10Best.com’s list of the 10 Best Restaurants in Las Vegas.

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This is 10Best.com’s list of the ten best restaurants in Las Vegas: 1. Rosemary’s Restaurant, 2. Delmonico Steakhouse, 3. Burger Bar, 4. Pamplemousse, 5. Sterling Brunch, 6. Royal Star, 7. Swiss Café Restaurant , 8. Shintaro, 9. Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare , 10. Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

You can click a specific link or click the 10Best.com link below for more information.

10Best.com says: For many years, the dining scene in Las Vegas was considered subpar when compared to major cities like New York or Los Angeles. But just like everything else in this sparkling city, dining has been completely revamped – with overwhelmingly positive results. Here you can find outposts of the country’s most famous (and skilled) chefs, read more…

These are, of course, excellent places to eat! The Las Vegas Buffet Club, however, misses some of the long-gone eats & eateries, such as the BOARDWALK’S $.49 Hobo Stew or their greasy cheesebergers late at night; how ’bout the cheap late night breakfasts at SILVER CITY or a Cobb salad at the STARDUST’S TOUCAN HARRY’S. Speaking of Hobo Stew, there used to be an authentic HOBO JUNGLE behind the HACIENDA HOTEL where you could sit back on a discarded aluminum lawn chair and enjoy real Hobo Stew from a bean can. OH YEAH BABE…How about breakfast with TOM WAITS & CHUCK E WEISS at DUKES CAFE on Santa Monica Blvd. or sitting with RON BROWN & BOBBY BOYER at the IHOP in Hollywood next to the new, hot band: THE MONKEES, while RON BROWN was talking about another new band he just played (Fender bass) for in a recording session: CROSBY STILLS & NASH (before Neil Young;) he was also talking about playing with Stevie Wonder – wait a minute, that was in Los Angeles wasn’t it?

ENCORE At Wynn Las Vegas

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The following two paragraphs are from: EARLY VEGAS.COM.
“The Encore Las Vegas tower will be a $2.1 billion, 2,034 room hotel project next to the existing Wynn las [sic] Vegas Resort and on the remaining land of Las Vegas Blvd. Originally envisioned as an addition to the Wynn Las Vegas, The Encore will be a full resort and casino. It is scheduled to open at the beginning of 2009. The hotel features a 74,000 square foot. [sic] casino, manynightclubs [sic], restaurants, and bars. As of the beginning of 2007, construction was up to the 18th floor, and will be about 60 floors when complete. It is set to be the tallest hotel in Las Vegas.”

“As reported by Rod Smith, Gaming Wire: Despite project cancellations and concerns about overbuilding on the Strip, Wynn Resorts Ltd. is proceeding quickly with development of the 2,000-roomWynn Las Vegas Wynn Las Vegas Encore [sic], the second phase of Wynn Las Vegas. Developer Steve Wynn said Thursday the project is on pace to break ground in June, and Perini Building Co. Chairman Dick Rizzo calls Encore one of the surest bets on the Strip for completion by 2010.” read more
Click the read more link for photos and more information from earlyvegas.com

More information from WIKIPEDIA:
“On 28 April 2006, the resort celebrated its one year anniversary by breaking ground on a second hotel tower. [note link deleted] Called Encore, the tower will be a $2.1 billion, 2,034 room hotel project adjacent to the existing resort and on the remaining frontage of Las Vegas Blvd. Originally envisioned as an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas, Encore will be a full-scale resort and is set to open in the first quarter of 2009. The hotel will feature a 74,000 sq.ft. casino, several restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. As of August of 2007, construction was on the 50th floor, and will be 61 floors when complete, making it the same size as Wynn, floors 13, and 40 through 49 will be left out at Mr. Wynn’s request (Ideology which relates to the Western belief of 13 being an unlucky number, as well as the Eastern/Asian belief of the number 4 meaning death.) In August 2007, Steve Wynn stated that the casino that will be part of Encore will feature a similar design to that of Wynn Macau’s casino. [note link deleted]” read more…

Denver Restaurants: My Brother’s Bar, The Red Coral, Torres Mexican Food.

