BOB TAYLOR’S ORIGINAL RANCH HOUSE
By Vegas Food Nerd
Tucked away behind the now row after row of track housing is a place for mesquite grilled meats that has been serving Las Vegas for over 55 years. I first encountered this spot more than a decade ago when this Michigan native made the leap to live in this city that is now home to me. Their signage guided us with the promise of good prime rib, and we followed. Turn after turn, in what felt like a wild goose chase, the Bob’s was there—only a few cars in the parking lot, in a setting that seemed fit for an old Western, not the glitzy Vegas I had moved to. We almost didn’t go in because it seemed a bit odd, but thankfully we did and we had an amazing meal. I enjoyed one of the best French Dip sandwiches that I’d had since my Michigan beef house days, and my brother, who was with me at the time, had a big slice of Prime Rib that made him very happy, as well. Flash-forward to this decade, and Bob’s is still there, serving up some nicely charred steaks, and more.
When you drive up to the restaurant, which is now a little less out in the middle of nowhere, there are neighborhoods that have built up all around it. Though when you pull up, there is still a nice, rustic Old West-element feel to it. As you step through the door, the age of the building is evident, and its walls are adorned with numerous photos that pay homage to the Wild West movies and stars that were once the idols of young boys and girls back in the day. The best part for me however is once you are escorted to your seat, they temptingly walk you right past their big, mesquite burning grill with juicy hunks of meat searing—and the smell is just intoxicating. The interior is a little dilapidated, but clean.
So what to order? I’ve tried many different items on their menu. A few of my favorites, aside from that French Dip, are their Crab Stuffed Mushrooms (basic white caps stuffed with crabmeat and covered in a rich creamy sauce). We also love getting a slab of Ribs on occasion. And when selecting your side for steaks or whatnot, I highly urge you to try their Ranch House Potatoes, an ooey gooey cheesy-styled hash brown potatoes that are worth bathing your taste buds with. They have other offerings on the menu, such as pastas, but I keep coming back to enjoy the mesquite grill that wafts and haven’t ordered any of those items yet. Our service is very consistent on each visit and the staff is attentive and friendly. It’s a great escape from the normal restaurant that you encounter here in town. If you are looking to mosey to a new fun spot to try hitching up your wagon and heading to, Bob’s isn’t a bad idea.
BEAUTY & ESSEX IS COMING TO THE COSMOPOLITAN
Rumors have been swirling around about this restaurant opening here in Las Vegas for over two years. The concept will be opening in 2016 and will be the Vegas outpost of the restaurant that started in New York City by Food Network’s “Chopped” judge, Chris Santos. The space that will take over from the now shuttered Comme Ça, will be a brunch and dinner restaurant, featuring shared bites with an upscale take on food. The NYC location has a strict dress code which requests “upscale casual attire,” and asks diners not to wear “shorts, hats, flip-flops, ripped jeans, or tank tops.” The question is... if the code will be the same here in Las Vegas?
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