Tiki's Grill & Bar Restaurant

Tiki's Restaurant Sign Waikiki Hawaii

Tiki's is located at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki beach in the Resort Quest Waikiki Beach Hotel. Heading up a few flights of steps takes you above the chain restaurants and to the surprisingly good Tiki's Grill and Bar.

The tiki bar atmosphere is very hip right now, but Tiki's has been one of the better casual restaurants along Waikiki Beach. Don't go for the view, it's OK, but go for the good food and reasonable prices. This is the only real restaurant in the Resort Quest Hotel, so it appears they put some effort into making it good.

Tiki's - Website - WebCam - Address: 2570 Kalakaua Ave We went for lunch yesterday, I had the Grilled Steak Sandwich and my guests had salads and Hawaiian Ahi Poke. We also tried something new, locally made Waialua Soda Works bottled sodas, the Mango and Pineapple. Both the soda's and food were excellent.

Tiki's Restaurant Waikiki Hawaii Tiki's Restaurant Waikiki Hawaii

The restaurant offers both inside and outside seating. Located just across the street from the beach the patio is comfortable taking advantage of the ocean breezes. Inside is dark and cool with a tiki bar decor. The third floor palm tree height location causes the view to be more of a tree top view than an ocean view but it's nice to be above the busy street and sidewalk activity.

Built in Ireland, Sent to Vegas, In New York..??

Only in Vegas would you find a Irish Pub that was built in Ireland, shipped to Las Vegas Nevada, and then installed in a New York inspired hotel.  Nine Fine Irishmen is just such a pub.  Located on the strip in the New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

If your interested in what the name is all about click here for a bit of history on the nine fine Irishmen and the rising in 1848.

nine fine irishmen las vegas fish and chips at nine fine irishmen

I was able to check out the place during a recent trip to Las Vegas.  The atmosphere of the main room was what I would expect from an Irish pub.  Beautiful dark woods and a variety of paintings and artifacts.  I've never been to Ireland so I guess in the spirit of the Hollywood back-lot environment that is Vegas, if it appears to be authentic, based on our expectations and stereotypes,  then it is authentic.

As I said the main room was really nice, we were seated in a upstairs side room that was very small, and maybe "pub like".  A room just large enough for four tables, it would have been great for a group of 10-12 people, but for four separate groups it was a bit uncomfortable.

The food was also right on point.  The Nine Fine Irishmen pub serves both Irish and American food, I enjoyed my fish and chips and a pint.  The bar offers a great selection of Irish beers and whiskeys.

Food is available 11am - 11pm daily.  Bar is open till 2:30am.  On the Strip at 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. (702) 740-6463.  Website at: www.NineFineIrishmen.com To maybe get a more authentic pub feel, and to reduce the tourists influence, check out these other off the strip Irish pubs in Vegas:

Photo Credits: Exterior Courtesy MGM Mirage / Fish & Chips © John Ormond.

Las Vegas White Tigers to Burgers

If you are a tiger in Las Vegas and you decide to bite your master's face off, a word of caution....they will turn your cage / habitat into a restaurant, a pretty good one at that.

BLT Burger in the Mirage Las Vegas

In fact, I think I'll enjoy the new BLT Burger restaurant in the Las Vegas Mirage Hotel and Casino more often than I ever did the famous white tiger show of Siegfried and Roy. You can only really enjoy a stage show once, a good restaurant you can review and enjoy over and over.

The new BLT Burger in the Mirage has a modern decor with subtle references to classic diners of the past. The white and chrome of a traditional diner have been replaced with warm earth tones and bright accents.

BLT Burger in the Mirage Las Vegas

The long hours (open till 2am on Sun and Tue-Wed, and till 4am Mon and Thu-Sat) will make this a favorite for those leaving the Mirage's shows or night clubs.

Created by Laurent Tourondel; a top chef known for his previous work in Vegas at the Palace Court Restaurant in Caesars and several New York eateries including the original BLT Burger location.

And as you would expect the burgers here are top rate. Made from certified Angus beef ground fresh daily, the same used at the chef's BLT Steak restaurants. Add some Jalapeno poppers, fried pickles and mozzarella sticks and you've got something more than just a burger joint review, you've got a great meal.

BLT Burger in the Mirage Las Vegas

In step with it's location BLT Burger offers some burgers you won't find in their other locations. The Stripper Burger is served naked, without a bun that is.... The spicy buffalo chicken burger is covered with hot sauce cooled a bit by Maytag blue cheese and buttermilk dressing. And for a back to basics test I tried a simple cheese burger and was delighted. It was cooked perfectly and was full of flavor. What I thought was a small piece of aged cheddar cheese on top packed a delicious punch.

For a change of pace I tried the salmon burger and was very impressed. Cooked perfectly and with all the fixins I requests.

BLT Burger in the Mirage Las Vegas

But what would a burger be without a creamy milkshake? BLT Burger has 20 different flavors to choose from. Beyond the expected flavors are the more unusual. How about a Twinkie Boy? It's a milkshake from Twinkies, ice cream, and caramel syrup. Adult drinkers can add a shot or two of something like Kahlua or Bailey's.

You can check out BLT Burger on the web.