Having personally watched you consistently get comp’d meals by these so called “gems” on the strip – that you have so negatively made clear that local Las Vegas can’t replicate … my conclusion is that you only write favorably when 1) you’re getting a free meal 2) are kissing ass to the people who are giving you these free meals 3) are getting you’re ass kissed by the restaurant in order to get a positive review. It’s so transparent.
For the record, I think Petra is delicious AND their prices are a fraction of Milos’. Also, Grape Street Cafe is a great go to restaurant for people who want to actually support the local Las Vegas community – unlike yourself.
Not A Fan
Dear Not A Fan (of good food),
“Having personally watched you consistently get comp’d by these so called gems on the Strip…” means you must be a waitron, management or patron in many of my favorite haunts. Do tell if you’ve ever heard or read me praise some shite meal or food because I got a freebie (or my ass kissed). Both ELV and his readers would appreciate you shedding some evidence on something you claim is so “transparent.”
We are not here to be a “fan of” or “support” anything. If the food’s good we say so. When it’s steeped in mediocrity (or worse) we say that too. This is the duty we owe to our readers/consumers of restaurants and restaurant news, and a duty we take seriously as a consumer advocate.
The sad fact is, Las Vegas (i.e. Clark County) is populated by a vast majority who, even if they have money, have no interest in, nor desire to improve, the quality of what they put in their mouths. How else to explain why a glorified Olive Garden (Brio) is packed every night, while our handful of hard working, chef-driven restaurants (Todd’s, Rosemary’s, Marche Bacchus, et al) struggle to survive.
The revolution in American food started over thirty years ago, but for various socio-economic reasons, Las Vegas appears to be the last one to the party. (And certainly, this recession hasn’t helped things.) Despite our high-falutin’ Strip restaurants (which only a relative handful of Las Vegans patronize), our food culture is still mired in chain-link, franchise-food hell. A restaurant like China Poblano is no more expensive than many places with vastly inferior food, but locals (who “hate the Strip”) prefer Outback or Applebees.
Our disdain isn’t directed at those poor souls who demand Del Taco (or worse) for their sorry sustenance, but the upper-middle classes of Summerlin and Henderson who seemingly have brains, jobs and disposable income, but prefer to spend it wherever some advertiser tells them to. Sad but true.
The Strip gets D.O.C.G (no more expensive than Bucca di Beppo); we get Hotel California (and the ever-popular Claim Jumper (as pointed out by @npc)). I rest my case.
Sincerely yours in successive, un-successful satiation,
PS: Merci beaucoup to all who commented on the Summerlin Strikes Out post, and for the spirited defense of ELV by several of our loyal followers.