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My Brother’s Bar (2376 15th St. Denver, Colorado; 303-455-9991) is a longtime favorite in Denver.
Click this link to access the LVBC’S page on My Brother’s Bar.
The Red Coral (at 1591 S. Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80222) is another favorite. (Review from September 4, 2007)
The Red Coral is a Strip-mall restaurant that primarily serves Mandarin & Chinese food…On the last visit we had Sesame Eggplant ( 茄子- around $8.95.)…This is a small neighborhood restaurant with consistantly good food and wine at fair prices…The house wines start at $2.75…Red Coral offers Carafes & 1/2 Carafes…For an appetizer, try the Vietnamese Summer Rolls (Steamed shrimp, rice noodles, cucumber, bean sprouts, lettuce, cilantro and mint leaves wrapped in rice paper, served with a spicy Asian peanut sauce – $5.95.)
Click this link to access the LVBC’S page for The Red Coral
Torres Mexican Food Restaurant in Denver (Review from September 4, 2007)
1597 S. Federal Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80219 (303-934-8857)
Torres Mexican Food is an authentic Mexican cantina that serves the basic southwestern dishes: burritos, chile rellenos, enchiladas, tacos etc. as well as seafood dinner fare such as: Shrimp/Oyster cocktails, Shrimp Rancheros, Shrimp fajitas, Fresh oysters, Seafood soup, “Filete” Ranchero, Stripped bass, Tilapia…On my first visit, I had the Green Chile Plate ($6.25) which consisted of a large plate of green chile with big chunks of meat, rising like mountains in the Sea of Cortez, rice & beans and 2 large tortillas…The “regular” Margarita is small, however it is only about $3.75, so… The next step-up is $9.00 – that one is huge. Maybe there should be a mid-size Marg for about $5.00. Other brew prices are very reasonable. Decorated like an Mexican coastal restaurant, the booths seem to be a notch higher in quality, so are the (table) chairs which are proudly emblazoned with the Torres name…Speaking of booths, take a booth in the lounge area; the lounge has a bunch of energy…This is a good discovery. Unless something happens to change my mind, this will be one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Denver. This is a restaurant where one feels comfortable, accepted and welcome; there is no hoity-toity arrogance.
There is a second location (in a Strip Mall) at 2049 Wadsworth Blvd.
Click this link to access the LasVegasBuffetClub’s page for Torres Mexican Food, includes a link to their website with the complete menu.
Click this link for a partial list of favorite Denver restaurants – when you reach the page, scroll down…

Christmas time in Denver:…Charlie Brown’s

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We stopped by Charlie Brown’s (Charlie Brown’s Bar & Grill; 980 Grant St, Denver, CO ( 303-860-1655) the other evening and almost got the Christmas spirit (the almost has nothing to do with anything lacking at Charlie Brown’s.) Charlie Brown’s is a BIG CITY tavern/restaurant in a BIG CITY hotel in Denver, Colorado. This hotel tavern is warm and cozy and at Christmas time, decorated with Christmas lights and boughs of Holly. The holiday ambience is accentuated by the fact that the hotel has been around forever, and the lounge – just off the hotel lobby – has aquired quite a nice patina as well. Did I mention the piano bar? A pretty cool older chick was tickling the keys with Christmas standards and several patrons sitting on stools around the piano were supplying the words… We ordered a couple of drinks at 6:00 pm, in time for the 2 for 1 happy hour. I enjoyed the excellent Cobb Salad (a very generous portion, prepared correctly for around $7.00.) Click the CB link above for more detailed information…ON THE ROAD characters: Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg stayed at the Colburn Hotel for a time, if I recall correctly. There is a strong energy in this tavern, maybe those spirits of Christmas past were lingering… MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy Holidays to all…

LVBC’S Real Fast Denver to San Clemente Amtrak Train Trip Video on YouTube.

