Last night we had the chance to dine at the Mesa Grill in Las Vegas (at Caesars Palace). H had been there before and really liked it. It was my first time. Although I am not the biggest Bobby Flay’s fan I was looking forward to trying Mesa.
Overall the service was excellent. It was friendly, unpretentious and professional. There were ten of us including a toddler and our waiter was textbook good on helping us with everything.
Food was very good, but I would not considered it in the great/fantastic category. In fact, some of the dishes were excellent. Others were a bit “meh, it’s good but for the price…not that great”.
I ordered the Chorizo Meatballs for appetizers and the Cascabel Chile Crusted Rabbit as the main entree. The chorize meatballs were fantastic. Great smoky fire, perfectly cooked and the sauce was also delicious. The Rabbit was more in the “meh” category. It was good, but nothing special. The couscous was very bland (the last thing you’d expect from a Bobby Flay’ dish).
Some of the other diners had different experience. H loved her Chile Verde Cioppino. Another friend was lukewarm on the Espresso steak.
Overall I am glad we went. We had lots of fun. But I also now know there are better places to go in Vegas.
I ordered the Seelbach. It was really good and worked well with food.
Jalapeno Corn Muffins
Crispy Blue Corn Lobster Tacoc plus Pickled Habanero Relish
Chorizo Meatballs with Red Chile Tomato Sauce plus Cotija
Cascabel Chile Crusted Rabbit. Toasted Cous Cous, Fava Beans, Smoked Red Pepper Sauce plus Queso Blanco.
Green Chile Cioppino with Jumbo Prawn, Scallop, Grouper, Little Neck Clams, Mussels. Served with Blue Corn Stick plus Scallion Butter
Recently I had had lunch with a friend at Local 360. This is how Local 360 describes itself:
Local 360 is a sustainable restaurant and food producer, based in the heart of downtown at the corner of 1st and Bell. Our emphasis is on local sourcing, with the majority of it falling within a 360 mile radius of Seattle.
We ordered the special there: chicken fried steak with an egg over grits. It was excellent. A bit on the not-so-light lunch side of things, but the chicken was moist and flavorful. I’ll have to visit for dinner.
During our recent weekend in Seabrook our friend Preben made some awesome grilled oysters. He calls them “Burton Style BBQ Oysters from Lydies”.
We had some nice local fresh oysters. Preben added a bit of cheese and a spicy mix. Good stuff.
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Tonight we wanted to make quesadillas. The problem is that we only had corn tortillas (the smaller ones) and they get a bit too crispy for a standard quesadilla.
It’s a quick and tasty one.
- start warming up the tortillas in a non stick pan
- on another pan sauté the chicken (cut in 1/3 in cubes) with the green onions/li>
- when the tortillas start to get warm add the shredded mozzarella
- add the chicken on top and cover with a bit more mozzarella
- when the mozzarella is melted you know it’s one
- plate the tortilla and add the guacamole, mango salsa (you can use any other salsa, and fresh green onions
You’re done. Enjoy!