ELV is constantly hearing tips and rumors about what’s going on in Vegas’s food and restaurant world. He wishes he had a dollar for every time someone tells him some restaurant is “about to close,” or some chef “just quit,” or vendors “aren’t being paid” and everyone is “deserting a sinking ship.”
Sometimes these rumors turn out to be extremely true, e.g., Nora’s Wine Bar, Poshburger, et al., but most are just the jealous suppositions of rivals in the food biz. (In its first couple of years, we heard from countless authorities that Estiatorio Milos in The Cosmo was soon to be kaput. One famous local restaurant consultant/restaurateur was “absolutely certain” that EM would be closing its doors within the month – we’re talking two years ago here – because “everyone knows they serve bad fish.” (Translation: They didn’t hire me so now no rumor is too small or too vicious not to spread.))
Recent case in point: the meat store at Echo & Rig. A friend of the Food Gal® went out of her way to let us know that the butcher shop at E & R had closed because “no one was buying it.”
So we went (about a week ago), and we bought.
What we found was a butcher shop that was extremely open, with personal (if slow) service, a great selection, and some worthy cuts.
The rib eye we took home was top drawer (for “choice” meat) and cooked up into one serious steak for $23:
The New York strip we tried was nicely trimmed and tasty as well, but the sausages we took home (both the spicy pork and fennel breakfast) were godawful gristle-fests…and under-seasoned to the point of amateur blandness. (ELV makes that last statement with apologies to all amateur sausage makers — none of whom could concoct a less-spicy “spicy sausage” if they tried.)
So, if you’re in the mood for meat, and like to see the carcasses your steaks come from, you can do a lot worse than E & S.
And so far anyway, we see no signs of butcher abatement….unless they keep grinding away.
P.s. The bacon sucks even worse than the sausage.
ECHO & RIG
In Tivoli Village
440 South Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145