Posts Tagged ‘meat’

Bye Bye Burger

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

It’s never really a surprise when a restaurant closes out here.  Businesses seem to be as transient as the population here around Las Vegas.  Just in the last week Hops & Harvest, Top Notch BBQ, and a couple other spots all announced they were closing.  Normally these closings go unnoticed and with little fanfare, which is probably why they shut down in the first place.  But this time there is one that I’m actually disappointed about – Grind Burger is closing on the 31st.  I’m assuming it was their location that did them in.  Grind Burger was awkwardly tucked away in the Blue Green Condo complex on Tropicana just West of the Thomas & Mack.  If you didn’t know what to look for you easily would have missed it.

There is a disturbingly large group of people that have referred to me as Meat, Meat King, Meatball, or something along those lines at one point or another.  I do not shy away from it and I do not shy away from burgers.  They are my go to. I enjoy them more often than I should. They will be the end of me.  Grind was reliable.  It wasn’t some sort of fancy high concept fusion joint.  They kept it simple and they tasted good.  It was reasonably priced, at least in comparison to every other burger restaurant and bistro that’s popped up in the last few years.  They had long surpassed Burger Bar in my book. I put it right up there with Bachi Burger.

Grind Burger

Burgin' son!

So on Friday I stopped by there for lunch to say one last goodbye.  As far as last meals go, this one did not disappoint.  It was cooked perfectly (rare), the  marinated onions were flavorful, the bacon crisp, and the chipotle ketchup hit whatever spots were left. I even picked up a Juicy Lucy poster to remember them by.

Perhaps now I will live slightly longer since one of my favorite spots is closing. Nah, probably not.


Monta Chaya

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

I am doomed.

It had been at least a year since I went to Monta Ramen off Spring Mountain, and recently a second spot opened down the street from Khoury’s.  Jesse and Bartlett have made it a habit of going following our usual Wednesday beer night but had been unsuccessful in getting me to tag along until last night.

I am an idiot for not going sooner.

I started off with an order of their spicy tuna and crispy rice.  This is a perfect snack that I could easily kill 5 orders of, and will have a hard time not doing just that in the future.  The spicy tonkotsu was hands down the best ramen I’ve had though.  My stomach was the real winner of the night.  I honestly don’t know which melted in my mouth faster, the butter or the chashu.  Their pork is simply incredibly.

First world problem time – I’m going to have to go to Monta every week now.  It is simply too good and close enough that I have no excuse not to go.

Well I’ll be damned…lets go for 3!

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

So more impressively than not updating in over a year, is going over 2 years!  At this rate my next update will be in 2016!

I guess I really should try to start posting more.  Beer and meat exploits, trips, work design, etc…

Meat King, out!