By: Bob Barnes
In June, Gabi’s Gorditas opened on Blue Diamond Rd. just west of Decatur in the burgeoning area of southwest Las Vegas.
After losing a cousin to cancer, Alfredo “Freddie” Delatorre was inspired to develop a menu of healthy food via a Mexican staple he remembered enjoying as a child growing up in Texas and during trips to Mexico: the gordita.
Spanish for chubby, a gordita is somewhat like a cross between a pita and a taco—a small pastry a bit thicker than a tortilla, that’s cut open and filled with ingredients and then eaten much like a taco.
By: Bob Barnes
Top Chef, Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay alumnus and James Beard-nominated Chef Bruce Kalman worked at prestigious kitchens in NJ, NYC, Chicago and became known for his time at and ownership of L.A.’s Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market and Pasadena’s UNION. Now he’s gracing Las Vegas with his talents and earlier this year opened Soulbelly BBQ, his first Las Vegas restaurant.
When asked about venturing from fine dining to BBQ he explained it stemmed from a catering job for Dave Grohl that led to a friendship and several backyard barbeques with the Foo Fighters frontman.
Chef added that his friendship with local chef James Trees (owner of Esther’s Kitchen and Al Solito Posto) helped convince him to move to Las Vegas and also to venture further into BBQ.
By: Robert Gurley
A few years back some restaurant writer friends from Los Angeles used to rave about an old-style steakhouse that was many miles away from the strip. They couldn’t remember the name of the place so I tucked thoughts of it away figuring I would run into it eventually.
After tooling along Centennial Parkway in an area I don’t get out to very much, suddenly it appeared…Bob Taylor’s Original Ranch House established way back in 1955. My wife and I decided to give it a visit last month.
I was impressed by the amount of space they have for parking, a throwback to when there was nothing around them. New housing tracts surround the place now, but the parking area remains the same. The restaurant is indeed a ranch house with western memorabilia adorning the walls. This is one of those places you just know you are going to enjoy.