have minded doing some hiking on to the trails, but there was too much I wanted to do in Las Vegas.  So, I only ended up spending about an hour here

 
You.....HIKING??!!! " />" />
 
 
Are there any pie shops on trail that we don't know about???



 
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/19 16:53:29 (permalink)
BB - Great report!  Thanks.  That Hash House is the one catching my eye!

I'm betting that Mary has a Hobart Buffalo chopper in that Hash House kitchen.   Look how beautifully that ham is minced up.  To do that by hand would take a very long time. And, with all her different hash varieties, there's no way she is hand chopping roast beef, corned beef, etc..In those perfectly uniform consistancies...
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/19 16:57:08 (permalink)
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BB - Great report!  Thanks.  That Hash House is the one catching my eye!

I'm betting that Mary has a Hobart Buffalo chopper in that Hash House kitchen.   Look how beautifully that ham is minced up.  To do that by hand would take a very long time. And, with all her different hash varieties, there's no way she is hand chopping roast beef, corned beef, etc..In those perfectly uniform consistancies...


Mary's Hash is light as a feather and full of taste.

My favorite is her Party Hash, it has the eggs cooked in with a nice combo of meats.


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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/19 17:11:16 (permalink)
Well, some folks like the Hash House best while others like the Hash House A Go Go best. Next trip I want to try both.
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/19 23:41:39 (permalink)
Hash House A Go Go? 
Hey - I just went to yahoo.com and looked at both Mary's Hash House and Hash House A Go Go.  I thought Papa Jope was just kidding around.  Oh my!  Time to get serious.  These two places look fantastic. 
 
Greg - Have you been to both?  I can sure see why you'd rent a car just to go to the Hash House.  Lucky you!  
 
Thanks for the heads up on both!  The A Go GO has an very impressive menu.  Good reviews on both places.  Maybe we can hear more about these two places from you lucky roadfoodies who have been to either or both.
post edited by Baah Ben - 2009/02/20 00:12:03
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/20 11:00:42 (permalink)
Ben, are you kidding... me kid around? Well... maybe sometimes. :~)

I have some friends who live in Vegas. I will try to get them to go to both places, and see what they think.
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/20 11:11:48 (permalink)
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Hash House A Go Go? 
Hey - I just went to yahoo.com and looked at both Mary's Hash House and Hash House A Go Go. 

  These two places look fantastic. 
 
Greg - Have you been to both?  I can sure see why you'd rent a car just to go to the Hash House.  Lucky you!  
 



I have only been  to Hash House.  I can't imagine being in town long enough to get tired of what is one of my two breakfast favorites in the US to venture to the A Go Go.

Reviews of A Go Go always rave about huge portions ... in my experience when I hear about huge portions is doesn't always add up to great food.

Oh, my other breakfast fave is John O'Groats on Pico, in LA.

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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/22 17:58:07 (permalink)
John O Groats..I'm going to look at that one.  If you say it's good..It's good.

Hey, check out the Au Go Go site..Sure doesn't look like it's jsut huge portions they are raving about.  The menu is pretty terrific.
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/22 18:45:51 (permalink)
Hello all ,

I will be in Vegas next week Thurs to Tues at the Rio . Have rental and plan to visit  Hash House and a Go go .

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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/23 01:07:12 (permalink)
Might also want to consider....after these hash houses...Blueberry Hill; Diner, Chinatown and Rosemary's.....
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/24 19:25:25 (permalink)
Hello all ,

Thanks Baah Ben do you have addresses on these places ?

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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/24 19:50:24 (permalink)
Much debate about the Hash houses here! Us roadfooders will get to the bottom of this... if we can all agree??? :~)
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/02/25 14:25:33 (permalink)
Benzee:

I just checked several reviews on Rosemary's..Still terrific according to the reviewers.  It should be..Same owners..They work the place... I'm suggesting you go for lunch bccause of the prices.  It's a good value at lunch. I'd also ask if they have the special price fixed lunch which is a great deal..Appetizer.Entree.Dessert.. Use ot have it on Mondays...

