This past week I was out to dinner with some business colleagues and we all met at a Thai restaurant. Unfortunately no one made reservations and the wait was 45 minutes.
Our visiting friend Johnny Detroit was catching a flight that night so we decided not to wait. RJ Bell was along and made an executive decision. He said he heard about a place tucked away inside the Eureka Casino.
Well, off we went as we weren’t that far from Eureka at the time. I can tell you this was the first time I had ever been there and I have been to almost every casino in Las Vegas at one time or the other.
Upon arriving we found this quaint diner tucked away in the corner of the casino. At this point I wasn’t sure about RJ’s decision but I had to trust his eye. After all, he is the one who brought me to Vegas so he does know talent…lol.
We sat down and were greeted by a very friendly and helpful waitress. There are not a ton of choices on the menu, but we went with Grandma’s pot stickers. Let me tell you, Grandma did a fine job with these.
Johnny ordered the Wonton Soup and I didn’t hear anything from him until he was slurping up the bottom of the bowl. That was Johnny’s way of giving his approval.
I ordered the mother of all sandwiches – Grilled Cheese with Provolone and Cheddar, topped with slow cooked Short Ribs. The combination was incredible and may be the best grilled cheese sandwich I have ever had.
I went back a few days later as I wanted to try their Fat Choy Burger, which was ½-pound of angus beef topped with short ribs, bacon, fried egg, cheddar cheese and roasted tomato. Messy, but was it ever good!
So good that it’s going to be hard to choose between the two on future visits. They also had some very interesting Rice & Noodle dishes I will be trying as well.
The waitress was a big fan of their Duck Rice dish. It’s a crisp duck leg with cucumber salad, fried shallots and a ginger scallion sauce. I also want to try their Sesame Noodles with Chicken.
Fat Choy is located at 595 E. Sahara Ave. Just think, if the other restaurant wasn’t so busy I may not have found this hidden gem. I give Fat Choy a rating of 3.75 Forks out of 4.
Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Pregame.com. He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].