Sunday, January 29, 2012

Today we have: Jasmine in Las Vegas, Nevada & Max's Wine Dive in Houston, Texas

Via Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89158

Jasmine is an unbelievable Chinese restaurant in Las Vegas inside the Bellagio. Okay, I'll start by saying that this is seriously, I think, the most expensive dinner we've ever paid for, but the meal was amazing, the food was great, the restaurant was beautifully decorated, and the china gorgeous. I think the best part is that since Jasmine overlooks the famous water feature outside the Bellagio, every 15 minutes while having a spectacular meal there is a show, too. :) It was just one of those meals that we will always remember, the food was fabulous and so was the over all experience.

Max's Wine Dive 
4720 Washington Avenue
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 880-8737 ‎


A little closer to home is Max's Wine Dive. There is one in Houston, Austin, and SanAntonio, my experience was at the Houston location. We saw Max's on the Foodnetwork show Crave with Troy Johnson. He was on a quest to find the best fried chicken in the country, and one of the places he recommended happened to be in Houston, so we added it to our list of restaurants to try. Our friends Joe and Patricia went with us, so we have a bunch more pictures of Max's than we do some other places. We also were introduced to wine on tap, and Voga wine. Patricia and I are now BIG fans of Voga wine. Andy was able to fulfill his desire to try bone marrow. Personally I'm glad we got that one out of the way, but he seemed to like it, so it may show up again somewhere down the line. :) Actually it was kind of just like greasy butter, so as weird-ish food goes it was a pretty successful dish. The only thing we all tried that I think was a disappointment at Max's was the Kobe Beef Burgers, I'd skip them and try something else. The menu at Max's is seasonal, so what is on there now might not be later, and I kind of like a restaurant that changes with the times, it allows for verity and fresher ingredients. Our friends Rome and Angela went there a couple of weeks ago. Angela is a vegetarian (well Pescetarian is more accurate), and she had very positive things to say about the fried egg sandwich with truffle oil. Her husband Rome also really liked his meal, so now that 6 of us have tried it I feel very comfortable recommending Max's to anyone.

Below is everything we tried:

Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers
Pulled pork and cotija-stuffed piquillo peppers with chipotle aioli and cilantro chimichurri

MAX ‘n Cheese
Cavatappi pasta tossed in truffle cream with provolone, Gruyère and Parmigiano Reggiano

Southern Fried Chicken
House-made jalapeño and buttermilk-marinated chicken, deep-fried slow and low, served with mashed potatoes, collard greens and brioche Texas toast

MAX’s Kobe Beef Burger
8 oz. Premier Wagyu beef patty with Belletoile triple-cream brie, house-made pickled jalapeños,
local hothouse tomatoes and hydroponic bibb lettuce with MAX’s frites

Southern Cornbread



Bone Marrow

Really fancy ham sandwich :)

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