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Please give the following video time to load…If the screen is black, wait for the arrow to appear then click it…(right click the screen for controls.)


……….Real Fast Denver to San Clemente AMTRAK Train Trip on YouTube……….

This is a Las Vegas Buffet Club video of a REAL FAST Amtrak Train Trip from Denver, Colorado to San Clemente, California.
Play the video from this page, click to begin / or…
Access the Las Vegas Buffet Club’s YouTube link here or click the YouTube link – on your right, under website…

Las Vegas Restaurants 9/07: Battista’s Hole In The Wall, The Garden Court Buffet, Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas, Lotus Of Siam, Triple Seven Restaurant and Brewery Bar

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Battista’s Hole In The Wall
(Behind Flamingo Hilton Hotel)
4041 Audrie Street
Las Vegas, NV
89109
(702) 732-1424 

Battista’s (30 years in Las Vegas) is a classic Old Las Vegas, Southern Italian Restaurant serving an All Inclusive Menu
All Inclusive Menu Features:
• Minestrone Soup or Italian Salad
• Complimentary House Wine
• Garlic Bread
• Pasta Side
• Homemade Cappuccino

Entrees include: Traditional Pasta Dishes ($18.95 – $24.95,) Veal, Steak, Shrimp etc. dinners ($26.95 – $34.95.) Click Battista’s website link for the complete menu and other information…

At Battista’s, in addition to having a first rate dinner, you will be entertained by a strolling Accordionist as you enjoy the “vibe” of old-school Las Vegas. The restaurant is warm and cozy; there are 78’s and 331/3 records hanging on the walls and all that jazz…There is (very) secure parking in front of the restaurant…
Next door, there is a small convienience-type store and adjoining bar with gaming machines – also operated by Battista’s…
Take me to The LVBC’S page on Battista’s (General information & review)
Battista’s Official Website, including full menu…

The Garden Court Buffet
At The Main Street Station Hotel
200 North Main Street
Las Vegas, NV.
89101
(1-800-713-8933)

The Garden Court Buffet has long been a favorite. All things considered: price, food, ambience, location etc. make this buffet one of the very best around.
“The all-you-can eat Garden Court Buffet is the ultimate in Las Vegas buffets. From the moment you step inside, you’ll enjoy the spacious surrounding with the vaulted ceilings and Victorian gingerbread decor. And the food is fabulous, too!”
“With seating for close to 500 guests, the Garden Court, is not only the largest buffet and truly the grandest in downtown, it has garnered many accolades in its short history. Repeatedly voted downtown’s best buffet, it’s been rated among the top five buffets in the nation.”

Food stations include: American, Southern, Southwestern, Pacific rim, Chinese, Mexican, Pizza and Pasta, Salad bar, Dessert bar and more.
Buffet prices are very friendly; for example, the “Seafood Galore Buffet” on Friday & Saturday nights is only $15.99, Mon-Fri breakfast – $5.99…

Several dozen ceiling fans, antique sideboards, “Victorian gingerbread decor,” and windows help make this room unique.
Take me to The Main Street Hotel’s Official Website
Take me to The LVBC’S page on The Garden Court Buffet (General information & review)

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
4510 Paradise Road (Across from The Hard Rock Hotel)
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 853-BEER (2337)

Ocktoberfest Kick-Off: Keg-Tapping with Siegfried & Roy – September 15, 7:00 pm…
“Add a Bavarian flair to your next dining adventure at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas. From live music direct from Germany, to authentic imported German beers, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas offers a classic Bavarian atmosphere that lends itself to fun, daily.”
“German Engineered Taste” in every stein! Our Hofbräu beer is brewed using the original recipes handed down by Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria, (over 400 years ago) and is imported direct from the breweries in Munich, Germany.”
On the menu: Bavarian specials ( for example: Sauerbraten, Steak, Pork Roast,) Sausage specials, Burgers and Sandwiches, Salads, Side Dishes, Kids Menu, Week Day Lunch specials and more…
Celebrity Ocktoberfest Keg Tapping events through September…
(Visit HB website for complete menu and other information)

