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This is a small chain from Texas and the food is good, if atypical, Southwestern style Mexican food. Los Cucos can't compete with Vegas local powerhouse Lindo Michoacan, but it still has pretty good eats and great service. The interior is strange, a rag-tag looking atmosphere in what is (obviously) a space formerly inhabited by MiMi's Cafe. The Mardi Gras balcony is still there, but now there's some sparse, randomly placed Mexican decor lining the walls. The restaurant feels spacious, open and clean, and there's a particularly nice open bar area right inside the front door. The place lacks character, but it's a pleasant enough atmosphere. I had to laugh at the menu because it's loaded with misspellings ("crispi" tacos, "romain" lettuce) and some of the descriptions are exactly the same for different items (check out the special fajitas on the menu). When I pointed this out to our server, she couldn't explain it nor tell me which item it was that was the correct description. I eventually got what I wanted, but the menu had the dish listed under two different names. You'd think for a chain restaurant, the menu would be consistent (and free of spelling errors). As with most Mexican eateries, the house serves complimentary chips and salsa. The chips were good enough but served cold; the salsas are DELICIOUS. Like seriously delicious. There's a spicy, smoky red salsa that's served warm and a fantastic avocado crema style cold salsa. Both of these were the highlight of my meal and I am still craving them (they'll make me return to the restaurant often). We ordered the queso with shrimp as an appetizer. At $11.95, it's overpriced. The cheese wasn't that warm when it was served and the queso was loaded with red onions, mushrooms and other unnecessary stuff. The shrimp was seasoned well and quite delicious; however, I wouldn't order this again. For lunch I ordered chicken fajitas and my husband ordered steak fajitas. The meat quality was top-notch. I LOVED the marinade on both of the meats, and we both agreed the meat was some of the best in town. The fajita vegetables were just okay -- onions and poblano peppers. I was disappointed in the overall fajitas, but I'd love to have just the meat served on its own. I had fajitas that came "loaded" with bacon and cheese, and it was an unusual and very tasty combo. The side plate was huge and had so/so beans, average rice, and very tasty guacamole and pico de gallo. Fatty alert: they serve homemade flour tortillas, and they are delicious! I love Mexican restaurants that care enough to make legit tortillas, and I'm happy that Los Cucos does it right. I could've eaten two dozen of them! It's a bummer that they aren't served in tortilla warmers to keep them soft but instead are plopped on the table sandwiched between paper towels. This means the tortillas get hard very quickly. Best to gobble them up as soon as possible! After our lunch, Jesus the manager came over to ask how we enjoyed everything. He was very eager to please and happy to listen to our suggestions. I was very impressed with this personal touch and the efficient, friendly service we received. This isn't the best Mexican food in Vegas, but the kitchen uses very high quality ingredients, the prices on most menu items are fair, and the service is good.
One of the three Lindo Michoacan locations in Las Vegas, this one can definitely hold its own. While not quite as good as its sister locations, this is the closest one to me so I eat here often. The signature stellar Lindo service is here (really, how do they always manage to give 5 star service no matter the time of day) and the food is delicious. I love the queso here, it's basically a big plate of REAL melty cheese baked with charred poblano peppers and served with Lindo's delicious homemade flour tortillas! I love the tortillas here and I frequently eat my weight in them (bye bye low carb diet). The complimentary chips, salsa and bean dip is always a hit too. The food here is just delicious. You can't go wrong with many of the dishes (although sometimes the chicken quality in some of the specialty dishes is a little bit rubbery and "off" -- don't know why, but it has happened a couple of times at this location). I've never had an issue with the chicken quality in the chicken fajitas or with any of the seafood or beef dishes. The guacamole is worth getting, and they have yummy Diet Pepsi and fresh brewed iced tea. Again, the focus is on quality and service. The prices are higher than your average Mexican restaurant but I think it's worth it. This location runs incredible lunch deals and specials during the week, and the kitchen is fast so it's the perfect spot for a quick workday lunch. The hostesses will automatically try to seat you in the bar section of the restaurant if you are a party of just adults. There's an extra special atmosphere in this area on weeknights when a dude in a sparkly red shirt plays a synthesizer and sings pop songs in broken English. It's pretty rad and it's not too loud, which is nice. If you are looking for a quieter experience, ask to be seated in the other part of the restaurant. Note that the parking lot here is deceptive and is often overflowing with cars. Even if it appears packed, do not be discouraged and assume there's a wait -- go in anyway. I've never had to wait here even on a very busy Saturday night.
I'm a burger fanatic but this joint is just okay. It's loud, crowded and overpriced, and the food is just so/so. When you eat here, you're paying for the novelty of the name and owners. (Now, if they decide to have Mark and Donny start serving burgers shirtless, I may reconsider my star rating)! I was surprised at how difficult it was to find the restaurant, it's AT Bally's but it's not IN Bally's -- you have to go outside and down several escalators to get there. Once you arrive, expect a wait. The restaurant thankfully has a system where you can give them your cell number and they'll text you when your table is ready. It's nice enough, but there's nothing to do around the area while you wait, just some lame shops and the casino. While I appreciated the gimmick of "government cheese," I really hate fake cheese so that just grossed me out. I was happy they had Swiss cheese too, but I think it may have been Swiss-flavored processed cheese food. The fried onions were mediocre (they were red onions too, which meant they were far too pungent for the light batter). I ordered a triple cheeseburger because I was starving, and I'm glad I did because the portion size was really small for the price. My burger was cooked as ordered and well seasoned. The pickle chips were INCREDIBLY delicious, but the chili was the absolute star of the meal. Yes, the chili has beans (boo!), but they are minimal. It was fun to try once, but I probably won't go back to this place.
