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IMG_3257It feels like Steve Wynn didn’t spare any expense with his luxury hotel. Their lobby is another one of my favorites.

IMG_3258The Wynn tapped famed event planner Preston Bailey to create this hot air balloon that is 20 feet tall and weights 4,000 pounds.

IMG_3274There is also a working carousel that is 13 feet tall, 16 feet wide and weighs 6,000 pounds. Every three weeks the property replaces more than 5,000 seasonal flowering plants. Amazing!

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IMG_3260Travel down the escalator to the lower floor to SW Steakhouse.

IMG_3261The lighting!

IMG_3262If you can, try and sit out on the patio, it overlooks their lake of dreams – giving you prime seating for their shows. The have 8 in total that run on the half hour.

IMG_3263We arrive and get an inside table.

IMG_3264I would say that the dress for SW is business casual, although I did see some people wearing jeans.

IMG_3265You’ve heard me say many times before that you can judge how good your dinner will be by the breadbasket you receive. This one was exceptional. A French baguette, pretzel rolls and my favorite, the bacon and cheese rolls cooked in muffin tins. I could have eaten these for days!

IMG_3266We start with the King Crab Soup ($16). It was hard to taste the old bay that was supposed to be there, and to be honest, I thought that this was going to be a creamy soup. Either way, it was delicious and the “puff pastry crouton” on top was lovely.

IMG_3267The Ribeye ($58) was exceptional. The meat was a little fattier with great marbling and flavor. It comes bone in and was 20 oz.

IMG_3268I had the Scallops ($38) English pea risotto, pea vines, black truffle sauce. I almost had no room after the bread, but this dish was delicious – the scallops were perfectly cooked, a well executed dish. An excellent choice if you are not in the mood for steak.

IMG_3271Lemon tart ($12). As delicious as it was pleasing to look at. We licked the plate clean!

SW does offer a vegan menu for those in your party that may not eat meat. The food was delicious, but the service was excellent – some of the best that I’ve had. Mark was our server and I feel like I just had to think that I needed something and he was right there at the table. He was knowledgeable about the menu, confident in his recommendations, personable, and on top of everything that we needed. It was the service that really put SW over the top for us. Next time we are in Vegas, we will certainly be back!

SW Steakhouse at the Wynn

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Restaurants/FineDining/SWSteakhouse

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IMG_0672I went out to dinner with an old coworker for mine. She stopped by the office to check it out and then we headed into Faneuil Halll for a bite to eat at Hillstone. Hillstone is owned by the same group that owns Houston’s. It was hard to figure out where this place lands as far as food goes, is it a steak house? Probably not as there are far fewer steak options on the menu than I thought. Is it American cuisine? Well, there’s also a lot of asian inspired dishes….and some sushi… No matter. The bar is pretty packed when we arrive, lots of people watching the Sox game after work. They are still working off their “summer” menu – so we order the house made guacamole. Our waiter comes back and tells us that the guacamole is no longer on the menu. My friend rolls her eyes, as she is already disappointed for some reason because they don’t serve fountain soda here anymore.  Our waiter is gracious and brings us over a spinach dip on the house.

IMG_0673My friend orders the Thai Steak and Noodle Salad ($20) Marinatedfilet mignon with avocado, mango and herbs in a Thai dressing. The plating is impressive.

IMG_0674I order the cheeseburger ($16) Fresh-ground chuck with cheddar, tomato, lettuce and onion on a toasted bun. There’s a little bit of a crunchy asian slaw on the bottom of the burger that you can’t see, but it gives the burger a nice crunch. The meat tastes delicious and there is something to be said about a simple cheeseburger – it just hit the spot. The meal was good over all, the server was great as he knew all the right things to placate my friend. The restaurant wasn’t super crowded, so we were able to stay and chat for as long as we wanted, our waiter didn’t rush us at all.

Hillstone

60 State St , Boston, MA

617.573.9777

www.hillstone.com

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IMG_9995Fogo De Chao is located in Copley Square, right next to the mall and the Boston Public Library.  Valet parking is available. How do you prepare for a Brazilian steakhouse? Do you fast for 3 days so you have room for the all you can eat meat or do you keep eating large amounts before the meal to prep and try to expand your stomach?

