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.
“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!
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.
First 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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