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By Dianne R. Davis
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My Visit to Vic's A New Fine Dining Restaurant on My Home Turf in Henderson

Vic's is now open and I am glad. The new upscale restaurant began seating guests on March 2 on the grounds of Sun City Anthem, the community in Henderson that I call home. This is no little luncheonette establishment. Evidence the place settings, the menu, and the ambiance to know that this is one of those destinations that you take friends and family to when you want to say look how great it is to live here.

Yes, there really is a Vic and he brings some impressive credentials to the table. Once a street kid from Staten Island, Vic grew up loving his mother’s authentic cooking back home in New York but always felt the pull of Las Vegas tugging at him.  He made his way to Nevada, working as a cook, then a chef and then became one of the stand-out contestants on the hit series, The Next Food Network Star.

“Being on that show was the college-experience I never had,” explains Vic. “It’s where I really learned about myself and figured out who I was and what I was made of professionally and personally. I’m really just the classic American story of capturing your dream through hard work. My journey from being a cook and then a chef at so many different restaurants and environments has shaped my philosophy and style.  However, it was my family’s love of cooking which influenced me most.  I eventually realized I was different; I am a non-conformist, so I took all of those influences and flipped them to make my own style.” 

The style in Sun City Anthem includes a restaurant area allowing a magnificent panorama which we love to show off to company. The restaurant offers almost 360 degree views with the strip in the distance. Huge windows offer guests the ability to appreciate the surroundings.

But, enough about the view. What about dinner? We had the opportunity to check out the new eatery last week at an invitation-only soft opening with a limited special menu just to give us a taste of what Vic's would be offering in the 180 seat facility.

Vics table
Unique Place Settings

We found the food to be top of the line. With four of us at the table, we varied our selections so that we could do some tasting of the new offerings.

Vics Pastrami Knish sliders
Pastrami Knish Sliders

We began our meal with two unique appetizers. The Pastrami Knish Sliders is one of Vic's specialities and it is clear why. It slides easily into becoming a favorite of those who sample it.

Vics Uncle Joes Fried Corn with a Duo of Butters
Uncle Joe's Fried Corn 

We also shared Uncle Joe's Fried Corn with a Duo of Butters. Although I wouldn't have thought of that item as an appetizer, the selection was a good one.

Vics Caesar Salad
Romaine Flank Wedge Salad

 

Vics Warm spinach Salad
Warm Spinach Salad

Our Romaine Flank Wedge salad and Warm Spinach salad were both well prepared and were amply sized for sharing. The real stars of the evening were our main courses.

Vics Orange Roughy and ShrimpOrange Roughy & Shrimp

 

I selected Orange Roughy & Shrimp which was served over garlic potato puree and topped with shrimp scampi.

Vics Caramel Apple Pork Chop
Vic's Caramel Apple Pork Chop

My husband picked the Caramel Apple Pork Chop, a broiled one pound french double bones center cut pork chop on top of Grandma's famous stuffing. It was topped with a roasted caramel apple and a butter whiskey broth. Both dishes lived up to our optimistic expectations. They are unique and tasty.

Vics Nuttabutta

Dessert time arrived and we selected two sharing dishes. The Nuttabutta was comprised of Orange soda battered deep fried Nutter Butters served with a Chambord Welch's grape juice reduction.

Vics chocolate cake for 2
Vic's Chocolate Cake for Two

Our other choice was a chocolate cake for two served with a shot of milk for each of us. Again, the deserts were all that we hoped they would be. What a great touch that little shot of milk was. I mean, come on, as kids, didn't we always have milk with our chocolate cake!

I will admit that the operation of this new restaurant still has a few kinks. A problem with the oven resulted in the fish and chops not be presented simultaneously. The energetic bus boys removed our used place settings, but forgot to replace them. Honestly, these were the kind of glitches to be expected at a soft opening and I am sure measures will be taken to shake out the little glitches.

All in all, especially considering this was the first evening of a soft opening, I have high hopes that Vic's will be providing a fine dining experience at Sun City Anthem for a long time to come.

It must be added, that this restaurant was not designed to serve residents exclusively. If so, I would not be sharing so much with you. The expectation is that close to half the dinners will be arriving from neighborhoods outside of Sun City Anthem. Those who want the fine dining experience without the hassle of a visit to the Strip will find it at Vic's in my home community of Sun City Anthem. Vic's serves dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Plans are to add lunch in a few weeks. The phone number is (702) 522-7200.

Mojito Bar at TI Seafood Shack Great Spot for Cool Libation

I am an occasional drinker. Not into fine wine, happy with my diet coke with lime. But I'm not a teetotaler, so I was ready to check out the Mojito Bar at the Seafood Shack at TI (formerly known as Treasure Island.)

The architecture is appealing with the bar facing the casino and the restaurant behind it. It is casual and comfortable with a few plush booths facing the action and the bar right there behind you. It's a great casual, conversational spot.

I attended a promotional event where they were supplying guests with these attractive drinks. You know the kind. Tall glass with ice, mint sprigs looking fresh and appealing. They wanted us to taste a variety of mojitos.

Strawberry mojito
Strawberry Mojitos

I tried one. It was the strawberry mojito and I finished it. Went down real easy.

My spouse felt that since they wanted us to taste, he should oblige. So after turning over the car keys he checked out some of the other liquid refreshments. I had to go to the list to find out what he enjoyed as he was more involved in the enjoyment than the journalistic experience. His bottom line was, “I'm not generally a rum drinker, but I like what they did with it.”

more mojitos

The signature drinks are shipwrecked mojito, siren's mojito and mermaid mojito. He liked all of them.

A few passed appetizers from the restaurant included kick-butt coconut shrimp which I'll certainly order if I dine there in the future. We also tasted oysters and crab cakes as well as stuffed mushrooms.

This is a great spot to get a cool drink in a small but tropical oasis or meet your friends for drinks and head back to the restaurant for dinner.

The Mojito Bar is open daily from 1 p.m. To 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. To 2 a.m on Friday through Sunday. They have drink specials daily until 6 p.m. and bite sized appetizers daily from 3 to 6 pm.. You can also check out their reverse happy hour drink specials daily from 10 p.m. To closing. For more information, call 866 286 3809.  

 appetizers
Appetizers

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The Mojito Bar

 

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The Dining Room in The Seafood Shack 
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Check out these chairs in the Seafood Shack Dining Room
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Judy Thorburn with Chef Phillip Morris
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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