The address is 8125 W Sahara #110 - 702-869-2251.  This is a wonderful restaurant..Not fancy mind you, but not roadfood.  The food is terrific.   You can access their website and see if it's something you'd like to try.

In Chinatown, the one I like is Harbor Palace.  4275 Spring Mt. Road.  They also have dim sum every day.  I think it is pretty good.  Been there several times.  But, some reviews lately have been mixed...

Have fun..Win $$$$$
post edited by Baah Ben - 2009/02/25 14:27:59
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/06/03 14:07:41 (permalink)
Okay, I am still having various computer issues.  But I still need to finish some of these half done trip reports.  Sorry all of this is taking so long.....
 
Saturday January 24, 2009 (Has it really been that long?)
 
My next stop was at M & M Soul Food Cafe.  From the review from Bruce & Sue, this was the place I was most excited about visiting while in town.  None too surprising, it is located in a small strip mall.  I sat down and tried to order lunch, but was told that they serve breakfast only until 1:00PM.  What?  I've never experienced this before.  But it was hard for me to get mad at the sweet waitress.  Considering I have already had breakfast (and ice cream), I decided I will have to come back.  I paid for the very strong sweet tea and left.
 
Next stop was the UNLV student bookstore.  After buying a sweatshirt and long sleeve t-shirt, it was time to walk to the basketball game.  On this day UNLV was playing a conference game vs. Utah.  Here is the player introductions

and an action shot of the game.

 
Utah was winning handily at the midway point and I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the halftime show.  They assembled a group of mascots, from local sports teams, car dealerships, radio stations, etc. and had them play a five minute basketball game.  And stupid as that sounds, it was absolutely hilarious.  One mascot fell down and couldn't get up, spending most of the game flailing on the floor.  Here are a couple of action shots:


And what says great basketball like Rapheal, the Teenage Mutant Turtle fighting for a rebound with a guy with a die for his head.  Or a giant alien (I think that's what that is)

going one on one with a drop of water?  I think you needed to be there to truly apprciate the silliness.  This was fun to watch!
 
UNLV came roaring back in the second half winning the game going away 75-65.
 
Now, I can go back to M & M Soul Food Cafe

and get my fried chicken lunch.  Since I had recently spent a week vacation in Mississippi, I was happy to see the Mississippi map right in their name.  The inside had a very comfortable feel about it, helped by these two terrific signs.


 
The Roadfood review raved about the fried chicken, so I went with that and I was very happy with it.  The outside crust was so brittle


that the slightest pressure made it fall apart.  The inside meat was nice and juicy.  Really good fried chicken!  The very cheesy macaroni & cheese

and porky green beans

would fit in just fine at a reputable Southern soul food restaurant.  But the star of the meal by far was the flat cornbread,

which was sweet and piping hot.  Fantastic!  I could have eaten a lot more of this.  Dessert?  Adequate banana pudding.

 
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/5290-5388/m-m-soul-food-cafe
 
From there, it was back to the hotel for a nap.  That night, I walked to the Strip, checking out all the casinos and doing lots of people watching.  I got back to my hotel around 3:00AM.  Sorry, I didn't take my camera.
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/06/19 14:37:52 (permalink)
Sunday January 25, 2009
 
Despite not getting very much sleep the night before, I was still up by 6:30AM to go eat breakfast.  What is it about Las Vegas that lets you get by with so little sleep?
 
Breakfast was at Tiffany's Cafe inside a drug store in downtown Las Vegas.  As you can see,

it is in the shadow of the Stratosphere.  To be perfectly honest, I wasn't to thrilled with the neighborhood.  I would hesitate to come here at night by myself.  But this morning, it was fine.  There are some booths on the side, but most of the seating is at the long counter. 

The place had a old time Roadfood feel to it.  Here is the front of the menu

with a tiffany lamp on it, but to decide what to eat, I checked out the menu board.

I settled on the biscuits and gravy. 

