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Baguette Cafe

Tucked away in a business park on the South West side of town lies a very cool little spot called the Baguette Cafe. Off of a frontage road that most would just blow right by, the Baguette Cafe is a place that is worth finding and stopping in for a bite to eat. It has character, it has charm, and around lunch time, it definitely has a line. Baguette Cafe is unbeknownst by most Las Vegans, but for those that work in the surrounding office buildings, this is their little foodie secret that the valley needs in on.

The small and unassuming Baguette Cafe has a layout similar to Starbucks with a menu board behind the counter on the wall, delicious pastries and treats encapsulated in glass for you to drool over as you make your decisions, and a coffee barista station to the left of the cashier. The owner takes most everybody's order and is very energetic and friendly. He remembers people's names and what they typically order and recommends specials and other menu items for the newly initiated. It's nice to see passion of this kind behind the counter.

I was stopping in with a friend of mine, whom recommended we eat there for lunch. We ordered two sandwiches and split a half each to try both concoctions.

Up to bat first was the Prosciutto Sandwich. I was intrigued into ordering this sandwich because of the ingredients listed: prosciutto, salami, lettuce, sauce, cheese, and walnuts. Sound good? It was. The combination of the prosciutto and salami was very nice and both stood out while still delivering their common salinity in a nicely subtle fashion. The cheese was excellently melted and the accompanying sauce was quite nice. The best part of this sandwich? The walnuts. The slightly bitter flavor with the added crunch contrasted beautifully with the soft cured meats and their saltiness.  My only qualm with this sandwich was that the baguette was a touch on the tough side, but it was easily overlooked by the quality ingredients and flavors residing within.

Baguette Cafe- Prosciutto Sandwich

The Chipotle Sandwich was also an overall solid sandwich. The baguette on this one was toasted perfectly, was soft, and easy to bite through. The chicken was moist and tender and the thinly sliced bacon gave the sandwich a good crunch in the middle and excelled the flavors of the chipotle sauce. The sauce was good also and had a little kick of heat on the back end. This sandwich is on the "Specials" board, but I don't think it ever changes.

Baguette Cafe- Chipotle Sandwich

My trip to this randomly located sandwich joint was a great success. I'm dying to go back and try the eggplant sandwich and a few others I had my eye on. If you're in the South West side of town hankering for a quality bite to eat, you have to check out the Baguette Cafe.

Rating out
of 10
Description
5 Location

Very easy to miss if you're not looking for it.

8 The Décor

A very chic, modern, minimalist design in the dining room.

9 The Prices

Very good prices for the quality of the food you get.

N/A The Drinks

I didn't have any drinks, but they have juices, organic stuff, coffee, and sodas.

9 The Food

Quality ingredients with a passion behind the crafting, all things I like in a joint like this.

7.75 Overall

If I'm in the area, I'll definitely stop by again. I hope more locations open up in the future!

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Juice 'N' Go

Juice N Go- Logo

Juice 'N' Go is located off of Oakey and Rainbow in a "shack" that used to be a drive through coffee hut. Conceptually, you drive up to the menu board, order, drive to the window, pay, receive items, and you're off… That was not the case in my trip. It was more like Juice 'N' Wait. 


I drove up to the menu board and was greeted by someone on the speaker saying they'd "take my order in a second.". Five seconds later a body appeared next to my window and startled me because I was just talking to a speaker and now I had a human with a note pad at my car. I was confused. Obviously the speaker works and they heard me, why is there a person here? Oh well. I took a look a the a la carte menu and took a stab at creating a good smoothie and roast beef wrap. It was puzzling why there were no preset sandwiches, wraps, or smoothies/juices. I could throw random items in a wrap or smoothie at home; The reason I go elsewhere to eat is to have someone else's expertise offer me professionally composed dishes! Anyways, I gave my order to the kid with the notepad and he told me to pull up to the window to pay. I thusly paid and waited for a minute or so for my order. The window opened and a different person told me to pull around and park in a space and my order would be out shortly. Reluctantly, I parked and waited. (Luckily, to kill time, I watched the live PS4 Announcement Event on my phone.) After about 10 minutes, the first kid came to my car and handed me my wrap and smoothie. He asked me to take a taste of the smoothie to see if it was OK, or if they needed to remake it. In my head I said, "Son, it took you 15 total minutes to get me this, I am not waiting again." I told him it was fine and finally got my Juice to Go. 

Obviously, the entire concept of this place is in shambles. Zero things went right for them on the 'N' Go part. If it was a walk up joint on a beach everything would have been fine. But when it's a drive through with three cars in the bay… not so much.

