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Dough Dough’s Hawaiian Cafe and Malasadas is a Delicious Downtown Discovery

Yes, it’s got a weird name.

In addition, Dough Dough’s Hawaiian Cafe & Malasadas is in a weird location. The new restaurant is attached to the Gambler’s General Store in downtown Las Vegas.

Dough Dough's Hawaiian Cafe

At first glance, you might think, “That’s a thing?” You think wrong.

“Weird location,” however, isn’t a deterrent when a restaurant serves one of the best desserts we’ve ever had in Las Vegas. And trust us when we say we’ve had a lot of desserts in Las Vegas.

Prepare yourself for the Dough Dough’s malasada.

Dough Dough's Hawaiian Cafe

That sound you hear it Heaven opening its gates as a choir of angels sings.

Dough Dough’s Hawaiian Cafe replaces the former sandwich shop, Gambler’s Cafe.

The cafe has a full menu, including an excellent “plate lunch” that will be familiar to those familiar with Hawaiian fare.

This blog personally lived in Hawaii for a decade, and we can attest the plate lunch at this modest eatery is one of the best we’ve had in Las Vegas.

Dough Dough's Hawaiian Cafe

Teriyaki chicken, check. Two scoop (sic, it’s a Hawaii thing) rice, check. Macaroni salad, check.

The menu also features salads, burgers and sandwiches.

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This is the Cliffs Notes version. Find the full menu on the Dough Dough’s Facebook page.

The Pete Kalua Burger is a hamburger with (wait for it) kalua pork on top.

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“Kalua” means “to cook in an underground oven.” You’d know this if you were a cook in Hawaii, which, we’re pretty sure, is considered a Pacific Rim job.

Undeniably, though, the malasadas are the star of the show at the Hawaiian Cafe.

You know they take malasadas, basically fried dough smothered in sugar, seriously here because there’s an entire menu devoted to this Hawaiian treat.

The malasadas come three ways, as we all wish we did, as either Big, Mini or Bites. They’re all amazing, satisfying and utterly addictive.

The large malasas come with an extensive selection of fillings, including cherry, raspberry, strawberry, apple, guava, pineapple, vanilla, chocolate, coconut cream, lemon, blueberry, cream cheese, apricot and mango.

If you insist upon a filling, just save yourself some time and do the lemon.

Dough Dough's malasadas

These malasadas will change your life for the better. Or, at the very least, for the wider.

The malasadas also come in “Local Favorite Combinations” like “Lemon Drop,” “Strawberries and Cream,” “Apple Pie,” “Pina Colada” and others.

We are a malasada purist (shocker), so we prefer Mini Malasadas (six medium-sized malasadas) or Malasada Bites (a dozen donut hole-sized malasadas).

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“Malasada” means “under-cooked” in Portugese. The malasadas at Dough Dough’s, however, are fried to perfection.

The minis and bites are rolled in a choice of sugar, including plain, pure cane, powdered or cinnamon.

When it comes to the malasadas at Dough Dough’s, your expandable waistband may just have met its match.

Dough Dough's malasadas

No reservation needed, at least until word gets out. Consider it out.

Despite the restaurant’s challenging location, these sugar-coated delights are an absolute Las Vegas must-try.

While you’re there, wander through the Gambler’s General Store. It’s a great place to get gambling-related merchandise and possibly to put a $2,800 craps table on layaway because you seriously need to get this blog a Christmas present.

Dough Dough’s Hawaiian Cafe & Malasadas is located at 800 Main Street, and has limited hours at the moment, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Carson Kitchen is Back in Business After Expansion

A popular downtown eatery, Carson Kitchen, has re-opened following an expansion.

Carson Kitchen

Carson Kitchen is located at 6th St. and Carson Ave. Which doesn’t help you find it, but we figured we’d throw it out there, anyway.

In June 2017, Carson Kitchen celebrated its three-year anniversary, and has now added about 550-square-feet to its modest footprint.

The expansion took over a space previously occupied by Black Spade Tattoo.

Additions included a new entryway and bar, especially that last thing.

Carson Kitchen

Carson Kitchen seats six, or 12 if you’re cool with PDAs.

The Carson Kitchen expansion increases the seating capacity of the restaurant by about 24 seats.

Carson Kitchen

Twenty-four more seats may not sound like a lot, but when you’re hangry, it makes all the difference in the world.

The restaurant has kept its open kitchen and social seating, and the menu remains the same, replete with palate-pleasing fare.

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Carson Kitchen’s open kitchen lives up to its name. Because it’s open again. This isn’t rocket science.

The food at Carson Kitchen is exceptional, and we’d love to say we dine there often, but the establishment doesn’t serve Captain Morgan, so that’s a nonstarter for us.

