Smack dab in the middle of a northeast neighborhood, near the intersection of Gowan and Thom, lies John Mull’s Meats — a butcher shop/game dressing operation that’s been here for decades (since 1954 to be precise).
Chuck Frommer is the fourth family owner of the store, which, until May 29th was content to process and sell fresh meats and have a catering operation called the Road Kill Grill.
Then Guy Fieri came to town.
He came, he saw an idiosyncratic operation, and said: “Let’s shoot it as a restaurant!”
Even though there was no actual restaurant in operation at the time.
The DD&D segment aired on May 28th — portraying an actual restaurant that had not existed until DD&D showed up with its cameras.
The Road Kill Grill officially opened on May 29th.
Ah, reality television.
ELV only points this out as an amusing side-note to the official opening of this fun and tasty place — now two weeks into its existence.
The food it dishes up, cafeteria-style, is barbecue, and lots of it.
Portions are huge of what we refer to as a wet-style of ‘cue: the brisket is served from a pan dripping with its juices; the pork is shredded and served in a sauce, and the house-made hot links are bathed in the stuff.
Thus is it a saucier rather than smokier sort of ‘cue, reminiscent of the first tomato-based sauces we tasted as a mere sprite, but no worse for it.
The Burger Maven pronounced it his favorite barbecue in Vegas, while ELV was more restrained with his praise. Stylistic preferences aside, it’s a hoot and a half to venture to this obscure corner of our humble burg and dig in to a mounds and mounds of meaty goodness.
The sides are killer too; the barbecue beans being worth a trip all by themselves.
So we probably need to thank Mr. Johnny Garlic’s for coaxing the RKG into existence…and if the general viewing public believes this place existed before he came to town, what’s the harm?
ELV’s lunch for two, that could’ve fed four, came to $55, including a $10 tip.
ROAD KILL GRILL
3730 Thom Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89130