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Vegas reviews - Stripburger & Mon Ami Gabi

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Was in Vegas last Thursday thru this morning (Sunday).

Only notable eats.... Stripburger and Mon Ami Gabi. Due to circumstances outside my control (being laid off in 6 weeks) our dining plans had changed and we were going low-key, but had some Lettuce Entertain You gift cards to be used. After some bad experiences with Lettuce places in Chicago the hubby has more or less sworn off any LEYE place, but I think some of their places do some good food.

Thursday dinner - Stripburger

It is a totally outdoor venue.... in the 100 plus heat they had misters running and it looked like some sort of cooling system, but we were seated in kind of a dead spot and it was a little steamy. Hubby and I were pleasantly surprised that they apparently card everyone.... him in mid 30s and me in low 30s, it doesn't happen much! And to that staff, we had to look like we were in our 40s. But, we were seated quickly in a table with a great view of the sidewalk to watch the passers by. Quickly given menus and given no pressure to decide quickly. I ordered the "house" burger with blue cheese and fried onions, the husband ordered a burger with green chilies and cheese. We also ordered sides of fries and fried pickles, which the waitress said were probably going to be too much for two people, but we wanted to try both. Sodas for drinks.

The burgers were good. Not as fru-fru as some places, but good, solid, tasty burgers. Mine had a very nice balance between the onions, cheese and meat.... all in good balance and the cheese was not overpowering. The hubby's burger was also good, the chilies were not just canned chilies dumped on a burger, they were some nice roasted chilies mixed in with everything. The fries were good, they actually reminded me & the hubby of the ole Chicago fave Demon Dog fries... nice and crispy, some skin left on, very good. And the pickles were a nice surprise.... I have a love/hate relationship with some pickles, but the fried variety was almost like a salty fried zucchini. The dipping sauce, which was some kind of buttermilk thing, was a perfect match. It even went well with the fries, since I couldn't keep the hubby from dipping fries in the pickle sauce.

Is it the most high-end burger place in Vegas? No. Does it deliver on a tasty burger and some good food?? Heck yeah,

Friday lunch - Mon Ami Gabi

I've avoided this place in Vegas simply because we live outside of Chicago, and we have one in Chicago. Why eat at a place on vacation that we can eat at any time?? And, the hubby is not as big of a foodie, and not really in to anything fancy or fussy or out there. But, after explaining it was a simple bistro menu, he decided to go along. We arrived shortly after noon and were seated promptly, at an inside spot since the previous night's outdoor dining was enough.

Service was excellent... we obviously had a main waiter, but the rest of the staff was there for water or drink refills when needed, and quickly out of the way. I was a little disappointed by the "by the glass" wine list... just nothing on there that was something I couldn't get at any serious liquor or wine shop around here. I opted for iced tea, the hubby had soda. He ordered the seafood crepes, I had the soup and sandwich du jour.

The bread delivered to our table was great.... the butter might have been left out in the sun and was a little melty, but I'd rather have something spreadable than something so cold I can't get it on a knife.

The soup was a cold corn chowder.... perfect for the weather and for summer. Truely tasted of corn and pure corn. If it hadn't have been a nice establishment, I'd have licked my bowl. The sandwich was a "halibut burger"... three lovely pieces of cornmeal breaded halibut served on a brioche bun with tarragon mayo. It was a wonderful combo. That was served with frites... while no Bouchon, they were of a different sort and plenty tasty. The hubby ate about half of them off my plate.

Despite there being peas in the seafood crepes (which the hubby dislikes) he devoured them, loved the sauce and was very happy with his meal. He even raved about the salad served as a side with his... and he never raves about salad. It was a good side to the crepes.

For desert.... we split the profiteroles. I had suggested Tarte Tatin at first, but hubby had a taste for the profiteroles. And wow... he was right. Perfect cream puffs, great ice cream, and a wonderful, really wonderful, chocolate sauce. Dark and chocolate-y with nice hints of coffee. We scraped the plate clean.

Also....

We did walk past Enoteca San Marco - a place I wanted to hit before we decided to go with limited funds - around dinnertime on Saturday and the place seemed pretty full with happy customers. I tried to see what was happening on people's plates, but every plate I saw was empty already,

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