Official Website of Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam
In The Commercial Center
953 E. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Tel. (702)735-3033

I vaguely recall reading in a Los Angeles restaurant magazine that Lotus Of Siam was one of the best Thai restaurants in North America. It must be a good Thai restaurant – Mayor Goodman was sitting at the next table the last time I was there. It was prime time on a Saturday night…”Of all the Gin joints“…Imagine the Mayor dining in a Strip-mall restaurant on a Saturday night given the food choices Las Vegas provides…

In a “real-old-vegas-seen-better-days” mall off Sahara Avenue, The Lotus of Siam serves the Mayor of Las Vegas and other happy customers Thai food and other Asian specials..My choice is usually Pad Thai.
I found the following information from CityGuide. It is so informative, I thought I’d include it…
“Amidst the karaoke bars and Mexican eateries in the Commercial Center lies Lotus of Siam, one of those jewels that regulars adore but hesitate to tell anyone about lest it get too popular. Voted “the best Thai restaurant in the United States” by Gourmet magazine, Lotus of Siam serves Issan-style Thai food, which is milder than most food from Thailand. The secret is blending each course with seasonings, including ginger, lemon grass, lime leaves, and hot peppers, to create varying degrees of sweet, sour, bitter and salty flavors.”

“The menu lists 131 dishes; some are tried-and-true, while other unusual items are influenced by the cultures of Laos and Cambodia. Favorites include tom kah kai (coconut infused soup), panang curry and of course, pad thai. Some of the more unusual dishes include nua dad dew (a very spicy beef jerky), nam kao tod (Thai sour sausage seasoned with ginger) and nua sao renu (sliced charbroiled beef atop a bed of sliced cabbage). Patrons should beware that these dishes are very spicy, so make sure to try the coconut ice cream and sticky rice — it’s guaranteed to cool off your mouth. — Jack Herrguth”
Take me to the LVBC’S page for Lotus of Siam (General information & review)
Take me to Lotus of Siam’s Official Website (Full menu included)

Triple Seven Restaurant and Brewery Bar
In The Main Street Station Hotel
200 North Main Street
Las Vegas, NV.
89101
(1-800-713-8933)

The Triple Seven is a downtown gathering place for locals, as well as visitors. Huge brass tanks are in view at the rear of the room competing with Big-screen TV’s for attention…Decent Appetizers, Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches, Pizza, Ribs, Pasta, Seafood and more are served in this cool downtown oasis…
Standard tables & chairs as well as long tables for groups, and bar seating provide a configuration for just about any situation. The room is large…Dark woods and brass define the ambience…Gambling is available just across the foyer.
Triple Seven is open 7 days a week, 11:00 am – 7:00 am; Late Night: Breakfast is served midnight to 7am.

“Want to party? Happy Hour 3pm-6pm Monday-Friday.
Graveyard Special midnight-7am 16oz. MicroBrews $1
We have party packages for groups of 10-40,
$8.95 to 22.95 per person.”
Take me to The LVBC’S web page for The Triple Seven…
Take me to The Main Street Hotel & Casinos Official Website

Denver Restaurant Visits: Annie’s Cafe, Big Papa’s BBQ, Pasquini’s Pizzeria, Pasta Jay’s, Paulie and Deanna, The Red Coral and Torres Mexican Food

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First Visits:
Big Papa’s BBQ
6265 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, Colorado
80222 (303-300-4499)
Big Papa’s official website“…
“Love at first bite” It was the sauce that got me, so to speak. It was Maureen’s Memphis Sauce to be precise (there are four sauces to choose from: Suzy’s Carolina Sauce, Maureen’s Memphis Sauce, Heidi’s KC Sauce and Maggie’s Deep South Sauce.) We ordered St. Louis Style Ribs (9 bones of smoked St. Louis Style Ribs) with Cole Slaw & BBQ Beans ($15.29.) I actually had a trancendant-type expierience after a few bites. It could have been the ribs with the Memphis sauce or it could have been the BBQ beans which are equally outstanding ( huge chunks of meat swimming with the beans in an unforgettable sauce…Other entrees include: Baby Back Ribs, Beef Back Ribs, Bison Ribs, Sliced Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork and more…Beer and Wine are available…Big Papa’s caters…The dining room is rather plain, not unlike a fast food place…That won’t keep me away, maybe I’ll just do take-out…Big Papa’s has a second location; click the website link for the address, the complete menu, catering and other information…

