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Jul 20, 2017

Papa's Pizza - B grade, 20 demerits in Health Inspection

Laughlin, Nevada 


Papa's Pizza - Southern Nevada Health District Restaurant Inspection 

Date of Inspection: July 14, 2017





Violations and Demerits given during the inspection:




Previous Inspection History:

Previous inspections show a continued pattern of B grade ratings with multiple demerits going back to 2011.  See a similar poor inspection from 2015 here.  



All the other Laughlin establishments inspected in July (thus far) received an A grade.  




About the inspection process: 
An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an A is received the restaurant can and 
does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the
inspections are performed and when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been 
inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  When a re-inspection is done the list of violations/demerits 
from the prior low grade is no longer viewable. All restaurants are required to have their latest grade certificate displayed for the public to see.  
If you don't see one, ask.
 

You can visit the  SNHD  website to look up restaurants in Laughlin or anywhere in Southern Nevada. 
There is a search feature.  For Laughlin use Zipcode 89029.   


Papa's Pizza is located on Casino Drive in the St. Marks Strip Plaza of shops directly across
from the 
Pioneer Casino in Laughlin.  


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*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data taken from 
the Southern Nevada Health District website.    

Jul 15, 2017

Harrah's Laughlin Diamond Lounge

Laughlin, Nevada

It has been a long time between Diamond Lounge visits (see why** at the end of this post).




The Diamond Lounge was only moderately busy.  Usually it is packed.  We were ordered a couple of Vodka Martini's, dirty.   Oddly enough they were served in small wine glasses, never saw that before.   The glasses were still wet from being washed as well. 

The small appetizer bar they have was ok.  It was clean enough and had cheese, fruit, meats, turkey salad, ham salad, soups, breads, veggie toppings and tortilla chips.  Which is fine, it should be light appetizers not a buffet.   

The Diamond Lounges in Las Vegas step it up a bit, with more choices.  At least at Caesars, Paris, Harrah's Vegas, and Planet Hollywood.  Rio's Diamond Lounge is pretty sad.  We have not been to the one in the Flamingo. 



Laughlin is the one with the best view though!  You can get a window seat overlooking the River or even take a table on the patio.  Even though it was 112 degrees there were people out there. 



** Our Opinion.  In recent years it seems easier to quality for Diamond status with Total Rewards. This has led to the Diamond Lounges becoming sort of a "get free food and drinks" type of atmosphere. Instead it should be a place to relax, hang out for a bit, grab a drink and maybe a light snack.   Lines are often ridiculously long and some treat it like a buffet.  Go later or after most of those who are there to eat and it is much nicer.   





Drink service at the table and the bar was very good.   We also noticed so many of the people tip very little or none at all.  The drinks and food are free but they are being brought to you by staff and they are cleaning up after you.  So, Tip your server! 


The Harrah's Laughlin Diamond Lounge also has a separate section for Seven Stars members. Perhaps the other ones have this feature now as well.  There was a TV monitor in their section but we did not notice one elsewhere, maybe we missed it.  

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What is the Diamond Lounge?
The Diamond Lounge is provided by Total Rewards Players Club - Caesars Entertainment as a perk or benefit to qualified Diamond Member or Seven Stars Card Member.  Members can bring a guest along.  Drinks and Food are provided at no cost.  To get to the Diamond level you have to play the equivalent earning 15,000 tier credits in a year.This is roughly equivalent to 1 tier credit earned for every 5 dollars played or spent in a Caesars property.  15,000 tier credits would be about $75,000 played through the machines.  Seven Stars is even higher requiring 150,000 tier credits.    



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Jul 13, 2017

Bighorn Café at Laughlin River Lodge

Laughlin, Nevada

The Bighorn Café recently opened at the Laughlin River Lodge.  We stopped in for a quick breakfast one morning. 


The Big Horn Café Entrance



The Bighorn Café is in the place where the Lodge Steakhouse was previously located. 



