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cocktails, raku, wild, and art of flavors

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Just wanted to highlight a few good food and drink experiences we had this past weekend. Sometimes locals don't post when we have had good experiences and that's too bad because there is a growing and diverse restaurant scene that deserves a lot of love.
On Friday night we started with cocktails at the Velveteen Rabbit. This is a terrific stop; craft cocktails, a great beer list, and a great price point. In addition to the bar, there is a large backyard area as we head towards the outdoor drinking season. I had the cucumber punch and my companions had the cucumber mule and the boulevardier. all terrific.
Dinner was at Raku that night, and it continues to be terrific. particular standouts were the sashimi and the fresh tofu (which converted an admitted non-tofu eater). We then headed to Sweets Raku; we each did the three course dessert, but I think next time I would split it with a companion and potentially get a cheese plate. Everything was terrific and the artistry is tremendous, but it is a lot of dessert.
On Saturday, we went to Wild for the second time. Wild is in the Ogden and has a fairly short menu featuring a number of nice salads and flatbreads. The quinoa salad is excellent, but the true standout is the caprese martini. One of the best drinks I have ever had, capturing the taste of a delicious caprese in liquid form.
We then ventured over to the Container Park, which has a very lovely policy of imposing a 9 pm curfew for children, after which adults start to enjoy the slides and tree houses as well as the various food and beverage choices. The 702 wine bar has some nice choices of wine and small plates, while the Boozery has an overall good bar
We then went to Art of Flavors for the first time and it deserves all the kudos it has gotten here and otherwhere. I had a simple stratichella gelato and it was terrific. It was not very busy but we were there at close to closing time, and it appeared that it had been busy earlier. There was also a very interesting apple and asparagus that I sampled and liked but something more traditional was calling my name.
All in all a very nice weekend....

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  1. Nicely done - and yes, more locals need to offer feedback more often, else tourists are likely to think I'm the only person who ever ventures off strip in Vegas. :-)