To the food! The wrap I ended up with was a Roast Beef Wrap. I got it with a spinach wrap, roast beef, and ranch. I figured it was hard to go wrong with that combination. I wasn't wrong on the ingredients, the execution is what was awry. There was nothing special about this wrap. The beef was seasoned well, the rest was fresh, I just seemed like it was thrown together and then loosely wrapped and sent off. I feel like I should never eat something while I'm out and think that I could make it better at home. Not only could I make a better wrap, it would also cost me a fraction of the price; $7 for a wrap made in a shack is a little up there for me. 

Juice N Go- Roast Beef Wrap

I won't even start on my smoothie. Let's just say, there's a reason Jamba Juice and Tropical Smoothie are gigantic chains and Juice 'N' Go is in an old coffee hut.

 I admire their organic ways and passion for fresh ingredients, they just need to get their shit together on the quality of experience, presentation, and collective idea behind "fast, fresh, food".

Rating out
of 10
Description
3 Location

It's easy to miss and a destination, both not good.

8 The Décor

The shack is wrapped in bright colors and fruit decals.

4 The Prices

If the experience and food were good the prices would be ok, otherwise it's all overpriced.

5 The Drinks

The selection is great. The fact that you have to make the juice concoctions isn't. 41 different ingredients to put in a smoothie or juice is a little much.

6 The Food

The ingredients had quality, the execution and flavors did not. There's nothing there to wow you.

5.2 Overall

Unless they change a lot, I'm sure this place will be gone when they're lease is up.

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Five Guys Burgers (Lake Mead Location)

I've been wanting to check out Five Guys Burgers for months now. Unfortunately, I was never in the right area at the right hunger level to venture forth. Luckily and very recently, the Foodie gods felt like putting one right down the street from me. So I no longer had an excuse and I figured I'd visit them on opening day.

This Five Guys Burgers is wedged in-between Firehouse Subs and Yogurtland in the old Create Burger pad on Lake Mead and Tenaya. Thankfully, Create is gone, I never had a good burger or experience there, so I was very hopeful for Five Guys to deliver a better casual dining experience. 

The first thing I noticed when walking in was the open and inviting dining room. The second thing I noticed was the staff in the kitchen yelling different things in code to each other and the patrons. When my girlfriend and I entered I think I heard "Two in the door!". So apparently, there is a high energy level behind the counter in the open kitchen. 

The path to the ordering counter is strewn with bags and bags of peanuts as well as open buckets of complimentary peanuts with paper trays. Gimmicky? Yes. Do I love shelled peanuts? Hell yes! After ordering, we sat down and I went to town on most of my tray of peanuts. The peanuts are good, and add a small level of fun you don't normally get in a burger joint.

It seems like all orders are made "to go" no matter what. Our burgers were wrapped in aluminum foil and were in a large paper bag along with the fries. We had the Cajun Fries which are fried in peanut oil. They were plentiful and good. They didn't have as much kick to them as I expected but they really went well with the house ketchup. They were seasoned with lots of spices and were fried a nice golden brown. Alone they're good, with ketchup they're damn good.

Bacon Cheeseburger. Those two words just belong together. I ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger with green peppers, mushrooms, and BBQ Sauce. When I received my burger I learned that these are all double burgers! The "Little" burgers are the single patties. So this thing was pretty massive. My burger was cooked to be well done as they state, but mine ended up being a little medium rare, which is fine by me, because that's the only way to have a burger. The bacon tucked away in this beast was great and thick, the mushrooms were good, the cheese was tasty and melty, and the buns were fresh. The BBQ sauce was pretty good, I just didn't really get enough on my burger, but there was enough overall to be noticed. All in all, this is a pretty good burger. Not the best I've ever had, but the best I think you can get from a casual dining establishment. 

With 15 different toppings to choose from and one of those fancy super Coke dispensers, Five Guys Burgers may only serve a few items, but you can get a variety of choices each visit if you mix it up. I'm excited to go back and try a different topping combination as well as their hot dogs. Good thing Five Guys Burgers is now less than 5 miles from where I live!

Rating Description
out of 10
6 Location
This location is in a pretty busy shopping center and located right next to 4 other dining options. Parking is always a bitch there.
8 The Décor
Open, inviting, and music playing, It's exactly enough without any fluff.
9 The Prices
Two of us ate for about $15, not too shabby. And did I mention the free peanuts?!
10 The Drinks
How do you beat 120 drink options?
9 The Food
The burger was very solid and the fries were great. If the hot dogs are similar in quality and taste, they have a great simple selection.
8.4
OVERALL
*Ominous music playing*…..I'll be back...
(out of 10)

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Firehouse Subs (Lake Mead Location)

(After reading this review, please check out the amazing follow up here.)