Still, Carson Kitchen continues to receive raves, so it’s well worth a try.

Carson Kitchen

Social dining takes some getting used to, much like this blog talking about itself in the first person plural.

Really, the food’s excellent.

Carson Kitchen

The “Devil’s Eggs” are a must-try.

Go here for the full Carson Kitchen menu, and see more of our photos of the food.

Carson Kitchen is open Sunday through Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Yes, we copied and pasted that from a news release. Don’t judge.

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World’s Best Restaurant, Pizza Rock, Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

The world’s best restaurant, Pizza Rock, opened in Las Vegas on Oct. 19, 2013.

We loved Pizza Rock when it opened and our love continues to grow four years later.

Pizza Rock

Pizza Rock is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the other six suck by comparison.

To celebrate their fourth anniversary, we decided to challenge the pizza wizards at Pizza Rock to make a pie they’ve never made before.

We requested an “all-crust pizza.” That’s right. We invented a new food group.

Tony Gemignani

Tony Gemignani, the man behind Pizza Rock, is a 12-time World Pizza Champion. He is also a demigod. We interviewed him on our podcast.

Why an “all-crust” pizza? Well, while we order pizza at Pizza Rock on a nearly daily basis, we were in the mood for their meatballs.

Pizza Rock’s meatballs are, quite simply (wait for it), the best meatballs in the world. We frequently have an order of meatballs and a side of focaccia as a meal.

This time, though, focaccia and the restaurant’s excellent garlic bread wouldn’t do. No, we wanted bread, but a specific kind. The pizza crust kind.

Pizza Rock’s geniuses made it happen, so we had the perfect fourth anniversary meal: The world’s best meatballs drenched in the world’s best marinara sauce, which doubled as a dip for the world’s best pizza crust.

Pizza Rock

Behold the first all-crust pizza ever ordered at Pizza Rock. Yes, we have issues, but they’re happy issues.

In Italian, by the way, the sauce left on your plate after you eat, suitable for dipping bread into, is called “scarpetta.”

Now,  you know.

Pizza Rock meatballs

Fairy tales do come true.

We’ll be back to our happy hour personal cheese pizza (see below) for our next visit, but a big shout-out to the Pizza Rock crew for accommodating our special anniversary request and indulging in our culinary eccentricities.

While we are pizza purist, rest assured there’s a pizza at Pizza Rock for any and every palate. Pizza Rock boasts a wide variety of styles (from New York-style and Sicilian to Pizza Napoletana and classic Italian). Here’s the expansive Pizza Rock menu.

Pizza Rock classic cheese pizza

Oh, like we were going to write a Pizza Rock story without sharing a photo of pizza. Do you know this blog at all?

Pizza Rock has three locations in Las Vegas, but the one near Downtown Grand (a block from Fremont Street) is our favorite.

Frivolity aside, Pizza Rock has helped the last four years some of the most memorable of our life. Great pizza transports us to our happy place, and Pizza Rock delivers amazing pizza every single time.

Comforting pizza. Mind-blowing pizza. Transcendent pizza.

Happy birthday, Pizza Rock.

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Flippin’ Good Re-Opens on Fremont East With Waitstaff, New Look, Better Food

Flippin’ Good restaurant is back in business on Fremont East in downtown Las Vegas after a significant renovation.

With its recent overhaul, Flippin’ Good has gone from fast food to casual dining, complete with the addition of servers.

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Flippin’ Good isn’t fancy, but it’s downtown fancy.

The restaurant has tweaked its full name from Flippin’ Good Burgers & Shakes to Flippin’ Good Chicken, Burgers, Beer.

We suspect the restaurant’s pivot had to do with not only sagging business, but also the opening of a White Castle nearby.

All the changes have resulted in vast improvements over the former concept.

Flippin' Good Fremont East

Flippin’ Good features the four food groups: Chicken, burgers, fries and beer.

The new interior is a mix of wood, steel and brick.

Booths, with padded seats, are at a premium. During a recent visit, we asked about a lone unoccupied booth and were told it wasn’t available because someone had made a reservation for it. Note to self.

The new Flippin’ Good features a slick new bar.

Flippin' Good Burgers Las Vegas

You can’t Fremont and not beer. It’s the law.

At the moment, the bar serves beer and wine, but our hope is it becomes a full, Captain Morgan-enabled bar soon.

The menu’s prices have been bumped up a bit to reflect the restaurant’s new direction, but from the items we’ve had, it remains a solid value.

The grilled chicken sandwich was excellent, and the fries are as good as we remember.

Flippin' Good

Pavlovian response in three…two…one.

Here’s a peek at one side of the menu.

Flippin' Good Las Vegas

Please don’t rupture your eyeball. Here’s a larger version.

We wouldn’t leave you hanging, here’s the other side.

