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What’s this? Can it be?!?! Our food podcast has returned! Just in time for Thanksgiving too. Today’s locale is as far from a traditional turkey feast as you can probably get though. Charlie and Dennis have once again recorded their gluttony, this time at Anime Ramen & Teriyaki. An establishment only a few months old serving noodles and other traditional Asian fare.
The place takes their anime theme to the max. They’ve covered their walls with anime artwork and as you’ll hear, they’ve got popular anime songs blasting throughout the place. There’s also big screen TV’s playing anime movies — during the fellas’ visit, their in-dine movie was CASTLE IN THE SKY — and all of the servers are sexy young Asian chicks! The owners clearly know their demo.
Because it’s been so long since the last ON THE MENU show, the guys are a little out of practice… who am I kidding? They don’t practice, ever. As a result, they forgot to photograph their meals before Hoovering them. That’s okay though, because Anime Ramen’s website has pictures of their entire menu on the front page!
Dennis ordered some Macaroni Salad and Gyoza to start while Charlie sipped away on his Boba Tea flavored with Taro, a root that gives the tea a purple hue and a nutty flavor. Charlie’s appetizer was a plate of Soft Shell Crab.
Their main courses, were of course, noodles. All of the noodle bowls at Anime Ramen are served with your choice of meat or seafood. Dennis went with the latter. It’s literally called “Seafood” on the menu. I’m sure you can guess what’s in it. Meanwhile, Charlie went with traditional ramen served with Tonkotsu, boiled pork and a random egg floating about, as well as Shoyu which is typically chicken or beef in a tangy broth doused in soy sauce.
Table conversation, as expected, varies from an unfortunate food poisoning incident Dennis and his dad suffered after eating at a questionable casino to McDonald’s and their secret to making a tasty Egg McMuffin and whether or not the recipe includes MSG. Lets hope we don’t get McSued.
There’s plenty more interesting chatter where that came from, including the final verdict on Anime Ramen and whether or not the gents recommend a visit.
Anime Ramen & Teriyaki is located at:
4355 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 101
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Today on the show, Charlie and Dennis try out some famous sandwiches. Voted Vegas’ Best of 2010 in the LAS VEGAS WEEKLY magazine, EDDY D’s FAMOUS ITALIAN SANDWICHES has been feeding Las Vegans’ top quality meats, cheeses and specialty items for around just about a year. Not bad to receive such an honor after opening up so soon. Eddy D’s is family owned and operated. They started the establishment after not finding what they called a “happy place” in Las Vegas. In other words, a sandwich shop with good bread, good meats and good cheeses. They believe a top-notch sandwich starts with only the best bread. They worked for over a year with local bakers in the Vegas Valley to create the ultimate Artesian bread.
Charlie and Dennis both said they felt very welcomed in the shop. Some old folks were just hangin’ out inside chit chatting as though it was part of their daily routine and it added to the very casual welcoming atmosphere.
Charlie’s sandwich choice was “The Figaro”. On it comes hot Soppressata, dry-cured Capacola, sharp provolone cheese, lettuce, Eddy D’s marinated tomatoes and provolone cheese on their signature bread previously mentioned.
As for Dennis, his sandwich was one of the main reasons the 2 choose Eddy D’s. It’s called “The Robert” and is considered by many to be direct competition to another popular sub from a well known restaurant here called CAPRIOTTI’S. Their sandwich is called “The Bobby” and is basically a casserole on a bun consisting of all your Thanksgiving faves: turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Paint on some mayo and you’ve got one fine sub to be thankful for. From word of mouth, Charlie heard about “The Robert”, told us about it and consequently it was perfect subject matter for ON THE MENU.
If you listen to WHO ASKED YOU? you’re probably aware that Dennis is a huge fan of gravy (reference our 2010 Thanksgiving show). And “The Robert” delivers. That’s 1 of 2 differences that set it apart from “The Bobby”. The other is that it’s smothered in cheese. Dennis is a huge fan of “The Bobby” so “The Robert” has some pretty strict standards to live up to. Will it deliver on the restaurants promise of 100% satisfaction gauranteed? Or will it just leave Dennis thankful for “The Bobby”? Find out on this edition!
Eddy D’s Famous Italian Sandwiches is located at:
8410 West Cheyenne Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Visit their website for more information:
It’s a taste of Chicago this week. ON THE MENU visits a little Italian restaurant specializing in windy city-themed fare. This is the first place Charlie and Dennis have featured on the show that they’ve never been to before. Some food critique show huh? Up until now they’ve been hitting places they know to be good. Finally they’re sampling some sustenance they’ve never tried before and will give their honest first-hand opinions on it. What made them decide to on this place? Listen in to find out. All I’ll say is it gives new meaning to the words ‘low-budget podcast.’
AMORE TASTE OF CHICAGO is a moderately sized establishment. The day the fellas visited, it seemed pretty busy. The walls are covered with Chicago sports memoribelia and the pop music was blasting away in the background.
To go along with his green drink, Charlie started with an appetizer of Cheesy Garlic Bread. His main course, Rigatoni Amore featured a generous portion of red and green peppers, onions and Italian sausage tossed with pasta and covered in marinara sauce. You can also get it with grilled chicken breast. But it seems Charlie is a sausage guy, not a breast guy. Cue rim shot. I’ll be here all week.
Dennis can not pass up a good plate of ribs. And so was the case this time. His appetizer was some pretty run-of-the-mill Minestrone Soup. But then the ribs came. Served on a long rectangular plate, the 10-bone BBQ Baby Back Ribs come served up with a pile of french fries and a side of baked beans.
The portions were good, but overall the guys thought the menu was a bit pricey. You can find Amore’s entire menu on their website in the Show Links below. Listen in to find out if Amore’s flavor is worth its price!
Amore Taste Of Chicago is located at:
3945 South Durango Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Visit their website for more information: www.amoretasteofchicago.com
And nearly 6-years later the fellas have returned to sample the menu and bring their critique to you. Charlie’s order, the Italian Beef Sandwich, was topped with sweet peppers and came with a sort of Au Jus sauce meant to pour over the meat. It’s not until Charlie fails at dipping the enormous sandwich into the tiny cup that a server walking by explains what to really do with the liquid. Once poured over the shredded beef it soaks down into the bread like a tasty sponge. The Cheese also upgraded his French Fries to include some cheese. By making them Greek Fries they came seasoned with herbs and topped with crumbled Ricotta Cheese.
Dennis chose a Sonio’s special that included half of a chicken and 2 sides. Those sides were Hot Potatoes and Rice Primavera. The potatoes were Red Skins tossed with peppers, onions and garlic. The Rice Primavera was mixed with vegetables and seasoned nicely.
Before the meal arrived the guys were treated to some chips and salsa, unaware at the time that they were complimentary. Their concerns are soon stifled with the crunching and dipping of said chips as well as Dennis’ theories on hot sauce labels featuring exotic Latino women.
Both Dennis and Charlie were quite satisfied with Sonio’s all around. The portions are generous, but just right, the service was friendly, the price was affordable â€” most items under $10 â€” and Charlie learned to pour the dip on his food when the cup is too small for dunking.
Sonio’s Cafe is located at:
3900 West Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Visit their website for more information: www.sonioscafe.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/