Paulie & Deanna Italian Restaurant 4
2099 Wadsworth Lakewood, CO
80214-5740
(303-232-5888)
If one tries to find Paulie and Deanna’s on the web, one would think that there is no such place, however, the other evening I enjoyed one of the best Southern-Italian-red sauces that I’ve had in a while, so I know the restaurant exsists…It’s a small restaurant in a strip-mall on North Wadsworth Blvd. I had the sauce with a side of Homemade spaghetti noodles – big, thick spaghetti noodles with two meatballs, salad and bread…The pasta dish was preceded by the dinner salad with the house-dressing. The salad was fresh and chilled; the dressing was above par. The entree portion was huge, especially for the price: the complete dinner was around $8.00…The spaghetti dinner with regular noodles is a buck less. House wine is $4.00, other wines start at $5.00…Wine in carafes are available. Most basic Southern- Italian dishes are on the menu as well as sandwiches, pizza and more…Information for this restaurant is so elusive, I don’t have web-links for menu & other general information. Alas, I did not get a take-out menu nor even a matchbook…I guess I’ll have to return for the sauce – or the “gravy” as Paulie calls it, in his best Martin Scorsese flick voice…

Torres Mexican Food Restaurant in Denver
1597 S. Federal Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80219 (303-934-8857)
Torres Mexican Food is an authentic Mexican cantina that serves the basic southwestern dishes: burritos, chile rellenos, enchiladas, tacos etc. as well as seafood dinner fare such as: Shrimp/Oyster cocktails, Shrimp Rancheros, Shrimp fajitas, Fresh oysters, Seafood soup, “Filete” Ranchero, Stripped bass, Tilapia…On my first visit, I had the Green Chile Plate ($6.95) which consisted of a large plate of green chile with big chunks of meat, rising like mountains in the Sea of Cortez, rice & beans and 2 large tortillas…The “regular” Margarita is small, however it is only about $3.75, so… The next step-up is $9.00 – that one is huge. Maybe there should be a mid-size Marg for about $5.00. Other brew prices are very reasonable. The restaurant is decorated like an Mexican coastal restaurant. The booths seem to be a notch higher in quality, so are the (table) chairs which are proudly emblazoned with the Torres name…Speaking of booths, take a booth in the lounge area; the lounge has a bunch of energy…This is a good discovery. Unless something happens to change my mind, this will be one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Denver. This is a restaurant where one feels comfortable, accepted and welcome; there is no hoity-toity arrogance. There is a second location (in a Strip Mall) at 2049 Wadsworth Blvd…

Previously reviewed restaurants:

Annie’s Cafe
4012 East 8th Ave. (Off 8th & Colorado Blvd.)
Denver, Colorado
80222
(303-355-8197)
Annie’s Cafe, since 1979, has offered comfort food and hospitality to the local Denver community.” Annie’s has been serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner all-the-while, however breakfast is the key word here: One of only a hand-full of really good breakfast cafes in Denver, Annie’s does it all and Annie’s does it right…From two egg breakfasts with meat, grilled potatoes and toast ($6.75) or French Toast ($5.50) to Huevos Rancheros ($7.25) as well as omelettes, bagels, pancakes, muffins and more, it’s all there…Click Annie’s website link for the complete menuAnnie’s leaves a jar of Peanut Butter on every table. As soon as you sit down, before you order, you can remove a dollop of PB with your knife and spread it on your spoon. If you can’t wait, you don’t half to at Annie’s…Food quality and proportion size are above average. Beer and wine are available…Family friendly, Annie’s is loaded with old movie-posters, kid’s metal lunch boxes, toy bake-ovens etc…
Take me to The Las Vegas Buffet Club’s page for Annie’s Cafe General information & review…
Take me to Annie’s Official Website Annie’s complete menu & other information…