Yeah, I realize that is more of a Southern thing, but that is what I was in the mood for.  The biscuits were passable and the thick peppery gravy actually tasted quite good.  But the sausages on top were simply awful.  I did take a look at the pies and cakes in the case and they didn't look too impressive, so I passed.  Overall, I don't recommend this place, although I wished I had tried more things to say for sure.
 
It had been quite a few years since I had last visited Hoover Dam, so I thought I should take the short drive over to see it again.  But first, you had to pass by a very serious security stop, which was fine with me.  After all, how many landmaks do you actually drive over top?
 
Here are some photos from the area:





That last one makes it looks like they are building a new bridge across the canyon.  Does anyone know the details?  I also really liked the art deco decorations and memorial near the dam.


 
Leaving the dam and having only had a small breakfast, I was looking for something to eat in nearby Boulder City.....
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/06/19 15:08:45 (permalink)
BB... Still alive I see! If you are not getting my emails, can you email me?!

Cool pics btw... as ever. 
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/06/19 15:10:28 (permalink)
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/06/19 15:12:16 (permalink)
Hey cecif, glad to hear from you!  I am still having some serious computer issues and problems.  Will write you from a different email account.   
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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/06/19 16:00:23 (permalink)
While driving through Boulder City, I was have no luck finding anything that didn't look like fast food or seemed too touristy.  Finally, I spotted a sign that said something like "Best Dam BBQ".  I hit the brakes and pulled in at Bradley's.


Thinking it would be a little bbq parlor, it was actually a family restaurant that also made bbq.   Figuring beggars can't be choosers, I ordered some bbq to go.  With it still being early, it took a few minutes.  The food was eaten of the hood of the car.  Here is what I ended up with:
The pork bbq came unsauced.  Considering the sauce was thick, sticky and sweet, I'm glad it was on the side.  The sandwich itself

was on a nice soft roll, piled high with tender, delicious pork.  This was a good sandwich.  The potato salad

was nothing special, but the beans,

loaded with more of that pork was quite tasty.

On the way back to Vegas, I made one more food stop and that was at a place reviewed here on Roadfood, Settebello in Henderson.  The bad news is that they weren't where they were supposed to be.  Another business was now in the listed address.  Across the street, a wine store was open, so I went in and asked.  The very friendly lady said that they had moved just a few miles down the road and gave me excellent directions.  She also told me I was in for a real treat, because the pizza was that good.

I easily found Settebello

in an upscale shopping center and walked in.  I seemed to be their first customer of the day and was greeted warmly.  Darkly lit,

this was a nice place.

I have to say up front, I am not a pizza guy.  Every once in a while (maybe 3 or 4 times a year) I get a pizza, but it nothing I ever crave.  But, I do really like Margherita pizzas.  There used to be an excellent pizza place here near my home in Pittsburgh (Bellevue, to be exact) that was (for me) clearly the best pizza place in town.  The owner studied in Napoli, brought over a brick pizza oven and made his pizzas with all fresh ingredients.  I loved the place!  But it was too good to stay in Pittsburgh and someone from New York City came and made him an offer he couldn't refuse and he moved everything to New York.

I ordered the Margherita pizza here and the pizza came out very quickly.


Simple, beautiful, with a deliciously charred crust, this was a terrific pizza. It was perfectly sized for one.  You can definitely tell they use top notch ingredients here.  I'm not a pizza guy and this was my favorite meal of the trip.

 
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/5559-5651/settebello

Back in Vegas, I made my way to my favorite casino, Mandalay Bay.  I sat down at the sports book and watched the Pitt basketball game.  Soon, it was time to head for the airport and the end of my trip.

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Re:Viva Las Vegas!!! 2009/06/19 16:27:53 (permalink)
BB, did you know that Hoover Dam ( back when it was still called Boulder Dam ) is the structure from which the Amazing Colossal Man plummeted to his supposed "death" in 1957? He turned up alive in the sequel the next year.  ;~)
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