this is a great location for a family getaway or Staycation during the winter school break if you are in Las Vegas as a local or want a break from the strip. We stayed one night with two elementary aged children. We stayed in cabin 9,which I believe is one of the largest they have. It is located near the office and parking lot but is set back far enough from the road so there is no noise. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the cabin and the amenities. I was not expecting much to be honest, but was impressed as the cabin had two elaborate four poster beds, a two sided fireplace, two large sofas, a flat screen TV for DVDs, a jacuzzi tub and large dining table. The cabin also has a nice balcony/ deck with porch swing and chairs. We enjoyed the serenity, proximity to the Lodge for dinner and beautiful views of Cathedral Rock. The kids enjoyed sledding in Lee Canyon near the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard resort. You can't beat the fact that it only takes 30 minutes from Las Vegas and you are a world away! Bear in mind this is a rustic setting so the furniture is scuffed and hodgepodge, don't expect more and you won't be disappointed.
My son and I were looking for a good breakfast place during our visit to Vegas and Eat had lots of positive reviews so we decided to give it a try. We showed up around 1pm and there was a 15-20 minute wait. We stuck out the wait and we were both glad we did !!! The menu is pretty small (which I like) and consisted of a bunch of classic comfort food items with a twist. After much debate my son decided on the truffle egg sandwich and I had the chicken fried steak. They were both really yummy and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The portions were pretty generous and I was only able to eat about half of my dish and took the rest home. The coffee was good and the service was really excellent. We also really liked the vibe of the place and the clientele which consisted of primarily young hipsters and foodies. Some of the other items that looked really good were the pancakes (lots of people seemed to be enjoying them), the corned beef hash, the grilled cheese, and the huevos motulenos. We'll have to try them next time, I guess !!!
Located at the Mandalay Bay and run by the famous gourmet chef Hubert Keller, this place is a burger connoisseur's dream. Straight up burgers, from a regular old fashioned burger to grourmet kobe burgers. I sat at the bar at the bar while I ate, and it was a week day so the place wasn't too crowded, hence I don't know how to rate the service. But as far as burgers go, if you like burgers, you must go here. For the vegetarians, they have veggie burger on the menu, and for the adventurous, they even have a buffalo burger - and no not the buffalo that accompanies the sauce - I am talking a real buffalo burger. They also have some real funky desserts to match their burger theme. Like a donut burger or a chocolate burger. I didn't try any desserts though. Only thing to watch out for - it may be a place that sells burgers, but its no McDonalds. Don't expect a 99 cent menu. It is a touch pricey.
Stayed at cabin 12 for an early bday getaway!! Came with hubby, our son, and 120lb german shepard. We all loved it. Had a huge balcony to sit outside and enjoy cocktails, peacefulness, and the scenery. The room was very spacious-loved the fireplace and jacuzzi. Also loved no tv with the guys-that's all they do on weekends!! There is a dvd player and we brought a few for late at night. They had a big selection in the office you can rent for $1. Restaurant and bar just a couple min walk from cabin, and the restaurant allows you to eat on balcony with your dog. There is a pet fee, $27 per day but if you stay more then 2 days there is no extra charge.You have to request maid service if you want it at check in-we did not as wasn't sure if the dog would be there alone when she came. Can't wait to come back!!!
Sweet tea is NOT sweet. Greens lacked flavor. Red bliss potato salad was OK but in huge chunks. Had to cut them smaller to eat it. Memphis half rack three decent sized bones on top to disguise the 3 peices on the bottom that were obviously a different cut. Had more than 1 bone in them. Reminded me of rib tips. Key lime pie in a jar. Was horribly sweet and no lime flavor at all. Consistency was closer to whipped cream with Cinnamon flavored graham crust. I only took 2 bites bcuz I thought I missed the key lime in the first bite. Went on Sunday October 11 2015 about 1:30, should have followed my mind seeing that the place was sorta empty for after church. They have a catchy name but that's about it.
I was there 11/03/2014. My friend and I just wanted to relax in Vegas for the weekend we live in Michigan. I loved the service: the cleanliness of the servers, and the friendliness of the staff and owner. I was unclear on getting breakfast or lunch everything looked so good. I decided on lunch I had Fried Chicken, Cabbage, Yams, Macaroni , Dressing, and cornbread…I also ate Fried Catfish, off of my friends plate. The Chicken, Catfish, Dressing, and Cabbage was good. The Macaroni needed a better cheese and consistency and cheese on the top. The Cabbage needed better seasoning and the Yams more sugar. Due to the service and the meats, I will give them four stars. Oh yea the Iced Tea….Great!!!
This is one of last few soul food restaurants that cook with pork instead of healthier turkey inside their side dishes. While other restaurants of it kind offer a variety of everyday menu items Dots soul food does not. Dots often runs out of are doesn't stock up on its menu items. As I have been told on many visits that they were out of that item or its not available today items on its menu. They also must clean their Chitterlings at the Kitchen because it smelled really loud and made it impossible for us to eat and hold our breath at the same time. I am not saying don't go there I'm just saying I'm not going back to Dots soul food. everyday