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September 12, 2013

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A&E | FOOD QUICK BITES > GREAT SAMPLER The Great Greek's mezze plate offers a bit of everything, from hummus to falafel. Dining News & Notes GET ME TO THE GREEK THE GREAT GREEK GRILL BY LEILA NAVIDI; RÍ RÁ BY BEVERLY POPPE; TAMALE HUT BY BROCK RADKE Look toward Henderson for the best gyro in town (and more) BY JIM BEGLEY The Great Greek's hummus ($4) is passable, but Having grown up in Chicago, Las Vegas' dearth of a better starter is the miraculously light spanakopita good Greek restaurants has always bothered me. Where ($2.50), spinach and feta nestled in a flaky puff pastry the landscape in my old hometown was dotted with with a hint of dill. Entrée-wise, Yia Yia's diners and gyro joints, there have only been Pasticcio ($10), essentially a Greek lasagna, a handful of passable places here—by far the is surprisingly ethereal for a colossal piece best of which is the Fat Greek near Flamingo THE GREAT of layered ground beef, cheese and tubular and Decatur. GREEK GRILL pasta topped with Béchamel and baked. The After that place changed hands a few 1275 W. Warm Béchamel doesn't overwhelm, and a hint of years back, the original family stayed in town Springs #160, saltiness from the kefalotyri provides a nice and opened a smaller, casual spot, the Great 547-2377. contrast to the tomato sauce's sweetness. Greek, east of Stephanie on Warm Springs. MondayYou might struggle to finish the enormous Being infatuated with the Fat Greek, I was Thursday, 11 a.m.dish, but you'll find it harder to stop taking excited for my trek to Henderson, and I'm no 8 p.m. Friday & just one more bite. less enthusiastic after experiencing it. Saturday, 11 a.m.And now to my ultimate declaration: The The menu is more limited than Fat's, but 9 p.m. Great Greek is home to Vegas' best gyro. while the taramasalata isn't available, one of Layers of juicy beef or lamb blend with feta my other favorites, the avgolemono ($3.50), and house-made tzatziki for one unbelievable sandwich. remains. It's a solid version of the dish—a light, traditional soup consisting of chicken, lemon and rice—though a tad Sharp and savory in each bite, it transports me back to bit more dill certainly wouldn't hurt. It'll be even more Olympia Fields' Perros Brothers, my go-to gyro joint refreshing once we're clear of the summer heat. growing up. Ah, the memories of my misspent youth! Tickets are now on sale for the James Beard Foundation's Taste America food festival, visiting Las Vegas on September 27 and 28. A variety of "free culinary consumer events" will be held that weekend, culminating in a poolside gala tasting and reception at Mirage co-hosted by chef Masaharu Morimoto, featuring dishes and cocktails from chefs including Paul Bartolotta, Eric Klein, Brian Massie and Julian Serrano. Get info and tickets at jbftasteamerica.org. There are dining deals happening in September. Two restaurants at South Point are celebrating Wine Spectator awards with three-course wine-pairing dinners through September 30: Don Vito's for $45 and Silverado Steakhouse for $65. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse near Boca Park is serving filet mignon and crab-stuffed shrimp for $32.95 all month long. And Hash House A Go Go, with four locations in town, is celebrating its eighth birthday with food and drink specials like sage fried chicken Benedict for $8.88, available September 12-19. Other tasty charity: Share Our Strength's annual Taste of the Nation returns on October 17, featuring more than 35 of Las Vegas' finest chefs and restaurants dishing it up at Rain at the Palms. Area charities that benefit include Three Square, Catholic Charities, UNCE Chefs for Kids and Project MANA. For info, visit tasteofthenation.org. Mandalay Place's friendly Irish Pub Rí Rá will serve a special Guinness menu including Guinness beer cheese and pretzels, Guinness barbecue pork and Guinness-braised short ribs September 23-29, with 20 percent of proceeds from those dishes benefiting HELP of Southern Nevada. Don't forget the Guinness sundae, a black-and-tan brownie with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and strawberries. –Brock Radke > Rí Rá's sausage rolls YOUR NEW TAMALE HOT SPOT Nothing satisfies quite like a hot, hearty tamale, and if you feel the same way, there's a tiny new takeout shop on Stephanie Street full of tasty bliss. Swing through Tamale Hut and grab a dozen ($16.99) perfectlysized masa masterpieces packed with savory chicken, pork or pinto beans. Beef tamales cost a little extra ($2.25 per or $19.99 for a dozen), but my money's on the slightly spicy, absolutely delicious pork tamales, especially once you've doused them with a bit of the hut's house-made habañero sauce. Two-tamale lunch or dinner plates with rice and beans are available, as are daily specials. On my first trip there were green TAMALE HUT 90 S. Stephanie St. #140, 5582280. MondaySaturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. chile with cheese or chicken with spinach tamales ($2.50), plus sweets—strawberry or pineapple tamales ($1.50). My advice: Just get a bunch of everything. –Brock Radke SEPTEMBER 12–18, 2013 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM 49_Food_1_20130912.indd 49 49 9/11/13 1:14 PM

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