Agave in Las Vegas?
My non-hound sister was visiting this weekend and talk turned to Vegas. She mentioned a Mexican restaurant there she loves that she's eaten at several times. She couldn't remember the name, but said that it was on West Charleston somewhere "between Whole Foods and Red Rock Canyon...." Looking at addresses and descriptions online, Agave looks like it could be it. The website looked interesting, at least. So is it worth checking out? Seems like it would be a bit off the beaten track, but I'm always up for good Mexican....What do the hounds think? Maybe I'll just have to check it out.
I think agave is ok -- the food is good sort of nuevo mexican and there are a few good things on the menu but there have also been a few things I have been completely unwowed by even dissapointed at times.. The patio is beautiful and its the only reason I usually venture there ( but right now its too cold). If you want that kind of mexican food I would stick to border grill at Mandalay I think there food is solid and I can drink their green salsa with a straw. The service in the past has been ridiculously too slow and they used to have a policy on friday nights that they wouldnt seat a party of less than two anywhere but the bar (I think they have changed it but thats ridiculous)
We dined there for the first time in September and have made reservations for later this week. Agave is located at 10820 Charleston Blvd just a short distance from I-215. I would suggest making advance reservations through opentable if you plan on dining on the weekend. Here is an excerpt from my trip report:
This is an upscale Mexican restaurant in terms of both décor and menu. We were served a colorful basket of warm tortilla chips along with 3 salsas. We shared a bowl of black bean and smoked cheddar soup that was finished with a spoonful of salsa fresca and cilantro. My wife ordered the shrimp and crab stacked enchiladas with sweet corn and chili sauce and micro greens. I opted for the taco sampler – birria de chivo (marinated goat, avocado puree, cilantro and onion), carnitas with nopales salsa and tomato puree and fresh fish with Mexican slaw and salsa fresca. The kitchen made a mistake preparing carne asada (grilled skirt steak) instead of the carnitas, not a problem since all 3 tacos were delicious. When I brought the mistake to the waiter’s attention, he offered to bring me an additional taco, but I was satiated and waived him off.
I have read numerous rave comments about the tableside preparation of the guacamole with crab.