Sunday, September 20, 2009

rosemary's restaurant las vegas

my girlfriends and i went to vegas last weekend for my birthday. as i browsed the usual suspects on rosemary's restaurant came up #2 in the best overall list and since i had never heard of it i was intrigued. even more intriguing, its off the strip which i thought might make it a hidden gem.

its basically tucked away in a generic strip mall. though they have put a lot of effort into covering up the interior aspects of being in a generic strip mall, unfortunately, it still feels like it. what was immediately outstanding about rosemary's was the service. when any of us returned to the table, a member of the staff speed walked across the room dedicated to beating us to our chair and pulling it out. great service continued through all parts of the service.

the menu was straightforward american with a southern, new orleans angle, featuring a lot of my favorites. we shared the "wilted spinach salad: port wine shallots, goat cheese cake, spiced pecans & sherry mustard dressing" then three of us had the "halibut lindquist: sautéed garlic spinach, buttermilk onion crust & chive muscadet butter sauce." the salad was good but like so many others i've had. the halibut while perfectly cooked and seasoned, was just topped with a giant pile of onion rings - not my version of "crusted" but obviously theirs. i love when the menu description sounds like a 7 and the chef wows me with a 10 interpretation. this was the opposite. the menu descriptions sounded like solid 8 and 9s but the final product was more of a7.

the service, perfectly cooked fish and great friends made is a very enjoyable dinner but with so many restaurants in vegas, i'd skip this one.

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