"Vic [Moea]'s a great chef, and a friend — so I'll even travel to Anthem to try his food. Unfortunately, friendship isn't enough to make me overlook some of my disappointments while I was there," says Al Mancini at CityLife.
While he found more hits than misses on the menu at Vic's, many of the misses can be attributed to not training the staff on the menu. For example, Mancini ordered the meatloaf spring rolls with pan gravy and ketchup aioli, and the waiter returned to say they were out. He comped the corn, but didn't know what was in the butters served with the corn, offered to find out from the kitchen and then never returned with the information. The kitchen was also out of meatballs to go with the spaghetti.
Then there's the lobster and chips, which Mancini described as "the most disastrous thing we tried." He says the overcooked lobster reminded him of shoe leather and "the crinkle-cut fries were clearly frozen rather than house-made."
A caramel apple pork chop took 30 minutes to arrive, but it was cooked perfectly. "By this time, however, we were so frustrated by the wait, the lack of information from our server and the restaurant's inability to keep ground beef in stock, we had a hard time enjoying it."
Heidi Knapp Rinella at the Las Vegas Review-Journal hands out a rare B to Kelly's Prime Steak & Seafood. She says the cheese on the creamed spinach was too tough to cut, the Yorkshire pudding "was a dismal failure," and the New York steak was on the dry side. She recommends the sand dabs and the steak tartare. [LVRJ]
Brock Radke at Las Vegas Weekly thinks locals should frequent Joe Vicari's Andiamo Steakhouse at the D Las Vegas. "Going all out at Andiamo will leave you beyond stuffed. The portions are generous, the side dishes hit the spot (lobster and black truffle baked ziti, for example) and everything seems crowned with extra indulgence." [LVW]