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To clarify for the record, the guys are at Pin Kaow Thai Restaurant this week. There are 3 locations throughout the Las Vegas valley to serve you. They offer a very Thai atmosphere and some authentic Thai cuisine. The two start things off with some golden brown spring rolls to snack on until the main course arrived. Charlie’s meal was Pin Koaw’s Catfish Green Curry. Featuring green Thai special curry paste with coconut milk, bamboo shoot and Thai basil leaves over catfish. To drink, the cheddar man was chuggin’ a Thai Ice Tea with ice that doesn’t quite meet his expectations. However, early in the dinner he samples Dennis’ green tea, which both of them agree is not as good as that they had at Osaka Japanese Bistro on a previous show.
Dennis went with the Pad Thai, your choice of beef, chicken, pork, tofu or shrimp mixed with rice noodles sauteed with bean sprouts and crushed peanuts. A dish he says he’s sampled at several locations. So how does Pin Kaow’s measure up? Quite well it would seem. Dennis says theirs is, “very flavorful”. And gets his seal of approval. As mentioned Dennis was drinking green tea. Charlie felt like the green tea at Pin Kaow was something on the level of what you’d brew at home. So it may not be the best beverage to choose when you’re visiting Pin Kaow.
Tonight’s dinner conversation, as usual, veers off in many directions. Charlie regales us all of the time he worked at a bowling ally concession counter and met R&B singer, Avant. Apparently, the rhythm and blues artist tried to play the celebrity card on Charlie in hopes of scoring some free snacks. But as anyone who listens to Who Asked You? knows, Charlie doesn’t follow main stream entertainment like most people do, therefore he didn’t know who this guy was. He did however know who his date was… a bored looking Tisha Campbell, better known for her role as Gina on the hit series Martin. How do you suppose she reacted when Avant couldn’t get any comped candy? Tune in and find out. By the way… she’s married, but not to Avant… case of mistaken identity? Hmmm…
Dennis has met his share of famous faces too while working in a Las Vegas hospital. He was cussed out by Jerry Lewis and once met a very kind Pat Morita shortly before his death. He also once got punched in the chin by a crazy old dude… not famous, but funny nonetheless.
Since this is a food show, Charlie also tells the tale of when he once made a pizza-sized sugar cookie at the same bowling ally snack bar. To go with it, he had a 44-ounce cup of coffee… and was probably nearly thrust into a coma either by the sugar overload or the caffeine one.
Nothing is spared at the food show table when it comes to dinner discussions. Not even Mike’s deviated septum. That’s all we’ll type on that. Just listen to the show to get the runny rundown on it. Nose and mucus news aside, it’s a good episode at a good restaurant. Both Charlie and Dennis are happy with what they ordered and the universe is at peace. Not the best they’ve eaten, but certainly good and worth a return visit. Plus, unlike at Hash House A Go Go, the service was good!
And yes Dennis… I, Chase, did listen to this. This will make sense when you too listen to this episode.
Pin Kaow Thai Restaurant is located at these 3 locations:
1974 North Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89108
7835 South Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139
9530 South Eastern Ave. Suite 100
Henderson, NV 89123
Visit their website for more information: www.pinkaowthai.com/
Self-described as “twisted farm food”, Hash House A Go Go features a crazy new take on many of the old traditional meals you’d sit down to on the farm. Are you aloud refills on the farm? Because that doesn’t seem to be the case at Hash House. The guys noticed right off the bat that most of Hash House A Go Go’s drinks don’t have free re-fills. A big no no on the Go Go’s part. We bottomless pits at Who Asked You? require an endless liquid nourishment flow when it comes to teas, coffee and sodas. Apparently only a small portion of these are free for seconds at Hash House. Speaking of drinks, Hash House also offers it’s own in house brew of beer as well as several other selections.
In terms of ambience inside the restaurant, Hash House A Go Go is very contemporary. There’s a lot of metal decor. Industrial cables, track lighting and the like. You’ll hear at the beginning of the show that the music is tolerable as well. Dennis describes it as that which is played on VH1. Not the obnoxious teeny-bopper bullshit heard at Chili’s and other places. This brings us to another point regarding the set up. Hash House is designed to accommodate a lot of people comfortably. As Dennis and Charlie comment, even if there was a large crowd in their, they’d still want to stay and hang around for some after dinner chit chat. Whereas a place like Chili’s or Applebee’s tends to be very cramped, with loud kids and crying babies. You just want to get in and get out. This is not the case at Hash House A Go Go.