I'm the type of person that thinks everything deserves a second chance. Sometimes first impressions aren't the best and a second look is warranted. That being said, this was my fourth attempt at enjoying Firehouse Subs…

I really want to like Firehouse Subs. I like their story and the Fire Station charities they support and the whole concept. Unfortunately, what I don't like, is the food at this location.

Many people I know have constantly told me I had to try Firehouse Subs and that their subs would blow my mind. So I tried them a few months ago and had the Hook & Ladder…massively disappointed. Lacking flavor, had bland bread, etc. So I figured I'd try again with a different sub. The second time I had the New York Steamer…overcooked brisket and pastrami with barely any mustard and mayo. Also served to me at room temperature. Well shit... How can so many people tell me this place is epic when they've struck out twice with me so far? Why not try it a third time you say?! Third visit, I had the Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket… meat was cooked ok this time, just had no flavor. The bread was still bland and the cheddar cheese was nowhere near melted. Fail.

So on to my fourth and final visit. Now that I have this website as a forum, I figured I go in and do an actual review. 

I did notice a change this time around, their fancy new soda fountain. I think it's called the Coca Cola Freestyle. It's a touch screen soda fountain with like 120 options of blending drinks and such. Including their "Famous Cherry Limeade". Like an idiot, I've tried to make their limeade 4 times now, and have failed each time. No matter how many limes I stuff into my cup it still tastes like grenadine and soda water. I wonder how many of those get poured out by people like me failing to understand what their idea of cherry limeade is. 

The sub I got this time was the Engineer. The Engineer is made up of smoked turkey breast, melted Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, lettuce, mayo, mustard, onion, and tomato. To start, they advertise these subs as Hot, which typically means toasted, but every sub I've encountered of theirs has been in the warm category. It's hotter than cold, but not hot, and not really toasted either. They should be advertised as "Hotish" subs. The bread has never had any real flavor to it and I think that's a big miscue on their part, the bread plays an integral part of a sandwich, and when it's bland, everything inside it is exponentially more bland. Speaking of bland, I have no idea how you can get smoked turkey to not taste amazing, but they've achieved that feat. The .99¢ Buddig smoked turkey at the supermarket has more flavor. My mushrooms were undercooked as well. And as far as overall flavor goes, everything tastes the same. Each bite is so one dimensional. I even tried adding some of their numerous hot sauces to the sandwich to liven it up, but to no avail, it just tasted like hot sauce on a sandwich that was weaksauce.

The only thing I like in Firehouse Subs is their décor. For being a chain restaurant, they do have a nice layout and accoutrements: Fake brick interior walls, fire axes, firemen's helmets and more. But on this trip, my admiration of their look and feel was destroyed by having to hear the staff behind the counter talk about when they're going on breaks and lunches for 15 mins. When you have an open kitchen like that, you have to be mindful of the patrons that are clearly within earshot. And it didn't help that there was no music whatsoever, the only sounds other than the staff was background noise from some flat panel TVs.

Thusly, I bid adieu to Firehouse Subs. I will not be back, there's no reason for me to try again. I'll stick to Wich Which for my sub needs. 


Rating Description
out of 10
6 Location
This location is in a pretty busy shopping center and located right next to 4 other dining options. Parking is always a bitch there.
8 The Décor
Visually, there's some cool stuff going on in Firehouse Subs.
6 The Prices
Around $8.50 for a sub, chips, and a drink. If the food was good, it might actually be worth it.
10 The Drinks
How do you beat 120 drink options? If you ignore the horendous limeade, the choices are staggering.
1 The Food
0 out of 4 times I had a good sub here. Such a shame.
6.2
OVERALL
I think the popularity of Subway, Port of Subs, and Firehouse Subs goes to show that Americans really could care less about quality ingredients and flavors in their subs.
(out of 10)

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Heart Attack Grill

Go big or go home. That seems to be the thought process behind the Heart Attack Grill on Fremont Street. Big appetites, big burgers, big people, and big disappointment. Well, I'm sure the first three were in their plan, the fourth one just came about on its own. Ever since I'd heard about the Heart Attack Grill I was intrigued. Monster food portions cooked in the fattiest ways actually entices me, especially when there's a theme behind it. But a theme can only take a place so far when the heart of the establishment has in fact, stopped beating.

