As a gamer (nerdy 90’s PC gamer, not a “gamblin’ man”) i love the Mohegan Sun. My girlfriend describes it as upscale retail, restaurants and entertainment all contained in a cohesive, artistic experience. I see it as the progression of the “GameWorks arcade” to the next phase of evolution: the indoor world, where one is able to find whatever path, playing, eating, dancing, shopping, to fulfill a unique experience. Bravo to the management and staff for making Mohegan Sun a well-balanced fun experience, yes for gamblers, but way more crucially, EVERYBODY ELSE. Mohegan Sun has become a true CT experience.
The three of us started our Mohegan Sun day trip with appetizers at Tom’s Urban. This was a good move! The atmosphere was lively and the staff, from host to server, were on point with warm hospitality. Fried pickles were wisely sliced thin, making each bite the perfect balance of crunchy coating and pickly brine (don’t forget the housemade ranch!) Nashville hot wings were big on flavor rather than mouth burn. For us, the star of the show was the prime rib sliders, cheesy, meaty goodness and umami was perfectly portioned for satisfaction.
I was blown away by the high quality execution on hand at Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP). The order taker was concise and communicated pinpoint precision re: the burger temps (my girlfriend was happy with her burger cooked perfectly as described.) The staff set us up with napkins, silverware, our drinks and even checked in in us multiple times. Bravo to the professionalism and teamwork BBP team! My veggie burger was packed with vegetable flavor (black beans, mushrooms, lentils) and craveably delicious. The Coke machine was amazing for me (crisp Diet, moving on to a sophisticated grape Sprite). My friend and GF loved their frozen cactus pear margarita and boozy ice cream shake, respectively. They loved their burgers too much to share! Always a good sign, as were the obviously hand cut fries. The amazing cheese fries and well-seasoned onion rings will be haunting my fast food craving dreams.
With the amazing cats Pinky and Moose.
Silverlake Ramen attracts the well behaved daytime hipster with well-prepared delicious food and Japanese-language movie posters of Hollywood films. However they are also wisely weary of overextending their hospitality to what i imagine to be the raucous night-time hipster. There is a sign on the front door reserving the right for management to refuse service to anybody for any reason. As a restaurant hospitality professional myself, I dared not fathom what must have been a truly awful occurrence in the past to warrant the placement of such a sign. But after witnessing how the night-time hipsters trashed Silverlake Ramen’s washrooms, I can begin to imagine. Let me just say the service was on point and the vegan ramen bowl made for an amazing farewell-LA dinner.
I am not what would be commonly referred to as a, “healthy person.” That is, until I visit my vegan sister in LA! We had frozen acai bowls for breakfast at Berry Bowl and let me just ask, where has this been my whole life?! I got a strong base of energy for my day from a beautiful bowl of frozen acai (what is it?! it’s like vegan frozen yogurt) with berries, nuts and cacao. It’s like a hyper nutritious vegan froyo breakfast sundae, if that makes sense? Just make sure you have some coffee or a newspaper to distract yourself, otherwise the strong temptation to quickly devour your bowl may result in wicked ice cream headache! Of course that happened to me. 😛
Where I’m from (not LA) vegan softserve is not yet “a thing.” The sooner more people visit Magpies Softserve, the sooner it will be! Perfectly creamy peanut butter soft serve in a waffle cone with rainbow sprinkles, greatly enjoyed by this human being (me) without a single non-human animal (animals) being effected.
Wow what a great spot for dinner. Especially worthy for lovers of vegan cuisine that packs a flavorful punch. The three of us split Dandan noodles, perfectly cooked mushrooms, and an amazing vegan tofu dish (my favorite.) It was my first time trying crunchy potato slaw, just the right earthy notes for this surprisingly light side dish. The housemade green bubble tea was awesome, as was my dining companions glass of wine (paired well with the dinner.) Big ups to Pine & Crane staff for providing warm hospitality in hybrid counter service, you guys rock!