X marks the spot as they say, and this is true on the tables at Hash House. When you’re first seated the napkins are arranged in a large X pattern. Perhaps a subliminal note from management that you’ve found the treasure? To make the X requires two napkins. And it just so happens there are two hosts to this show. Seated, to their amusement, at a small, intimate booth with candlelight and all! If it wasn’t for the flash recorder you’d think they were on a date.
The food arrives and the guys get to grubbin’. Dennis orders the Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken & Bacon Waffle Tower. It’s drizzled with hot maple reduction & fried leeks. Although, he consumes a good portion of the waffle before realizing it has bacon in it. He also finds that their chefs are a bit stingy with the maple reduction. He simply orders more from the “less than attentive” server. Charlie goes meatie with an order of their Famous Meatloaf. Stuffed with roasted red peppers, fresh spinach & mozzarella cheese and crowned with their signature cream sauce.
During the dinner the guys dive into conversation regarding first date restaurant selections and etiquette. This leads to a mention of a Moroccan restaurant called Marrakech. Charlie says they have belly dancers who wiggle their hips while you eat. Perhaps this is foreshadowing for a future episode of the food program?
Overall, like their previous episode, the guys are left full and satisfied. With the exception of the service this evening. They seemed busy with other duties not involving serving. And our hosts are seated near the staging area, so they’re first sight when any server comes around… This doesn’t take too much away from the general feeling that Hash House A Go Go, though slightly more expensive, is definitely worth a try and the portions match the price tags!
Hash House A Go Go is located at:
6800 West Sahara Ave
Las Vegas NV 89146
and there newest Las Vegas location inside the Imperial Palace at:
3535 South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Visit their website for more information: www.hashhouseagogo.com/
We’re going international on today’s program. Charlie and Dennis travel across the pacific ocean (figuratively) to dine at Osaka Japanese Bistro. Charlie has visited Osaka enough to have tried almost everything on the menu. However, this is Dennis’ first visit. Osaka is a local Japanese owned and operated restaurant that features authentic dishes from Japan. And it’s not just the food that’s authentic. The experience is quite realistic to the culture as well. Charlie and Dennis removed their shoes before entering the Tatami dining room. And they were seated on what Charlie describes as… Yoga mats. Even the waitresses are Japanese according to Charlie. This leads into a bashing moment for Dennis regarding our least favorite restaurant, Blueberry Hill and their soulless, depressed servers that clearly are only alive because the butter knives aren’t sharp enough to slit their wrists.
Before the meal began they were served delicious green tea. Dennis, who at the time was recovering from a bout of laryngitis had high praises for this tea and its soothing effects on his tattered throat.
Charlie ordered a number of things from the menu including broiled fresh water squid, some miso soup and various sushi rolls. Dennis fumbled with his chop sticks as his meal arrived first featuring a house salad he described as being better than most as well as some “911 Rolls” he was expecting to be hot, but were pleasantly mild with just the right amount of spice.
During their dinner they take the time to praise the green tea once again as well as the Sake. The fellas reminisce about their younger days at asian buffets where less desirable body parts of the sea food was offered. Dennis wasn’t a taker, but Charlie was. Tentacles, eye balls, whatever, Charlie was game.
At some point during dinner we learn that Dennis carries a personal fork for emergency grubbing situations. And he has visions that he’ll die by being impaled by it as he trips while running to the dinner table. Perhaps that dinner will be concocted in the deep frier that Dennis proclaims he stole from Wal-Mart in an adjacent sentence.
After these revelations from Dennis the Nabeyaki Udon arrives. This noodle soup has shrimp tempura, chicken, egg and vegetables in a broth. And in typical Who Asked You? fashion the fact that the noodles are huge, warm and wet leads to a couple of juvenile jokes about having them inside Dennis. It wouldn’t belong on our website without at least one penis, sex, fart or fat joke.
In the end Charlie polishes off his remaining tentacles and Dennis drops his chop sticks on the table in a moment of pure bliss to be finished using them. And they both agree Osaka is worth the few extra dollars. The food is high quality and satisfying. It doesn’t leave you bloated or hungry on the way home. And if you’re trying to get a chick in the sack, apparently the gents think it’s a good place to woo her.
