A few weeks ago, we had one of those generic gift certificates that apply to lots of places, so we picked a new place at random to try.
The little Divine Eatery cafe in Northwest Las Vegas is, just as its name suggests, a miracle.
Run by Chef Esther, this hole in the wall of a strip mall in a residential neighborhood makes the absolute freshest food we’ve ever eaten. When my wife and I had our first bite of the appetizers, we went wide-eyed and shared a look that said, this is something special.
Talking to the waitress revealed some things you want to know:
- They don’t even have a freezer on the premises–the food must be that fresh
- Esther has worked at some big Strip hotels, and was offered an executive position, but decided to try for fame and fortune with her own place.
- The menu is very flexible–request to modify what’s on the folded sheet of paper they give you, and Esther will impress you.
- Prices are very reasonable–and you definitely get your money’s worth.
- Esther runs the place almost single-handedly. She’s trying to train others to cook her way, but it isn’t easy. She’s unique.
- We had garlic fries and potato wedges at first, then a pulled pork sandwich and adobo chicken, finished with some deep fried stuff for dessert. All highly recommended.
- They’re almost at the point where they need to take reservations. By the time you read this, they might be there. They’ve only been in business for about five months.
Here’s their web site. Go go go!
Lumberjack’s, on the other hand, was underwhelming. A nice place with a rustic, Claim Jumper-y theme, it offers what you’d expect but at sub-Claim Jumper prices.
And quality. Our food wasn’t bad–wholly adequate, but nothing special. To make it as a restaurant, you can’t just be average.
I really liked the burger bar idea, but there need to be even more options and much fresher stock–some of the vegetables were noticeably limp.
Still, it was clean and quiet, with sports on TV, and a pleasant experience. Just wish it has more to impress me and set it apart.
Or maybe Divine Eatery just spoiled me forever.
Divine Eatery: A+