Pasquini’s Pizzeria – Denver Highlands (opened – summer 2007)
2400 West 32nd Avenue at Zuni St.
Denver, CO 80211
303-477-4900
Pasquini’s is a long time favorite Denver restaurant…This location is new, but they have the same good food: NY Pizza, Pizzettas, Pastas, Calzones, Salads, Sandwiches, and more…This incarnation is another winner; the building is in an area that used to be Denver’s Little Italy, so it’s authentic…The restaurant is Yuppie heaven with a Vespa on the wall, three different seating areas, a full bar and lots of energy…Click the Las Vegas Buffet Club web link for the page on Pasquini’s or click the Pasquini’s Website link to go directly to their site…
Take me to The Las Vegas Buffet Club’s Website page for Pasquini’s……This link has general “review” information from the LVBC…
Take me to Pasquini’s Official Website……This is Pasquini’s Website with menu, locations & other information.
Pasquini’s on South Broadway took over the space next door and opened another room with a second bar, more tables and a patio…

Pasta Jay’s
1001 Pearl Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302
303.444.5800
Basically a Southern Italian, red-and-white-checkered-tablecloth restaurant, Pasta Jay’s offers: pizza (thin crust-California style,) sandwiches, salads, appetizers, entrées (most of the traditional Italian entrees,) nightly specials and more. Bar drinks, beer and wine are served; wine is available by the glass, 1/2 carafe or carafe.
Click the Pasta Jay’s Website link for their menu.
Take me to Pasta Jay’s Official Website… Full menu, locations & more…
Take me to the Las Vegas Buffet Club’s page for Pasta Jay’s…Review & general information.

The Red Coral
1591 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80222 (in the Boulevard Center 2)
Phone: 303-758-7610 or 303-758-0098
Fax Orders: 303-758-0105
The Red Coral is a Strip-mall restaurant that primarily serves Mandarin & Chinese food…On the last visit we had Sesame Eggplant ( 茄子– around $8.95.)…This is a small neighborhood restaurant with consistantly good food and wine at fair prices…The house wines are $3.75…Red Coral offers Carafes & 1/2 Carafes…For an appetizer, try the Vietnamese Summer Rolls (Steamed shrimp, rice noodles, cucumber, bean sprouts, lettuce, cilantro and mint leaves wrapped in rice paper, served with a spicy Asian peanut sauce) $5.95.
Take me to The Las Vegas Buffet Club’s page for The Red Coral

California Restaurant Visits: La Rocco’s Pizzeria, 118 degrees, Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar, Pizza D’ Oro, The Gypsy Den, Sarducci’s Capistrano Depot, Sonny’s Pizza & Pasta and *Los Arcos in Rosarito, Mexico.

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La Rocco’s Pizzeria in San Clemente, CA (other SOCA locations) serves NY pizza on the beach (almost.) Actually La Rocco’s is just five minutes inland…
122 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 366-889029
New York Pizza!
La Rocco’s Pizzeria in Huntington Beach is on the BEACH…
La Rocco’s Pizzeria – 101 Main St, Ste 112, Huntington Beach, CA 92648-8159

118 degrees – The Camp is the perfect locale for 118 Degrees, a raw food restaurant for health- and environmentally-conscious gourmands. read more…
Neat little place across the street (Bristol) from The Gypsy Den…Enjoy food art at 118 degrees…118 degrees has to do with temperature rather then…click link above…(The Gypsy Den information – at the bottom of this post refers mostly to the Santa Ana location.)
The Camp
2981 Bristol St. (Baker St.)
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-754-0718

Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar – on the historic San Clemente Pier…” The Best Seafood in San Clemente ”
Fisherman’s website
Overlooking the Pacific (literally,) it’s Fisherman’s for appetizers & cocktails at sunset…
The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar
611 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672
Phone: 949-498-6390

Pizza D’ Oro in Costa Mesa, Ca. is still a bargain favorite…Unbelievable specials in this tiny strip-mall restaurant. Try a giant slice of NY Pizza, cut from a 30 inch pie…If you require hoity-toity, go elsewhere…If you want a basic red-sauce Southern-Italian dinner with red-wine, give Pizza D’ Oro a try (several locations in the area.) “This is an Italian restaurant for the working man.”
Pizza D’ Oro in Costa Mesa, Ca.
1145 Baker St.
Costa Mesa, Ca. 714-549-0685

The Gypsy Den is one of my favorite places to hang-out in Southern California. I gravitate toward the Santa Ana location. It’s basically a coffee-house – with a patio, poetry-stage, up-right piano (Tom Waits took it for a spin – so I’ve heard,) old stuffed couches and chairs, lots of art, lamps and atmosphere…All meals are served. Beer and wine are available.

Sarducci’s Capistrano Depot in San Juan Capistrano, CA
“Welcome to Sarducci’s Capistrano Depot where you will experience the finest in Italian and American Cuisine while dining in San Juan Capistrano’s historic train depot built in 1894” read more…We did brunch here and had an awesome chicken-salad…

Sonny’s Pizza & Pasta in San Clemente, CA“Authentic Italian Food Served With Southern California Flair It’s time for the rest of the world to know what residents of San Clemente have known for almost 20 years. Ask anyone in town where to go for great Italian food, and they’ll tell you Sonny’s Pizza & Pasta. Known simply as Sonny’s” read more…
Sonny’s has a great patio and a LVBC connection…

*Los Arcos in Rosarito, Mexico is not in California – Wait…it’s in Baja California-that’s California isn’t it? Anyway, we took a side trip into Mexico and stopped at this little Taco stand for a bite…The cook is crazy-at least he acts like he’s loco…

SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL in beautiful Laguna Beach, California

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“Voted one of the top 5 art festivals in the country in 2005 by the readers of American Style Magazine,” the Sawdust Art Festival 2007 was favored with blue sky’s and California sunshine – at least when we attended (first week in August.)…Show Dates & Hours: Friday, June 29 – September 2, 2007; Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day…Link to the Sawdust Festival’s official Website…”Welcome to the world-famous Sawdust Art Festival where visitors experience the artistic wonders of 200 Laguna Beach artists amidst towering eucalyptus trees and tranquil waterfalls within a three and half acre canyon setting. Since 1966 the Sawdust has drawn art enthusiasts looking for original artwork including: painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, textile arts, wood and metal sculpture, hand blown and fused glass and even scrimshaw.” read more…This festival has been a favorite of mine since my gallery/store: “Steel and Stuff” was partially stocked with art & craft work from the Sawdust Festival; this was in the 70’s…
Larry Gill's Crystal fountain …….Pretty in Pink at the Sawdust Art Festival …….Dion Wright's welded sculpture
[All photos-c.2007-LasVegasBuffetClub]
The photos are from left to right: Larry Gill’s Crystal Fountain (fig. 1,) an unidentified woman at one of the booths (fig. 2) and Dion Wright’s Welded Sculpture…The huge crystal was [maybe] two feet high…A metal frame / fountain was crafted around the facets of the crystal…The young woman consented to having the photo snapped; she represents the Sawdust Festival very well indeed…The photo of Dion Wright’s sculptures looks somewhat like an underwater scene at first glance…Actually the metal fish “swimming” out of frame is suspended by a wire…
Click the Sawdust Art Festival’s Website link (above) for more photos and other information…
Since I’m busy with other stuff, I’m going to post this now…I’ll try to up date it with more content ASAP…
Link to the Las Vegas Buffet Club’s Art Gallery – Sawdust Festival…
Take me to the Las Vegas Buffet Club’s Home page…