Located many blocks east of all the glitter (2333 E Sahara Ave., Las Vegas), this non-profit social club opens its newly remodeled restaurant to the public as it serves traditional southern Italian food. The food, entertainment, and atmosphere reflect what we experienced in Chicago & New York during the ‘50s & ‘60s. They even have Bocce ball courts in the back and the rules, established in the 1940s, are followed today. As for the food, don’t miss the meatball appetizer in a traditional marinara sauce & ricotta cheese. This was the best part of the meal. I chose a simple Italian Barbera D’Asti for our full-body red wine. I liked its very dry but soft finish. My wife felt it was too earthy & not as good as other Barberas we had enjoyed in Italy.
For the entrée, Sam had Veal Picatta (white wine, lemon, and capers) & I had Penne Rustic (quill-shaped pasta and rapini tossed with toasted garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and homemade sausage). Again, I was happy but my wife said it was just “OK”! Consensus was that while the IAC had an authentic feel, helpful staff, and our kind of music, better food can be found just off the Strip at Tuscany Gardens & Battesta’s both on East Flamingo. The next night, we went German. Hofbrauhaus (4510 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169) is the first and only authentic German-Bavarian restaurant in Las Vegas. The restaurant is the first replica of the world’s most famous beer hall, from its hand-painted ceilings to its food and drink. Along with its beer hall and air-conditioned Biergarten (beer garden), it’s Oktoberfest every day. Because it’s Las Vegas, the beer garden is fully air conditioned but, alas, we could not experience as it was closed. The beer is brewed in Munich and shipped fresh to Las Vegas. Hofbräu draft beers are premium lager, wheat beer, dark beer, and seasonal beers.
I fully enjoyed mine. Bavarian charm and live music abound and guests can savor schnitzels, sausages, Sauerbraten, and pretzels. The live music is loud and fully engages the diners. This a place for groups ready to party & people willing to shout to be heard. The tables are large and if you are a couple, you will be seated with strangers. This can be fun, but in our case we were the odd couple out. We suggest you come with a group to have the most fun. One of the fun things to watch is their Paddle Option. For more than 400 years the Hofbrauhaus in Munich would serve an after-dinner shot on a long paddle. The table as a whole would take their shot glass, toast, and drink together. In 2004, this tradition took a “Vegas Twist.” While serving the paddle shots, the waitress told a customer to settle down or she would spank him with the paddle. He said “Yes,” and a new tradition was born. Now if you are asked if you want a spanking with your shot, and you say yes, they will oblige. Drinking, of course, makes this more enjoyable and it is even more fun when you set it up for one of your friends to be spanked. We witnessed three spankings during the 6 to7 p.m. timeframe. My understanding is the spankings increase as the night gets longer. Hofbrauhaus: large hall, large food, large music, and large fun for the group ready to party.
After German night, we slept in and went for a late lunch/early dinner at Lindo Michoacan, (2655 E Desert Inn Road), called the best gourmet Mexican restaurant in Vegas.We chose the original location, which started in 1990. We hope the other two locations are just as good. Because they cater to the visitors in town, it did not have a quiet local feel. But they offer a free shuttle service back to the Las Vegas Convention Center monorail, authentic gourmet Mexican cuisine made with the freshest local food available, and the hottest salsa in town.
She is not a big fan of sliced avocados (how did I marry this woman?), she needed much more cheese, and the sauce was too mild. Again, thank God for the golden margarita. On the whole the evening & the meal was a success and we would recommend this restaurant for its service & authentic Michoacan Mexican food. Las Vegas has come a long way since the days of 99-cent pork chops & eggs. It now is truly a culinary destination in its own right. Let us take you there to Travel, Eat, Learn.
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