IMG_9979Dinner is $48.50 per person, which includes all you can eat meat, complimentary appetizers and bread for the table as well as all you can eat salad bar. The restaurant is buzzing with tourists and a bunch of large parties. We are lucky enough to get a great large table in the front by the window – a little out of the way and a little quieter.

IMG_9980We’re here to celebrate a friend’s birthday – so drinks all around. I have the strawberry caiprinha (kie-purr-reen-yah) made with cachaca, a spirit derived from sugar cane. The caiprinha is known as Brazil’s national drink. These went down a little TOO easily.

IMG_9978If you don’t eat meat, you can have the salad bar only meal for $24.50. Try not to load up on the salad early. We found that it was better to eat the salad bar in the middle of your meal to give yourself a break from the meat. Added bonus that you have to get up and move around, it gives you time to allow yourself to get ready to go round 2 with the non stop meat-fest.

IMG_9981Appetizers came to the table, mashed potatoes, fried plantains and polenta fries. Eat the polenta and the plantains while they are hot, as they aren’t as good when they have cooled off.

IMG_9991When you’re ready to start, turn your card to green and the gaucho waiters come over and offer you the food they are serving. There are a bunch of different meats, sausage, and steak options. The chicken drumsticks were surprisingly juicy, tender and flavorful. We liked them as much as the meat, if not more. The table setting comes with little tongs, the chefs slice the meat most of the way and you grab the meat and place it on your plate.

IMG_9990When your plate is full or you need a break, flip your card to red and the waiters will skip over you.

IMG_9982When the waiters come around, they ask you how your like your meat – so you still have a choice on how your meat is cooked. The couple next to us were clearly on a date, and the girl was wearing a tight white bandage dress with cutouts – which wouldn’t be the style of my choice for a place like this. I’d stay away from white all together, and wear an outfit with a peplum or something loose fitting. Nothing says romance quite like all you can eat meat right?

The service was good, chefs/waiters were always around bringing over different kinds of meat. Waiters were a bit slow clearing plates and giving us clean plates, but this isn’t the kind of meal you want to rush through, sit back and enjoy every bite!

Fogo De Chao

200 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA 02116
T: (617) 585.6300

http://www.fogodechao.com/

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IMG_9416It was a friend’s birthday – he loves steak, so the natural choice was to try out Del Frisco’s by the water. The weather was perfect and we snagged a seat by the window, taking advantage of the great view. We arrived early and there were only a few tables sat, but they still asked us to stand at the bar for 10 minutes.  When I think of steak houses, the first things I think of are blood red leather booths, dark corners and businessmen. Del Frisco’s has all those things, but I wouldn’t consider it a classic steakhouse. The crowd has money to spend and they’re looking to impress whomever they brought here, whether it be a girl, a client or their buddies. There are a lot of big personalities in the dining room tonight (and very few women). We are brought to our table by a hostess – there are a few of them, and they are all dressed in skin tight black dresses. All I’m saying is that if I am paying $100 a head for dinner, I don’t need to see the hostess’ stomach, because she’s wearing a crop top, while I’m being led to my table. I’m sure that there are a lot of people that come to Del Frisco’s that like that aspect of the restaurant, but it made it feel more like an upscale hooters as opposed to a fine steakhouse.

IMG_9410The VIP ($13) Svedka Clementine Vodka infused with fresh Hawaiian pineapple is a sweet refreshing drink to start the night. While we are looking over the menu we notice that there are quite a few servers, all appear to be men, dressed in vests and long aprons – dressed to the T. While we are looking over the menu, one of the hostesses walks towards me while showing a party to their seat. I kid you not, I was flashed with lady business. If your skirt is so short that you’re showing off your you know what, and you have to pull it down to (just barely) cover it, then you should re think your outfit. Some of the clientele don’t want to see what you’re offering. And please, wear some underwear.

IMG_9414Our waiter is professional and knowledgeable. The 16oz Ribeye ($46) was really well flavored – probably some of the best steak I’ve had. I had asked for it medium but it came out more like medium well – not a deal breaker, but unfortunate. When you’re at a restaurant like this, you are here for the experience and the quality of the food.

IMG_9413Sides are all a la cart. We have three waiters bring over our food so that we are served simultaneously. The spinach supreme ($12) didn’t taste like there was anything healthy in it, and that’s a good thing in my book. It was creamy and rich – really well seasoned.

