Rice Republic is a great Chinese restaurant….if you’re on a low-calorie diet.
Rice Republic recently opened up a new restaurant in Downtown Summerlin. It’s in the epicenter of a neo-urban commercial enclave adjacent to the Red Rock Casino, which will eventually have more than 100 new shops and restaurants. Think of a sparkling new downtown area, with plenty of parking and no crowds (at least, not yet).
From the outside, the popular Taiwanese-themed eatery seems quite appealing. Everything looks clean and new. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, which is divided by a huge glass window. Yesterday afternoon while Marieta and I were standing outside pondering the menu which was posted on a marques near the front door, we were greeted by an aggressive host who invited us to take a seat. We’d heard of Rice Republic before and we certainly love good Asian food, so this was the perfect occasion be adventurous and try out a new restaurant.
We were seated. Then, things quickly went downhill until the unforeseeable edge of a cliff was reached.
So, White Castle finally opened up it’s first fast food location on the Las Vegas Strip.
No thanks. You won’t catch me wolfing down this kind of junk food. Not unless I was broke and starving (which I’ve been more than a few times, especially at the tail end of football season). I’ll pass. Now, would you kindly point me in the direction of the closest In and Out Burger? All this talk of burgers is bringing out the animal in me.
White Castle is basically known for serving those square mini- “hamburgers” about the size of a hockey puck, with about the same nutritional value. It’s ghetto food, plain and simple. Heart attack heaven. White Castle is to hamburgers what Milwaukee’s Best is to beer. Pure fucking garbage.
Up until now, Las Vegas had been missing a few things. One of these voids was the perfect spot to venture for fresh homemade ice cream.
Well, the search is now over. Handel’s has arrived.
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is a family-owned creamery originally from Youngstown, Ohio. The first store opened up in 1945. Handel’s began expanding a few years ago, and now has 37 franchises. It’s consistently ranked as one of the top quality ice creams in the United States. And now, the very first Las Vegas location has opened up, on the far west side of town off of Tropicana, in Summerlin.
It’s reasonably healthy and it’s delicious. Thai food also is quite affordable, especially when considering the rich diversity of fresh ingredients and quality of care which goes into preparing each meal. For slightly more than the cost of a hamburger and fries (gag reflex!), many Thai restaurants offer affordable lunch specials which are far better for you, taste good, and include lots of variety. Lunch specials often run $7-10. Dinners usually cost only a few dollars more. Talk about a bargain.
A new Thai restaurant seems to open up here in Las Vegas just about every week. According to one estimate, there are more than 200 Thai-themed restaurants in the city. No other ethnic food has enjoyed such a rapid rise in popularity, not just here in Las Vegas, but just about everywhere across America. Twenty years ago, only a handful of Thai restaurants existed. Now, many American tastes are just as familiar with Pad Thai and Pad See-Ewe as pizza and fried chicken.
Ranking the best ten Thai restaurants in the city is quite difficult. First, there are so many of them. I estimate that I’ve only tried perhaps 60 to 70 Thai establishments (many more, if other cities are included), so my local rankings are admittedly incomplete. Accordingly, popular websites such as Travel Advisor and Yelp can be excellent indicators of quality and consistency. Rarely do the consensus rankings get it wrong.
Let’s do this “top ten countdown” in reverse order. Here are my top ten Thai restaurants in Las Vegas.
All this stuff you hear about Americans not wanting to go to garage sales, preferring to stay at home, is a lot of bullshit.
Fact is, we love garage sales. All real Americans love the sting and clash of getting a bargain. We love the art of the hustle.
When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big-league ball player, and the toughest boxer. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war — except for Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. Even shameful.
Garage sales are the most significant battle in which we can indulge. It brings out what is best in us.