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I have been writing this column for GamingToday since July of 2012. Over that period I have had the pleasure of enjoying a lot of great food and then getting to write about it.

This week my column is different as not only do I get to write about great food but also share an absolutely great story. It’s a true life success story and that makes this article my favorite.

Sitting at home watching the Oscars, up pops a commercial I would have just fast forwarded through on my DVR, but this was live TV. So, I had to watch and I’m so glad I did. There is this lady driving in a car talking and she says: “Everything that was good was gone, I lost my family, I lost friends, lovers, my job. My addiction destroyed everything.

“Getting Sober was the Hardest Thing I’ve ever done in my Life.” Then I realized this person was from Las Vegas. The commercial goes to say she beat her addiction and opened a restaurant here called Eat. It’s located downtown at 707 Carson Street.

The commercial was for American Express in their series: To the next generation of Late Bloomers. From this commercial during the Oscars I go to my phone and Google Eat. I decided right then I had to go to this restaurant, try the food, and if I’m lucky get to meet this lady in the commercial, which I did.

Natalie Young is the owner/chef and she was so kind to sit down with me and tell me her story.

Natalie was a chef for 25 years before she lost it all due to her alcohol addiction. Her birthday is Aug. 30 but it was Aug. 31 fifteen years ago this year that Natalie got off her couch and said no more. With the help of a Women’s Alcohol Recovery Group she turned her life around.

On Sept. 15, 2012 she opened Eat. The restaurant was fully financed by the Downtown Project. With Natalie’s hard work and the success of the restaurant she was able to fully pay back the financing in 15 months. This is a true American success story with someone overcoming their demons and turning their life around.

Natalie does no advertising for Eat. All her business is by word of mouth, and let me tell you, get there early as this place gets packed with the late morning breakfast crowd and lunchtime visitors. I could end my column here and be very satisfied but this is a food article so let’s get to the meal.

My group went early on Tuesday morning for breakfast. I went with the Chicken Fried Steak, eggs, chive potatoes and toast. I also ordered a single pancake, as I had to have one of these after reading so many reviews about them. Three bites into my pancake I stopped and texted a picture along with the following message – “This is best pancake of my life even beats DuPars.”

My chicken fried steak was very good as well and the way Natalie does her chive potatoes is very tasty – better than the run of the mill hash browns or home fries you get everywhere else. Even the toast was special as it was thick cut Texas Toast.

The other orders in my group were Chilaquiles, which are scrambled eggs, turken, Jalapeno mango sausage over corn tortilla chips with red and green Mexican chili & pico, or as the waitress described it, Breakfast Nachos. Also the truffle egg sandwich with the chive potatoes was very good.

The wait staff is extremely friendly and attentive and you can tell they really enjoy working for Natalie and that makes for a good experience for everyone. The portions are huge so you won’t be leaving here hungry.

Hats off to the Downtown Project and Natalie. I give Eat. 3.75 Forks.

Marco D’Angelo is a Race Horse Owner & Breeder, Professional Sports Handicapper & Bettor. You can find Marco at and by following him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas @MarcoInVegas. You can contact him at [email protected].

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