IMG_9412King Crab Gnocchi ($16) was amazing – creamy, decadent – we couldn’t even eat the whole side dish.

IMG_9415Steakhouses aren’t known for their desserts. We order the cheesecake ($10) which tasted like it was unsweetened and felt like we were taking a bite out of a bar of Philadelphia cream cheese. I think we may have had two bites.

Del Friscos

250 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

http://delfriscos.com/menu/boston/

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IMG_8535Located in Fort Point, near Flour bakery, Tavern Road has been open a little under a year. There is street parking, but we grabbed a spot in the open lot across the street. Spaces are tight, but it’s convenient. We grabbed a great seat by the window.

IMG_8533It’s a great looking space. There were a few people eating dinner, but a lot more people hanging out at the bar.

IMG_8534The decor inside is really cool – very artistic. Chef Louis DiBiccari has an unconventional background. That being said, his attention to the minute details does not go unnoticed. Check out his bio on the website.

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Heaven on Her Lips ($10) Gin, lime juice, strawberry, basil leaves. I’m not usually a gin kind of gal, but this was delicious – sweet, but not girly sweet – delicious, although it went down a little too easy if you know what I mean 😉 .

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I ordered the Flatiron steak ($18)  and we split the Spaetzle ($8). The steak was tender, juicy and delicious. Very simple and yet really tasty. The spaetzle, not pictured, looks like a small portion, but it is so rich that is just the right amount. It is decadent and flavorful, the kind of stuff you think about three days later. Our server was good, he left us alone for most of our meal since we were busy chatting and catching up – but a good server knows when to come over and when to stand off. Really enjoyed the meal here, the the prices were very reasonable. Certainly plan on stopping in again.

Tavern Road

343 Congress Street

Boston, MA 02201

617.790.0808

http://tavernroad.com

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Last week my sister in law and I went out for a bite to eat at BoMa in the South End. Right on Washington Street, the restaurant has large windows in the front that let in tons of light. We sat at a high top table near the front, which was ok early in the evening, but as the night went on, overflow from the bar pushed into our table.

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We started with 2 Rumades to drink ($12). Our waiter said we should only get it if we LOVED cinnamon…so I am thinking that this is going to be a warm wintery drink. We were pleasantly surprised when it came out that it was light and refreshing- more of a citrus flavor with a slow, warmer cinnamon undertone.

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We start with the duck fat french fries ($8). They come heaped in a bowl and were light and crisp, nicely season with just the right amount of salt.

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I order the scallops ($25). Day boat scallops accompanied by confit daikon radish, grapefruit supreme and candied zest, with sweet parsnip puree and balsamic. The scallops were excellent, perfectly cooked.  I was a little surprised by the daikon radish because it looked exactly like the scallops – think about the surprise when you think you’re about to eat a scallop and get a root vegetable instead. I loved the sweetness of the grapefruit and balsamic – this was a really nice dish.

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My sister in law had the hanger steak ($26) with Sea Salt Potatoes, green bean almandine, and carrot puree. She ordered the steak medium, and it came more well done. We didn’t want to wait to get another one, so she ate it anyway. It was a little on the dry side, but that was probably due to the fact that it was cooked a little longer. Nice flavors, beautifully plated.

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Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake – Raspberry mousse and coulis, pistachio dust, pistachio brittle ($10). There seemed to be a disconnect with the flavors in this dish. The cake was spongy and the raspberry mousse was really light and fluffy. The pistachio brittle on top was really tasty. The dessert felt like multiple strong single flavors put together with no underlying theme to bring them together.

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Citrus Pavolova ($9)– Pastry cream, blood orange pomegranate compote, candied blood orange zest, chocolate sauce. This was a really delicious dessert, loved the plating. The compote on top was delicious, really light and refreshing. The pavlova was airy and delicious, this is a great summer dessert. The service was good, we were there before it got crowded, around 6:30. We had to use the valet at the Gallows as BoMa did not offer it, and street parking is hard to find over in that area. We left full, and willing to come back again to try some of the other entrees on the menu.

BoMa

1415 Washington Street

Boston MA 02118

http://www.bomarestaurant.com/

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