“In Todd we trust!”

Cross your “t’s”, dot your “i’s”, and most definitely ensure to check off your foodie bucket list.  For me, this equates to tasting as many celebrity chef-inspired dishes allowed in a lifetime.  And, talking about right place and time, Las Vegas strip is home to a handful of restaurants by well-known culinary greats.  TEpub1 arr

“Table for two?” ─ yes, please!  Going where I have yet to dine ─ even ‘sans’ reservation ─ I know lady luck must be chiming nearby as my impromptu dinner is already made exceptional with speedy service, and booth side seating at none other than Todd English P.U.B.  Not your ordinary after-hours retreat, this casually upscale pub bustles with more than lively patrons who are eager to strike up conversation.  Truly giving guests something to talk about, this resto is justly named after the celebrated chef, himself ─ the Todd English ─ who is both a restaurateur and multi-winner of the James Beard Award.  In spirited terms, this urban food and bar house is bound to ring in cheer, good times and deliciously made traditional British fare ─ all under the influence of Todd, of course!TEpub2 arr

Options ranging from carved meats, classic fish and chips as well as fresh “raw bar” oysters, don’t let mouth-watering selects leave you stuck in a pickle of a decision ─ order it, instead!  Evading confusion, then, let’s start with the obvious for appetizers ─ “Crispy Beer Battered Pickles,” anyone?  Having just that, I’d compare P.U.B.’s fried slices of house made pickles to be a supremely elevated variation of dill potato chips.  Far from ordinary, T.E.’s take on this condiment snack remains unmatched as the pickles retain a crunchy texture and are mildly sweet in flavour.  Even better is the batter!  Using beer-infused tempura, these ‘freshly’ fried bite-size pickle chips are first coated prior to getting their hot oil treatment, and come served with a trio of barbeque, ranch, and blue cheese savoury dips.  Surprisingly irresistible, this lump-free alternative to the all-time bagged favourite is genuinely that good.

TEpub3 arrFirst round in, this foodie ‘listed’ wish would not be complete with ─ at minimum ─ the inclusion of a highlighted pick among “Todd’s Favorite’s.”  And there it is, “Lobster Cobb.”  Menu scanned and choice made, my decision indicates this:  great appetites think alike ─ they’re ‘mindful’ of layered tastes.  In plain ‘English,’ this meal is made of the king of crustaceans ─ a.k.a. meaty lobster ─ and, it is appropriately dressed with delectable fixings:  creamy avocado, smoked bacon, blue cheese, roasted corn, plus more edible goodness.  More than just baby greens, this dinner salad is substantially rich and generous in servings of under the sea.  So when opportunity strikes, asking for additions ─ skirt steak, salmon, turkey, chicken or shrimp ─ is all the more reason to dive into temptation and make this dish a personal well-encompassed surf ‘n’ turf favourite.  Clearly not going overboard, I must request additions.  After all, how much is really too much?  If anything, my eager-to-order eyes have taught me that when dealing with countless appetizing options, more is always more.  Dinner lightweight, heavyweight or unsure, no worries here!  Happy hour at Todd English P.U.B. means you can wind down, enjoy the atmosphere, and delight in a satisfying meal.  All in all, this establishment does a fine job in making guests feel right at home.  Being one to attest to a contently fulfilling experience at P.U.B., it’s no wonder, “in Todd we trust!”

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This Is How We Do Vegas

BBP4 arr“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada!”  Landing in “Entertainment Capital,” this inviting foodie haven is bound to appease every sense.  Fortunately, the need to feed can be accomplished northbound or heading south of Las Vegas Boulevard.  Hungering over Vegas sights, who knew walking along “the strip” quickly leaves one simply hungry.  Sleepless in 702, and with an insatiable appetite for sinfully delicious calories, BBP is a worthy pit stop to replenish and re-energize.

BBP2 arrCourtesy of Bobby Flay’s very own burger palace, this fast-food joint flame-broils three selects ─ Angus beef, chicken or ground turkey ─ and with endless savoury ‘stately’-inspired toppings.  Debating not over the east or west, burger-lovers can go coastal with picks such as the “Miami,” the “Dallas” and even the “Bobby Blue.”  What’s more?  Choose your preferred meat patty, and get it “Crunchified.”  That’s right, even if you’re not keen on the “Crunchburger” ─ double cheeseburger with chips ─ this burger house will generously tower any desired protein plate with golden crisps.  So there you have it:  the addition of complimentary potato chips fit for preferential treatment ─ burger of choice ─ and, ultimately a high stakes noshing session of tasty bites of Americana.

BBP1 arrDo we ever learn from jokes?  I do like my coffee ‘hot,’ my chips ‘crisp’ and while in a restaurant, I’ll definitely ─ especially, when given the choice ─ take my burger “Topless.”  Inside-joke ─ perhaps ─ but, when you’re at BBP in Vegas, this is the way to order.  On the menu, and soon to be my very own, I opt for a “Topless” ─ hold the buns, carb-free ─ “L.A.” style Angus beef burger salad with a serving of chicken.  Clearly, ‘someone’ hearts protein and veg.  Even better, my plateful is promptly delivered tableside and ─ utensils in-hand ─ ready for consumption.  All in all, the combination of succulent ─ doubled ─ meat with sweet baby greens, creamy avocado relish, refreshing tomato, watercress, and balsamic dressing is without a doubt one delectable gamble for a meal gone right.

BBP3 arrFully satisfied at BBP, a ‘good’ food experience is like winning the jackpot.  Luckily, Bobby’s Burger Palace offers plenty of highly mentionable items to leave many with ‘won-over’ appetites, post-indulging.  Tender yet crisp, the sea salted sweet potato fries are quite good and a possible accompaniment as are other sides.  Leaving enticing malts and milkshakes for a future visit, here’s my overall first impression of Mr. Iron Chef’s burger restaurant:  it does reign in supreme flavour and service.  On that note, “Allez cuisine!” ─ and, make a trip to BBP.

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