Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Fat Greek, or My Lunch with John Curtas.

A few weeks ago I "won" lunch with Las Vegas food critic extraordinaire John Curtas. After only one swing and a miss this humble food professional/critic was able to connect with the globe trotting attorney/Iron Chef Judge for a home run of a meal. We dined al fresco at The Fat Greek (NW Corner of Flamingo and Decatur, way in the back). The weather was wonderful, the food much better than expected, and the company knowledgeable and ready to eat. John normally talks enough for two, so generally you can sit back and listen to a man who has eaten in more restaurants, in this town alone, than I probably have in my life. We spoke of life (as it relates to food), food, business (of food), food, and even love (of food). And, most importantly, we also spoke of what was on the plate in front of us. The place does a better job than most at bringing Greek food to the masses. I say this because masses of Greek restaurants are unforgivably horrible. It was a good lunch, with mostly fresh ingredients and pleasant service. It is family run, which is always a plus in my book. So if you have a hankering for what is as close to a true Greek flavor as you can find in Las Vegas, Fat Greek may be the place for you.

Brian William Waddell is a foodie, beer geek, and author. His numerous blog posts range from food to politics. He also has a book of poetry, Fractured Prose, available here, and is ready to publish his second poetic endeavor.

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