Paparazzi Grill a hidden treat at O'Aces Bar & Grill

Jan 15, 2013 3:00 AM

Knock, knock: Who’s the there? A restaurant. A restaurant who? A restaurant that is hidden inside of a bar.

The Paparazzi Grill is located inside O’Aces Bar & Grill (9050 W. Post Road, Las Vegas, Nevada). To be honest, I never would have known of this place if a friend didn’t tell me about it. When I hear some place has good food I have to see for myself. Once I found this place I wasn’t disappointed.

The Paparazzi Grill is co-owned by executive chef Jay Webb along with his wife Monica. The restaurant is hidden inside O’Aces and when you pull up there are no signs outside for the Paparazzi Grill but trust me, it’s in there.

The Paparazzi Grill is a mix between traditional bar food favorites and great dinner entrees. We started with the Haywire appetizer, which is haystack potatoes, deep fried then topped with cheese, green onions and truffle oil, all served in a big skillet. Once you start on these you just can’t stop.

Next time I must try the Lobster Balls appetizer, which is Lobster stuffed with risotto then lightly battered and deep fried. I was torn between the two.

I then decided to go with an entrée of braised short ribs with a wild mushroom risotto. This dish was fantastic and not something you would expect at a bar and grill.

My wife was feeling more like bar food so she had the Chicken Tenders, which were excellent as well. As we sat there I kept seeing these mouth-watering burgers go by our table and decided I had to come back to try one of these babies. I came back a couple days later to try one. When you’re feeling like a burger I highly recommend their specialty.

Some of the burgers are named after movies, but the one I chose was called the Heart Attack Burger. This baby comes with aged Cheddar cheese topped with peppered bacon and shoestring potatoes. This burger is so big it is served with a 7-inch wooden handled knife standing up in your burger. This is definitely a two-handed burger. The Heart Attack burger served with fries was very tasty and well worth the $10.

There were several other dishes on the menu I wanted to try, but I’ll just have to wait for my next visit for the Lobster Mac ’n Cheese or the Pan Roasted Chicken. You can sit in their bar area if you want to watch a game or play some video poker, or go to the smoke free dining room to eat.

Once you find this place you’ll be glad. I enjoyed everything I had on both trips. The Paparazzi Grill had upscale bar food, but not at upscale prices. I give Paparazzi Grill 3.50 Forks!

Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Pregame.com. He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday night at 11 pm on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].

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