The interior is very nice and has not changed since the Lodge Restaurant closed.   

The nice little bar in the popular lounge area was still stocked. We do not know if they are using it.  We didn't see any mention of alcohol on the menu, but that doesn't mean they aren't serving it. 

It would be nice if they continued the kind of Happy Hour they used to have there at the Lodge Steakhouse. 







The Bighorn Café menu has a bit of everything.   Here are some shots of the menu although we may have missed the last page or two.  

The Bighorn Café Breakfast Menu:



The Bighorn Café Menu,Starters, Soups and Salads:



The Bighorn Café Burger and Sandwiches Menu:




The Bighorn Café Dinner Entrees:




We had the and the West Coast Omelette ($10) and the Steak and Eggs ($12). 

The West Coast Omelette was good, the avocado and cherry tomatoes were fresh.  I personally would of preferred less cheese and it be inside the omelette.   Inside there was only a hint of the double smoked bacon though.  

   

The Bighorn Café Breakfast Steak and Eggs was very good.  It was at least an 8oz. N.Y. Strip. The steak seemed like it was more dinner sized and was a good cut, juicy and cooked as ordered.  




The view is still as good as ever from the Bighorn Café dining area. 




Service once we were seated was fine.  It took us and and another couple who came after us close way too long to be acknowledged to be seated.  Even after we waited at the hostess podium and went in through the lounge to see if anyone was working.   There were a half a dozen other tables seated but no one watching for new customers.   

Prices are fair.  The Steak and Eggs was a good deal for just $12.    

We look forward to seeing how the Lunch and Dinner menu is.    

The Lodge Steakhouse was a favorite, time will tell how good the The Bighorn Café is.  If you visit or have already tried it, come over to our Facebook Group and share your experience. 


When we left we noticed the old Lodge mascot, that had been above the entrance, sitting in an empty, adjacent room.  It seems like it would of still fit the decor, even though it isn't a Bighorn Sheep. 


The Old Look of what is now the Bighorn Cafe 








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Jul 12, 2017

Harrah's Laughlin Gift Shop Voted Best in Laughlin

Laughlin, Nevada 



Harrah's Laughlin took home the Best Gift Shop for the 3rd consecutive year in the 2017 Best of Laughlin voting.    





In other news, a long awaited remodel of their South Tower Rooms is slated for the Fall of 2017. 






Best of Laughlin 2017 Winners




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Jul 9, 2017

Big Easy Deli at the Colorado Belle

Laughlin, Nevada

Made a first visit to the Big Easy Deli in the Colorado Belle.  We had always passed it by in favor of Pint's in the past.   This time the line at Pint's was way too long and moving too slow so as we were walking by we figured we would give it a try. 




In spite of a few people ahead of us the line moved fast.  Service was very good and friendly. We just split a sandwich and tried the Shrimp Cocktail (had heard they were good).  

The meats and bread on the Muffaleta sandwich were very good and fresh ($9.99 for a very big sandwich).   The peperoncini olive tapenade on was good but had definite spicy bite to it.   Maybe a bit much heat. It would of been fine if they were serving Pint's Microbrews there!   Hint, to the Colorado Belle. 




The Shrimp Cocktail reminded us of the ones from the old days of 99 cent Shrimp Cocktails in Vegas.  These were fresh and a big portion of good sized shrimp and served with a good cocktail sauce.  For $5.99 it was an good value.  






Desserts shown below were in the display case by the counter.  We didn't order one, just sharing the picture. 




Big Easy Deli Menu 


The Big Easy Deli is located in the Colorado Belle Hotel/Casino just off the Casino floor by the small Sportsbook.   Ordering is done at the counter and there is seating for guests, or you can get orders to go. 

*Hours currently listed on their website are:
Sunday-Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday and Saturday  10am-Midnight 


Although we don't visit the Colorado Belle often, the Big Easy Deli is a good place we will most likely be back to.  The menu has several other items we would love to try. 



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