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Restaurant Review: Krave, Raleigh, N.C.

Early this summer Brad and I were on Glenwood South, trying to figure out where we wanted to eat when we happened upon Krave (510 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, N.C. 27603). Krave opened in late May in the space that was formerly the Red Room. Like the Red Room, Krave serves tapas, but also has added many sleek updates to the bar and restaurant as well an after-hours lounge on Friday and Saturdays, where the menu is available throughout the night and the DJ’s spin their original blend of acoustical magic until 4:00 a.m.

Note: Krave closed its doors the end of 2012.

Our meal was excellent, and  a couple of weeks later there was a Groupon offer to Krave, which I jumped on. We finally returned this past weekend and once again enjoyed some excellent food in a great atmosphere.

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Restaurant Review: Mon Ami Gabi, Las Vegas, Nevada

Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro located at the Paris Resort and Casino on the Vegas strip. “Mon ami” means “my friend” in French and “Gabi” refers to owner and chef Gabino Sotelino. The bistro specializes in standard French fare such as crepes and quiches, and the dinner menu features classics such as onion soup au gratin, country style pâté, escargots, trout amandine and, of course, steak frites.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Vegas: Part One – The Great, this is one of my favorite restaurants ever, and a must visit whenever we go to Vegas. I love to sit outside and watch the people walk by, year round. When it’s cold there are heaters to keep you warm. This place is always busy, which is not surprising given the quality of the food and the wonderful atmosphere.

On this last visit to Mon Ami Gabi, Brad and I were told it would be almost a two-hour wait for a table outside, and 45 minutes to sit inside. Since it was already 8:30 p.m., we opted for inside. The wait turned out to be right under 30 minutes, and we amused ourselves playing some of the slots in beeper range.

Once we were seated, we were immediately served a crusty, warm french baguette that was served in a bag and came with soft butter and a tasty carrot salad. I’m not exactly sure what was in the salad in addition to grated carrots, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs, but it was so good! I will try and replicate this at home.

Brad ordered a Grey Goose martini with bleu cheese-stuffed olives ($10.95) and I ordered a glass of 2009 Remy Pannier Sauvignon Blanc ($9.00). Brad liked his martini and thought the olives were quite good. My wine was refreshing – dry with hints of fruit and a crisp finish. We decided to forego the appetizers, but I can heartily recommend the escargots de Bourgogne from a previous visit.

I ordered the steak frites “classique” with maitre d’hotel butter ($23.95). The hangar steak was cooked perfectly (medium-rare), tender and perfectly seasoned. The frites were awesome as well.

Brad got the filet mignon au poivre with crème fraiche ($31.95). Again, perfectly cooked and seasoned, and a favorite dish of his.

Brad ordered a bottle of 2005 Chateau Maurac Haut Medoc ($65.00). This wine is 55% Merlot and 45% Sauvignon Cabernet. Deep ruby in color, we could detect some wood and berry flavors. Somewhat tannin-y, but was a nice pair for our steaks. Wine was pricey compared to what you can get it for in a store, but I guess that’s just typical restaurant markup.

The service at Mon Ami Gabi was great as usual. I keep telling myself on my next visit I will try something different. We’ll see. I’ll probably just have to go twice to make that goal!


  • Price: medium   Not bad for Vegas. Great value, great food, great atmosphere!
  • Service: 4.75      Consistently good on numerous visits.
  • Food:   4.75        Awesome overall.
  • Recommend:     Absolutely. A must stop in Vegas!
  • Kid friendly:      I guess, but Vegas is no place for kids. Don’t even get me started.

1= hater, 2=poor, 3=adequate, 4=above average, 5=superb

Viva, Las Vegas!

Eat, drink and be merry!