FleaStiff
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June 21st, 2013 at 3:31:43 AM permalink
A new trend in all local casinos perhaps? Competition based on quality rather than just saturating the local market with slot ads and free play coupons.

Yes, there is a much larger Eureka Casino in Mesquite. Its owned by the Lee Family also.

This is about the Lee's smaller neighborhood casino on East Sahara also known as the Eureka Casino.

The following has been shamelessly lifted from VegasJuhl, a down-to-earth Vegas broad that writes a food critic blog.

One of the hottest restaurants around is located within Eureka Casino on East Sahara. Before Fat Choy, Chef Sheridan Su (former executive chef at Comme Ca) was serving Great Bao in the most unlikely place; a nail salon. I never tried it back then because I have an aversion to the smell. Dining with salon fumes never seemed appetizing in the least bit. I never tracked down the food truck, and it's taken me sometime to travel to the eastside, but I've finally done it. The Eureka Casino was nicer than I expected and I had heard interesting characters patronize the casino. However, on Sunday afternoon it was clean, quiet and no characters in sight. Not sure what it says about me, but I felt right at home. We strolled back to Fat Choy and took a seat.

The waitress brought over menus; they had a limited selection and no rice or noodle dishes. We selected the duck bao ($7), and the tofu mushroom bao ($6) after she suggested it over the pork belly ($7). We also ordered the short rib grilled cheese ($10) and the nutella roti ($6) for dessert. The buns are steamed to perfection. The pork belly was fantastic, the fat rendered perfectly so it was rich, tender and filled with that wonderful pork flavor. I loved the freshness from the cilantro and greens, and the texture of the crushed peanuts. This was indeed great bao. The duck was delicious too. The hoisin sauce was light and didn't overwhelm the duck at all.

The short rib grilled cheese comes with provolone and cheddar, onion jam and a side of marinara sauce. I'm a purist when it comes to grilled cheese; I'd prefer it with only one type of cheese. I thought the two cheeses made it a bit greasy, the sourdough bread grilled beautifully and the short rib was tender and flavorful with the onion jam. The marinara was thick from the tomato paste. Again, not my preference, but still all the components make and enjoyable sandwich. My husband liked it just fine.

The Nutella Roti had me intrigued, nutella, mascarpone, honey and walnuts on roti... what's not to love? Finally, the pancake topped with goo was brought to the table. The pancake was incredibly greasy aside from that the flavors were pretty good, but definitely not worth the wait.
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So in our great debate between Local Casinos and the Las Vegas Strip Themed Mega-Boxes, are the ultra local casinos stealing the march by increasing quality relentlessly? Usually food critics don't even visit the truly local joints. And the Lee Family is known for funding all improvements from earnings rather than ever borrowing to make major renovations.
teddys
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June 21st, 2013 at 7:40:28 AM permalink
Wow, that sounds really tasty! Eureka is a fun, neighborhood place.
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FleaStiff
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June 21st, 2013 at 3:13:49 PM permalink
It seems its just a slots parlor and restaurant without any table games. I mainly noted that it had food offerings mentioned in the Los Angeles Food Festival guide.
It may be a new way for casinos to compete, particularly a Lee Family owned casino: they don't borrow in order to make renovations, they pay for them out of current earnings and savings, not debt.

Note: It seems its restaurant used to be named "Teddy's".

It is located in a neighborhood wherein if you have occasion to utter the word "transmission" you darn well better utter the full and complete word and not inadvertently utter any shortened version of the word. "Tranny" in that neighborhood could well be considered "fighting words" ... and I don't know if the fight would be with a fist or with a purse or what.

One thing to note: Despite any changes in the neighborhood for the better or for the worse, the Lee Family is there to stay.

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