OLD HOMESTEAD IS A BACON SLICE AWAY FROM HEAVEN
Not only should you not dine at Old Homestead Steakhouse without James as your server, but you probably should not make any major life decisions without his counsel. Our dinner at Old Homestead in Caesars Palace would have not been on the same level had it not been for his many suggestions. My dining compatriot even offered, “If you are into wine and are a foodie, ask for James because with him it’s not just a meal, it’s a dining experience.”
But it’s just not James who takes things up a notch at the just-opened steakhouse. Chef Tim Henderson is doing a pretty good job of it himself. His appetizer menu offers a lot of the usual suspects like Oysters Rockefeller, Calamari, Maryland Crab Cakes, and Steak Tartar but we paused in astonishment when we noticed the “Thick Cut” Smoked Bacon. Arriving all by itself, not a garnish in sight, it was a single piece of heavenly bacon that paired perfectly with Old Homestead’s Roasted Heirloom Beets salad with arugula and goat cheese dressed in a tangerine vinaigrette.
Yours Truly believes if you are going to a steakhouse, you order steak. Although Old Homestead can accommodate the non-carnivores among us with Live Maine Lobster, Dover Sole “Meuniere,” Alaskan King Crab Legs, and Wild Salmon, we went for the 32-ounce Lollipop Rib Eye, a holdover inherited from Nero’s, of classic cut and beautiful char. But our server, the aforementioned James, certainly made the steakhouse’s signature cut of “Gotham Rib” Steak on the Bone sound ever-so-sensual, “drizzling down of butter and bone marrow,” as well as impressive, “ranges in size from large to that of a Smart Car.” James wouldn’t let our rib eye go un-garnished, recommending the “evil genius” of truffle Madeira butter, which was, of course, the only way to go.
As for our “accessories,” we skipped the “Duck Fat” Fries, Crispy Onion Rings, and Mac & Four Cheeses instead opting for Tater Tots with a surprise center of cheese. And with our trusty server looking out for us, we included a Fat Boy sauce of chive, cheese, sour cream, and blocks of bacon for the tots.
Our dessert choices included a cast iron skillet of Warm Banana Bread Pudding that was epically tasty with bits of caramelized bananas and a scoop of sour cream ice cream, and the steakhouse’s signature chocolate cookie with vanilla bean ice cream, also served in a cast-iron skillet. This dessert was not the same old, same old Pizookie, no indeed, friends, the cookie’s scoop of ice cream was covered in a hard shell “bringing back sweet memories of childhood trips to the ice cream truck” as James would say.
Old Homestead Steakhouse, Caesars Palace, 702.731.7560
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 5 to 10:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.
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