October 5, 2012

An Old Favorite

Last weekend, we got together with a few friends and had dinner at Stack before seeing Daniel Tosh at Mirage. When it came to picking a restaurant the choice was easily decided. Stack has been a long time favorite, and it's been way too long since we've dined there.

We had beers at the Sportsbook bar beforehand. It's been 23 years since the Mirage opened, and I must admit it's still one of my favorites. And that book is still one of the better ones around.

Anyway, our party of five was seated shortly after our 7 o'clock reservation. Bread is now only available upon request. Of course, we requested it. Warm popovers were brought over with softened herbed butter. Yum! Our friends started with salads, but we opted for the King Crab & Jalapeno Tacos ($23). These four tacos are itty-bitty, but tasty bites. Although, with jalapeno in the name I expected them to pack a punch, but they did not. Overall texture and flavor reminded me of ceviche.

We had a lull between courses and our server was very apologetic and with compliments of the house we were offered our choice of shot for the trouble.

For the main course, I went surf, Frank and friends went turf. Our friends had steak; the bone in filet and the porterhouse for two. Both steaks were prepared to perfection. There were no complaints. Frank had the Lamb Shank ($38). This was the dish that sold me on lamb and it is still delicious! Thanks to the six hour braise it is so tender it falls off the bone. It's served over lentils in a port wine sauce. I chose the Seabass ($42). The only protein except for chicken I have not had at Stack. It was cooked beautifully with a wonderful sear and served over lobster risotto. I was surprised to find large chunks of lobster. It was nicely prepared too. To accompany the main dish we had adult tater tots ($11) and potato gratin ($11). Is there a better comfort food than potato? I think not.

All in all, everything was still top notch. Prices have gone up over time, but where haven't they? My only complaint is they've resorted clubby beats instead of classic rock tunes. I miss music.

We grabbed a round of drinks at BB Kings before the show. Despite the billion signs stating "no comped drinks", I got one. All it took was being completely ignored. It seemed that I didn't exist because I was lacking a penis. Every man at the bar got served before me. Apparently, ladies first did not apply. And in turn, I broke their no comped drink rule.

Showtime finally neared and we made our way to the Terry Fator Theater. We were way in back, but the seats weren't bad. The show opener was hilarious. I wish I recalled his name. Tosh opened stronger than he closed, but he was highly entertaining. He's toured half a dozen times before and we kept missing him due to conflicting schedules or sold out shows so it was nice that we finally made it happen.

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