BE’s Restaurant Review:
Only in Las Vegas! While almost every famous chef in the Michelin Guide and on the Food Network operates eating establishments in the resorts on the Strip, (Bam!)Las Vegas’s down home casinos also can boast of world-class food. Yes, you can find stellar comestibles in some of the city’s oldest, most shopworn locals casinos. And fortunately for us, the prices reflect the real estate.
IMHO, a visit to Las Vegas is not complete without a trip to Fat Choy at the Eureka Casino. This gaming establishment opened its doors in 1964 on Sahara when the Rat Pack was packing them in down the street at the Sahara. Fat Choy serves affordable Asian-American fare that is outrageously inventive at almost 1964 prices.
The food at Fat Choy is so amazing because Sheridan Su is the chef. He has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. He worked on the Strip at my favorite restaurant in this city: Joel Rubuchon (MGM). He also manned the stove at Social House (Crystals at City Center), Wazuzu (Encore) and Comme Ca (Cosmopolitan).
The food is designed for casino snacking, although it’s certainly possible to put together a five-course meal. Do not leave go without trying the Peking Duck Bao and the Pork Belly Bao. Bao is a sweetish white chewy bun that is steamed. You have to eat these delights within five minutes or the boa gets soggy. (No problem!)
Chef Sheridan cuts the bao in half to make sandwiches. The Peking Duck Bao consists of moist shreds of duck, cooling cucumbers and strong, insistent scallions sprinkled with hoisin sauce. Whoa! The distinct flavors explode in your mouth. Ditto for the Pork Belly Bao. It features the crispiest pork skin on the planet, accompanied by pickled mustard greens, cilantro and crushed peanuts.
In a town full of wild burgers, add the Fat Choy burger to the list. A half pound of Angus beef, cooked your way, serves as the architectural foundation for short ribs that fall apart when you just look at them, perfectly crisp bacon, roasted tomato and lettuce, and a slice of cheddar. It has a crown of a fried egg over easy. The burger comes with either a salad (in case you are worried about your cholesterol) or fries. All I can say is: OMG. This is the best $10 I’ve spent on food in Vegas.
The eatery has an Asian beer list. But no worries. The casino bar is properly stocked.
The decor is appropriately funky. And the Eureka parking lot has security guards to make sure no one breaks into your car for the doggie bags.
Inside the Eureka Casino
595 East Sahara
Las Vegas Nevada 89104
BETH Ellyn Rosenthal
The Las Vegas Real Estate Concierge
Managing Broker, Nevada
eXp Realty LLC
702.324.6911 Cell and Text
MBA: L’ecole du Hard Knocks