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Osaka Japanese Bistro is located at:
Osaka Japanese Bistro
4205 West Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Osaka Japanese Bistro
10920 South Eastern Ave.
Henderson, NV 89052
Visit their website for more information: www.lasvegas-sushi.com
Jamm’s has a nice diner atmosphere with nice service to match. The ladies who waitress here seem happy and are on top of your drinks being filled. This is unlike another breakfast spot we bash during this show called Blueberry Hill, where the waitresses are miserable and rarely take your order on time because they get side-tracked trying to hang themselves in the kitchen. But this show isn’t about them… it’s about Jamm’s!
The menu at Jamm’s is quite plentiful. They’ve got more omelet options than most places with a whopping 20 different kinds! They’ve also got the usual eggs, sausages, pancakes, waffles and french toast. The french toast comes in a Jamm’s style with crispy corn flakes coating the outside for that perfect crunch! There’s also an assortment of breakfast sandwiches like the Denver Potato Pancake. It has grilled ham, bell peppers, green onions and cheddar cheese mushed together in a potato pancake. Yum! Is your mouth watering yet?
To go with your tasty breakfast is a bounty of beverages like hot or ice tea, juices like apple, orange or tomato, milk, hot cocoa, lemonade and more! And as we mentioned above and during the show, the servers are really good at keeping your drink topped off.
Jamm’s has also recently expanded their menu and hours. They’re now open for dinner. And with that is a new section of dinner options on their menu. The dinner selections includes appetizers like chicken fingers or chili cheese fries. As well as the entrees like 14 different burgers, one of which is called the “JAMMinator”. It’s a 24-ounce slab-o-beef with your choice of toppings like bacon, sauteed mushrooms, onions, different cheeses, onion rings, lettuce, tomato and pickles! And if you can pack one of these beefy bastards away then you’ll win a JAMMinator T-Shirt! Good luck, go hungry.
All in all we enjoyed Jamm’s Restaurant. Charlie ordered the Tigerlilly Omelet. It may sound dainty, but this omelet is anything but. It has turkey, mushrooms and onions inside and is topped with country sausage gravy. Dennis went with the aforementioned Jamm’s french toast featuring that crunchy corn flake layer. It also came with a side of eggs and sausage. And Dennis added on some grits with melted cheese on top. Quite tasty indeed. Meanwhile Chase ordered the Heather Omelet. It features sun-dried tomatoes, green onions and a melty layer of cream cheese.
You got the orders in detail above because while Charlie and Dennis were describing their meals Chase had a phone call. You may find it distracting, but it was a necessary one however unprofessional it may seem. Here’s a little Who Asked You? behind-the-scenes note. The call was from Marshall Davis… you know, our Australian buddy who guest hosted on episode 92. Well he was calling to set up the get together for that show, which we recorded just hours later.
Jamm’s Restaurant certainly gets our approval for wholesome hearty food. It’s good, made from scratch, the price is right and they’re not stingy with the portions.
Jamm’s Restaurant is located at:
1029 South Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Their hours are:
7am to 9pm Everyday
Visit their website to see the menus at: www.jammsrestaurant.com
That’s where the “Unnamed Food Show” comes in. We’re calling it that for now, because we don’t have an official name yet. If you have an idea for the show’s name, E-Mail it to Charlie. He’ll be glad you did.
So, for our pilot episode Charlie, his girlfriend Toni and Chase found themselves at the one and only (soon to change though) Create right here in Las Vegas, Nevada. This place features gourmet hamburgers made of 100% angus beef as well as delicious frozen custard! The burgers are made to order and you get your choice of dozens of toppings, several cheeses, a ton of sauces and even what type of bun you want it on! Check out their menu here. The custard comes in vanilla, chocolate and a “flavor of the day” and has as many topping options as the burgers do.
Create prides itself on being a no waste restaurant. And you’ll see that they mean it when you’re inside. All the dishes are plastic or glass and the custard cups and straws are made from corn! Plus, there aren’t any trash cans in sight. Everything is disposed of in recycle bins behind the kitchen doors!
A great start to this fun little show we hope to do more of. It’s far less formal than Who Asked You?, if you can call Who Asked You? formal. It’s just a couple of us talking into a digital recorder. Not much editing either. You’ll even hear the waitresses ask us what the recorder is and you’ll hear Chase plug the Who Asked You? show while giving her our card!
Create is located at:
7290 W Lake Mead Blvd. #2
Las Vegas NV 89128
(with a second location coming soon!)
Create has a website at: www.createburgersandcustard.com