Ember’s Grill & Spirits, jazzy way to nosh in Vegas

Apr 30, 2013 3:00 AM

This past week was my wedding anniversary so my wife Lori and I headed out for dinner to celebrate. I wanted to try Ember’s Grill & Spirits (740 S. Rampart Blvd).

We decided on Ember’s because it was a Tuesday night and they had live music. Being able to go somewhere and get a great meal along with live music on a Tuesday was very nice. The Jazz music set the mood for a very nice anniversary dinner.

Ember’s has an outdoor patio in addition to a bar area and dining room. We started the evening off with an order of fried artichoke hearts that was served with a Lemon Aioli dipping sauce. I’m a big fan of artichokes so I really enjoyed this appetizer. The dipping sauce complimented the artichokes without overpowering them.

Next up we shared a Caesar Salad that was your typical one – good but nothing special. For our dinner choices the wife went with the Pan Roasted Herb Chicken, which was very flavorful. It is served skin on and had a very nice crispness.

The wife being more health conscious than me doesn’t eat the skin but that is just a bonus for me. I took a sample of her chicken dish and the skin off her hands. They serve this dish with a Gruyere French Bread Pudding and a Apple Cranberry Relish.

For my dinner choice I was having trouble deciding between the Seared Diver Scallops or the Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass. It’s hard to go wrong with either, and finally I decided on the scallops and was glad. The scallops were big and very flavorful. The seasoning was done just right as it didn’t dominate.

Our waitress was very attentive to all of our needs, which just added to our overall experience. Having had an appetizer and a salad, by the time we finished our dinners we were too full for dessert. That was a little disappointing because the Warm Chocolate Cake served with Vanilla Gelato looked very good.

I will save room for that on my next visit.

What’s nice about Ember’s is that it’s a place you can go for a nice romantic dinner or to just have appetizers and a burger. It’s fancy, yet casual. The bar area is nice to hang out with friends and have a few cold ones or you can sit outside on the patio.

With the live entertainment playing it’s a place you can really just sit and chill with your special someone or with a group of friends.

Our meal and evening spent at Ember’s Grill & Spirits was the perfect ending to our anniversary celebration and I give them 3.50 Forks.

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].

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