Viva Las Vegas!!!
Sat, 01/24/09 8:53 PM
Is that title too obvious? I thought of using something else, but then I wouldn't have been able to post this Elvis link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Knbh7TkX6A Friday January 23, 2009 Once again, my plane landed early, though this time only by 20 minutes. My dinner destination was a place quite a bit north of the city, Bob Taylor's Ranch House. According to my waitress, this place was way out in the middle of nowhere when it first opened. Now, the suburban sprawl has found its way here. I called from the airport to see how crowded they were. The young lady said they had almost a full house. When I got there around 9:00PM, the parking lot was practically empty. Here is the entrance towards the restaurant. The dining room where I was seated had only two other tables occupied and they were close to leaving. It makes me wonder why they stay open until 11:00PM. The entire restaurant is decorated with a Western/ranch house theme. There are old cowboy movie posters, ropes, bull horns, sometimes sitting next to a flat screen tv or fireplace. The menu and wine list came with an attractive leather cover. Considering the Western theme, it was inevitable that the menu would feature the steaks. The first item out was the hot, hard crusted garlic bread. When I was coming in to the restaurant, I expected to smell sizzling meat. Instead, it was the powerful aroma of garlic. This must have been why. This delicious bread disappeared in no time! I was asked if I wanted to soup or salad. When I heard they had clam chowder, I told the waitress, "I will take that, unless you have some interesting salad dressings". She told me all the salad dressings were made there and the house dressing was similar to a Thousand Island, but also including steak sauce and worcestershire sauce. "Interesting, I'll try that!" This was a good switch off, as I really enjoyed this salad. The house dressing reminded me of a mild honey mustard. My steak, a 24 oz. ribeye arrived (it was a special). This was a good, satisfying hunk of meat, cooked properly, but it was nothing that made me go wow. What I did really like were the Ranch House potatoes. These are shredded potatoes, along with four different cheeses, plus mushrooms. Excellent! I thought it was strange to give me one lone onion ring, but it was soaked in steak juice, which could only make it better. And since I love sauteed mushrooms with my steak, I got a side order of those, too. The dessert list offered nothing that particularly appealed to me, so I passed. My waitress, in her mid 30s and a real beauty, had an interesting accent that I couldn't place. She ended up being from Buffalo. I'm sure she misses the weather back home right about now! Some of you may wonder why I chose this place, out of the thousands in Las Vegas, to eat. First of all, it represented a slice of old Las Vegas, I wanted to experience. And secondly, I found out through the website that the owner is a huge Steeler fan and has a lot of Pittsburgh stuff hanging around. I couldn't resist one last photo on my way out. Bob Taylor's Ranch House 6250 Rio Vista Street Las Vegas, NV 702-645-1399 http://www.bobtaylorsranchhouse.com/
# I checked into my hotel, The Artisan, right where I-15 and Sahara meet. Much more to come.....
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