Flippin' Good menu

We’re fairly sure concretes are frozen custard, but we are a blog, not a flavor chemist. Here’s a better look.

We also took a stab at the chicken tenders. While they pale by comparison to Cane’s or Twin Peaks here in Las Vegas, they hit the spot, and the dipping sauces cover all the bases.

Yes, we made a sports reference. We won’t let it happen again.

Flippin' Good downtown

Sauces include Cluckin’, Tennessee BBQ, Carolina Gold, Buffalo, Buttermilk Ranch, Flippin’ Good and Honey Mustard. There will be a quiz.

On a return trip, we tried the Flippin’ Good Burger and found it to be, again, a satisfying offering.

Flippin' Good Las Vegas

Flippin’ Good gives good bun.

The previous iteration of Flippin’ Good had challenges with food consistency, and it still hasn’t worked out all those kinks entirely, but the new Flippin’ Good has made great strides in quality, variety, portion size and overall ambiance.

Flippin' Good Fremont Street

Flippin’ Good was once Uncle Joe’s Pizza and Kabob Korner. Consider our intestinal history preserved.

We’re hopeful Flippin’ Good will veer away from its decision to position itself as “the pioneer of Downtown Las Vegas honky tonk.”

First, we don’t know what that means.

Second, country music is to ears as Admiral Nelson rum is to tongues, and we don’t mean that in a good way.

From the Flippin’ Good Facebook page and menu: “Whether you like scorchin’ chicken eats, grass-fed steak burgers, shivery shakes or ice cold local brews, we gotta ‘lil somethin’ for everybody. Lip smackin’ and knee slappin’, we like to invite y’all home. Here, you’ll be treated like kin.”

We’d love to think they’re being ironic, but the country music says otherwise.

Flippin' Good Fremont East

Yes, Las Vegas has an “outside.” We just avoid it whenever possible.

Still, Flippin’ Good has upped its game in a big way and we recommend a stop to check out the new look and menu.

Flippin’ Good is located between Inspire Theater and a restaurant called The Smashed Pig, across Fremont Street from one of our favorite downtown haunts, Evel Pie.

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Lotus of Siam Restaurant Announces Second Location

The acclaimed Lotus of Siam restaurant, forced to close after a roof collapse in early September 2017, has set its sights on a second location.

Lotus of Siam is a longtime favorite of foodies despite its challenging (seedy) location in a strip mall called Commercial Center on Sahara Ave., a few blocks east of SLS Las Vegas and Stratosphere.

Lotus of Siam

They can’t say it, but we can.

Lotus of Siam announced it will open a new location at 620 E. Flamingo Road.

That address is the former Roy’s, a pan-Asian restaurant, in an area known as “Restaurant Row” not far from Hard Rock casino and the National Atomic Testing Museum. The new location is about a block away from one of the best Indian restaurant in Las Vegas, Mint Indian Bistro.

The owners of Lotus of Siam seem committed to keeping their original restaurant open, so the Flamingo location will be a second outpost of the popular Thai eatery.

This message was posted on the Lotus of Siam Facebook page: “We finally got our location! It’s not too far from our original one. The address is 620 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119. We will be open by Nov. 1! We are happy to announce that this is our second home and it is on Flamingo and Paradise. We hope to see you guys soon!”

Judging by the exclamation points, Lotus of Siam appears very excited about its new location. If you’ve ever had the food, you know why.

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Downtown’s Carson Kitchen Closes Temporarily During Expansion

A popular downtown restaurant, Carson Kitchen, has closed during an expansion into a neighboring space.

Carson Kitchen closed

Fun fact: Carson Kitchen, surprisingly, isn’t on Carson Ave. It’s on 6th Street, but it’s in the former John E. Carson Hotel. Yes, we define “fun” very broadly.

The restaurant opened in June 2014. The place was an instant hit and continues to draw foodies with its sophisticated but accessible fare.

Carson Kitchen is expanding into the space formerly occupied by Black Spade Tattoo.

Here’s a look at the guts of Carson Kitchen as construction kicks into full gear.

Carson Kitchen expansion

They should keep the bucket and tell people it’s art.

The expansion will feature a bar, a decision this blog is fully behind. Especially if Carson Kitchen starts carrying Captain Morgan spiced rum. Ahem.

Carson Kitchen will re-open on Oct. 9, 2017. We would call this an “exclusive” were it not for the fact there’s a big-ass sign on the restaurant that says so.

Carson Kitchen closed

We are clearly the best investigative journalist, ever.

Carson Kitchen was the brainchild of celebrity chef Kerry Simon. Simon passed away in Sep. 2015 of multiple-system atrophy.

Simon was known as the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef,” and his passion for cooking lives on at Carson Kitchen.

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