The Oros and the Vegases joined us for dinner at Chef Michael Mina's StripSteak before we went to the Muse concert.
If you're looking for a good place for group dining that will accommodate both adventurous eaters and meat-and-potatoes types, StripSteak works beautifully. We sat in the most fantastic roomy booth that fit the six of us very comfortably.
This card greeted me when we sat down.
I started with a California Mule ($13).
Rock & Rye.
Wild Turkey infused with orange, lemon, cinnamon, cloves, and rock candy syrup served over a 2-by-2-inch ice cube. Mr. Vegas, who currently bartends at another restaurant on The Strip, had his eye on this drink from the get-go, so you know this was good! I had to get a picture of that huge ice cube!
Complimentary trio of duck fat fries -- (1) smoked paprika and mustard fries + smoked paprika and mustard crème fraîche, (2) truffle fries + truffle aïoli, (3) rosemary and onion fries + onion ketchup.
Duck! Fat! Fries! We demolished these. The paprika fries were my fave.
Complimentary olive oil focaccia.
The free goodies kept coming! This continued the streak of yumminess started by the duck fat fries.
Most of us opted for the three-course prix fixe ($55).
Prix Fixe Starter #1: Bibb wedge, avocado, bacon, Oregon Smokey Blue cheese.
What a nice twist to use Bibb for a wedge salad! Very pleasant, fresh, and mild.
Prix Fixe Starter #2: Maryland blue crab chowder, bacon lardon, parsnip.
Scrumptious and packed with plenty of crab. Creamy and and well spiced.
Prix Fixe Main #1: Half organic chicken, truffled mac & cheese, caramelized onion jus.
Mr. Oro gave me a generous bite, which I enjoyed immensely. The chicken was impeccably cooked -- juicy, savory, and terrific. It's not often that chicken impresses me at a restaurant, so this is saying a lot.
Prix Fixe Main #2: Slow-poached prime rib of beef, bacon lardon Brussels sprouts, truffled mac & cheese, bacon-creamed spinach.
My pick! And I was so happy with it! The prime rib was superb, but I may have been even giddier about the three side dishes! Variety is the spice of life! Thumbs up to everything on this plate! I love exclamations!
Dry-aged bone-in rib eye ($10 supplement to prix fixe).
Mrs. Vegas picked this as her main. It was enormous!
Angus filet mignon ($15 supplement to prix fixe).
Mr. Monkey's filet was rich and tender. I had a nice chunk of it.
King salmon ($36, non-prix fixe).
This salmon delighted Mrs. Oro. I was glad our no-red-meat friend liked her meal!
Tomato-dusted onion rings ($9).
Light and crunchy. Yum yum yum.
Bacon lardon Brussels sprouts ($12).
Mrs. Oro would not be Mrs. Oro without her Brussels sprouts! I don't often have them shredded like this. They were delectable.
Prix Fixe Dessert: Michael’s Root Beer Float, sassafras ice cream, chocolate chip cookies.
Each prix fixe meal came with this, but mine was a little more special. Tee hee hee! While root beer floats are always a treat, the real stars of the plate were the cookies. Warm, ooey and gooey!
We had such a blast at StripSteak! This was made even better by the following: (1) our portion of the bill was comped, (2) the Vegases used a $50 restaurant.com gift certificate, and (3) the Oros had a $50 food credit thanks to their Mandalay Bay hotel package.
Do we know how to have a good time for less or what?