The Trouble with Vegas
The trouble with Las Vegas is, people (tourists and conventioneers mostly) are clamoring for this, basically raw, green bean salad:
…and these used-to-be-yeasty-but-now-over-baked Parker House rolls:
….and this good-but-not-great-steak:
….and some metallic-tasting artichokes:
…at this restaurant:
…and pay $172 (including three shrimp, a tip, and a glass of the cheapest wine on the list) for the privilege.
The trouble with Vegas is, its tourist-driven, conventioneer-centered dining scene is so consumed with soaking folks, that the economies of good food at a good price are all but abandoned by our hotel/casino corporations.
The trouble with Vegas is, numbers crunching and a “what the traffic will bear” mentality is so ingrained in the game that no one bothers to step back and wonder what kind of message we’re sending to the food world.
In other words, the trouble with Vegas is the bean counters are running the restaurants.
The trouble with Vegas is, its food and beverage executives have short memories.
The trouble with Vegas is, quality control is the first thing to go when the money starts pouring in…and when the size of your brand exceeds the size of your talent.
The trouble with Vegas is, its corporate meretriciousness causes serious food journalists not to take it as seriously as its food deserves.
The trouble with Vegas is, with a few exceptions, no Strip restaurant really gives a shit about locals.
The trouble with Vegas is, people ought to be lining up at the door to eat healthful, flavor-packed, hand-tooled and delicious food like the sort found at I-Naba:
…instead of lining up for the diabetes/obesity-inducing menus of their favorite franchises.
A great thing about Sin City is we have a plethora of great Asian eats, at sinfully cheap prices, to provide the perfect antidote to all that hosing that goes on up and down Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Another great thing about Las Vegas is, with a few exceptions, the people running these delicious Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai restaurants are more than happy to help you navigate the menus and teach you something about their food (if you are willing to learn).
The greatest thing about Las Vegas is, you have this website to help you do the same.
TOM COLICCHIO’S CRAFTSTEAK
In the MGM Hotel and Casino
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
3120 South Decatur Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146
MASHISOYO TOFU HOUSE
5035 South Fort Apache Road #106
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Postscript: Our last meal (pour trois) at I-Naba came to $67 (including a $13 tip) and our dinner for two at Mashisoyo was $33 (including a $7 tip).