A friend of mine wanted to eat here on his birthday before a night out of convivialism, so I took that opportunity to finally try this infamous restaurant. There were a lot of surprises throughout our time here. First and foremost, cash only… Really? If this were some deli in New York I'd understand, but a major spot on Freemont Street? Even the parking meters take debit/credit cards right down the way! Secondly, we were required to put on hospital gowns as we entered and were assisted by one of the "nurses" while putting the gowns on. While entering the dining area, I noticed it was pretty much a ghost town. There may have been one or two couples eating at tables and that was it. It was 6pm on a Monday, but c'mon, that's pretty dead. (And a bad sign!) We sat at the bar and took a look at the menu. Another shock to me, it wasn't a menu full of crazy and rediculously sinful concoctions, it was four burgers and some fries…that's it. The full extent of the food portion of the menu was four variations of one item, and one of an other.

Before partaking in the meal portion of the night, we told our "nurse" that it was our friend's birthday and she immediately responded by grabbing a microphone and wooden paddle to give him three birthday spankings. *See Video*

The burgers offered here come in four sizes: the Single, Double, Triple, and Quadruple Bypass. Each stacking on an extra 1/2lb patty. Each burger also had the option of adding 4, 8, 10, and 14 bacon strips respectively. Since we were waiting for a few more friends to show up, we decided on two things, first the Flatliner Fries to just munch on before ordering and some adult beverages. One of the fun options on their menu is the choice of Colt 45 or Old English 800 in 24oz cans. How could I pass up a choice like that? When we got our Ol' Es they were served (as they always should be) in brown paper bags. Classy. The fries came pretty quick and were a definitive brown shade, I'm assuming from being deep fried in absolutly pure lard. They were super rich and greasy with a hint of cooked pork flavor. These will fill you up fast, so be careful chowing down on em if you plan on attempting any of the burgers after. 

I ordered the Double Bypass Burger with 8 strips of bacon. It's a good thing I eat healty most of the time, because this beast was a full pound before even adding the bacon! This caloric behemoth consisted of two 1/2lb beef patties, half a tomato, American cheese, red onions, and their secret sauce. And yes, I did put the whole thing down in one sitting! When ordering, I inquired if I could get it medium rare and was responded with a big fat "nope". That always pains me to hear when it comes to burgers or steaks. So, once I received my well done burger, I had at it. The bun was fresh and had a good texture to it, the beef patties were Okay, but nothing to write home about. The tomato seemed fresh, but the red onions were just sad and wet. They seemed half ass sautéed. The best thing about the burger was the added bacon strips. They were thick and juicy with the right amount of grease to them. After toughing through a solid 15 mins of eating this thing I was finally finished and felt accomplished as a man devouring over a pound of meat, but at the same time saddened that I really didn't enjoy most of what I had eaten. 

As far as the feel of the joint, there wasn't much. It felt like a forced concept with no heart to attack. The overall theme is meant to look like a 50's diner, but all the music being played was from the 80's and 90's, and our order was taken with an iPod touch. So it seemed a little all over the place. The music is really what kept us entertained. They had an iMac controlling the big music video board behind the bar, so we took turns making song requests from those eras. And the reason we had to keep our selves entertained in the first place is because the wait staff of "nurses" really seemed as if they couldn't care much about making sure everyone was having a good experience. There were the occasional spankings, but otherwise the wait staff was no different than what you would get from going to a two star chain restaurant. 

All in all, I guess it's fun to say I've been there once and had a humongous burger, but that's about it. I have zero desire to ever go back there again and although we had a good time, it was more by our own accord than the Heart Attack Grill's almost vapid attempt at a themed eatery. It's in a location that has decimated everything ever put in it and I'll go ahead and assume it wont be around for an other year or so because of the lack of a pulse of the staff, being cash only, and only having two edible menu items, to name a few reasons. For me, the Heart Attack Grill was a flatline overall without the need of resuscitation.  

Rating Description
out of 10
5 Location
Double edged sword here, it's a good location to get to since it's smack dab on Freemont Street, but the building that it's in has cursed every establishment that's tried to survive.
4 The Décor
There's mock movie posters that have had Heart Attack Grill makeovers and a huge video wall behind the bar, otherwise there's not much else to look at that's stimulating.
7 The Prices
Eh, I guess for the amount of food you're getting, the prices aren't that bad. Drink prices are $5-$10 though.
3 The Drinks
No draft beer. Shots are $10 for 4oz!
6 The Food
Selection is terrible. The food is good but not great.
5
OVERALL
It's a tourist trap that could be fun and delicious, but is neither.
(out of 10)

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