TACOS & TEQUILA
by Vegas Food Nerd
Nestled in a corner near our friend Carrot Top’s showroom, is a fun hangout with a name that is simple and to the point. If you don’t know what Tacos & Tequila serves by their name, then ummm… well… go to a different restaurant.
The idea behind the design of the place is to give the diner a feeling of the cool modernism that exists in Mexico City. There are bright colors, images of bull fighting and a fun party atmosphere. Ask the bartender and he/she will introduce you to one of the more elaborate Tequila selections in the city. But be warned: If he/she says, “This is the good stuff,” it is, (but crazy-expensive). They have many options of typical “Mexican” fare, but I felt it was important to be a purist at this point. If they named this place Tacos and Tequila, then damn it, I’m trying their Tacos and their Tequila! – even though that fish burrito looked pretty tempting. My friend and I ordered their tequila flight to try some new varieties we hadn’t heard of before. This was fun. The sheer presentation of their circular tequila flight took me back to the Star Trek bar, which sadly (for people-watching, alone) is no more. Next up, we picked a few of their tacos offered to sample. We selected their Carnitas (a personal favorite), the Veggie, and their Alambre (grilled steak) tacos. I am happy to report that all were very tasty and especially the Carnitas, which they adorned with orange segments, pickled onions, and an amazing habanera sauce. And luckily, after finishing our tequila flight, we were still able to remember our outing at this fun resto. They have new lunch specials, as well as a Rock N’ Roll Mariachi Brunch, which only begs for a return visit. Anyone want to go? Twist our arms here at STRIPLV and we are there.
The Cake Boss is Coming….
Another Jersey boy is heading to Vegas and this one is the notorious bakery owner, Buddy Valastro, star of the hit TLC series, Cake Boss. He is teaming up with the powerhouse Vegas restaurant couple Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla to open Buddy V’s in the Venetian. And let’s face it, as a restaurateur in Vegas, that is the couple to work with. “Food has always been at the center of my life,” says Valastro, and he is bringing that love of food and family to the restaurant with class Italian fare such as: Sunday Gravy, Zeppole, Cannoli, and a Lobster Tail Pastry that we are drooling to try.
Congrats To MARCHÉ BACCHUS!
OpenTable diners voted the Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the United States and we, as locals, aren’t surprised the neighborhood gem, Marché Bacchus, made the list. And it is well deserved. The award combined the opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more that 15,000 restaurants in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. If you don’t trust us, trust OpenTable.com and get there for a relaxing summer night away from the Strip madness.
FOR GOODNESS SHAKE
Want to cool down, and indulge a little, or a lot…
and help out a great cause at the same time?
Opening this summer is an inspired concept in the foodie scene here in Vegas. Drive over or grab a cab, and head to For Goodness Shake at 4220 S. Grand Canyon Drive near West Flamingo Road and I-215. Different tasty creations can be made by each customer, ranging from ultra-healthy to the most decadent – and each sale will donate money to Three Square Food Bank, Southern Nevada’s only food bank that aims to provide wholesome food to hungry people. For Goodness Shake owner, Manny, was inspired by TOMS, the shoes that are so wildly popular now. I know I will be heading there for a shake when they open. Will you?
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