There was so much I wanted to love about Eat, Downtown Las Vegas. After all, many foodies have raved about it. The premise of the restaurant is also something I look for when trying new places during my travels: incorporating local cuisine and using local ingredients. Their website is easy to navigate and provides good content and excellent photos of mouth-watering dishes. It looked like a win-win; that is until I finally got there.
In fairness, my expectations were probably a bit high given the praise that the restaurant received and for the most part, it satisfied the bill. The entrance and waiting areas had a casual and welcoming vibe that makes you think about dining at your neighborhood canteen, but fancier. Everyone I saw at the time of our arrival (my mother dined with me) seemed happy with his or her meal—all encouraging signs.
Eat, Downtown Las Vegas
Rave: cinnamon biscuits with warm strawberry compote
It started out great. The server came just moments after we were seated and greeted us enthusiastically. She explained the menu a bit and got our drink orders. I asked her for some recommendations and we took her up on a couple. First, she suggested the cinnamon biscuits as a starter and they were excellent. Even my hard to please mother was a fan. There was nothing fancy about it in all honesty, but what made it a knockout was the strawberry compote that accompanied it.
For my main course, I picked her other recommendation, huevos motulenos. It was a mixture of eggs, New Mexican green and red chili, black beans, peas, feta, and sautéed bananas over corn tortillas. It sounds like ratatouille southwestern style. It looked something like it too and I liked it. The sautéed bananas balanced the saltiness of the beans and cheese while the Christmas chili gave it a slight kick. It certainly exercised all the regions of my palate.
Rant: corned beef hash
My mother, on the other hand, settled on the corned beef hash. There wasn’t much on the menu that particularly interested her (did I mention she was picky?) so imagine her surprise when her food finally came. The plate didn’t look anything remotely like the picture on the website to start. That difference in appearance would have been acceptable since most website images are enhanced for marketing purposes anyway, but what made it worse was that it didn’t even taste like corned beef at all. It looked and tasted like diced Canadian bacon. It was most disappointing.
I felt bad for Mother because I can tell that nothing after her plate of questionable corned beef would redeem the place for her. It also dampened my otherwise glowing feelings about the place. Would I go back to Eat at eat? Certainly. I enjoyed what I had and the overall experience was pleasant enough. I’m also not one to dismiss a place with stellar reputation just because it had an off day, but I’ll definitely steer away from “corned beef.”
Eat, Downtown Las Vegas
Address: 707 Carson Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.